Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Year of Release: 2015

Genre: Comic Book

Related to/Remake of: Captain America: Civil War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3, Marvel’s The Avengers (sequel)

Directed By: Joss Whedon

Music By: Brian Tyler, Danny Elfman

Starring: Robert Downey, Jr. (as Tony Stark/Iron Man), Mark Ruffalo (as Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Chris Evans (as Steve Rogers/Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (as Thor), Jeremy Renner (as Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Elizabeth Olsen (as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver), James Spader (as the voice of Ultron), Paul Bettany (as the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S./and as Vision), and Samuel L. Jackson (as Nick Fury)

Basic Plot: In an effort to set up an automatic mechanical defense system for the planet Earth to prevent possible future alien invasions, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner unwittingly unleash an artificial intelligence that turns sentient and plans to wipe out humanity with the help of a genetically engineered brother and sister (who are unaware of its actual plans), and it’s up to the Avengers to put aside their differences and reassemble to save the world.

Rating (Out of 4): 3

Pros: Without the need for much set-up, this movie gets in to the action quickly and doesn’t let up.  Spader does a great job providing the voice of Ultron, and delivers his lines with a nice mix of menace and humor.  It’s nice to see Bettany finally get to make a physical appearance in the Marvel movies.

Cons: Ridiculous and unnecessary love story between Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff.  Not really an acceptable explanation of what Nick Fury’s been up to since Winter Soldier.  Although there is a 3-D version of this movie, it doesn’t really add much to the viewing experience.

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