When Marvel's Avengers Assemble hit theaters in 2012, it was an instant success. Joss Whedon had delivered everything we wanted: charm, action, and heart. The movie had dominated the global box office and became the third highest grossing film of all time (behind Cameron's Avatar and Titanic) raking in a hefty $1,518,594,910 worldwide. The film received many positive reviews from fans and critics alike. It even received a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Needless to say, the film has done exceptionally well in all aspects and with its sequel coming up, one can only imagine what the future of the Avengers will be. I decided to make a list of 7 reasons [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) will be better than it's predecessor.
7. New York: The City that we never leave
What is it with New York and superheroes? It's become the number one location for films that want to cause a scene (pun intended). Whether it's a 50 foot ape let loose in the city or a alien invasion that is threatening the human populace, you can guarantee The Big Apple is involved.
Unfortunately, Marvel's Avengers Assemble didn't try a more original approach and we saw the majority of the movie set in New York. It's becoming a cliché and it's getting a little repetitive to see another tall skyline with a fight happening on top of one of the buildings. We need new locations and Age of Ultron will provide us with just that. Our mighty heroes will visit Europe, Asia and Africa as Ultron goes global in an attempt to wipe out man kind.
6. Black Widow
Does everyone remember how great the stand-alone [Black Widow](movie:1070824) movie was? No?
Well there wasn't one, and as a result, the audience knows very little of her backstory. This is a shame because in Avengers Assemble we hear of some very interesting hints at her past: the hospital fire, the incidents in Sao Paulo, her and Hawkeye's various adventures in Budapest and her 'red ledger.' This is a character who's backstory would translate very well onto screen due to her espionage narrative. Natasha Romanoff is a spy - and spies have secrets.
She is unlike any of the other characters. They're heroes, she's a spy, meaning her background is a lot more interesting because it is less moral and more dark.
“Natasha is a huge part of the sequel because you do want to concentrate on the people who don’t have their own franchises. Although [she's] in ‘Cap 2,’ [and] she’s great. She was the most fun for me because she’s not a hero, you know, and it’s something that I read—and I feel bad that I can’t remember who wrote the book—but it’s in one of the books explaining, ‘These guys are heroes, you are a spy. It’s a different thing—it’s a different skill set—and you don’t have their moral high ground or any of that good stuff.’ And that just makes her so interesting to me. So yeah, the stuff I’ve got going on with her in the second one is killer.” - Joss Whedon on Black Widow's character development in Age of Ultron at Comic-Con 2013.
Whedon has also promised that her comrade Clint Barton (Hawkeye) will receive a similar treatment. Barton had very little screen time in the first installment due to him being under Loki's control through the use of the Mind Gem, meaning he will have more time to interact and fight alongside his fellow Avengers in Age of Ultron. Because of Barton's and Romanoff's history, there's a chance that they could have their own subplot in the movie.
On to number 9...
5. Straight to the stuff that matters
Did anyone else get the feeling that it took a tad bit too long to get into The Avengers? The opening was quite frankly too stretched out and kinda boring. I found myself asking "when do we get to see Iron Man battle it out with Loki's Chitauri fleet?" The beginning portion of the film didn't seem like the 'Avengers Assemble,' but rather just the 'Assembling' part. We see very little action at all in the first hour of a film that's 2 hours and 23 minutes long.
This is understandable as Whedon had to get the characters together in an interesting way (or at least as interesting as possible) because the team had never worked together before. In Age of Ultron however, the team has already been assembled and we should take off relatively close to where we left off, meaning that there is no need for a prolonged and lengthy opening. This way we can get straight into the action and see exactly what brilliance Whedon has delivered to the Avengers this time.
4. Less humor
Humor is a very large aspect of [Marvel](channel:932254) movies. It exists in almost every one of them and it has gotten a little repetitive the amount of times a hero has cracked a joke in an unnecessary scene. If the world really was in a threat this big, I seriously doubt the banter exchanged between Cap and Tony would exist, to be fair.
Age of Ultron is at less of a risk of having the same problem the first movie did. The film's overall tone is much darker than the first and hopefully the sequel will be a lot more serious too. Ultron is a much bigger threat than Loki was and I suspect that there will be a lot more death in this movie, creating a much darker and 'less-jokey' atmosphere.
While the humorous aspect of Marvel has helped define the extraordinary company, they have become too reliant on it. They need to stray away from this before they make a joke out of themselves (yes, another pun) and Ultron should do just that. The titular team are in serious danger with the Artificial Intelligence threatening to wipeout humanity.
3. Finally, a threatening villain
The majority of Marvel's villains have been very lackluster and, at times, boring. The Destroyer, The Red Skull, The Mandarin, these are all prime examples that can back up my point. These supposed 'villains' are nothing like you'd expect to go up against the World's Mightiest Heroes.
Marvel seems to go all out with their superb heroes, visual effects and awesome soundtracks (thanks, Tony), but when it comes to the antagonist department, they are missing that certain 'zing' that DC seems to have, what with the likes of The Joker and Lex Luthor.
Heck, even the Avengers is at fault for this. The Chitauri fleet was so easily destroyed that they could've come straight from the Apple store, and Loki, well he wasn't a threat to anyone.
Ultron is possibly the first villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that could actually do some damage. As of now, we can not tell how much of a threat he is, but if Marvel has executed the movie correctly, it'll take a little more than a Hulk Smash to stop him.
2. Why is it called Avengers Assemble and not Iron Man?
It is so obvious that the film focuses primarily on Iron Man and, although Stark's character is engaging, he seems to be the only character that gets a lot of screen time.
Captain America: The First Avenger is the film which introduces us to the Tesseract. Thor is where we first get to see Loki. And Iron Man, well, he wasn't even meant to be an Avenger until the Avengers Initiative was re-activated. He didn't qualify because of his volatile, self-obsessed and un-playful nature.
But, instead of focusing on the characters whose films set up the first Avengers movie, Iron Man once again takes center stage. Why, you may ask?
Well, because he's Iron Man. Iron Man is most mainstream hero in the Avengers and his movies have done exceedingly well at the box-office, with Captain America and Thor only really pleasing fans of the comics, if them. The audience recognizes him and finds him enjoyable. So the rest of us who wanted to see an equal and even balance between all of the characters had to suffer because children prefer Iron Man?
Age of Ultron seems to focus more on the other characters, namely Hawkeye and Black Widow, rather than everyone's favorite, obnoxious superhero.
1. In control and then out again
Already being known to S.H.I.E.L.D. who had kept tabs on him, Banner, Fury and the Avengers all knew about 'the other guy.' Tony Stark even went as far as to try and provoke a reaction out of Banner to understand how he kept his beastly alter ego under control, but Bruce being in control, he manages to keep his cool.
It's halfway through the film, the Helicarrier is under attack, and that's when it happens. The Hulk is released and it soon become a very iconic scene in the MCU. As exhilarating and exciting as the scene is, it distracted quite a few members of the audience from a slight issue - if Banner is always in control, what caused him to transform into an enormous, green rage monster? (other than the fact it looks totally amazing).
In one of the last scenes, he is again in control of the green beast and willingly transforms into the Hulk. This plot hole should hopefully be clarified in Age of Ultron and although it did annoy quite a few of us, it was still undeniably the best Hulk we've seen on screen.
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