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Three years ago, film was revolutionized by the start of the very first combined cinematic universe. For the first time, multiple solo franchises merged together under one one title which would become the third highest grossing film of all time. Praised for its ability to develop a mass of main characters simultaneously, nothing like the film had ever been seen before, and remains so to this day. Now, Earth's mightiest heroes have assembled to change the industry once again, and demonstrates to skeptics why superhero films totally dominate the box office.

Once again, Earth has been put in danger's line of fire when a pair of superhuman twins team up with Ultron, a security program gone wrong, and the relationships stitching our favorite team together begin to tear at the seams in Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Our headstrong heroes must move past the pointing of blame, to both others and themselves, to end the over-arching disaster that threatens to send the planet back to square one of evolution.

Age of Ultron does what many films don't have the opportunity to do, in that director Joss Whedon throws the audience right into the middle of the story. Because most films aren't as widely recognizable, or have the previous character development that these heroes do, Whedon's tactic is fresh and leaves off right where each of the studio's phase three films left off. The audience aren't the only people tossed into the middle of someone else's story, as we see highlight characters Wanda and Pietro Maximoff dumped into a war that isn't their own.

Those who didn't receive a solo production of their own since they first united seem to be the focus of the film with Hawkeye, Hulk, some Black Widow taking important positions in the plot, along with new additions Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Vision. The sequel to one of the world's most favorite movies keeps (if not adds) to the lighthearted comedy seen in the first, while still managing to dive into the darker depths of each character and the sides of them yet to be seen on screen, the sides previously hinted at, and most importantly the sides we didn't even know existed.

In the end, Marvel Studios leaves us not only wanting, but begging for more. Fortunately for us, the continuation of this story will continue much sooner than originally thought in next year's Captain America: Civil War.


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