While Age of Ultron was one of the most anticipated films ever, and while I was more than excited to be abe to watch it in a cinema, I just couldn't shake the feeling of this being just a "filler episode", whose only purpose was to foreshadow the greater things -and movies- to come. Not to mention we were being constantly hit by brand new information, all too fast, all too sudden. Of course, it was amazing to watch, the battle scenes were unparalleled and there was this humor between them that we all know and love.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!
Now I'll be giving the real spoilers, so stop reading if you haven't watched the movie yet but you're planning to. I mean really, I'll be spoiling everything.
Coulson was not there.
After watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I kind of expected a reunion, with him being the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and all. Also, when Lady Sif visited his team on earth for the first time in season 1, he asked of her not to inform Thor about him being alive - that he would prefer it if he found out face to face. After all, the last episode did end with Coulson ordering to bring in the Avengers in order to recover Loki's sceptre from Hydra and also announcing the Theta protocol to be ready. Pepper and Jane were also not there, although their boyfriends - Tony and Thor, accordingly - made sure to speak really highly of them, even argue a bit about which one of them is better. But the movie was already long, and the logical assumption is that there wasn't any time left.
Uh, Hawkeye. Married. Kids. Untie Nat. I spent years on tumblr watching people ship these two and now all of a sudden, Clint has a family? Kind of a d*ck move Marvel, keeping this concealed.
Bruce and Natasha.
Not that I'm not a fan of this relationship, but it just seems too sudden. There was talk about her joining him in the shower, running away with him and even having - or maybe not- children. When did they fall in love? I mean, there was a connection between them in the Avengers, but the only time that we saw it coming was in the trailers. How did they get so attached?
It seemed like the most important thing about this movie was their visions, along with the addition of Vision himself and the Scarlet Witch in the Avengers. We did get some awesome Black Widow origins and a couple of Agent Carter scenes from them too, but. I believe the most important things from the movie were a) Thor's vision about the Infinity Stones, which he actually lined up (at least the ones we already know about, even the orb from Guardians of the Galaxy)- which will eventually take us to "Infinity War"
...and b) Tony's vision where all of the Avengers were dead and Steve tells him "You could have saved us, why didn't you do more?". I'm not really sure how this part connects with the following movies, but we'll find out, I guess. If we add the scene where Tony confessed his vision to Fury saying "I'm the man who killed the Avengers. I wasn't tricked, I was shown. It wasn't a nightmare, it was my legacy. The end of the path I started us on.", I think we get some pretty evil foreshadowing. Also, Tony holding dead Cap could also be foreshadowing for Civil War, in which his death is more than just rumored.
Cap almost said it. "Avengers..." This is some Doctor Who sh*t they pulled on us. This is Bad Wolf Bay all over again. At that moment, everybody in the cinema said "assemble!" when he opened his mouth to say it, but then the credits fell. Still awesome, though.
Vision is WORTHY.
The look on the Avengers' faces were priceless when Vision effortlessly lifted Thor's hammer. That's right. He just picked it up and gave it to Thor.
Thor's ego must have taken a huge blow after this one.
And also, Thanos.
Thanos put on the Infinity Gauntlet, which actually appears in the Asgardian treasure room in Thor, which means Loki/Odin gave it to him/is working with him. Not much to be said about this one, since all awe get is a few seconds of him each time. But, if I had to guess, I'd say everything builds up to Infinity War, after all.