The Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU for short, first started out in 2008 with the release of Iron Man. That movie caught the attention of many movie-goers, and it sparked curiosity about the franch ise in general. The next movie, The Incredible Hulk, gave us a peek at Marvel's intentions when they gave us a quick Iron Man cameo at the end.
Since then, a movie empire has been formed. Those two movies were followed by Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and of course the creme de la creme, The Avengers. The Avengers was nothing like we had ever experienced before. Such popular and memorable characters banded together in order to take down a common enemy and change the way superhero movies were perceived by movie-goers from then on.
After The Avengers rounded out the MCU's Phase 1, they didn't waste any time before starting up Phase 2. Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy took the world by force, and built all of our excitement for the next colossal hit, The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Now when you are excited as I was for Age of Ultron, you have to be wary. All of this anticipation could lessen the movie experience. Since Age of Ultron was first revealed at SDCC a couple of weeks ago, I had to operate under the possibility that it wouldn't live up to my expectations.
However, not only was Avengers: Age of Ultron an incredible movie despite all the hype, I firmly believe that it was the best installment in the MCU so far. Here's why...
Marvel has been a bit hit-and-miss with their villains since Iron Man 2. Whiplash in Iron Man 2, Mandarin in Iron Man 3, and Malekith in Thor: The Dark World all came across as rather sup-part villains.
Ultron was a perfect villain to introduce to the MCU. I used to think that no one could top Loki, but Ultron certainly comes close. He is fresh, menacing, and even surprisingly funny at times. His motive is that unlike anything we've seen so far in the MCU, and you can't help but love to hate him.
Many fans raged after Hawkeye was brainwashed for the majority of the first Avengers movie, and for good reason. Being one of the only two non-powered Avengers, he had big shoes to fill in terms of proving himself to the group.
He did that and more in Age of Ultron. Clint Barton was given a much larger role in the sequel, including some awesome lines and some incredible action scenes. We actually get to see what Hawkeye is really like while he fights alongside Earth's Mightiest heroes.
Of course, seeing as Iron Man is in it, Age of Ultron is nothing short of absolutely hilarious. From the early recurring "language" joke with Cap to the gag with the gang trying to lift Mjolnir, you are guaranteed a movie full of laughs.
Ultron also brings a lot of humor with his sarcastic remarks. You don't expect a genocidal robot to be the laughable sort, but he definitely has a Loki-ish charm to him.
Hulkbuster v. Hulk
Perhaps one of the most anticipated showdowns of the film, the Hulkbuster fight doesn't fail to disappoint. It is beautifully choreographed and hilarious at the same time.
Did you think Thor gave Hulk a run for his money in the first Avengers? Well Stark really takes it up a notch in a showdown that destroys a good chunk of a small city!
I've been waiting for the inclusion of these two characters since the Marvel Cinematic Universe began. They are two very dynamic characters that really make an impact on the universe.
Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, known also as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch , are veterans in both the X-Men comics and the Avengers comics. They have a unique set of abilities that is truly a pleasure to see on the big screen. I went through the entire movie knowing that if the twins were on-screen, it was going to be memorable.
It's true that Age of Ultron isn't the end of Phase 2 yet (we still have Ant-Man later this summer), but the Avengers sequel perfectly sets up the MCU Phase 3.
Wakanda is heavily referenced near the middle of the film, and Vibranium is featured throughout, which references the upcoming Black Panther movie.
There is a lot of tension between Iron Man and Captain America at key points of the movie, which sets us up for Captain America: Civil War.
Thor gets a few visions of Asgard, which gets us ready for Thor: Ragnarok.
And the mid-credits scene? Well I won't give anything away, but it'll likely get you excited for The Avengers: Infinity War.
For spoiler reasons, I can't say much about the Vision other than that Marvel kept him under wraps for a reason in trailers and marketing. He is integral to the storyline, and his importance will only grow in every upcoming Marvel film.