If you were one of the many, many people that contributed to the $188 million opening weekend for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, then you'll probably agree that the movie was an action-packed thrill ride.
If you still haven't seen it, what are you waiting for?!
I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone who can deny that Age of Ultron was a very fun movie to watch. That being said, I do agree with the general consensus that it fell slightly short of the first Avengers movie as far as eliciting audible "Heck yes!" responses from the audiences.
Remember this scene?
According to the imitable Joss Whedon in an interview with Birth. Movies. Death., there was supposed to be another Hulk-centric scene that would have made the crowd go wild. He stated:
Sometimes what seems like a moment turns out to be a move. That turned out to be a move.
It’s a great gag, but I couldn’t justify it. We were building a lot of the final battle around it, and it was killing us. Even when we were shooting. We had to stutter-step everything else, and eventually in post I convinced them we need to jettison this concept. I knew I could write a conclusion for Bruce and Natasha that I thought would be much better storytelling, and would be a real moment.
I was a huge fan of Bruce Banner/the Hulk's storyline in AoU, but I think that a bit of added dynamism couldn't have hurt.
While the immediate knee-jerk reaction to Whedon's revelation is disappointment that we still don't know what the cut scene looked like, it's actually a good thing! That means that there's a chance it'll show up in one of the sequels. Even Marvel agreed that it would be worth holding onto.
I don’t talk about it specifically because I said to Marvel, ‘You can use this in another movie! Hold on to that!’
Almost the entire film felt like a huge buildup to a greater climax in the next movie. Almost like the one somewhat lukewarm, dialogue-heavy episode of Game of Thrones that comes before a "Red Wedding" level episode.
I think that [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) was setting fans up for something bigger, more adrenaline-pumping, and exciting. At least, that's the hope. In the meantime, the film did a perfect job whetting my appetite for the rest of Marvel's upcoming slate!
(Via: Birth. Movies. Death.)