Age of Ultron stars all of the cast from the original along with the additions of Aaron-Taylor Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and James Spader as Ultron. There are so many things that happen in this movie that it is quite hard to sum up without spoiling it. At its core, Tony Stark creates an AI called Ultron that he thinks will do good but turns out to be bad. That is as best as I can do without any spoilers, trust me there is more to the story than that.
This movie had one simple job, to be bigger and better than the first Avengers film. Well I can say it is definitely bigger in every sense of the word but might not be as good, honestly its a hard one to call. In some ways this is Marvels answer to Star Trek Into Darkness, it is relentless from start to finish and is arguably better than the first.
First of all the story works. The ever changing story keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, there are some side plots that aren't as interesting but it does not linger on them for too long.
Throughout the movie there are many large and fast action sequences along with well crafted dialogue scenes in between them. A bet to see who can pick up Thor's hammer is a reoccurring gag that is definitely a highlight. However the parts that matter, most importantly Ultron's creation and evolution, are quite rushed which is quite disappointing. Also for a 2 hour film the whole thing goes passed too fast.
Another notable aspect of this film is the amount of characters in this film. All of the characters are acted really really well but its the fact there are too many that is a slight problem. There are new avengers such as Vision, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, sidekicks form the standalone films such as Falcon and War Machine, Ultron and side villains like Baron Von Strucker and Ulysses Klaue. My favorite new addition to the cast was Quicksilver until they killed him off, but now it has to be Vision. Paul Bettany does a great job with what little time he has. By the way I may be the only one who thought this but the Hulk/Black Widow relationship was actually interesting if a little forced.
There are something's in this movie that don't feel right, for example Nick Fury. Now don't get me wrong I love Samuel L. Jackson but his character didn't feel necessary in this film. Take him out and the movie wouldn't have changed. Also I liked the direction they took with Hawkeye, the way they tried to humanize him really paid off.
The acting from everyone is great and the action scenes are intense but fun. This will go down as one of the better Marvel films in the franchise.