Overall I loved this movie. I don’t think I would say it was as “fun” as Guardians of the Galaxy was and I’m not ready to declare it my favorite Marvel movie over Captain America: The Winter Solider, but, I loved it. I’ll need to see it again before I can make those calls though.
While there were plenty of “wow” scenes throughout, it didn’t have the overall “WOW” factor the first movie did. I think that’s mainly because, at the time the first movie came out, nobody knew if Marvel Studios was really going to pull this massive interconnected universe off, and seeing that they not only followed through on their plans, but did so spectacularly just left an impression or a “movie high” that may never be matched again by comic movies. Overall, Age of Ultron was a better movie than the first one in nearly every way, it just suffers from not being first.
These are some of my general thoughts thinking back on it.
The opening scene, showing the team fully formed and clearly working well together was a great way to start. It immediately grabbed your attention and showed some great visuals.
I was surprised at how early we saw Ultron, but not nearly as surprised as I was at the number of comical lines Ultron had. This is a difference than how he is generally presented in the comics. It does make sense though when you take into consideration who created him.
I think every major character had at least a couple one liners, and the fact that every actor sold them just helped to show how well the team was connecting with each other.
I was a little worried Hawkeye was going to sit most of this movie out like he did the first one when he was injured in the first battle. Comic book science took care of his injuries though and he actually played a pretty important role.
Captain America, while not my favorite Marvel comics character, is my favorite Marvel Studios character (at least until I see Spider-Man). His costume has been different in each of his appearances and this was by far the best. I would love it if he just kept this look for future movies.
Some of the teamwork was downright amazing to watch, especially involving Captain America’s shield. That may not make sense if you haven’t seen the movie yet, but if you have seen it you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Vision were fantastic. No, they weren’t 100% like their comic counterparts (who is?) but the spirit of each character was perfect. I really enjoyed Fox’s interpretation of Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but we were presented with a superior take on the character here.
I enjoyed the brief appearances of War Machine and Falcon, but would have preferred for both to have had a little more screen time (especially Falcon.)
The final battle did feel similar to the final battle in Avengers 1, where it’s the team versus hundreds (thousands?) of seemingly mindless drones. I’m not sure how else it could be done though for a movie on this scale.
I was disappointed that there wasn’t an after credits scene, but Joss Whedon came out and said that there wouldn't be prior to the film's release. There was a mid credit scene though so at least we still get that teaser. The person you see it in should be familiar to you unless this is your first Marvel movie. If it wasn’t let me know and I’ll fill you in.
Overall this was a great movie and I’m still excited to go see it again.