Age of Ultron Thoughts (Spoilers Included)

I’ve already seen Age of Ultron twice, so I think it’s safe to say I enjoyed myself. I waited as long as possible the weekend before I started sharing spoilers. So if you haven’t seen the film yet and/or prefer spoiler-free reviews–leave this page now. It’s my only warning.

Seeing the first showing of a movie always guarantees you’re surrounded by other hardcore fans. Thursday’s 7pm show was no exception. From debating over how excited we were at the new film trailers (none, pretty much) to the opening scene (laughter and loud clapping), it was an interactive experience.

Favorite scenes

  • Hands down, the “go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleep” sequence. Our science bros always make things golden. Though, I will admit, smashing him through the building frame would probably not save more civilians. Pretty much looked 5x more chaotic that other locations available in that area.
  • The Vision. Do I really have to say more?
  • Hawkeye vs. Quicksilver…any time in the film. Especially after his pep talk with Wanda. That jog of irritation though…
  • Ultron vs. the entire Avengers team. Realistic? Heck no, but that’s not what I paid money for. I was just as impressed by the CGI work as the fight sequence itself. Remember, they are reaction to nothing on set. I don’t know how well I could keep character in that situation.
  • Mjölnir really deserved a cast member credit as well.

Best quotes

  • “The elevator is not worthy”. – Captain America; I dub this the new “the cake is a lie”. Marvel, we need t-shirts now. You don’t even understand how badly.
  • “Go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleep, etc.” – Tony Stark
  • “I’m always picking up after you boys.” – Black Widow
  • “You really didn’t see that coming?” – Quicksilver/Hawkeye
  • “No one would even notice…” – Hawkeye
  • “No, I’m going to help you integrate Jarvis into the cradle.” -Tony Stark

Moments of irritation

  • The whole Black Widow/Hulk romance. Really?
  • In no circumstance do I believe Hawkeye, and Hawkeye alone, was able to keep that secret away from S.H.I.E.L.D. Nope.
  • This isn’t so much a Marvel thing as much as an “any time we create CGI robots” thing. I kept getting distracted at how Ultron seemed to have more human quirks as it evolved (I.E. more distinguishable facial features and the subtle breathing). Though there could be some interesting arguments made to discuss why, my second viewing of the film yesterday just kept focusing on that.

Merchandise opportunities

  • The beautiful sculpture of the fight sequence showed during the credits. Come on, Marvel. Get that up on Slide Show Collectibles so I can cry over what I’m forking out on a lay away plan. All that detailed zooming…there’s no way you can’t.
  • Black Widow…anything?
  • The J.A.R.V.I.S. program model. I want that moment of awesomeness available for detailed scrutiny.
  • The mind stone. Really, just give us the Infinity Gauntlet ahead of time. A high-end version that I can can stroll down the street and cause actually awesomeness with. It would bring wearables to the (literal) next level.

What I’m looking forward to

  • How the Hulk is featured next.
  • Captain America: Civil War (obviously)
  • Some of the characters cut from this film. And no, the director’s cut does not count.
  • The time after Ant-Man comes out. I love you Marvel, but that film does not inspire me to spend my cash in any way whatsoever.

The Sounding Board Graphic

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