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ultra_fic ([personal profile] ultra_fic) wrote on September 23rd, 2015 at 05:52 pm
Avengers: Age of Ultron - Reaction Post
This past weekend, I finally got the chance to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. I was a little apprehensive because the general feeling I got from those that had already seen it was that it had issues and a lot of my friends were not overly thrilled with some of the choices made for the new movie. Still, I wanted to see it and make up my own mind, and now I have.

My initial reaction was this - I prefer Avengers Assemble aka The Avengers. If somebody asked me right now, which of these two movies do you want to watch, I'm going to pick the first one. I'm not massively surprised by this, because I seem to prefer Phase 1 to Phase 2 of the MCU all round (with the possible exception of captain America - I do prefer Winter Soldier to The First Avenger, if I'm honest). So, let's get into the whys and wherefores...

All my ships have been blown to hell! It's not surprising in one case, but it is in another. Let's start with my ships. I got into the whole Bruce/Darcy phenomenon thanks to fanfic. I never really expected that to happen, but then I really didn't expect them to give Bruce a love interest anyway. Now we have Bruce/Nat. Huh. It's not that I don't get what they were trying to do, but I was so definite in my headcanon that I can't make this fit in my mind. If you didn't know, I also ship Clint/Nat and just assumed they were destined. Are they not together in the comic book canon? I thought I read somewhere, but there's every chance I've fallen foul of rampant fanon. It made sense to me for those to end up together, and now I find Clint has a wife and kids? Um, no. I don't get it. It doesn't work for me, sorry. If Nat couldn't have Clint, I kind of expected her to move towards Steve (Iloved the two of them teaming up in Winter Soldier) but that didn't happen either. Additionally, I could live with the lack of Jane in this movie (I never cared for her much anyway) but where was Pepper? I was very surprised not to see her at least have a small role.

Ultron - now that guy is creepy! I don't know, the whole AI thing freaks me out a little, maybe because we are developing such tech in real life and this is a vision (no pun intended) of the worst that could happen. The concept was good, Tony trying to do good and it backfiring, the thing that should protect the world actually attacking it instead. It wasn't a bad idea, I'm just not as into that concept as I was the Loki plot from Avengers Assemble. Loki was a much better character.

That said, I did enjoy seeing Paul Bettany in the flesh as Vision. I'm not sure I got the whole concept of what he was exactly, but a repeat viewing of the movie should fix that. I'm not comic book girl and I think that leaves me a little lacking when I watch these movies.
So there was another of the Infinity Stones in Loki's sceptre? I did wonder. The post-credit sequence suggested Thanos means business, but I'm guessing he won't make his move until the next actual Avengers movie, right? I'm sort of losing interest... I want to see the next Captain America, because its captain America, and I want to see the third Avengers because of the whole Thanos plot that's been building, but the other stuff that's coming? Meh. I like the characters I already know, I'm not sure I care about new ones.

On the topic of Infinity Stones, we're still missing one or two, right? I mean, there was the Tesseract (blue), the Ether (red) from Thor Dark World, a purple one in Guardians of the Galaxy, and now the yellow one from Loki's sceptre. Are we missing one or two more? I'm guessing there's a green one at least because we have to be going for a rainbow... I don't know. When Thanos gets them all, is that him being all-powerful? Destroying the galaxy? I actually have no idea! lol

One last thing from Age of Ultron - the Maximoff twins. Um, not sure what to think about them. I was just starting to like Pietro and then when he sacrificed himself, I did feel the emotion well up. Yes, I cried a little bit. He had a pretty amazing character arc within one two-hour ensemble movie, so that was cool. (This is a variation on the same character that appeared in X-Men Days of Future Past and was suggested to be Magneto's son, right?). As for Scarlet Witch - what is the power she has? Some kind of mind control? I couldn't figure out if it was coming out of her or the things on her wrists or what, and if its mind control, how was she blasting people aside like she did? Confused by that.

I guess the ending with the 'new Avengers' was cool, but quite honestly, I like the original team and don't want them to change. I think as time passes and these movies go on, I'll just give up on them because they will no longer be the same thing that I fell in love with in the beginning. Maybe that's just me.

So those are my thoughts, long and rambley as ever, you may notice! lol All comments welcome, whether you agree with me or not :)
 
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