Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor's unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe.



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When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.

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Robert Downey Jr.
as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Chris Evans
as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Mark Ruffalo
as Bruce Banner/The Hulk
Scarlett Johansson
as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Jeremy Renner
as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Elizabeth Olsen
as Scarlet Witch
Thomas Kretschmann
as Baron Wolfgang von Strucker
Paul Bettany
as The Vision
Stellan Skarsgard
as Erik Selvig
Cobie Smulders
as Maria Hill
Don Cheadle
as Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine
Anthony Mackie
as Sam Wilson/The Falcon
Hayley Atwell
as Peggy Carter
Idris Elba
as Heimdall
Claudia Kim
as Dr. Helen Cho
Andy Serkis
as Ulysses Klaue
Julie Delpy
as Madame B
Stan Lee
as Himself
Henry Goodman
as Dr. List
Chris Luca
as Fortress Soldier
Brian Schaeffer
as Strucker Mercenary
Gareth Kieran Jones
as Sokovian Acid Student
Chan Woo Lim
as Dr. Cho's Assistant
Minhee Yeo
as Dr. Cho's Assistant
Bentley Kalu
as Klaue's Mercenary
Julian Bleach
as Ballet Instructor
Vuyo Dabula
as Johannesburg Cop
Nondumiso Tembe
as Johannesburg Driver
Kabelo Thai
as Johannesburg Onlooker
Lele Ledwaba
as Johannesburg Onlooker
Mandla Gaduka
as Johannesburg Onlooker
Harriet Manamela
as Johannesburg Onlooker
Antony Acheampong
as Johannesburg Elevator Passenger
Chioma Anyanwu
as Johannesburg Elevator Passenger
Ingvild Deila
as World Hub Tech
Earl Kim Shiroma
as Korean Train Passenger
Michael Matovski
as Sokovian Family
Alma Noce
as Sokovian Family
Riccardo Richetta
as Sokovian Family
Constanza Ruff
as Sokovian Woman
Earl Kim
as Korean Train Passenger
Monty McLaren
as Clark-Tub Family Child
Julia Krynke
as Sokovian Driver
Tony Christian
as Sokovian SUV Driver
Ian Kay
as Sokovian SUV Passenger
Barry Aird
as Sokovian Police Captain
Verity Hewlett
as Sokovian Family
Monty McLaren-Clark
as Tub Family Child
Mina Kwon
as Korean Train Passenger
Namju Go
as Korean Train Passenger
Sunny Yeo
as Korean Train Passenger
Chris Beasley
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Critic Reviews for Avengers: Age of Ultron

All Critics (351) | Top Critics (57)

  • Fans of the franchise will be pleased, but those looking in from the outside of comic-book culture may find themselves also looking at their watches.

    May 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/5
  • "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is a sometimes daffy, occasionally baffling, surprisingly touching and even romantic adventure with one kinetic thrill after another. It earns a place of high ranking in the Marvel Universe.

    May 4, 2015 | Rating: 4.5
  • More does not necessarily equal better; here, more is just ... meh.

    May 3, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The sharp, interpersonal dramedy that made the first movie such a delight is again present in flashes, but not infrequently it is drowned out by the noisy, inevitable need to Save the World.

    May 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • For the most part, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is the hard-charging, mind-boggling spectacle fans are looking for. Smash indeed.

    May 1, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • World-saving is no longer a surprise to these characters. It's work. Grunt work. For them. For us.

    May 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Avengers: Age of Ultron

I think this is the one I watched. I honestly can't tell one from the other. The only two who slightly interested me were Scarlett Johansson and Elizabeth Olsen, and their screen time wasn't major. Mostly I was bored, couldn't follow the plot (did it have one?) and found it tedious. Lots of fights and explosions. Honestly could have been watching a transformers movie.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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The big monster finally arrives, characters falling all over themselves for space, for lines, for presence, and it all feels rushed, as if your parents finally took you to Disneyland but only gave you an hour to play. It's Disneyland, f'cryinoutloud! Iron Man versus the Hulk thusly steals the proceedings. And there's the Hulk versus the Widow!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


First of all, let me start off with a bold statement: I did not like the first Avengers movie! I thought it was over-bloated and tediously long, however it did have its merits for setting up a great phase 2 of movies. That being said I went into Age of Ultron with both optimism and trepidation, would I enjoy this more than the first one? And quite simply, yes I did. While most will disagree and say the first was better, this one had higher emotional stakes and was far darker making for an interesting film. Was it perfect? Absolutely not, but the movie knows what it is. First of all props to Jeremy Renner for making the quite dull Hawkeye far more interesting in this installment, delivering some of the best lines of the movie. The addition of Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch and Aaaron Johnson's Quicksilver were also welcome additions (however, Johnson's quicksilver has nothing on Evan's quicksilver in Days of Future Past). As for the core ensemble there really isn't much to fault, everyone is on their best game, however some characters are heavily underutilised and some storylines a little pointless (sorry Thor!). I'm trying to minimise on spoilers so I shan't post much more, other than the fact that there's only a mid-credit scene. Edit: James Spader does some great voice work as Ultron as well. Making him feel cold, yet understandable in his motives. 3.5/5

Jarrad Climpson
Jarrad Climpson

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I think it was inevitable that this sequel would have a hard time satisfying the fans and critics. The first movie was not only a major first time event in showcasing all these superhero characters together on the big screen for the first time, but it was also a shock that it worked so well. Naturally there was the wow factor, the surprise, we were all wanting a hit but really, who knew. Everything in that movie was fresh and new (to a degree), mainly because this Avengers team were together for the first time doing it. So could this sequel carry the ever growing pressures of the hype machine? Plot wise its pretty much as before, the A-team are up against an enemy who has a massive army of robot drones, as before when it was a massive army of aliens. The difference being the enemy has been inadvertently created by Stark, or least turned out to be evil which was not foreseen. This creation also kick starts the bickering within the team which will eventually lead to other movies, and there's one problem of the movie (and all Marvel movies now). These don't really feel like movies (to me), they feel more like a requirement, an obligation or constant filler merely to lead you into the next movie, and so on. Most of this movie is simply exposition and setups for other things that will happen in other movies, interspersed with high octane action. It never [b]really[/b] feels like a stand alone movie, admittedly these comicbook movies aren't really like that of course, its all part of a wider universe (like the comics), but at times it kinda feels like you're being cheated. Naturally things have to be bigger and better than before, thusly we have more characters to content with, more Avengers. All the regular members do pretty much what they did before accept, Hawkeye gets more backstory which fleshes him out, much needed considering he's just that guy with a bow and arrow and easily the weakest of the team. We get more Hulk action including an excellent face-off against Stark in his Hulkbuster suit, and a taster of some backstory for Black Widow. Most of this is conjured up by newcomer Scarlet Witch and her brain fiddling powers. Despite looking and coming across more like an X-Men character she is actually pretty good, well portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen and with some cool red, glowing, electric, laser bolt-esque firepower. New to the throwdown along with Scarlet Witch is Speedy Gonzales Quicksilver who pretty much does the same thing as Quicksilver did in that other popular comicbook flick. Which was better you ask? well visually I think this Quicksilver looked better, the other silver haired bloke with silver sneakers looking plain stupid. But effects wise the X-Men movie wins the day there, they do the same kind of thing here but with not as much depth or attention, plus X-Men got there first quite simply. Next up is Vision (or J.A.R.V.I.S.) who honesty looks like a child has designed his outfit but does blend in so well with the team. He's a quiet, soft spoken, strong character kinda like Dr. Manhattan, and pretty powerful which kinda made me wonder why he would need Avenger training at the end. Lastly is of course the bad guy Ultron who is brilliantly voiced by James Spader...but that's as far as I go on the positive note. First off why exactly does Ultron turn out to be bad? I realise he thinks he's doing the Earth a favour by erasing mankind but surely something with that level of intelligence would see the downside to that plan (he thinks humans are monsters, but is he wrong?). As Vision says at one point, he was only born yesterday, yet he can see the issue with wiping out mankind, so why can't Ultron? I also have to say, I didn't really like his design, I realise its close to the comics but it just didn't look right to me, he looked like a deformed Terminator. This also leads me to the effects side of things, why the hell did they give Ultron a moving mouth?! It looks awful, the same mistake was made with Optimus Prime, it just looked really bad, his mouth section shouldn't have moved. Overall I wasn't actually impressed by the special effects, maybe its because I'm becoming more and more numb to the same kind of CGI stuff. But in general I just didn't feel anything for the effects, we all know there's gonna be a shit load of CGI, yeah some of it looks good like the helicarrier, but then again some of it is obvious, obvious greeenscreen, obvious rag doll effects, Ultron looked average and his drones just became weightless toys that were completely ineffective (much like the completely ineffective alien hordes in the first movie). One thing that did look good were the destruction effects, apparently destruction and carnage effects have come on leaps and bounds because these days because they do look awesome. Funnily enough this led me to think about 'Man of Steel' and how people moaned about the destruction in that movie. Well what about this folks?? there is masses of destruction in this film and I'm pretty sure many innocent people got killed amongst all that. Look at the Hulk vs Stark fight, holy shit! how many people got wiped out there?! What about that runaway train sequence??!! good golly Miss Molly! absolutely ludicrous amounts of havoc! great ruination effects though. The one thing that did disappoint me (as I already said) was the fact that the movie ends in virtually the same way as the first, the whole last act. There are masses and masses of robot drones swarming all over the place (not alien drones, robot drones remember)...and Hawkeye is running around with his flippin' bow and arrow. I know they even address that but it still seems daft. I also have to question Black Widow's use here, she can't karate kick robots to death and her revolver is of limited use...so what the fuck? The rest of the team are legitimately useful. I did also have to wonder how exactly Ultron managed to build such a vast army of robots and that machine thingy in such a small space of time but...ugh! whatever. Kudos to the light-heartedness of it all, it hits just the right spot for a comicbook adaptation. Some moments did make me smile such as Thor claiming he can't be brainwashed by Scarlet because he is a God...oh but he can. Then the little touch where Vision looks at Thor and his cloak, then quickly and sneakily creates his own because clearly he just fell in love with the whole look. Nice little witty moments which do make the movie more enjoyable, alas they tend to be overcome by more obvious silly quips and gags for the kids. One running joke to me being Falcon, what the hell use is this guy?? He wears metallic wings...but surely anybody/any top pilot presumably could wear them, how is he special? Plus the way he just swoops down right at the end outta nowhere, like...where the hell you been random bloke who wears metal wings. All in all I did enjoy bits of the movie but found myself losing interest quickly, the in your face tidal wave of CGI really becomes too much, especially when the action really digs in. I was never really engaged in anything, I never really had much interest in the characters because I knew they were all gonna live (accept for one), and basically I found myself enjoying the little tit bits that either hint at other things or things to come. The end mid credits scene was far more exciting than anything else! (they usually are). Seeing those little snippets, that leave you dribbling for more, work so well, more so than the full length feature at times. Overall I am finding myself getting bored of seeing the same kind of thing, robots, lasers, mech suits, martial arts, big futuristic jets and carriers etc...the original wow factor of these comicbook flicks is ebbing away fast.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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