Avengers: Age of Ultron – A few thoughts and no spoilers

I went to see Age of Ultron last night and it’s fairly unsusprising that it was another solid addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As with the first Avengers film, it was an excellent combination of action, humour and great characterisation.
Rather than review it and cover familiar territory, here are a few random observations (no spoilers, as long as you’ve seen the trailer and have a vague idea what the film is about)…
It was nice to see an AI with personality
We’re very used to AIs (particularly evil ones) being coldly calculating and relatively emotionless. However, if anything, that should be a characteristic of advanced, but not truly sentient, programs… a true AI, an actual self aware intelligence, should have personality, emotion and the ability to be sarcastic. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed ultron as a villain.
Packing on some muscle really changes a guy’s appearance
There is no way I would have pegged Quicksilver as the guy from Kick Ass if I didn’t already know… he’s looking a lot more buff in this film.
Marvel need to be cautious about the number of characters now
I am a big fan of the fact that the Marvel films tie together, with crossover in characters and events in one film being referenced in another. Obviously the Avengers films are a chance to bring all the characters together, but Marvel need to be cautious that they don’t cross a line and start making the films impenetrable to anyone who hasn’t seen the entire back catalogue.
Don’t stay right to the end
Stay to the end of the animated credits for a nice little tie in, but unlike some of the other Marvel films, there’s nothing right at the end, except an irate wife.
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