One of the most anticipated films of the year hits theaters today. Avengers: Age of Ultron, the star-sudden superhero sequel spectacular kicks off the summer blockbuster season looking to entertain and excite audiences around the world. What Disney’s Marvel has been doing over the last decade is something mighty special. With their Marvel Cinematic Universe, a three-phase, nearly 20-film plan, Disney is creating a series of inter-connected movies that work towards a bigger story while also triumphing on a standalone basis.
While Phase 1 really got underway with Iron Man 2, the MCU now contains three films from that metallic hero, two featuring Captain America and Thor, as well as one with the Hulk. Meanwhile, the Avengers film is the second installation where the assembly of heroes is together officially on the big screen.
With this entry written and directed by Joss Whedon, marking his second and final stint with the franchise having created the first Avengers movie, we are approaching a pivotal point in the MCU; we have after all, been at this for nearly ten years. The story follows a Tony Stark project named Ultron gone mad, as his hope to create an artificial intelligence to protect the world turns rogue. Ultron thinks protecting the world is the same as destroying it. So the Avengers seek to stop him while also meeting new ‘enhanced’ figures in the form of Russian twins Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, known as the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, respectively. Then there are individual stories, as each of the seven main heroes and their many supporters get appropriate screen time. What’s more, the film lays the groundwork for future stories.
The film of course needs to appeal to as many people as possible. For avid comic fans though, as always, there is much more. Marvel has always been keen to hint and tease with nuggets from the comic books as the franchise proceeds. Here are the 10 things only Marvel fans will pick up in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Warning: some spoilers ahead.
10 Helen Cho/Amadeus Cho
9 The Fall of Asgard
8 Black Widow’s Worth
7 The New Outfits
6 The Vision’s Infinity Stone
5 The Infinity Gauntlet
3 Ulysses Klaw
2 Civil War
1 The Scarlet Witch
The quietest yet most powerful figure in Ultron may be the Scarlet Witch, a figure who can seemingly control the minds of all the Avengers, even the mighty Thor who thinks himself invisible. In the end, she comes around to fight with the Avengers, enlisting in the assembly under the leadership of Captain America and Black Widow. She will return in Captain America: Civil War, and likely align against Tony Stark, as she started in Ultron. Scarlet Witch presents a lot of possibilities for the MCU. Fans will note something ironic in the film: Hawkeye gives Wanda a lovely pep talk in the finale, while in the comics however, she kills Hawkeye. She also went berserk at one point and stripped everyone of their powers. She also marries The Vision in the comics, but that might even be too weird for Marvel to put on screen. Then again, none of this makes sense, as Hawkeye muses.
Sources: moviepilot.com, screencrush.com, screenrant.com
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