It should go without saying, please be aware that this article contains very explicit SPOILERS about the movie.
Avengers: Age of Ultron has now been released everywhere around the world, having opened in North America on May the 1st. It has already proven to be extremely popular everywhere else, earning an opening-weekend total of $200.2 million from 44 countries and opening at first place in every single country in which it was released.
While not everyone has been totally positive about it in terms of its critical reception, those figures have been generated with good reason. The movie is a huge spectacle with near non-stop action, incredible special effects. There are also some brilliant performances from its ensemble cast, with newcomers such as James Spader, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Andy Serkis really adding something to the experience.
Those ingredients, of course, come together to create some outstanding moments. Some get the adrenalin pumping, some are emotive and others generate laughs aplenty and this article will list the best in the movie. Here are the twenty most awesome moments in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
It's probably not too far off the mark to say that Stan Lee's cameos - a tradition in pretty much every Marvel movie to date - are running the risk of getting boring. For now, fans still look forward to them and the one in Avengers: Age of Ultron was certainly one of the better ones.
At a party in Avengers Tower, Lee's character - a World War 2 veteran who landed on Omaha beach during D-Day - dismisses Thor's 1000-year-old drink as something he could easily handle. Having drank some, the next scene sees him blind drunk, being escorted out whilst slurring his real-life trademark motto "Excelsior!"
Like Stan Lee's cameos, scenes in and/or after the credits have become something of a tradition in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - it's a fine way of expanding the franchise by being able to include something that wouldn't necessarily fit in the main body of the film in question.
Avengers: Age of Ultron had a mid-credit scene that tied-in with the upcoming Infinity War movies, as Thanos appeared on screen to acquire the Infinity Gauntlet (presumably from Asgard) and mutters "Fine, I'll do it myself" - a reference to the fact that his flunkies have failed to successfully gather the Infinity Stones for him to date.
18 Rhodey's Stories
At the party in Avengers Tower, James "Rhodey" Rhodes AKA War Machine tells a story about how he had picked up and delivered a tank to a general by hand whilst wearing his power armour. Hilariously, Thor and Tony Stark are completely unimpressed - with Thor not even realising that the story's punchline had been spoken - much to Rhodes' disappointment.
A couple of minutes later at the same party, he tells the same story to a group of "normal" people and they absolutely love it, laughing profusely. Then, later in the movie, when he's fighting Ultron drones, he says "this will make a great story!"
17 Ulysses Klaue
It had been known for some time prior to the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron that Andy Serkis would be playing a version of the Black Panther villain Ulysses Klaue in the movie. As it turned out, it was really nothing more than a cameo, but it was actually one of the highlights of the movie, as Serkis is brilliant in the role.
Playing an arms dealer and gangster who had previously dealt with Tony Stark, Serkis' Klaue loses his arm in an altercation with Ultron. He will no doubt reappear more prominently in the Black Panther movie with a contraption of some sort having replaced his arm - and that's a good thing.
16 Hawkeye Emphasises The Movie's Wackiness
In the final battle, as Scarlet Witch cowers in fear, Hawkeye (who got a lot more screen time in this movie than he had previously) gives her a rallying speech that acknowledges just how crazy the movie is - and it's brilliant. He says “The city is flying, we’re fighting an army of robots and I have a bow and arrow. None of this makes sense.”
In what is essentially the same scene, he tells her that if she walks outside, she's an Avenger - at which point she proceeds to kick some robot ass. Quicksilver then appears, mocking Hawkeye's lack of speed and the archer comes out with another great line about killing the annoying speedster off. He says “Nobody would know. Nobody. When I found him, Ultron was sitting on him. Yeah, he’ll be missed, quick little bastard. I miss him already.”
15 "Jane's Better"
Although the scene was essentially used to quickly explain the absence of both Natalie Portman and Gwyneth Paltrow from the movie, an exchange between Thor and Tony Stark at the Avengers Tower party was very funny.
The pair discuss their girlfriends - Jane Foster and Pepper Potts, respectively - telling each other of their achievements and why their work schedules meant they couldn't attend the party (Jane is a successful astrophysicist and Pepper runs Stark Industries). It's a clear case of trying to one-up the other guy without actually making it obvious - that is until Thor explicitly and abruptly comes out with "Jane's better" to end the scene.
14 "Well, I Was Born Yesterday"
Because it was so fitting, it was always going to be the case that Vision - a synthetic being created by Ultron - would be the character who ultimately defeated the evil titular robot. That's exactly what happened and it was one of the most memorable scenes in the movie.
When Ultron knew he was defeated, his consciousness inhabited his last functioning drone and tried to escape. He was met by Vision, however, who explained that humans were worth saving and the he was looking forward to living amongst them. Ultron called him "naive", which prompted Vision to reply with "Well, I was born yesterday" - which, of course, he actually was. Vision then finished him with a powerful energy blast.
13 The Avengers Aren't Worthy
Anyone who saw the trailers and movie clips that were released prior to the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron would have been aware of this scene already, but it's undoubtedly a great one and possesses new meaning once you've seen the whole movie (given the events that would transpire involving Mjolnir and a certain android, which this list will get to soon).
After the party at Avengers Tower, some of the heroes - Tony Stark, James Rhodes, Bruce Banner, Clint Barton and Steve Rogers - all try to lift Thor's hammer. They all fail miserably, but Rogers manages to budge it slightly, much to Thor's initial (and hilarious) concern.
12 Mjolnir Takes Quicksilver For A Ride
During a confrontation between the original Avengers and Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (the twins having initially teamed with the robotic villain), Quicksilver really demonstrated how his speed could be used for offensive purposes for the first time.
Having landed a powerful punch on Captain America whilst moving extremely quickly, he saw Mjolnir flying past him - effectively in slow motion - and decided to grab onto it. Unfortunately for him - but much to the entertainment of audiences - it simply dragged him along through the air due to the fact that he was unworthy of actually doing anything that would stop it.
11 Ultron's Awakening
When Ultron first awakened - having initially been deemed a failure and intended to be a force of good - it wasn't just a case of him rising up in a pre-existing body.
During the aftermath of the Avengers party, the scene cut to the room in which Tony Stark and Bruce Banner had been attempting to bring him to life, and Ultron awakened in digital form. He was met in the digital world by J.A.R.V.I.S. - who he soon appeared to destroy - and a digital sequence in which he browsed the internet to gain knowledge of Earth's history occurred, before he built himself a body, introduced himself to the Avengers and attacked them.
10 Iron Man Destroys One Of Ultron's Forms
After the Avengers had confronted Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, a fight broke out (the one in which Mjolnir hilariously dragged Quicksilver along with it). While all of the other characters were involved in altercations of some sort, Iron Man and Ultron had a fight of their own that took them away from the initial scene of the battle.
The two exchanged blows and energy blasts and Ultron had a few choice words about his plans - and indeed about Tony Stark himself - and, although he knew it wouldn't finish Ultron (given that he inhabited several bodies at that point), it was very satisfying to see Iron Man use a small missile to blow what was then the main Ultron body into pieces from close range.
9 Scarlet Witch Destroys Ultron's Final Form
After having emerged as an Avenger following Hawkeye's aforementioned rallying speech, Scarlet Witch started dishing out the hurt to Ultron and his robotic army. This was never more prevalent than after she had witnessed her brother's death at Ultron's hands (or, more specifically, via Ultron controlling the Quinjet's minigun and shooting him several times).
As a result, her anger saw him kill Ultron's most powerful form by using her immense power to tear his metallic "heart" out of his chest (explaining that he would feel how she felt when he killed her brother). It was at that point that his drones began to run away, ultimately leaving Vision to finish off the last one to win the battle.
8 The Flashbacks
There is a scene on board Ulysses Klaue's ship - where the Avengers first face off against Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch - in which Scarlet Witch uses her hex power on Black Widow, Captain America and Thor (which she had earlier used on Tony Stark).
It gives them visions - Thor goes to Asgard and is informed about the impending Ragnarok, Captain America gets his dance with Peggy Carter and Black Widow's history is quite deeply delved in to - and the tone really shifts from the typical light-hearted comic book flick associated with Marvel Studios to something quite nightmarish and haunting, really allowing Joss Whedon to showcase just how good a director he can be.
7 Banner & Romanoff Open Up
The relationship between Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner was explored quite deeply in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not only was it apparent that Romanoff was used to calm the Hulk down in order to allow him to transform back into Banner, it was also apparent that the two were romantically involved (something that caused Banner to flee at the end of the movie for fear of hurting Romanoff).
An extremely emotional scene between the pair had Banner explaining how he couldn't have a "normal" relationship or family life with Romanoff, with Romanoff opening up about how she couldn't have children anyway, due to a sterilisation process that was compulsory as part of her becoming an assassin in the past.
6 Vision Lifts Mjolnir
Vision's whole awakening scene was pretty great. He was created by Ultron out of vibranium and living tissue, complete with the Mind Gem to give him consciousness, to make him the perfect body for the villain to inhabit. However, thanks to some mystical shenanigans involving a pool of water, Thor learned that the Avengers could make use of him instead.
With Tony Stark having uploaded J.A.R.V.I.S. into the lifeless body, Thor arrived and brought it to life with his lightning. The shock of suddenly waking up made Vision attack Thor instinctively - leading the Avengers to believe he was evil - but his subsequent nonchalant picking up of Mjolnir to hand it to Thor allayed their fears (he would also later wield the hammer in battle against Ultron's army)
5 Hulk Vs Hulkbuster
It was no secret that Hulk and Iron Man's Hulkbuster armour - or "Veronica" as it's known in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - were going to duke it out in this movie, as the trailers showed the fight quite extensively. It was, however, unknown exactly how the fight would happen (Scarlet Witch messed with Bruce Banner's mind to make him transform) and not all of the footage was shown prior to the movie's release - and it turned out to be even more awesome than expected.
It was an action-packed spectacle that included some great one-liners and memorable moments, including Iron Man's giant pneumatic fist repeatedly smacking Hulk in the face while Tony Stark repeated the words "go to sleep" over and over again.
4 The Team Jump Into Action
This whole pre-title screen scene in general (which includes things like Black Widow asking "does somebody wanna deal with that bunker?" and Hulk responding by smashing through it with ease, as well as Captain America telling Iron Man to watch his language - something he was subsequently mocked for relentlessly - and Tony Stark finding a secret passage and saying "yay!") is fantastic and reminiscent of an action-packed opening to a James Bond flick.
It also includes the scene that really got people talking from the trailer - the one pictured above in which the Avengers literally jump into action together - and was generally an awesome way to kick the movie off.
3 The New Team Are Revealed
After the Avengers have defeated Ultron, several of them depart the team and go their seperate ways (granted, in most cases it will only be temporary but, for now, they have left). Tony Stark wants a more peaceful life and leaves the team, Bruce Banner has headed off in the Quinjet to isolate himself for the safety of others, Thor has left for Asgard in wake of Ragnarok, Clint Barton has left to live a normal family life and Pietro Maximoff was killed by Ultron.
Meanwhile, Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff - along with help from the likes of Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Erik Selvig and Helen Cho - set up the Avengers Academy as a new base for the team in upstate New York. The movie ends with Rogers and Romanoff meeting up with their new team-mates - War Machine, Falcon, Scarlet Witch and Vision - to train them, with the final line said by Rogers; "Avengers., a-".
2 "S.H.I.E.L.D." Arrive To Help
Nick Fury made a cameo with a fleeting visit to Clint Barton's farm earlier in the movie, while Maria Hill was in Avengers Tower discussing tactics and what-not with the heroes earlier in the movie too - but nobody was expecting them to show up later in the movie in the way that they did.
As Ultron was carrying out his evil plan (he had built a machine to lift Sokovia in to the air in order to drop it, causing global extinction to the human race) the Avengers had no idea how they would save the small nation's citizens. Then, out of nowhere, the old S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier from the first movie arrived - headed up by Fury and Hill - fully staffed and ready to help. War Machine was also on board and, in addition to getting citizens to safety, the arrival also added some fire-power in the fight against the titular villain.
1 Avengers Vs Ultrons: The Final Showdown
The actual final battle between the Avengers and Ultron's army was awesome. The first Avengers movie saw the team come together for the first time in an epic scene in which the camera circled the-then sextet, but this time it was even more awesome.
With all six original Avengers present, they were joined by Vision, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as Ultron sent his army to attack them from all angles. The camera-work as they fought off the robotic waves was absolutely outstanding, with every Avenger showing their mettle and getting their moment in the spotlight, using their powers and skills to take out the drones en masse.
So there you have it - the twenty most awesome moments in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Did you enjoy this article? Have you seen the movie and do you agree with the list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.