Now that we've had some time to digest what we saw in theaters, here's our pick for Age of Ultron's best & worst moments. Massive Spoilers below.
1) Natasha Romanoff’s (Black Widow) Backstory
Personally, I thought Joss Whedon did a fabulous job keeping her character strong while giving a vulnerability that didn’t make her seem weak or play into the typical damsel-in-distress trope. What I found particularly fascinating was how she recounted her nightmare vision to Bruce Banner. She spoke about where she was trained, raised in the Red Room, which seems like a mix between a Russian ballet studio and training grounds for female spies and assassins.
If anything, Whedon adding Romanoff’s backstory will help connect her character throughout the Marvel cinematic and television universe.
Now, let’s get this Black Widow movie rolling -- I know everyone wants to see her character kick even more ass.
2) Brothers in Arms
3) Quicksilver's Death/Scarlet Witch's Freakout
It was also a good example of how graphic some simple blood makeup can look in the right context. We had seen those bullets cutting up chunks of cars and pavement, so when we see patches of blood all over ol’ silver hair’s body right after running through the hail of gunfire, it was easy to imagine what his insides currently looked like.
4) Hawkeye's Homecoming
2) Ultron's Motivations/His Mouth
He wants to...what? Kill all of humanity? Forcibly evolve the human race? Create a super evolved human-robot thing for himself to inhabit? And what was his power-level? He kinda went up against all our Avengers at one point or another and seemed to either be almost untouchable or just above Captain America, depending on the needs of the plot.
Also, those metallic lips. Why did he have to have weird metallic lips? His first and last form, where he has a face plate but no moveable lips, looked more interesting, genuine, and menacing than his semi-human looking face.
3) Ulysses Klaue -- Who?
Even though it was apparent he was a villain, what wasn’t apparent was who/why/how he was in the movie. The explanation from Tony Stark/Iron Man was brief and felt like he was covering a plot-hole in the movie to include his character. It would have been more convincing to me if he would have shown up in one of the Iron Man movie in order to follow the continuity that Marvel has been so famous for lately.