I wasn’t planning on going to see Avengers: Age of Ultron this weekend. We’re heading up to John’s family cottage today, plus it’s Free Comic Book Day today, so the weekend was looking pretty full already. But, at the last minute we decided to head to the theatre to grab the last show of the night.
Oh man, I am so glad that we did.
It was something wonderful and lovely and amazing and I love anything that Joss Whedon writes or directs.
I don’t have time to write anything really in-depth right now, but here are some really quick thoughts on the movie:
- Black Widow needs her own movie. I’ve been wanting one for so long now because Black Widow is an extremely awesome character in the comics. She has this amazing past story… and when she first appeared in the movies, I was highly disappointed that they didn’t explore that past story at all. Finally we got a little bit of a glimpse. A very tiny bit. And I want more! Even John was finally interested in learning more about her character.
- I understand now how they were able to bring in Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. In the comics, she’s Magneto’s daughter (originally a biological one, later retconned to be his adopted daughter) and I wasn’t sure how they would be able to bring that over, with the whole Fox doing the mutant and the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) avoiding mutants. I’m not disappointed with what they’ve done with Scarlet Witch – she’s been one of my favourite characters since I was first introduced to comics, with House of M, and I’m really pleased with how Elizabeth Olsen portrayed her.
- Hawkeye is now one of my favourite characters in the MCU. They didn’t give him much of a role in the previous Avengers movie and this one totally made up for it. I absolutely fell in love with his character and need to find some comic books that will tell me more about it. I was especially impressed with how he was the one who could really fight Scarlet Witch’s mind powers – he could sense what she was doing and he powers didn’t work on him, when she was even able to hex Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America.
- The special effects were so beautiful! Seriously, I want to live in a world where things looked as good as they do in this movie.
- I failed at the “Guess Which Character Joss Will Kill Off In This Movie” game. Though I suppose I would be disappointed if I didn’t fail at it, because part of what I love about Whedon’s movies is that they keep me guessing. Even now, when I’ve seen Serenity five million times, I am still shocked by the deaths when they happen. This man is a genius storyteller. (Also, I am relieved I failed at this game, because otherwise he would’ve killed off one of my faves.)
- If possible, see this in 3D. I rarely say this. Typically 3D movies annoy me. This one, there was so much beauty in certain scenes that was enhanced by the 3Dness of them. Totally worth wearing those silly glasses for.
- I need to see this movie again stat. In fact, I need to watch all of the movies in the MCU again. Maybe I’ll have a MCU movie marathon when I’m on vacation in a few weeks.
Now, off to the comic book store to get me some free comics and buy way too many other Marvel-related books.