As of the 24th of April, the climactic final instalment of Marvel's phase 2, titled 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' has been released in cinemas nationwide. The second film to present the superhero troupe as a whole, it follows the story of Stark's creation of Ultron, a sentient program intended to make the world a better place. Sadly, as the majority of creation stories go, it doesn't turn out well. Ultron, upon achieving consciousness, is struck by the realisation that the main causes of damage and destruction are The Avengers themselves, and sets about to destroy them. Whilst a little fast paced, the movie manages to detail incredibly complicated events in a seemingly short amount of time, though the film lasts for approximately three hours. Like all cinematic productions, it has its flaws, but overall, Marvel has certainly whipped up another delight for its fans.
As previously mentioned, the film rushes over a few vital areas, it leaps and bounds from plot point to plot point meaning that some significant character depth is ignored. Joss Whedon, director of the film, admitted that some backstory was lost on the characters of Black Widow, and the new additions to the team, Wanda and Pietro Maximoff. Whilst this certainly takes a significant amount away from the storyline, it is understandable. The film, with the cuts, is still a lengthy one, and splitting it into a two-part feature would have likely failed, the set up being uninteresting without support of the conclusion. Nevertheless, it definitely causes the story to lose something. A second small fault of the film is, unfortunately, usually a wonderful aspect. The one-liners that Whedon is famous for seem to dominate the first scene, the 'banterous' back and forth, robbing the group of both strong tactics, and a strong beginning.
Still, the film is able to take off from its shaky start. The creator-of-life storyline is a well-worn one, but that does not mean that any quality is lost. A scientist designs something representative of creation, whether it's a robot, program or monster stitched out of human body parts. The creation turns on the creator, and said creator is taught a lesson for meddling in things that only God should control. Interestingly, Avengers: Age of Ultron manages to slightly alter the message. Stark's explanation for his actions are not only being presented as possibly valid, but his positive assumptions, without spoiling too much, also come to pass. Overall, the film is a widely positive interpretation of both the original comic storyline, as well as an origin story for new additions to the Avengers team.
So, Marvel's Phase 2 of films has ended, and Phase 3 will soon begin. A second Guardians of the Galaxy film, a third Captain America, and Thor, as well as sub-franchises such as Captain Marvel, and Black Panther. Daredevil has also joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Netflix, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter are going strong. Hopefully, although Joss Whedon is leaving the franchise, Marvel will continue to make us laugh, cry, and gasp in shock. Bring on Phase 3!