“I was designed to save the world.”
Joss Whedon has gone on record to say that Avengers: Age Of Ultron almost killed him.
And it shows.
With a grandiosity to it that you can’t really place on a scale, Whedon takes the workings of Phase 2’s films to bring together a greater tale of a group of people that can finally call themselves “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”.
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), wanting to wrap the world in armour after the events of New York (Avengers), creates a sentient program that executes his request to the Nth degree.
His creation, Ultron (James Spader), sets upon his “programming” which calls upon the Avengers to come together and stop him.
With Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) all returning, they each bring with them the changes enforced from their previous outings.
The Winter Soldier makes the largest mark on the universe, yet the effects of each characters story resonates and helps to build upon the stepping-stones for what-comes-next.
As the main characters have had their intentions explained with their films, we see a dynamic shift for our other Avengers.
Black Widow and Hulk have their past and fears laid out on the table, helping us see more to their ‘civilian’ side, which in-turn plays out with the Hawkeye character, who is finally developed into the hero the Avengers deserve.
New characters Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor Johnson) are used effectively in representing not only the arrival of new heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but as a moral compass for not only the battle between the Avengers and Ultron, but between the team themselves.
Amounting in a crescendo of action that surpasses the teased ‘Hulkbuster vs. Hulk’ footage, Whedon has the film dance itself to a 10 from the Judge’s, with a sequel that takes the magic of the first film and matures it by raising the stakes for a team that ‘Assembles’ once more to showcase the unstoppable might that is Marvel and the Box Office.