‘Ultron’ ends Marvel’s Phase Two with bang


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This photo provided by Disney/Marvel shows, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man/Tony Stark in the film, “Avengers: Age Of Ultron.”

Christopher Joseph, Staff Writer

In 2012, a movie set the standard for superhero movies: “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

Avengers was the first movie to have so many great, independent heroes with their own film franchises to grace the screen together. After the huge box office success of the Avengers, Marvel was in full throttle to make a sequel. For two years, the teasing of the sequel made many fans excited to see what the next adventure is for our heroes.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is exactly what you’d expect from Marvel; a green giant smashing stuff, iron suits and all the shield throwing you could imagine.

Age of Ultron follows the events of the first movie. Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) builds an artificial intelligence named Ultron (James Spader), who was created to help the world when needed.

Something goes wrong and Ultron. Instead of helping the world, it wants to destroy and rule it. It is up to the Avengers to stop Ultron.

Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Reiner and Chris Hemsworth return to reprise their roles as the Avengers. Joining the super-powered cast we have are Elizabeth Olson and Aaron Tayler-Johnson as the twins Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, respectively.

Age of Ultron is an entertaining movie from start to finish. However, the biggest thing about this movie is James Spader’s performance as Ultron. He is the perfect villain after Loki in the first film. He is menacing enough for the audience to be terrified of him when he is on the screen. Ultron’s presence in the movie makes you feel like it’s serious business. Spader’s voice is the perfect casting of for this maniacal villain and he is the best way to close the chapter of Marvel’s Phase Two.

With Phase Two of Marvel’s big Cinematic Universe over, Phase Three has some mighty big shoes to fill. With the recent announcements of Marvel’s Phase Three movies, we might see a change in roster of the Avengers in future installments. Marvel Studios has done a great job with setting a universe that we can see for years to come.

Make sure you stick around for the credits to get a glimpse of Marvel’s Phase Three. Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters May 1.