The Avengers was a fantastic film. Age of Ultron, however, was like most sequels; it didn’t live up to its predecessor. Some of the major plot holes can be seen not only from the view of a comic book lover, but also from someone with plain common sense. Let’s go through each of the major characters in the film and discuss how they didn’t make the cut in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
First up is Ultron. You can’t have a superhero movie without a villain, and Ultron was the chosen one for this film. First let me say that I loved David Spader’s voice-over for this character, but there are many flaws with Ultron when comparing comics to film. The first major flaw is that you can’t have an Ultron movie without Hank Pym! In the comics, Hank Pym is the creator of Ultron; therefore Hank Pym and Ultron have a creator/creation relationship. Let’s just assume that Tony Stark and Bruce Banner created him . . . ok fine. Going back to the comics once again, we see Ultron as a calm, logical machine. He didn’t spontaneously pop out of nowhere and kill irrationally. After first being created, Ultron learns slowly and eventually feels as if he is smarter than his creator. He feels like a god and demands worship. When this worship is not given to him, he then becomes the maniacal robot that we see throughout the film. So, if the movie is going to be called the “Age” of Ultron, we had better see some time elapse and an evolution of how our main villain came to be. The second major flaw of Ultron is that he doesn’t act like a logical being. Instead we see an irrational machine that goes from feeling sorry for dismembering someone’s limb, to sending his robots out to kill hundreds of innocent people. Ultron has bipolar moments throughout the movie. Another example of his bipolar disorder would be his emotional response to the betrayal of Scarlet Witch and Quiksilver. He is upset and shocked by this betrayal, but why would Ultron be offended that they switched sides when he knows they will die if his plan comes to fruition? Now just a few final questions I have concerning our bad guy: if Ultron is in control of all data, why would his master plan be to raise a city into the sky and then drop it to create a giant meteor? Why wouldn’t he just deploy nuclear missiles or use technology to control and take over the world? Also how did Ultron not take control of Iron Man or War Machine’s tech suits or SHIELD’s technology to defeat them? There is no way Tony could ever create an anti-virus that Ultron wouldn’t be able to destroy. And for these reasons, Ultron is an average villain at best.
Okay let’s talk about the huge elephant in that movie, Scarlet Witch and QuickSilver. By the way they are never called that in the movie which is strange . . . but whatever. These two characters are Magneto’s children. Yes, Magneto from the X-men, those are his kids. You cannot change the back story of these two characters! It makes no sense, and it is never explained as to why they are even involved in this plot! #weareXmen Oh, and did Quiksilver really just die from a bullet? #nocomment
How about Tony Stark? There isn’t too much to say about his character. One major fault that stood out was Veronica. Veronica is Tony’s machine that he summons from space to capture the raging Hulk. It fails, because obviously enveloping the Hulk in a metal cage will just make him angrier and eventually he will break out. Why Tony didn’t include some kind of gas inside Veronica that would knock the Hulk out is just another plot hole in the movie. Did we really just need to see the Hulk smashing stuff?
Alright the Cap is next. Honestly, I don’t have any major complaints with his character. Kudos to you, Cap!
How about Hawkeye? He was finally turned into a vital character of the team . . . finally. There really isn’t any complaint I have with Hawkeye in this movie. I am more upset that the writers didn’t try to make him more relevant from the beginning.
The Mighty Thor. Now here’s something to shake your head at. Can someone tell me why the Scarlet Witch was able to control Thor’s mind? If I recall correctly, the Enchantress is the only person who has ever been able to use magic on the Son of Asgard. Also, why did Thor have to go shirtless into a pool? It seemed a little unnecessary.
The big bad Hulk. First, Bruce Banner acted irresponsible when it came to allowing Tony to create Ultron. He went along with Tony’s crazy idea the first time and then did the same thing the second time. The main question I have about Bruce/Hulk is this: can Bruce control the Hulk or not? We see the Hulk destroying property, killing innocent people, and basically harming everything in his way for no apparent reason. Tony has to distract him and beat him into submission. However, at the end of the film we see the same Hulk calmly sitting in a plane by himself. Then he makes a conscience decision to leave Natasha and the rest of his team behind. These seem like two completely different reactions from the same character.
The Black Widow. First off, her bizarre relationship with Bruce Banner is disturbing. No one cares, nor did this movie have time for their emotionless monologues. Second, why must we shoehorn Black Widow’s back story into this movie? There were just enough cut scenes and flashbacks to be annoying, yet not enough to actually give a solid explanation of her character. If you want to do a back-story on Black Widow then why don’t we just give her a movie?
Finally, Vision. Where do I begin? First of all let me say that for me he was one of the most anticipated characters to see on screen, but my expectations were shattered. OK, Vision’s powers make no sense, and he never uses them wisely. Vision is the Martian Manhunter of the Marvel universe. His powers include: shooting beam from the Mind Stone, phasing through objects, becoming invisible and accessing data. He possesses all these powers and never once did I see him use them wisely. All I saw him do was fight hand to hand with mechanical Ultron robots! He could have used his Mind Stone, or phased through them and ripped them apart, anything but punch them!
So The Age of Ultron really wasn’t an Age. It was more of a moment, a day, or a glimpse into how to make an average Avengers movie.