Avengers: Age of Ultron ★★★★

Seeing as how integral Whedon's sensibilities were to the success of the Avengers films (the first one much more so), I will admit I am concerned for the ensemble Marvel films of the future. Balancing all of these characters and delivering a hero moment for each without it feeling forced is enormously difficult, and Whedon manages to do it in both of these with ease.

*And for the record, I have no problem with this film at all. It's definitely inferior to The Avengers, but it's a supreme slice of popcorn entertainment. As a film, there are major issues, most notably with the script. But as a lifelong nerd, there are simply too many boxes checked off in this to not enjoy it.

The Vision? Check.

Hulkbuster suit? Check.

Hawkeye's moment in the spotlight? Check.

Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanav, the Black Widow? Check.

Captain America tearing logs apart with his bare hands? Check.

Slo-mo scene with the Avengers kicking ass altogether? Check.

I could go on. My only major issue with this film is Ultron. While he is still one of the better villains in the MCU, I wish they had carried him over for a second film. He's a fascinating piece of the Avengers puzzle, contradicting so many of the heroes in such compelling ways that he deserves more exploration. James Spader is great as well, breathing life into a character that is literally a robot by simply using his voice. I wish superhero films would stop feeling the need to use a villain for only one film. Oh well. Avengers: Age of Ultron gets my nerd stamp of approval.

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