Wednesday 6 May 2015

SPOILER Discussion - Avengers: Age of Ultron

"Fortunately, I am mighty..."



It's been almost a week out in the US...2 weeks since I watched it...and I cannot hold this back, I have to talk about this before it tears me apart...from the inside...


          Yes, this is about Stan Lee's lovely cameo. He muttered "Excelsior" while being drunk and dragged away by two men. "Excelsior" is the famous catchphrase of Stan himself. Nuff said.

"You didn't see that coming?"

          Now here's a big thing. The death of one the Avengers: Pietro Maximoff. The line above was a great exchange between him and Hawkeye, the man he saved by giving his life. What started out as a joke, and continues with some playful insult with one another...ends up with this sad, tragic moment. Add to that the fact that he saved the Avenger who we had just learned of his background, and has a pregnant wife. I don't want to imagine should he be the one to die. And in the end, Barton's newborn baby has a hero as his middle name: Pietro.

There was that one rant from Hawkeye in Sokovia that was just very funny. Bet he never thought that it would end up this way.

"Oh, for God's sake..."

          Yes, this was the line we heard when Ultron was being thrown away by Hulk. What I'm really concerned about here, is whether Ultron really is gone. Initially, I had the hope that since Vision never really wanted to kill him, and we didn't really get a shot of his last body being destroyed (it was a distant shot), he may still be alive. I love Ultron, and I want to see more of him.
          But then again, Vision did say Ultron & all traces of his existence must be destroyed for the sake of the humans, and we did see Vision cut off Ultron from the internet, and possibly destroying his last body, and if so, I guess this is it. I mean, this is Marvel, so, you never know. But if it is the end for him, then I'm glad Ultron made his mark in the hands of Joss Whedon & James Spader - and they did him justice.

          And yet, maybe since he's no longer connected to the net & not much of a threat, Vision may decide in the last moment to preserve the mind (program) of Ultron somehow, somewhere...I don't know...

"I was born Yesterday..."

          Before the movie, the character was kept in a veil of secrecy and we know nothing about him - except that he is in the film. But in the end, seeing Vision in the movie - he was awesome! Not only was the performance by Paul Bettany brilliant, but the character itself is awesome in every way. How he looks, how he speaks, how he fights. He really is the surprise of the film, and I didn't expect to like him - but I do now. It gets better to know that Ultron had a major part in his creation, reflecting his origin in the comics. And yet, many had their suspicions confirmed, that it is indeed an Infinity Stone in Vision's forehead. In the end, he was a great character, and I can't wait to see more of him.

Oh, but if Thanos is going to get all the infinity stones anyway, what happens to Vision then?? #heartbroken

"Avengers...A- "

          By the end of this film, the Hulk was MIA, Thor went to Asgard, Hawkeye is with his family, and Tony quits...again...kind of. Although thanks to the magic that is the internet, we know that Tony Stark & Hawkeye will be back for Civil War. In the meantime, there is a new Avengers team under the lead of Cap, mainly in new members War Machine, Falcon, Wanda Maximoff, and Vision. I'm not here to talk about these characters because I'm open to see wherever they take these characters in the future.
          What is very interesting about this is the notion of a changing roster of the Avengers. In the long running existence of the Avengers in the comics, the roster can and has always changed from time to time, and we fans know that. And Kevin Feige (President of Marvel Studios) always said that they want to introduce this notion to the world, that heroes can come and go, but the Avengers, as a team, will always be there.
          It goes without saying that, in the sense of the MCU films, this means that once the contracts with their actors are over for good, the Avengers and the films in the MCU could still go on. This is just a soft way to start to introduce the changes. But then again, they could always come back to being an Avenger. So, while the future may be uncertain, you can bet on Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor to be back as an Avenger in Infinity War...I hope. Damn you, Marvel!

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