THE PROBLEM WITH “AGE OF ULTRON”; or, How Not To Please Everyone – by Cian Morey Jun06

THE PROBLEM WITH “AGE OF ULTRON”; or, How Not To Please Everyone – by Cian Morey...

I have my reasons for rarely watching superhero movies, particularly Marvel superhero movies. The majority of them, in my opinion, are simply money-spinners tossed out into the cinemas year after year to reel in easy wealth and perhaps to try to convince the Academy to devise a new Oscar for “Most Explosions in a Feature Film.” I have found that they often lack significant character development and forgo emotionally powerful or thought-provoking plots in favour of collapsing half of America’s skyscrapers in extensive climactic battle scenes that drag on for over half an hour. But that’s fine. Superhero movies don’t need character development or fascinating plots. There are enough people out there who are perfectly happy to watch two hours of explosions and loud noises to supply Marvel and company with more money than they could ever need. Marvel, therefore, should stick to doing what they do best. They should focus on creating the most exciting, explosive romps in the history of cinema. They don’t need to worry about those who would prefer some interesting characters or intriguing plotting; after all, those people are far from their biggest source of income. But nothing, I am afraid, annoys me more than when a half-hearted attempt is made at satisfying both parties. Avengers: Age of Ultron had a spectacular premise (and yes, from here on there are spoilers). Tony Stark, obsessed with protecting the world following the alien invasion in the previous movie, creates the perfect global defence program, an artificial intelligence by the name of Ultron. However, Ultron sees from plentiful records of war and so on that the greatest threat to the world is, in fact, the human race itself, and, having been programmed to eradicate the greatest threats to world, sets off to...