Tony Stark: Actually he’s the boss. *points to Captain America*
I just pay for everything and design everything, make everyone look cooler.

That’s absolutely true, and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) also happens to be responsible for all the mayhem that happens in the movie. The sequel to Avengers, biggest movie in 2012 and current third-highest-grossing film of all time, Avengers: Age Of Ultron comes to the big screen with even more characters and a whole lot more action.

Directed by Joss Whedon, who also helmed the first movie, Age Of Ultron sees Earth’s mightiest superheroes facing their most formidable and self-assured opponent, the artificial intelligence Ultron. Filmed with motion capture and voiced by James Spader, Ultron is the unfortunate result of Stark’s attempts to jumpstart a peacekeeping program that had been laid dormant, one that has went terribly awry.

Besides Iron Man, the ensemble cast of the Avengers returns. Needless to say, all-time favourites Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Bruce Banner / Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Steve Rogers / Captain America (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Clint Barton / Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite for one more adventure. New additions to the team include the Maximoff twins: speedster Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and mind-controller Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), as well as Vision (Paul Bettany).

As humanity is put to the verge of extinction, the Avengers’ true colours are shown. Their inner strengths are put to the test, and trust issues arise. A purported romance between Hulk and Black Widow adds a layer of depth to their individual characters; one that has never been seen. Their soft sides are revealed, and can only be portrayed best on the big screen and not in comic books.

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch undergo the biggest character arcs in the movie. With a brief introduction from the get-go, the twins quickly become pivotal to the plot. Given their characters’ backgrounds, this comes off as no surprise. But it is the convincing onscreen chemistry between Johnson and Olsen that is likely to earn the adoration of fans.

With almost a dozen main characters to play with, Whedon does an incredibly good job at giving just enough screen time to each character while progressing the plot and at the same time keeping the overall pace consistent. If that’s not enough, the witty spontaneous humour amongst the Avengers keeps the movie light-hearted throughout, with emotional moments reserved till the very end.

Age Of Ultron also happens to top the current record of most visual effects in any Marvel movie, and visually, it truly is a spectacle to witness. Every scene is detailed, and every action sequence carefully executed to stretch your imagination and bring out the best in their superhero powers. Lasting over two hours in duration, every second is meticulously perused to ensure boredom is kept at bay.

Bigger, better and bolder, the film’s action takes precedence over its story in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, with numerous spectacular fight scenes and non-stop action sequences where you wish you didn’t have to blink. And in 3D, it just keeps getting better. So fear not, your inner fanboy will definitely be satisfied.

Oh and one more thing about that sneaky post-credits scene that Marvel is infamous for: don’t bother waiting for it. There isn’t one! So, what are you waiting for? Go to the nearest cinema and get yourself a ticket now. Avengers: Assemble!

Avengers: Age Of Ultron opens in cinemas tomorrow.

Directed by: Joss Whedon
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Running time: 141 minutes
Rating: 4/5

This film was reviewed in the 3D format