In the aftermath of everything that was discovered by Captain America about HYDRA taking over S.H.I.E.L.D. the Avengers have followed the trail of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker to the tiny Eastern European country of Sokovia. There they are confronted with two of the experiments that Strucker has been working on, a brother and sister who have been genetically modified to have powers. Pietro Maximoff has been granted super speed while his twin, Wanda, has both telepathic and telekinetic abilities.
With Strucker dead, Loki’s scepter retrieved and everyone back at Avengers headquarters, Stark and Banner discover that there is some sort of Artificial Intelligence inside of the gem of the scepter. The pair secretly decide to use it to implement an experimental global defense program, codename “Ultron”. Its mission is to protect the Earth from threats from within and without.
As JARVIS examines the scepter’s AI…the scepter is doing its own reconossance…bringing to life the otherwise hypothetical Ultron. When Ultron finally comes to life he wreaks havok in the in lab, eliminating JARVIS and destroying the Avengers headquarters after determining them to be the biggest threat to Earth. He steals the scepter and leaves the Avengers in shambles to begin his grand scheme.
Rid the Earth of every threat on it…even if that means ridding it of all human life on the planet.
-Genre: Superhero, Action/Adventure
-Creator: created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee
-Length: 141 minutes
-Rating: PG-13 (for mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild use of alcohol, moderate frightening and intense scenes)
-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library
-Main Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Sakarsgard, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson
-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book
Review (contains spoilers):
I forgot just how deep this movie is. It isn’t your standard superhero film. It is a cautionary tale of what happens when you take the idea of defense too far.
I know that many people would love the idea of preemptive strikes on threats both on and off Earth. But what determines that threat? Is it someone who has committed a crime already? How big of a crime? Someone who is an excellent speaker that can move hundreds if not thousands of people but has never committed an atrocity to date? Is the fact that they can move people enough?
Or is it the people that do everything they can to save as many people as they can…even if they cause other destruction or issues while doing it?
Ultron and his idea that the whole human race should start over is the extreme of this. He followed the logical path his programming was given and decided humanity was the biggest threat…so humanity should be wiped away.
Its something to think about. Our actions have consequences, and those consequences can be damning.
This is why I love comics and superheroes. There is always the discussions of morality, hope and compassion. Right and wrong. The extremes which we will continue to see throughout the MCU.
Some of my favorite characters are introduced in this…Wanda and Vision….and we get to see more of the life behind Hawkeye who is one of my favorite characters of all time. With every movie we get to see more and more into the characters. And the Infinity Stones that keep popping up around the galaxy.
Just a great step into the larger world of the Avengers and what is to come.