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“I’ve got no strings to hold me down / to make me fret, or make me frown / I had strings, but now I’m free / There are no strings on me” (Ultron)

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  • What is this movie about?

After the events of Captain America: Winter Soldier, we find the Avengers ready to get Loki’s scepter back. In addition, (for a change) Tony Stark is developing a new program to fight evil: Ultron, who might fins its own way to fight evil different from their creator..

 

  •  Why should you watch this movie?

Firstly, if you are a Marvel fan you will watch this movie, so if you want a pat on your back keeper reading. Thank you very much.

So, after the amazing Avengers movie, the money-making machine hasn’t stop working. It is not possible to not compare this one with the previous Avengers movie (or with the rest of the movies of the Marvel universe).. so here we go.

The movie has lots of action, but less than its predecessor. While the first one was a non-stop action movement, this one stops more just to go deep into the characters backgrounds. We learn things from almost all Avengers, mostly what we learn is that they are humans (most of them at least) and they have an origin, an origin that hasn’t been explored (yet, do I smell a single character origin movie somewhere? Who knows…). anyway, this movie goes deeper that the previous one and it feels like some kind of impasse in the Marvel universe, where old things end and new things start fresh.

Moreover we see new characters added into the story (as it wasn’t already overcrowded before) which means, more stories to take care of but more stories to add into the main story arch, a story arch that is starting to get twisted and where we start to see the real connection between the movies. But nonetheless, a story arch which gains your attention.

Yes, if you like superheroes movie, you will enjoy it, (it not, why are you reading this at all!!?). You have action, you have humor and you will be shown new characters with new powers that will interest you. If you are a fanboy/fangirl your universe might be shaken up with the details, but who cares? This is a well made entertaining movie, so enjoy it.

Don’t stay until after the credits cause there is NOT an end of credits scene! Just one mid-credits, a scene that will prepare us possible for the next Avengers movies, Infinity War Part I and Part II, but in between we will have Captain America: Civil War, which takes me to the next question, how the heck will they do it? We’ll have to wait one year to find out… In the meantime, we can enjoy the upcoming Ant-Man movie!

 

  • Did you know?

– Follow up of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

– The trailer was viewed 34 million times on YouTube in the first 24 hours after it was released. This broke the record that was previously held by Iron Man 3 (2013).

– So far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, four of the six infinity stones/gems have been found. The Tesseract/Space Gem (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers), The Aether/Reality Gem (Thor: The Dark World), Loki’s Scepter/Mind Gem (The Avengers) and The Orb/Power Gem (Guardians of the Galaxy).

– In the comics, Ultron was created by Dr Hank Pym (Ant-Man). In this film Ultron is a dormant project developed by Tony Stark, while Pym gets his own separate story in Ant-Man (2015).

– In every movie featuring Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Robert Downey Jr.’s character, Tony Stark, is always grabbed by the throat. Thor grabs Tony by the throat, making this the 5th time.

– Because Ultron was described as 8-9 feet tall, James Spader had to wear an antennae-like contraption made out of a thick piece of wire with two red balls attached to the top that went up his entire back and 3 feet above his head. This was done so that the actors that shared scenes with him would be able to have a reference point for where his eyes would be; the two red balls represented the placement of Ultron’s eyes. Elizabeth Olsen stated that this was actually distracting because Spader would be giving an intense performance and out of instinct she would look at him rather than the balls representing his eyes. Much to everyone’s amusement, whenever this happened, Aaron Taylor-Johnson would yell, “Red balls! Look at his balls, Lizzie!” at her in order to get her to look in the right direction.

– On James Spader’s first day on set, the cast was so impressed by his performance that they applauded and cheered for him after his first take.

– Black Widow declines trying to pull Thor’s hammer. Ironically, in the comics she was deemed worthy to wield it in an alternate reality story.

– Industrial Light & Magic developed a new motion capture system for the film called Muse, to better capture the actor’s facial/body movements and combine different takes of the same performance, with regards to Ultron and the Hulk. Andy Serkis was brought on board to contribute towards Muse’s design and improvement.

– In comics, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are born mutants. In this movie, they got their powers due to experimentation of HYDRA on them.

– The addition of Quicksilver to the cast sparked wide discussion over the direction of the character who is also slated to appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Quicksilver had been discussed previously as a potential character in both X-Men. The final Stand (2006) and The Avengers (2012), but legal complexities over the license to the character resulted in his omission from both films. However, in May 2013 both Marvel and Fox Studios announced a resolution to the previous legal issues, and that Quicksilver would appear in this film as well as an X-Men sequel, though under certain parameters: no allusion to his relations to the X-Men or Magneto (the character’s father) can be made in an “Avengers” film, and no reference to Quicksilver’s membership in the Avengers can be made in an “X-Men” film; the rights agreement between Fox and Marvel even goes so far as to stipulate the character cannot be referred to as a “mutant” in any Marvel film. Additionally, the day after Fox announced Evan Peters as Quickilver, Marvel and Fox entered into a legal standoff over provisions of the rights agreement for the character, including the issue of whether Peters would be allowed to portray Quicksilver in any other film outside the “X-Men” franchise, necessitating a second actor to play Quicksilver in any Marvel film, resulting in two different versions of the same character appearing in two competing film series.

– It took Joss Whedon a year to convince Aaron Taylor-Johnson to accept the role of Quicksilver. Johnson was concerned over the intensity of the Marvel contracts, the time constraints, and the fact that it was going to be such a large cast. Even after he accepted the role, he was still nervous, but was comforted after he learned that his friend and Godzilla (2014) co-star Elizabeth Olsen would be playing his sister and would be his filming partner through most of the movie.

– This film has the most VFX shots for any Marvel movie to date, with over 3000 VFX shots; previously Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) held the record with 2,750 VFX shots.

-Chris Evans (Captain America), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) and Stellan Skarsgård (Dr. Selvig) all share the same birthday of June 13 while Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) share the same birthday of November 22.

– When Tony Stark goes to upload his new AI partner, F.R.I.D.A.Y. There is another drive labeled JOCASTA. Jocasta in the comics was an AI created by Ultron, her mind and body were modeled after Janet Van Dyne (The Wasp. She would eventually turn against Ultron and join the Avengers.

– When Black Widow retrieves Captain America’s shield on the motorway fight, she puts it on the front of her motorcycle. This is an homage to the Reb Brown Captain America films, where Captain America rode a motorcycle with a round windshield that was meant to homage the shield.

– This is from the Chapter Five of Phase Two in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

  • Some extra info:

13 ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Easter eggs revealed

‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ after-credits scene analyzed

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ review: How much is too much?

 

 

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