With Avengers: Age of Ultron, the concept of the comic book brought to life is embraced even more fully. Over the course of the 2+ hours of this movie, we get:
An opening of the super team in action. How many comic books open with the star or stars already in action to set the stage for the greater challenge to come? And what about this "ripped from the pages" slow motion set piece we get to see in this opening sequence.
A super team's superior numbers being outmatched by unexpected players. We've seen this said before in comics: "I can't believe one person took us down like that."
A surprising romance between two members of the team. I'll give you a hint: the woman in this relationship is Black Widow. (Duh!)
Joss Whedon combines elements of drama, comedy, action and character development that feels like a cohesive whole. Future films of The Avengers will be in the capable hands of the Russo brothers but Whedon is a hard act to follow and will be missed.
Meanwhile, I want to see The Avengers: Age of Ultron again!
Side note: Among the many, many previews screened before the movie, there were 3 of special note.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Still getting the feels from Han Solo's "Chewie, we're home" line.
Ant-Man I was under the impression that the audience wasn't quite sure what to make of Ant-Man. How much of this is supposed to be super hero stuff and how much is it supposed to be farce? There's a lot dramatic statements of facing destiny and doing great things. But there's also a scene with Ant-Man being threatened by a train...specifically Thomas the Tank Engine. I really hope this movie is at least moderately successful. Marvel Studios needs to switch up the super hero formula once in a while or they're going to wind up in a rut. If Ant-Man is an outright bomb, well, there's less chance of similar off beat offerings. Well, whatever the reaction to Ant-Man, it was still more positive than the reaction to...
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Me, I'm a longtime DC guy from way back when but damn, I felt...nothing. Of course I had seen this trailer before but the same could be said of the Star Wars preview. DC's trying to play in Marvel's sandbox but I really don't see those efforts being as successful. As my daughter so succinctly and accurately put it, BvS:DoJ is a fan fiction come to life.
OK, all I got for now. Tomorrow's post, Comic Book Theme Week continues as I reflect on the Free Comic Book Day 2015.
Until then, be good to one another.