"Avengers: Age of Ultron" gives it to you hot and spicy with no chaser! This is a Marvel gumbo of characters, action, and answered questions.
If you are a tried and true comic movie fan, "Age of Ultron" gives you the tidbits you need to bring the many facets of Marvel movies, television, and comics together. It's a love song to a dedicated audience and a bridge to "The Avengers: Infinity War" that's slated for a two-part release in 2018/2019.
Detailing the plot will give too much away for fans who are drooling with anticipation. So the super watered-down version is that the team: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), along with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), assume they have defeated Hydra and recovered Loki's Chitauri Scepter.
However, Hydra was working on a secret weapon: A pair of freaky wonder twins. OK, only one of them is freaky - Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is self-explanatory. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), however, can wrap a victim's mind in murky, dark memories. Clearly, these are gifts that have been seen in other sci-fi films, but when Scarlet Witch infiltrates the individual minds of the Avengers team members - well, that's a problem worth mentioning.
The twins are just the precursor to a bad day; enter Ultron. Voiced by James Spader ("The Blacklist"), the artificially intelligent presence infiltrates the Internet and seeks to exterminate humanity.
Why? Because Stark declared his Ultron program would bring, "Peace in our time ...." Any movie buff knows that all artificially intelligent robots/software offer human annihilation as the only prescription for world peace No mystery there.
But Spader's wit and opulent charm rival Stark's dark arrogance and spite.
Surprises spring from every direction, including a love story that could be a bit creepy when you wonder about the logistics of a certain green superhero keeping his cool when excited. There's a super hero turned family man and the revelation of Black Widow's horrific past.
The action and CGI are so fierce and abundant that Director Joss Whedon gives the audience slow, Matrix-esque scenes so you can fully appreciate the choreographed maneuvers and fight sequences melting into the CGI backgrounds. In essence, he's showing off and it's fantastic! Unless, of course, you hate CGI, in which case you will have a headache and scream for the brilliant dazzles to end.
Stay for the mid-credit bonus scene. For those who will be confused by the bonus: In Marvel comics, The Infinity Gauntlet gives the wearer God-like powers (standard for sci-fi jewelry). The Infinity Stones in the gauntlet are: The Power Stone (the stone in "Guardians of the Galaxy"); the Space Stone (the Tesseract in "Captain America"); the Reality Stone (the Aether in "Thor: The Dark World"); the Mind Stone (the stone from Loki's staff); and the Time Stone and Soul Stone (which we'll guess will be in "Infinity War").