The sequel to smash hit blockbuster “The Avengers” brings Marvel’s comic heroes to the big screen once again as they battle to save the world.
When The Avengers hit cinemas in 2012, a dream came true for lots of comic fans: well-known Marvel heroes such as Captain America, Hulk, Thor and Iron Man that had hitherto existed only in paper form joined forces to save our planet from destruction. It was a film treat for the numerous fans of these figures, all the more so because stars such as Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) put on their superhero costumes again following successful solo outings. The film was a box-office hit, leaving nothing standing in the way of the sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
A programme becomes an ultra-enemy
After a victory over the evil Baron Wolfgang and his Hydra Gang, the Avengers recapture Loki’s sceptre and attempt to discover its secrets. Together with Bruce Banner, Tony Stark works on decoding the sceptre. They want to use it for a global protection programme named Ultron. But Ultron takes on a destructive life of its own, sees the Avengers as its enemies and wants to destroy them with the help of its robot drones. The superheroes once again have to join forces to defeat the rogue monster programme. Along the way they encounter supernatural twins Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who were sent after the Avengers by Baron Wolfgang.
An impressive sequel
Director Joss Whedon also sat in the director’s chair for the first instalment and built his own fan base early on with series such as Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His trademarks are full-on action, fresh situational comedy and non-stop excitement – elements which the second Avengers film is certainly not short of. The storyline may not be quite as tight as in the first instalment and the mix of figures does not achieve quite the same wow effect, but in typical Hollywood style the film goes all out on the effects. One example is when Ultron with his robot army lift a large part of the capital city skyward, intending to crash it into the ground to cause global extinction. But Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver bring fresh impetus to the Avengers universe with their amazing skills – she can change reality with her magic, he can move and think at superhuman speed.
We are already looking forward to the third instalment! Until then, we hope you enjoy Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is available from 17 September in OnDemand.