AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
Not only is this arguably THE
most- anticipated film of 2015 that isn’t set in a galaxy far, far away, it also has an estimated budget of a simply monstrous $ 250m and is the sequel to the third- biggest film of all time. No pressure there then, eh? But we suspect – and pray fervently, just in case – that this won’t be a let- down, given that Joss Whedon’s firm hand is on the rudder for both scripting and directing duties, the studio appears to trust that he knows what he’s doing and is leaving him alone, and we’ve seen evidence ( aka Avengers Assemble) that this particular ensemble cast is an absolute blast to watch working together.
The plot picks up after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with SHIELD in tatters and our heroes pondering what to do with themselves – until Tony Stark, as is his wont, starts fiddling with a computerised peacekeeping programme named Ultron ( voiced by James Spader) and it goes horribly, world- threateningly wrong. Because of course it does. As the Avengers try to defeat the new technological god they’ve unwittingly unleashed, they’re joined by Scarlet Witch ( Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver ( Aaron Taylor- Johnson) – the addition of two Marvel mainstays who might just help ease the pain of fan- favourite Loki not popping in to throw around some Shakespearean swear words.
With so many Marvel films out there – not to mention the SHIELD TV show – you have to have pity for Whedon as he tries to create a story people can understand without having to have punched every superhero- movie card along the way. But he has a plan: “The model I’m always trying to build from, or my guiding star, is The Godfather: Part II,” he says, “where a ton has happened in between and it’s a very different movie [ from the first Godfather], but you don’t need any information.” All we can say is... good luck. Jayne Nelson
STARS Robert Downey Jr, Chris
Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark
THE PITCH The Avengers save the
world. A lot.
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch: covered wrists are essential 2015 fashion.
Hollywood’s supplies of protein powder will need replenishing after this one.