AVENGERS: AGE OF UL­TRON

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - 2015 movie preview -

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

RE­LEASED

24 April

DI­REC­TOR

Joss Whe­don

STARS Robert Downey Jr, Chris

Hemsworth, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Chris Evans, Mark

Ruf­falo

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.

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