“You’re the last one…”
I always thought that Avengers: Age of Ultron got a bit of a raw deal. While I will concede that it’s perhaps not as good as Avengers: Assemble, I’m not sure anything was ever going to be. The way that Joss Whedon managed to cram all of the heroes together into a coherent and exciting film was impressive. I think novelty on that scale will always ensure it is well-regarded. Avengers: Age of Ultron’s production issues are well-documented, with some serious studio involvement to make things tie into a wider narrative. You can almost see the seams at times, but it manages to be a fine film in its own right.
There are some fairly obvious choices for stand-out scenes. The opening is great fun (complete with teasing Cap for his naughty language), then, of course, there’s the scene where the team takes it in turns to try and lift Mjolnir. The final fight in Sokovia certainly has its moments as a great, fun action sequence that gives most of the team their time to shine. Instead, I’ve gone for something a little more muted – a simple scene of dialogue amidst a sea of action.
Vision is one of my favorite characters in the MCU, and I don’t feel like he has been treated fairly. He’s never really been given too much to do, with his powers varying depending on the needs of the narrative and a romance that seems to appear out of nowhere. This scene actually gives Paul Bettany something to do, as Vision confronts his creator, Ultron, the last of his kind left alive. One of the things that become apparent throughout the course of the film, and the MCU as a whole, is that Vision perhaps has more humanity than any of our human heroes. He knows that he has to destroy Ultron for the greater good, but he does it without any pleasure or satisfaction.
The MCU has a lot of high points but it’s quite telling that one of my most memorable moments from Avengers: Age of Ultron is a scene of quiet interaction rather than an action-fest.