Avengers: Age of Ultron avenges other movies at the top of the box office


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The Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron tops the box office two weeks after its first release

By: Michelle Remite-Berthet, Editor-in-Chief

On Friday, May 1st, Marvel fans filled theaters everywhere, specifically wearing all Marvel attire and gear for this special occasion. Why?  Because comic lovers have waited three years for this one night; the Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere.

The First Avengers movie was released on May 4, 2012, where all the characters from previous Marvel movies had finally formed together as one. Marvel movies have gone a long way from the first Avengers movie, making four new movies; Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and taking a turn from the Avengers movies, Marvel has also branched off into Guardians of the Galaxy. Besides Marvel’s movies going a long way, Marvel’s actual characters have come so far since the first Avengers, and all of the characters’ developed relationships and personalities are very visible in Avengers: Age of Ultron

The whole Avengers team had just fought to retrieve Loki’s Scepter, so Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) decided to do some tests and experiments with it before sending the scepter back with Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Without the knowledge of the rest of the Avengers, Tony Stark decides to try and make a peacekeeping program called ‘Ultron’, which is similar to his original one that Marvel fans know as ‘Jarvis.’ The  ‘Ultron’ program malfunctions into something evil, and all of the Avenger heroes have to reassemble to defeat the villain that Stark had accidentally created. Avengers: Age of Ultron also introduces Pietro Maximoff a.k.a. Quicksilver ( Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), the superhero twins that the Avengers are now also teamed up with Ultron.

The twins were basically lab experiments as kids, and grew up only having each other, causing them to have a very close brother-sister relationship. Being able to witness how protective and playful the two were on screen was adorable. The Maximoff twins relationship can be considered similar to a teenage superhero Lil and Dil from Nickelodeon’s Rugrats.

Marvel introduces Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron
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Marvel introduces Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Unlike the first Avengers movies, all of the Avengers members have formed special relationships and bonds that were  absent before. Seeing these characters having inside jokes about each there, and caring about each other made the Marvel fandom’s hearts turn into gush. In the first scene of the movie, Stark curses and Captain America (Chris Evans) tells him to watch his language, making all of the Avengers tease Cap’ for the entire rest of the movie. When the team wasn’t busy trying to save the world, Avengers: Age of Ultron shows how the Avengers squad can just relax and act like buddies, which is really entertaining for fans to watch.

Beside this movie having more comedic elements than the standard Marvel movie, it will also have audience members on the edge of their seats due to all the plot twists and surprises. The only problem is that some of the action scenes can get a bit boring and repetitive towards the end of the movie.

Overall, Avengers: Age of Ultron was another great success, making the Marvel hit receive 8.1 stars on IMDb.