The Avengers (2012):

It is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name and it is the sixth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was written and directed by Joss Whedon and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner.  They are supported by Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, and Samuel L. Jackson. The film takes place after Thor's (Hemsworth) brother, Loki (Hiddleston), invades the planet to conquer it. Nick Fury (Jackson) recruits Tony Stark/Iron Man (Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Evans),  Bruce Banner/the Hulk (Ruffalo), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Johansson), and Thor (Hemsworth) to stop him. This movie was the culmination of the universe and was the first time that these characters had teamed up. As such, this film becomes a story about characters learning to work together as a team. Plot-wise, it is a very simple one filled with some great dialogue written by Whedon. The action scenes look great as do the special effects. Each actor plays each character well as they have done in the previous films with the only newcomer being Ruffalo as Banner. The film does not have a lot of character development or arcs and if this film is the first viewing of this universe, the film will throw the audience in this fairly empty film. However, if one has seen the previous films, this does not matter and the film is a lot of fun as it is about a bunch of heroes doing superhero stuff.

Rating: 4.0/5.0 bowties

The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015):

It is the superhero sequel to 2012's The Avengers based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. It is the eleventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was written and directed by Joss Whedon. This film marks the return of Downey Jr., Hemsworth, Ruffalo, Evans, Johansson, Renner, Don Cheadle, Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Skarsgård, and Jackson returning with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and James Spader joining them. The Avengers must team up again to fight Ultron (Spader), an artificial intelligence created by Stark who is obsessed with causing human extinction. The film pretty much follows suit to the previous film. There is a dramatized villain who is a threat to the earth and the team must learn how to work as one to fight him. They then have big special effects fights with the villain's henchmen who are fairly forgettable and Ultron forgettability waste's Spader's talent. A successful sequel takes the original and helps the universe expand whereas this film just takes the previously known characters, adds a few new ones, and has them do the same thing as the previous film. It does progress some of the characters who do not have their own solo films to rely on but not a lot. However, it can be very boring at times with its lengthy runtime of 140 minutes. All in all, it is once again a film about heroes doing superhero things with decent performances by all.  Nothing more, nothing less. 

Rating: 3.0/5.0 bowties

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