Sunday, July 21, 2013

Avengers 2: Based on a Mediocre Story Arc

So the big announcement at Comic-con for Marvel was for Avengers 2.

The first movie was based in spirit on the original Avengers story from the comics where Loki manipulated the heroes for his own ends, but then it backfired.  

Marvel has just announced that the sequel to the insanely successful Avengers is:

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Age of Ultron was a story that just wrapped up un the comic books last month.  In it, the evil robot Ultron, who was built by Ant-Man (Hank Pym), takes over the world.  Most of the heroes die and when some realize that Ultron came from the future, they travel there to fight him.  But Wolverine and Invisible Woman go back into the past to kill Hank Pym.

As excited as I was about yesterday's Superman/Batman movie, I am inversely exited about this.  

Age of Ultron started strong, but fizzled out badly.

Also, the main characters in it were Wolverine and Invisible Woman, two people who are not part of the Avengers movie universe.  Granted, you can interchange a lot of characters, but that seems like a lot of effort for not the greatest story.

Now, the movie may only be very loosely based on the Age of Ultron comics.  Also, Joss Whedon is someone I trust to make a good movie.  But with the entire cannon of epic Marvel stories... This?



  1. All I can do is guess, but I'm thinking the name was imposed as a marketing tool to coincide with the recent mini-series. I'm putting my money on the screenplay being a mash-up of the first Ultron story from the 60s and the Busiek-Perez Ultron Unlimited story from the late 90s.

    1. I hope so. This last series left me cold. But I would like to see Thor saying, "Ultron, I would have words with thee."