(we open up to Nightmare Rarity and Spike [who is much happier looking this time around])
Nightmare Rarity: Hello, once again, Darlings. I am Nightmare Rarity and this is Spike in our next movie review. And wouldn't you believe it? It's another comic book movie.
Spike: But! Unlike that... (briefly angry) horrible film last time, this one's better. Not spectacular, not perfect but it's certainly more enjoyable. The movie today is Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.
Nightmare Rarity: (taking over) The second-to-last film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe phase two, this film is the sequel to 2012's The Avengers. Once again it is directed by Joss Whedon and many of the cast reprise their roles, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers AKA Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton AKA Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner AKA the Incredible Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark AKA Iron Man. It also stars Aaron Taylor Johnson of Godzilla fame as Pietro Maximoff AKA Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen also from 2014's Godzilla as Wanda Maximoff AKA Scarlet Witch and James Spader as Ultron. However, unlike the Not-so-Fantastic Four movie where I had to read the comics while counting down to the release date, I actually started reading the comics after the first Avengers movie in 2012 and started reading the original comic from which this movie shares its title from. Spike, plot please?
Spike: In a brief cliff note update of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far (aside) not counting Guardians of the Galaxy, SHIELD has been revealed to have been taken over by HYDRA as well as disbanded, Tony Stark has started a clean slate after blowing up his armors and has gotten the shrapnel from his chest removed, Loki has taken over Asgard and it turns out HYDRA has obtained Loki's scepter and has two super-powered humans of their own; Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. The movie opens with the Avengers overtaking a HYDRA base in Sokovia, which is strictly MCU exclusive, led by Baron Von Strucker. However, after receiving a vision from Wanda, Tony takes the scepter and brings it back to Avengers Tower, which was originally Stark Tower, and works with Bruce Banner to construct a peace-keeping AI named Ultron. However, when Ultron gains self-awareness, he decides the best way to maintain the peace is to simply bring extinction onto mankind's heads. So it's up to the Avengers to stop Ultron before he carries out his plan and wipes humanity off the face of the Earth.
Nightmare Rarity: No spoilers this time?
Spike: (shrugs) Hey, Fant4stic didn't really have that much surprises anyway.
Nightmare Rarity: Okay, character time! Well, the Avengers themselves are still a treat to watch, whether they're in the field fighting or just hanging out at parties and letting loose, you still enjoy these characters. You can just watch a scene of them having a dialogue and you'd be as equally entertained watching them battle for the fate of mankind. Now, onto the new characters. First up are the Maximoff Twins Pietro and Wanda AKA Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. I kind of find it funny while disturbing at the same time considering ATJ and Elizabeth Olsen played a husband and wife duo in 2014's Godzilla and now they're playing a brother and sister duo in this film. It's even more disturbing if you remember their... rather unusual relationship in the Ultimate Avengers continuity. I also want to point somethings out: first off, neither Maximoffs are Mutants considering Fox owns the rights to the X-Men and they share more elements from the Fenris Twins who share a similar origin story of being HYDRA experiments. Also, while I did enjoy the Days of Future Past Quicksilver quite a bit, he wasn't in the film very much and it exaggerated his speed. In this film, not only does ATJ's Quicksilver have more screen time but he's also more comic-accurate in terms of how fast he is. It also gives the brother-sister relationship Wanda and Pietro have in the comic and no, not the Ultimates comics. Scarlet Witch is also a little bit different in that her abilities come off as more psychic than Chaos Magic that she has in the comics. They do keep her ability of altering probability but that's it. Some of the characters are underused and are killed off like Strucker and others are just used as setups for future MCU films like Andy Serkis's Ulysses Klaw. This movie also introduces Vision, an android created by Ultron to be his greatest creation... and I'll just leave it at that because that would be going into spoiler territory. I will say he does keep his ability to phase through objects like he does in the comics. Now onto our film's villain, Ultron. I'm not going to deny there are some major differences between the MCU version and the one from the comics. For one thing, he's not made by Hank Pym, rather he's made by Tony Stark. Whereas Ultron was a cold, calculating, almost Terminator-like robot in the comics, this one seems to be like Tony Stark if he had a darker sense of humor. Also, this Ultron has a face as opposed to the other having a head that looked like it always had its mouth open and glowing red lights, lacks his Encephalo-Rays and is eventually made of Vibranium as opposed to Adamantium (aside) which is understandable because Fox owns the rights to X-Men. However, I will just say this; Ultron is easily one of the most threatening villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite the changes made to him, they still keep other aspects as well. He is incredibly difficult to kill because he can just upload himself into another body, he wants to maintain peace but he will do so his way and he does something Loki could not do: plant the seeds for a civil war and set the two highest-ranking members of the team against each other. James Spader was a perfect choice for Ultron.
Spike: Unlike Fant4stic, this movie reaches a perfect balance between light-hearted fun with just the right amount of dark scenes. We get to see the backstory for Natasha and let me just say, it is just as disturbing as it is in the comics. If anyone here knows the origin story for Black Widow, they should be well aware about what I'm talking about. Also, there are some people complaining about the inclusion of a Bratasha (Bruce and Nat) pairing and giving Clint a family as opposed to Clintasha. I will agree with the Bratasha pairing because they don't even explain what happened to Betty Ross despite her father about to make a reappearance in Captain America: Civil War but with the Clintasha thing, I wasn't complaining. Clint does have a wife in the comics, he does have a family. This isn't a destruction of a pairing, this is just following what was established in the source material! The only difference is Clint lost his family whereas in this one he still has a family. Besides, Hawkeye and Black Widow didn't have that much of a romantic thing either in the comics! In the original comics, Clint and Nat were fellow field agents. They had NO romantic ties with each other. Oh and that's another thing, Age of Ultron does what Fant4stic doesn't. Yes, I know I'm still rambling on about that movie, but this'll be the last time: Fant4stic ignores everything its source material established, this does not... for the most part. Also, to the people saying it turns Nat into a weakling, no it doesn't. Watch the movie again, pay attention and then come back and talk to me.
Nightmare Rarity: All in all, despite having some scenes that come off more as setting up future MCU films, this was a rather fun movie. There are changes to the source but there are good reasons, but aside from those, this is still faithful to the comics and I can't wait to see how they top this in Infinity War.
Spike: I have to agree with Night Rares. The one problem I have is that this feels more like a finale despite Phase Two ending on a much smaller scale (no pun intended) finale with Ant-Man. I'm Spike.
Nightmare Rarity: I'm Nightmare Rarity.
Both: Signing off.