On May 1st, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will release it’s 11th feature film, Avengers: Age of Ultron. When I was invited to the #AvengersEvent press trip to view the movie and interview the cast, I anticipated how great the movie would be. What I didn’t anticipate was how many questions I would get immediately from readers of the blog, friends and family. While most reviews focus on giving you as many details as possible without completely spoiling the movie, this time I’m going to give the questions attention. From wondering if the movie is good for children, to inquiring about the end credit scene, we’ll break it all down below.
How long is the movie, and does it drag?
Avengers: Age of Ultron is 2 hours and 21 minutes long. No, it does not drag. Actually, you want to make sure you are in your seat to see the opening scene of the movie. It’s one of the most amazing continuous shots that you’ll ever see. Joss Whedon even marvels (see what I did there?) at how well it came out. For his reaction to it, check out my Joss Whedon interview post. The movie doesn’t drag at all. It’s full of action and, surprisingly, lots of comedy. You’ll be thoroughly entertained.
Is Avengers: Age of Ultron really violent?
As far as Marvel movies go, I personally didn’t think it was overly violent. There are some breaking of robots, window smashing and other “violent” interactions that you can expect from a superhero film.
Were there any plot twists that we’ll enjoy?
But, of course. There’s a big one in the middle of the movie, and one near the end. I suggest NOT leaving the theater during those times to get popcorn or use the bathroom. Side note: the middle of the movie plot twist is pretty awesome.
Did each Avenger get enough screen time? My kid really loves Thor.
In my opinion, each Avenger received an equal amount of screen time this time. Yes, even Hawkeye. As newcomers, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch shared most of their screen time, but that was conducive to their storyline since they are twins. Don’t worry about Thor. He gets a great amount of screen time. One of my favorite scenes revolves around his hammer:
If I didn’t see the first film, should I see the second one?
I think Marvel President Kevin Feige said it best in my interview post about him: each film is meant to stand alone, but correlate with all of the others. It was nice to be able to see the next Avengers movie, and know how the first one progressed and ended, but it’s not necessary. I will say, if you can see Captain America: Winter Soldier beforehand, please do. The storylines tie in so well.
Can I take my kids to see this?
This is the most asked question that I received since seeing the very first advanced screening. My answer: it depends. If your children have seen any of the other Marvel Cinematic Universe films, then you won’t have any issue taking them to see this. The film rating is PG-13 because it is an action movie, with a few drops of potty language. I don’t like to give age ranges when sharing movie reviews, but I will say that kids 10 and up that are big into the Marvel movies should enjoy it.
Is there an end credit scene like in the other movie?
Technically, no. There is a mid-credit scene that you don’t want to miss. And yes, it ties in with the next Marvel Cinematic Universe film AND a previous film. Hint: Do you like outer space? Yeah, me too.
I hope these answers have excited you about seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron this weekend! Be sure to purchase your tickets online so they don’t sell out, and take the family! The film will blow your mind.