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So first, a refresher on where I’m coming from: fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (who isn’t?), have some knowledge of  the characters in comic book form, but not everything.

So I’ll try to keep my hot takes spoiler free from here on out…

  • James Spader as the voice of Ultron was fantastic casting.  Smarmy, whiny, and funny as hell.  Maybe a little too funny for the main villain, whose goal is the destruction of mankind.
  • Conversely, nice to get Paul Bettany some face time.  He’s one of many references to the individual films of the heroes who makes a cameo of sorts in the Big Sequel. Really sells the idea that all these films take place inside one Universe.
  • But with all these allusions to past and future films, when we actually go to Wakanda we don’t get a cameo or even a more direct reference to…?
  • Speaking of the future, I thought the single thing Avengers 2 did best was lay the groundwork for the upcoming ‘Civil War’ storyline.  If we don’t get worn out on superhero films in the next decade, that will be The One.

Overall, another really fun movie that feels like a comic book come to life (though I still prefer the first one).  DC released the Suicide Squad team picture tonight.

They better get on point…

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