With all these Marvel movies out and about, the Avengers must be flagging just a little, yes? I guess this is where you cue the AI known as Ultron (built by Dr. Pym in the comics, but by
RDJ Tony Stark in this movie) whose original purpose is to take up the planet-defending mantle while the Avengers vamoose to the Maldives for a breather.
Never mind that Ultron stays at home learning how utterly horrible humans are at making good decisions for themselves (Leeloo of The Fifth Element (1997), anyone?) This knowledge, of course, leads the creation to decide, “Hey, you know what? You’re all frakkin’ idiots so I’m gonna kill you and install the utopian you could never achieve without me.” Or as Joss Whedon apparently put it in Entertainment Weekly‘s First Look interview:
“He’s on a mission,” the filmmaker adds, and smiles thinly. “He wants to save us.”
Go on. Read the article. Sound like I, Robot (2004) to you? It does to me. Will this stop me from watching it? Nope. Not a chance.
I’ve long accepted that the Marvel Cinematic Universe riptide yanked me from my beach of ignorance, dashed me upon its vast and beautiful coral foundations, and spit me out on an isle where I have had no choice but to love it or go mad. (Ugh. Not my best extended metaphor. Stop me next time!) On the other hand, I’ve discovered a large cache of East Indian Trading Co. rum under the sand. Wonder where that came from?
Anywho, catch Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015, and in the meantime, don’t miss Guardians of the Galaxy next month in theaters–like anyone needed reminding, huh?