After about a week of dodging spoilers, controversy, and controversial spoilers, I was finally able to sit and watch Avengers: Age of Ultron.
It was good. Not great, but good. I enjoyed it for what it was but at the same time, I feel like the novelty is wearing off for me. Seeing the Avengers together the first time was new and so exciting, but you can only be amazed once. Kind of like how people will probably flock to see a Justice League film. We’ve just waited so long to see it, but nothing will really top the first time.
As I said, I loved the movie. I liked the characters and their banter. I enjoyed Ultron and the twins. I enjoyed the hell out of the final battle. But I didn’t enjoy it enough to be all in for the next five years leading up to Infinity Wars (which is a two-parter). Hell, I don’t even know if I’m up for seeing any of the movies between this and Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Maybe I’m ahead of the curve, but the MCU is beginning to have the same problem that I had with big two comics in general. The stories don’t end. There is no sense of finality to it. Characters make sacrifices and “die” only to come back (usually at the end of the same damn movie). While I feel like Marvel is doing a good job and they’ve been way more prepared than DC, I’m not trying to dedicate the next five years of my life to the MCU. It gets tiring trying to keep up. That’s what I liked about Guardians. Even though it had it’s tie-in to the main universe, it was mostly doing it’s own thing on the fringes. Kind of like a Nextwave (which Marvel will adapt into a be a film if they have any sense). I like things to begin and end. Plus, if I spend so much time checking on all of these Big Two films coming out, when will I have time to make my own? Seeing characters I grew up with on screen is cool, but at some point I’d like to see my own characters brought to life. Can’t do that watching the ten film tie-ins for Avengers III: Part I or the six DCCU films leading into Justice League.
I don’t know if this sounds jaded or cynical, but it isn’t my aim. AoU was dope and I’m sure that all of these other upcoming comic films will be equally as good.
I just don’t have any plans of mapping out my schedule to sit and watch them all.