Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is the 2015 sequel to The Avengers. In it, the Avengers must work together to defeat Ultron, a mechanical artificial intelligence bent on human extinction.

After raiding a Hydra base in search of Loki's scepter, taken by Hydra after the events of Captain America: Winter Soldier, the Avengers are attacked by two enhanced humans empowered by said scepter under the orders of Baron Von Strucker, one of the leaders of Hydra: Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver, a speedster, and Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch. Wanda attacks Tony Stark and Steve Rogers' minds without them realizing it, and allows the Avengers to leave with the scepter.

Once he has the object in his possession, Tony sees an opportunity to enhance his and doctor Bruce Banner's defense project known as Ultron, an artificial intelligence who could remotely control his suits of armor to protect the Earth from alien threats.

Sadly for Tony, as he gains awareness thanks to the use of the scepter, Ultron goes psychotic almost from the get-go, attacks and "kills" J.A.R.V.I.S., an fellow artificial intelligence watching over him that was going to warn Stark of Ultron's awakening, and uses the element of surprise to attack the Avengers while getting away with the scepter, fully intent on terminating a good portion of mankind in order to ensure, as Tony wanted, "peace in our time".

Directed by Joss Whedon. Produced by Marvel Studios. Distributed by Walt Disney Motion Pictures.

Tropes used in Avengers: Age of Ultron include:
  • Aborted Arc:
    • Thor doing an Achilles in His Tent gets a resolution when he returns to the Avengers claiming to have "a vision". But what's meant to be a longer storyline became a Missing Trailer Scene.
    • Both Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver seeking revenge on Tony Stark subplot, since he killed their parents. There's no real resolution, as they sided with the Avengers when the twins realized that Ultron is a greater evil, not out of any epiphany about Tony not being a bad guy.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Two mainly. After when Scarlet Witch shows them a vision, of Asgardians burning in Nordic Hel and the Infinity Gems, Thor goes to the University where Erik Selvig teaches at just to find answers. After doing that, he comes back with a vengeance. At the film's end, Bruce goes on a self-imposed exile, since he's disturbed of what he has become as the Hulk, also showing that his Achilles in His Ten will be long.
  • Action Film Quiet Drama Scene: The farmhouse scenes. Each of the characters has to consider whether they worthy to be an Avenger.
  • Action Prologue: The opening has the team battling HYDRA and Baron von Strucker, just before moving to the opening credits and the main plot.
  • Adam Westing: This time Stan Lee cameos as Stan Lee, a WW2 veteran who tried Asgardian liquor - Which is "Not meant for mortal men." - And is carried out of the party muttering "Excelsior!!"
  • Adaptational Badass: Vision, unlike his comic book counterpart, is more powerful and important. In the comics, his powers are just standard - flight, higher than average toughness, strength, density manipulation powers, and a beam weapon, that's powered by his solar-powered gem. The comic book version of Vision is just an android that was given life by copying another existing superhero's brain. But he's the Avenger that gets the Worf Effect treatment, since he's easy to rebuild, and was left behind in Avenger's warehouse for years and wasn't in many story arcs, like "The House of M", and he came back in the comics circa 2012. In the film, Vision was made through a combo of artificial cells and J.A.R.V.I.S's mind, and animated by Thor's lightning. His strength and toughness rivals Thor, mainly of the Vibranium that's incorporated into his cells, his solar gem is replaced with an Infinity Stone, and he holds the rare few in the universe of being able to lift Mjölnir.
  • Adaptation Distillation Actually has nothing to do with the recent Crisis Crossover and was instead based on based on the introduction of Ultron and Vision combined with the Ultron Unlimited.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • The Hulkbuster suit was never called that; instead it's called "Veronica."
  • Adapted Out: Instead of Hank Pym, it was Tony Stark who made Ultron.
  • Advertised Extra: Both Quick Silver and Scarlet Witch appeared in the trailers and promotional material for Avengers 2.
  • Age of Titles: AGE of Ultron.
  • Aggressive Negotiations: Tony says he is gonna argue with the HYDRA's guards at the prologue, but he simply shoots them in the knee.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Ultron is this. While Jarvis is inverted this trope altogether.
  • All of Them: Klaw orders his men to shoot both the Avengers and Ultron's faction when they get into a fight in his base.
  • All There in the Manual: The comic book tie-ins explains what happened with some of the Avengers and the events all leading up to Avengers 2.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: In Japan, WRETHOV's "In Memories" was used.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Ultron towards the Avengers, mainly Tony Stark and Bruce Banner.
  • Antagonist Title: Age of Ultron, because Ultron the villain in this movie.
  • Anti-Villain: Ultron is a product of flawed software design and untimely wants the best for mankind. Sadly it doesn't mean all of them will make it.
  • Apathetic Citizens: The koreans in the Seoul scene are indifferent to Captain America and Ultron fighting on the top of a truck.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Tony apologizes to Banner while fighting him.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Loki's scepter, that gave powers to Wanda, Pietro and made Ultron into the highly smart AI that he is.
  • Arc Words: "Peace in our time", words that Tony implants in the Ultron programming that massively backfire because Ultron tries to impose peace the fastest way possible: through termination.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Klaue loses an arm for taunting Ultron about his similarities to Iron Man.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Both J.A.R.V.I.S. and Ultron.
  • Artistic License Biology: Klaue's description of a cuttlefish fits more an angler-fish.
  • Artistic License Physics: Ultron's artificial meteor is too small and it will fall at a speed too slow to cause a mass extinction event.
  • Ascended Extra: Hawkeye and Black Widow, turned out that Clint Barton was married with a wife and kids in a farm. Whereas Nathasha was trained to be one of Russia's most ruthless spy, before her Heel Face Turn and becoming an Avenger.
  • Ascended Meme: In Thor: The Dark World, Thor managed to make a coat hanger hold Mjolnir, generating fan jokes about inanimate objects being worthy. Here, the characters discuss about Vision's worthiness because he is untimely just a machine.
  • Ask a Stupid Question: Strucker asks if HYDRA can hold back the Avengers and his mission control just repeats the Avengers are coming.
  • Asskicking Pose: The Avengers strike a mid-air pose in the prologue, where they all appear together to the camera.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: In the prologue, Strucker orders his troops to focus on the human Avengers without power armor (Clint and Natasha) so the other Avengers keep themselves close to protect those.
  • Back from the Dead: Vision is this to J.A.R.V.I.S. to a point, being initially destroyed by Ultron but then resurrected by Stark, Banner and Thor on a body Ultron intended for himself but that was taken from him and uploaded with J.A.R.V.I.S' remains. He however declares he is not him.
  • The Cameo: Stan Lee shows up at Tony Stark's party as one a war vet, telling his war stories.
    • Tells Thor to stop scaring them about how potent the Asgardian drink and has to be escorted out later after drinking some of it.

Stan Lee (Drunk): Excelsior!

Quicksilver: Keep up, old man!
Hawkeye: (aims arrow at QS' retreating back) Nobody would know. Nobody. 'The last I saw him an Ultron was sitting on him. Yeah, he'll be missed, that quick little bastard.'