The New Avengers

As with anything this large, Age of Ultron has been analyzed and nitpicked to death.  But that whole contest aside, viewed from a strictly narrative scope, Age of Ultron is particularly interesting in how it has opened Marvel’s extended universe to go even broader. Director Joss Whedon has expertly crafted some enthralling characters who will no doubt cause a big splash in films to come. Whether it is the speedy and sly Quicksilver, the mysterious, magic-powered Scarlet Witch, or the masked android Vision, these three characters are now part of the Avengers, insight into their characters within Age of Ultron and further films will chart an interesting path. First, we have Quicksilver, who perhaps is the most controversial character to be introduced in Whedon’s new film. Quicksilver is also part of Fox’s film superhero franchises appearing in the two most recent X-men movies, where he is played by the talented Evan Peters. Peters’ version is inspired by the Quicksilver that exists in comic form, where he has earned fans affection as a snide, tempered, sarcastic  speed junkie. Simlarly, but to a more measured degree,Whedon was able to capture much of the comic book counterpart while introducing something new to the character. Taylor-Johnson’s portrayal of the character captured doses the sarcasm and temper. Whedon also preserves a large portion of the origin story, a decision that allows the character to...

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