Oh, the sequel. Sometimes a wonderful thing, most of the time an unnecessary thing. And in Marvel’s case, a hit and miss kind of thing.
“Iron Man 2” was horrible, but “Captain America: The Winter Solider” was pretty good. Even “The Avengers” was a surprise success. Why, then, do big movie sequels fail?
“Avengers 2: Age of Ultron” is the perfect example as to why. Here’s the reasoning, in no particular order:
1. Too many characters– There were a dozen main characters and every time you started to care about one, they suddenly weren’t around for the next 20 minutes of the film.
2. Scarlett Johansson– First, she cannot act. Second, hasn’t her character been with almost every Avenger dude now? Poor Mark Ruffalo was just the next victim. Which leads me to my next point…
3. The Hulk and Black Widow– Really Joss? You couldn’t think of anything better? Could these two have at least gotten a back story? Because then I would have been on board. I’m all for Ruffalo getting some.
4. Not enough RDJ– The reason Marvel movies often times work and mostly the reason why I go to see them is because of the humor. This entire movie had a lack of humor. It squashed what the two Chris and Robert Downey Jr. are capable of in terms of keeping the energy going with a few jokes. That missing humor was what made “The Avengers” work the first time around.
5. Cheesy dialogue– For goodness sakes, this is 2015. We should be over catchphrases trying to drive a film franchise.
6. Lack of women– Not to beat a dead horse, but…
7. Connections– I absolutely hate that everything in the Marvel world is connected. If you miss one thing you miss half the fun. If they try bringing in my beloved Chris Pratt and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” I’m done.
8. Good vs. Evil isn’t THAT difficult– When “The Dark Knight” franchise dug deep it seemed purposeful. When Marvel does it they make no damn sense. Superhero movies are meant to be mindless fun. They’re about good always triumphing over evil with a little fun action mixed in. Good vs. evil isn’t a hard concept. There doesn’t have to be an undertone of commentary about the human race. There’s such a thing as overkill. And Marvel is quickly becoming overkill.