The MCU has entered Phase 4 in 2021, and many of its movies and shows have spent time correcting mistakes made in Avengers: Age of Ultron. From 2015 Ultron age served as the partial conclusion to Phase 2 of the MCU, and while the film was a financial success, it was a somewhat polarizing installment in the Avengers franchise, with many viewers and critics feeling that its choices in characterization and story were questionable. The following movies, Avengers: infinity war and Avengers Endgame had a better reception, leaving Ultron age the closest the MCU got to hearing failure and in-universe maintenance for years to come.
For a film franchise that began in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been very well received. Overseen by Marvel Studios director Kevin Feige, the MCU films are spiritually faithful adaptations of their Marvel comic source material and, at the same time, crowd-pleasing blockbusters. From 2012 the Avengers It changed the pop culture landscape almost instantly by demonstrating the marketability and success of comic book-style shared universe crossovers. Since then, the franchise has grown in recognition and prestige, with Black Panther even winning several Academy Awards. The MCU has dominated pop culture for years, but not all of its installments are a total success.
Some MCU movies are considered suitable at best, especially during Phase 1 where the franchise was trying to find its base and experiment to make shared universe superhero movies. The incredible Hulk is considered forgettable by some, and the larger MCU has rarely referenced Incredible Hulk in canon until recently. Iron Man 2 had an equally lukewarm reception, with many seeing its overabundance of characters and stories as the result of concentrating too much on setting the Avengers and not focusing enough on your title character. From 2011 ThorAlthough it was a success, it ended with the destruction of the Bifrost Rainbow Bridge, which audiences had little interest in exploring further, so the plot was quickly resolved off-screen with few mentions afterward. Ultron ageHowever, it had many more far-reaching errors, which Phase 4 of 2021 has recently begun to correct.
Ultron age It wasn’t strictly a flop, and could hardly be considered the worst movie in the MCU, but it was disappointing in comparison to its predecessor nonetheless. In both financial success and critical reception, Ultron age couldn’t beat 2012 the Avengers, and the movie was plagued with behind-the-scenes conflicts between writer-director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios executives regarding story decisions. Many of Whedon’s choices were criticized by viewers, ultimately resulting in Ultron age being one of the MCU’s weakest installments and Joss Whedon’s departure from future MCU projects.
Some of the key points of criticism among viewers were Thor’s Infinity Stone premonition scene (which many felt was out of place), Hawkeye secretly having a family shoehorn on a Midwest farm (a departure from the comic book source material), and the romance between Black Widow and Bruce Banner (which was seen as forced by many). Also, Black Widow describes herself as “a monsterBecause her involuntary sterilization by the Red Room was understandably seen by the man as a line and a general characterization that disrespected Natasha even though it was in bad taste. Subtly and openly, the MCU has gradually worked to rectify Ultron age shortcomings and controversies, especially in Phase 4.
The two Phase 4 properties that have done the most cleanup work for Ultron age They are the Disney miniseries + WandaVision and the feature film Black widow. For example, Hydra, the Nazi-affiliated terrorist group of the Captain America movies, he was seen as devoid of threat in Ultron age, but WandaVision She solved this succinctly through flashbacks of Wanda Maximoff’s tortuous experiences as a test subject, and her latent magical abilities were awakened upon exposure to the Mind Stone.
Ultron age He also overlooked the death of Pietro Maximoff, a devastating loss to his twin sister, by hastily transferring Wanda to her role as a newest member of the Avengers. WandaVision took the time to go back and highlight Wanda’s anguish over her brother’s death. Ultron age death, which shows that while he found something akin to comfort in his Avengers teammates, he didn’t have time to properly get over his grief. Black widow, correctly, correct Natasha’s controversy “monster”Line regarding his involuntary hysterectomy. Weather Ultron age He framed Natasha as feeling embarrassed about her sterilization, Black widow Reframe the situation to highlight the horrors inflicted on Natasha and all the other Red Room Widows in training. In the end, the only real monster was General Dreykov.
Another criticism of Ultron age was that its titular villain lacked threat level, especially compared to other MCU villains and Ultron’s comic counterpart. Ultron was one of the biggest threats to the Avengers in the comics, and adaptations like Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes reflected this correctly. Ultron of the MCU was by no means weak, but his doomsday plan in Ultron age was thwarted by the Avengers in a week. What if… from Marvel? fixes this bug by introducing a new iteration of Ultron who successfully inhabits his Vibranium Vision body, acquires the Infinity Stones, kills Thanos with ease, and threatens the entire multiverse with the shock and horror of the cosmic being known as The Watcher . What if…? creates a much more menacing version of Ultron than the second Avengers film.
Ultron age It’s one of the rare instances of a troubled MCU movie, and while future properties mitigated much of the damage it caused, the fixes only affect the MCU as a franchise. Retroactive changes, while more than welcome to correct mistakes in Marvel’s MCU movie, will not change the original films themselves. Ultron age He still failed to properly turn the mainstream MCU’s Ultron into a superlative threat, he still rushed to perform an important characterization for Wanda, and he still mischaracterized Black Widow on multiple levels. The MCU movies and shows of 2021 have been enjoyable installments that have repaired much of Avengers: Age of Ultron shortcomings, but ultimately they don’t make it a better movie.