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    Age of Ultron

    Earth Station MCU Episode 17: “The Avengers: Age of Ultron – The ESO Network

    Earth Station MCU Ep 17“Age of Ultron” is here! Jen and John are joined by JP of “The Adam and JP Show” here on the ESO network to talk about this blockbuster movie that is breaking records all over the world. Does it succeed as a stand-alone as well as it does a “middle” chapter in the Avengers saga? And is it really no fun to go skinny dipping alone? We can’t ask Thor, so tune in to hear our thoughts on the movie!

    Links
    Earth Station MCU on Facebook
    Earth Station MCU on WordPress
    John Rabon at Anglotopia.net
    John Rabon’s Cosplay page
    The Adam and JP Show
    Age of Ultron on Rotten Tomatoes
    Age of Ultron on IMDB

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    Movie review: Avengers re-assemble for ‘Age of Ultron’ – The ESO Network

    avengers-age-ultronSometimes the worst enemies are the ones we create ourselves.

    That’s the difficult lesson the Avengers learn in “Age of Ultron,” as the team of superheroes face a genocidal artificial intelligence named “Ultron”… who was created by Tony Stark/Iron Man. Ultron was meant to protect the Avengers and the world from danger, but he quite literally takes on a mind of his own, builds himself a robot form, and tries to destroy the world.

    “Age of Ultron” is the follow-up to 2012’s blockbuster superhero round-up “The Avengers.” Director Joss Whedon throws new challenges at his team of superheroes this time around, and it’s a conflict that one of them won’t survive. It’s already pretty much a given “Age of Ultron” will be the biggest movie of the summer – the real question is, does it live up to the hype generated by its wildly successful predecessor?

    The short answer is, “Age of Ultron” is big, action-packed, and lots of fun. There’s plenty of banter between the heroes, the fight scenes/special effects are perfectly choreographed, and there are plenty of the trademark Marvel one-liners (such as a running joke started when Captain America chides Iron Man for using “bad language”). Marvel has well cast all of its roles, and once again, it’s a blast watching the dynamics between the very different heroes.

    However, it is fair to say that overall, “Age of Ultron” doesn’t pack quite the same punch as “The Avengers.” Maybe that’s because at the time, “The Avengers” provided something we hadn’t seen before. Marvel produced a series of detailed solo films for each of the characters before throwing them together for a sort of superhero “Magnificent Seven”; all the build-up definitely paid off. The movie felt fresh and exciting, and I walked out of the theater feeling that rush of geeky giddiness. Although I also got that feeling from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” it just wasn’t as strong for “Age of Ultron.”

    *Warning: Major spoilers ahead!*

    What I did love about “Age of Ultron”: Ultron himself is a fascinating villain, and I love the concept that as Tony Stark fights the robot, he’s really battling the manifestations of his own inner demons. Ultron is voiced with creepy perfection by James Spader, whose character is equal parts frightening, patronizing and captivating. He’s one of the best — and despite the fact he’s a robot, one of the most complex — villains to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I also loved Vision, the entity created to help the Avengers bring down Ultron. He’s played by Paul Bettany, who previously played J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark’s computer system. Vision is an intriguing enigma, and I definitely hope we see more of him in MCU films.

    The action scenes in the film don’t disappoint, taking the Avengers to various spots around the globe. It was nice to see more of a backstory for Hawkeye, a character that sometimes seems to be overlooked in the Avengers line-up (a fact Hawkeye even cracks a joke about in the film). I enjoyed catching a glimpse into Black Widow’s past as well, and I hope we learn more about her backstory in future films.

    I do have to say I wasn’t a huge fan of the romantic subplot between Black Widow and the Hulk. It’s not that these characters aren’t an interesting pairing; I think they are, and it’s a subplot that could work. However, it seemed to move too fast in this movie, and I don’t think film makers provided enough build-up. It also seemed like an odd plot shift after the decidedly flirty chemistry between Black Widow and Captain America in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” I had really been hoping the MCU would explore this chemistry more in later films, especially since Black Widow/Captain America would make an interesting pairing, as well.

    I also wanted to see more development for the two new Avengers, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. I was genuinely surprised by Quicksilver’s death at the end of the film. We’d heard rumors an Avenger was going to die, but most of the speculation seemed to be surrounding Hawkeye. The film even seemed to set up Hawkeye to make the ultimate sacrifice, but Quicksilver takes a round of bullets for the archer, telling him (and the audience), “You didn’t see that coming.” I wish the film had lingered a bit more on this moment, to heighten its impact.

    In short, “Age of Ultron” introduces some interesting concepts and sets up some intriguing storylines for future movies (I’m really excited for “Captain America: Civil War” now). Like all Marvel films, it’s a blast to watch, though die-hard fans may leave the theater wanting just a little more from it than it ultimately delivers.

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    Earth Station MCU Episode Sixteen: Agents of Shield “The Dirty Half Dozen” – The ESO Network

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    Coulson’s gotten the band back together! In this episode leading into Age of Ultron, we have the original SHIELD team back together again…albeit briefly. How has the team changed….and how has the MCU changed since they were last together? We also talk casting rumors for Iron Fist, Joss Whedon’s parting of the ways with the MCU, and a little bit of cosplay.

    Earth Station MCU on Facebook
    Earth Station MCU on WordPress
    John Rabon at Anglotopia.net
    John Rabon’s Cosplay page
    Ryan Phillippe as Iron Fist?
    Deathlok’s “Road to Redepmption”
    Joss wanted Daredevil Movie not TV show
    Cap filming in Atlanta

    The post Earth Station MCU Episode Sixteen: Agents of Shield “The Dirty Half Dozen” – The ESO Network appeared first on Transmissions From Atlantis.

    Earth Station MCU – Episode Twelve: One Door Closes – The ESO Network

    Earth Station MCU Ep 12In this episode, Jen and John discuss April Fool’s posts, adorable Funko Pop! Vision, the latest MCU rumors, and Agents of SHIELD’s “One Door Closes”.Coulson SHIELD and Gonzalez SHIELD clash, we see flashbacks to Winter Soldier, and someone makes a chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch. Because Reasons.

    Earth Station MCU on Facebook
    Earth Station MCU on WordPress
    John Rabon at Anglotopia.net
    Chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch
    Audi’s Age of Ultron Tie-In
    Linda Cardellini and Julie Delpy in Age of Ultron
    Andy Serkis’ Character Revealed
    Lessons from Hydra’s Victory

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    Earth Station MCU Episode 11: “Love in the Time of Hydra” – The ESO Network

    Earth Station MCU Ep 11Jen and John are back from vacation, and covering two Agents of SHIELD episodes for the price of one: “One of Us” and “Love in the Time of Hydra”. Crazy Cal has a posse, Skye has a therapist, and Coulson’s team has competition in the form of “The Real SHIELD” as lead by Robert Gonzalez, played by Edward James Olmos.

    Links
    Earth Station MCU on Facebook
    Earth Station MCU on WordPress
    John Rabon at Anglotopia.net
    New “Roll Call” Avengers Trailer
    Russos Directing Infinity War
    “New” Characters to be Introduced in AoU?
    Daredevil “Motion Poster”
    Casting the New Spidey

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