Avengers: Age of Ultron is what the nerd world has been waiting for. With every teaser trailer we shed a few tears and we pray for May 1st to come closer. But alas, fellow nerds, the day will be arriving soon. If you’re like me and absolutely can’t wait any longer for the movie to release, you are going to an advanced screening of the film. You are coming home from college the week before finals specifically to see this film as soon as possible. Well, that last part may just be me.
Every Marvel fan knows that when a new Avengers movie comes out, a new phase of the cinematic universe begins. If you’re like me, by this time you have re-watched every film starting with Captain America: The First Avenger all the way to the latest release of phase 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier to prepare yourself for the release of the best movie of the year (in my opinion, at least) Avengers: Age of Ultron.
For those of you who haven’t done so, have no fear! I am here to recap! From Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, & the show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it will be covered! For a bit of help, I recruited my good friend Evan to help me out with two of these reviews! He’ll be taking on Iron Man 3 for me (because I did not like Iron Man 3 at all), while I take on Dark World, Winter Soldier, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D!
Before we begin, make sure you follow Evan on Twitter @BombasticRelish and follow him. He is one of us! A nerd, that is.
Alright, let’s start!
Iron Man 3
At Stark Industries, I think, there was this dude named Aldrich Killian who was experimenting with nanotechnology later to be called Extremis to better improve peoples lives. Tony Stark has been dealing with the aftermath of Avengers (2012) and has been mostly focusing on his own technology and not worrying so much about the Avengers. News reports show of a terrorist who goes by the name of The Mandarin and he has been using acts of terror to try and attract Iron Man while also attacking his base.
Tony is later kidnapped by the Mandarin’s henchmen and is later revealed that the person is an actor who plays the role. Meanwhile there are people who are injected with Exterminus ripping up shit and causing all kinds of trouble. Once Tony escapes, he lands in the middle of New Hampshire and meets a boy who helps him find his way back to NYC. He deals with his demons about the Invasion in Avengers and is suffering a panic attack. His battery is also running low so there’s no time to hurry.
Towards the end it’s revealed that Aldrich Killian is actually the Mandarin and is attacked by thousands of Iron Man suits stopping him. Towards the end Tony takes off his power battery and vows not to be Iron Man… for now.
Thor: The Dark World
As you would expect, Thor: The Dark World picks up after Thor and Loki return to Asgard after the Avengers. Odin puts Loki in his place and he gets sentenced to life in Asgard’s prisons. Thor is busy cleaning up Loki’s mess in all of the realms and Jane is on Earth in London. She’s on a date (for the first time in months) when Darcy comes in with her gear. Anyways, some of her science gear is going again so Darcy drags Jane to figure out what it is and long story short Jane gets transported into another world very shortly and something goes inside of her. This leads to Thor finding her and bringing her back to Asgard where shit hits the fan and Dark Elves come in to try to capture Jane because their dark weapon is seeping through her veins.
Queen Frigga gets killed defending Jane, which leads Odin to put Jane in confinement and Thor to devise a master plan, involving Loki, to get the weapon out of Jane and to kill the leader of the Dark Elves. This goes well and they do get Jane out and Loki gets them out of Asgard to which he gets killed in battle defending Jane from a Dark Elf. Thor and Jane go into hiding at the end of this after the leader gets the weapon out of Jane and puts it in himself. They get out of that realm and back to earth and a huge battle ensues. Long story short, Dark Elves loose and Thor wins.
The most important part that may or may not be mentioned in the film: At the end, Thor goes back to Earth to live a happy life with Jane after speaking with Odin. As Thor walks out of the room, the camera turns to reveal Odin transforming into a different person – Loki.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier starts out with Steve & Natasha on a mission on a cargo ship in the middle of an ocean. Steve is the one commanding the mission and telling everybody what to do, so when he finds Natasha somewhere where he thought that she wasn’t supposed to be, he was not happy. Turns out Fury gave Natasha a completely different mission than he had and she had not told him about it. Steve brings this up with Fury the next day, and Fury shows him what they have been working on. Three massive helicarriers that never have to leave the sky once they’re up. They will be able to detect threats and eliminate them right from the sky. Naturally Steve being Steve doesn’t like that and leaves S.H.I.E.L.D right away.
Next big thing that happens is Nick Fury is involved in a massive car crash and chase with some suspicious people. He gets away from them when a figure with a black mask on his face and a metal arm sends his car flying. Fury manages to escape underground just in time to appear in Steve’s apartment, where Fury is promptly shot by the metal arm guy and killed. Steve and Natasha go under the radar after that because S.H.I.E.L.D is clearly being controlled by someone who isn’t on the same side as them. They discover metal arm dude is the Winter Soldier, and Natasha has encountered him before.
There is a lot of fights later and events later where long story short, Hydra is what is inside of S.H.I.E.L.D and the Winter Soldier is actually Bucky Barnes, Steve’s childhood best friend who has his memory wiped by Hyrda and no idea who he is. There’s another battle where they need to get inside the helicarriers and replace their hardware, which happens and then Steve and Bucky encounter one another again and Steve falls from the helicarrier as Bucky clings onto it, realizing who Steve is and pulls him from the water onto the land and saves him. S.H.I.E.L.D is no longer an organization in the eyes of the public, and everybody’s secrets and plans are in the public, thanks to Natasha for exposing them.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Okay okay, I know this isn’t MCU, but the show is important. Every time a major event happens in the MCU (Like S.H.I.E.L.D falling, for example) the show gets impacted and I firmly believe that their timelines are extremely similar in that way, and I believe that it is important.
In the second half of the season we see a lot of Skye learning how to use her newfound powers. We also see that there are two forms of S.H.I.E.L.D. There is one led by Phil Coulson and one by a man named Robert Gonzales, and he claims that his organization is the real S.H.I.E.L.D., and that Fury gave him orders to start it back up. But, what the problem is between both of these organizations, is that Phil Coulson has Fury’s toolbox, which has everything he needs to get the organization back up and running. Gonzales’ organization thinks that the toolbox is dangerous. At this point, nobody can trust anybody else and everything is shaky, but Hyrda is still a threat to both organizations so they must work together to stop them.
This weeks new episode, which is titled ‘The Dirty Half Dozen’ was rumored to have a lot of elements that will transition the show into Age of Ultron’s new phase and also hint at the film’s happenings. I’ll admit, the action and transition into the movie didn’t really happen until the end. During a scene where Deathlock and Lincoln were in a Hyrda base being worked on, the Hydra leader said “the twins”, referring to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who both have roles in Age of Ultron.
In the last literally like, 3 minutes, Coulson is on video chat with Maria Hill in his office. Coulson managed to snag off of a computer while at the Hydra base plans to replicate Loki’s scepter from the first movie. They are almost done with it and they have the location. While speaking, Hill asks Coulson “Is Theta Protocol ready?” to which Coulson goes “Time to bring in The Avengers.” to which I CRIED A MILLION FANGIRL TEARS.
I thought this episode would have more on transitioning into the movie, but I guess next weeks will be better because it is all the after effects.
I hope you all enjoyed the recap, and once again a huge thanks to my friend Evan for helping out and taking half of my job for me! I wouldn’t have been able to do my work and recap 3 movies and a season and a half of a TV show without his help!
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