MCU: All 33 Marvel Cinematic Universe films ranked from worst to best

Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron..L to R: Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel 2015
Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron..L to R: Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel 2015 /
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25. Avengers: Age Of Ultron

The long-awaited direct sequel to The Avengers, 2015’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron attempted to be bigger and better than its predecessor without actually destroying Manhattan in the process. Was it successful, though?

It’s true that, through Tony’s creation of Ultron, the film went down the Terminator route of highlighting the dangers that self-aware artificial intelligence systems can pose – which certainly made it more than just another alien smackdown in New York – but the execution of the story elements resulted in the whole thing coming off as quite muddled.

There are times when Age of Ultron poses some thought-provoking questions, but there are also times when it feels like it’s outwitting itself in its attempts to be clever. There’s also the rather sudden Natasha/Hulk subplot that progressed far too quickly and confused us even more than the complicated plot did.

All that aside, it was still successful in its attempts to be an entertaining superhero movie – so much so that it left us wishing that it would maintain the focus on the heroics instead of the overly-complicated Ultron narrative – and it’s worth it alone for that awe-inspiring fight sequence during the final act.

Only paling in comparison when compared to the other Avengers movies, Age Of Ultron is enjoyable enough without context and delivers some of the most impressive visuals in the entire MCU.