Director: Joss Whedon. Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Delpy, Andy Serkis. 141 min. Rated PG-13. Action/Sci-fi.
Let's face it: Marvel's superhero-making machine is running out of steam. Yes, the whole project is hugely entertaining. But again, we have 9/11-level city destructions, dizzying close-up street chases, Avenger in-fightings, additions of one or two (in this case three) new Avengers, and actors accumulating from prior movies that have become too numerous to count, in an unnecessarily overlong film. There's even a slightly original Scarlet Witch subplot, that perhaps mistakenly overshadows the main Ultron plot. I was expecting more than just an Avengers/Captain America 2/Iron Man 3 rehash. Unless they've really run out of ideas.