Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) has been experimenting on humans using the scepter once belonging to Loki. The Avengers team raids Strucker’s outpost (a Hydra facility) in the Eastern European country of Sovokia, recover the scepter and meet the Maximoff twins, Pietro/Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Wanda/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) in the process.
Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Banner (Mark Ruffalo) discover the scepter’s gem has artificial intelligence, and plan to use this artificial intelligence for Stark’s Ultron global defense program (voiced by James Spader). The program unexpectedly becomes sentient, and the team has to stop Ultron from destroying humanity.
The storyline and idea that artificial intelligence can be sentient is interesting. The interaction between the team members is clever. It is especially amusing how Captain America (Chris Evans) gets after Iron Man for his language and then refers to Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) as …. the offspring of a female dog. 😉 The interaction between Bruce and Tony when they are working together in the lab is funny too.
I like how we find out Clint/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has a family, and I like the interaction between Dr. Banner/Hulk and Natasha/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). It’s touching how neither one of them feels like they can have a normal life. What happens to Pietro/Quicksilver is sad, but touching also. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is his usual gorgeous self. As always, Tony Stark/Iron Man is my favorite. Robert Downey Jr. is in his element in that role.
There is plenty of action when the Avengers and later Nick Fury (who is also a great character) and SHIELD fight the bad guys, but the insight into the individual members adds to the movie. Very enjoyable.