Marvel is well known to deal with its plot holes and mistakes by correcting them brilliantly in future projects. Often these corrections would joke about the mistake and this would clearly make it quite an interesting move. Marvel has more the chance to do these corrections now with the vast amount of shows that are exploring some of the specific characters. They can be used to work on the arcs of these characters so that things that weren’t addressed before could be brought in in a more efficient way. This is something that Marvel seems to be doing now considering they have more control over their characters. Let’s take a look at how and why Marvel is trying to fix Age of Ultron with the movies and shows of 2021.
Lows Of MCU
The Marvel Cinematic Universe can be called one of the most successful franchises of movies because of the success each project has experienced. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have any flaws. There are certain movies that definitely could have done way better. The Incredible Hulk is hardly mentioned by the fans of the franchise and only came into much notice when Abomination made a return in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Similarly, Iron Man 2 was much criticized by the viewers for the massive number of characters and storyline and paying much more attention towards setting up The Avengers. Amongst these, another one is Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The sequel to the team-up of all the superheroes definitely has its highs and lows as it navigates through the narrative. It wasn’t received well by the audience considering it was a sequel to 2008’s Iron Man. The Avengers movies that came after this experienced quite the success and a faired way better than it.
Problems In Age of Ultron
Many of the choices made by the people behind the movie have received quite a lot of criticism over the years. The scene where we discover that Thor has a premonition regarding the Infinity Stones didn’t make much sense at all. At the same time, the sudden bringing in the concept of Hawkeye’s family could have been used as a plot point in some other manner. Even the romance between Bruce Banner and Black Widow seemed to be quite forced and was hardly touched upon by the previous projects. The movie followed Joss Whedon’s departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Improvements Made In Phase 4
It seems that the Phase 4 projects have been mostly working on cleaning up the problems that Avengers: Age of Ultron had created. The Disney Plus miniseries WandaVision and the feature film Black Widow have been playing a major role in that. There were scenes in the series that gave us a much better idea regarding the fierce way that Hydra worked considering it was actually a Nazi-affiliated terrorist group mostly seen in the Captain America films. We get to see how the torturous experiments with the Mind Stone were majorly responsible for Wanda Maximoff’s magical abilities. We were also to explore the emotional impact that Pietro Maximoff’s death had on Wanda in the series. This was hardly explored in the movie. The series indicates how she felt much more comfortable amongst the Avengers following the death of her brother.
Another big improvement was made in Black Widow with changes that were made to Natasha’s narrative being explored properly. Age of Ultron makes Natasha feel guilty for her sterilization but this guilt is removed as we discover the absolutely horrifying way in which she and the other Widows were treated in the Red Room. We discover that the true monster was General Dreykov instead.
The Marvel series, What If…?, being is a show dealing with the alternate realities, was much more able in doing justice to Ultron. We get to see what Ultron could have been and it is quite a massive change and rather interesting to see. This new iteration of Ultron could actually be an essential part of the MCU going ahead. In Age of Ultron, we saw Ultron as a rather weaker villain considering his plans were thwarted in a single day and he fails to achieve his goals.
MCU is quite good at dealing with its problems and this is evident from all these moves. Another major improvement that was made involved the storyline of Mandarin and how it was dealt with in Iron Man 3. We saw Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings working out on these problems. Let’s hope that this continues to be for other projects too.