Christine and I had a somewhat Marvel-themed weekend. On Friday, we watched Captain America: Winter Soldier, which we missed in the cinema when it came out, and then on Saturday we went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron at the cinema.
We’ve tried to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films in order, although Christine ended up seeing both Iron Man films for the first time after the first Avengers film. Having also missed Iron Man 3 in the cinema, we caught this on Netflix a few weeks ago, but the second Captain America isn’t yet available on Netflix. We ended up signing up for a one-month free trial of Sky’s Now TV Movies to stream it; most other sites like Blinkbox, iTunes and Google Play ask for around £7 to buy it to keep.
If you haven’t seen Winter Soldier, I would strongly recommend that you watch it before seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron. Without wanting to give away spoilers, several events take place that explain some of the changes between the first and second Avengers films. Similarly, I’d suggest watching Guardians of the Galaxy before Age of Ultron as well – whilst they may not seem at all related, both take place in the larger MCU and Age of Ultron continues some of the plot threads from Guardians of the Galaxy. Also, Guardians of the Galaxy is a great film in its own right.
Both are really good films. I think I enjoyed the second Avengers film more than the first; whilst the first was an action-packed romp, the second focussed more on the relationship between the characters and seemed to have a stronger plot. But it was definitely darker and the ending of the film was much more open-ended. So far I’ve enjoyed all of the MCU films and am looking forward to future instalments. The next release is Ant-Man later this year, and 2016’s Captain America: Civil War will be the first MCU film to feature Spider-Man. We haven’t yet seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but seeing as we still have the rest of the month to enjoy Now TV Movies we’ll find time soon to watch it.
A final note: whilst Winter Soldier has a bonus sequence at the very end of the credits, Age of Ultron’s bonus sequence is part-way through, so there’s no need to stay all of the way to the end.