AS the roaring success of last year’s Guardians Of The Galaxy confirmed, our appetite for films set in the Marvel comic universe is voracious.
This eagerly anticipated sequel to the 2012 action adventure Avengers Assemble is poised to smash box office records with the same unstoppable clobber of a rampaging Incredible Hulk.
Director Joss Whedon is back at the helm to lay the narrative groundwork for the 2016 blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War, which will tear the eponymous team apart as governments worldwide prepare to pass an act regulating superhuman activity.
In many respects, Avengers: Age Of Ultron is business as usual.
Whedon’s film fleshes out the back stories of existing characters, introduces new friends and foes to the fray and continues the relentless cross-pollination of this menagerie of mighty misfits.
Running jokes about Captain America’s aversion to swearing and the size of Thor’s hammer don’t run out of puff before the 141 minutes come to a suitably bombastic close.
In a nutshell, Age Of Ultron doesn’t disappoint the ardent fan boys and girls.