Scarlett Johansson stars as the Black Widow in The Avengers' sequel

In Theatres: Marvel’s megastars reunite in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner return in the sequel to 2012's superhero smash hit.



Far From the Madding Crowd comes out this weekend. Preggoland, too.

But you’re not seeing those, are you?

Because the summer’s blockbuster season is about to kick off – and maybe it’s already over – with the launch of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to 2012’s explosion fest starring Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, and Thor, which was somehow squeezed into a plot by director Joss Whedon.

The first Avengers became the third-highest grossing movie of all-time, with over $1.5 billion at the box office. (It also delivered critically as well, with a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.)

This one has sputtered to 75% by the same aggregation metric. It’s not piss poor, although it’s not a great start, since most films drop in the Tomatoes rating as the weekend passes.

But the website doesn’t give out stars or grades – it simply splits the bad film into Rotten and the good ones into Fresh, which are fair adjectives to apply to any sequel, since it’s much easier to go stale than stay plump.

“At this point, more has mutated into too much,” writes Grantland‘s Wesley Morris, in his review of the film, which was negative. “With a bad issue of a comic book, you can whip through, shrug, and hope for something better the next month. But these behemoth movies – megabusters – have to seem worth the bother. The genre is an economy unto itself: too big to fail. (“Next month,” after all, is more like two or three years away.) They have to seem busy and stuffed with action. Of course, by packing in all of that action, they risk excess.”

Just Posted

Reconsidering Onni, North Lougheed and daycare lease

New Pitt Meadows council changes course on high profile issues

Pitt Meadows council to strike task force on politicians’ pay

Councillors are losing tax exemption in 2019

Letter: PR in the simplest terms

‘It’s easy to get informed.’

Expenses in for outgoing Maple Ridge council

Amounts range from zero to $6,000

UPDATE: Young woman killed by train in Maple Ridge

Emergency responders on tracks along River Road

Dead Saskatoon tattoo artist’s skin removed and preserved

The skin was removed in honour of the well known artist’s work

Metro Vancouver mayors cancel Surrey LRT in favour of SkyTrain

TransLink will immediately suspend work on light rail

Lower Mainland couple missing in Thompson-Okanagan area

Barriere RCMP received a missing persons report for two senior overdue travellers

Vancouver Warriors cancel first 2 weeks of season as labour dispute continues

The announcement means games scheduled for Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 will no longer be played

B.C. Realtor suspended after helping intern forge note about sick grandma

Vancouver real estate agent Jaideep Singh Puri has to pay fine, take ethics course

Offensive Facebook post by Okanagan Conservative riding sparks outrage

Post taken down after Conservative MP in neighbouring riding condemns it and demands removal

Judge rules against ALC on rural B.C. subdivision

The ALC can’t change the definition of an acre, the judge ruled.

Friends describe murder victim as ‘most caring guy we knew’

Jagvir Malhi of Abbotsford was not involved in gangs or criminal activity, they say

Most Read