Last weekend saw the launch of the greatly anticipated Avengers’ sequel ‘Age of Ultron’. We love a decent popcorn flick here at B Sunglasses so we sent our Marketing team down to a local preview screening to check out the new film and mingle with some of the Avengers!
Directed by Joss Whedon, Age of Ultron promised to deliver the goods in high quality special effects, quippy comedic one-liners and more action than Thor can shake a hammer at so naturally, we were geared up for a good night in front of the silver screen.
Last time we left the Avengers following their first collective onscreen outing in 2012’s Avengers Assemble, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Helmsworth), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansen) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) had teamed up with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D to save the world from Loki (Tom Hiddleston) who was trying to open a portal between worlds to destroy the Earth.
In a nutshell.
Needless to say they were successful and the three films that followed; Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier and Iron Man 3 set things up for an interesting ride the second time round.
As Age of Ultron begins we’ve already seen the Avengers’ turning their back on S.H.I.E.L.D’s newly exposed conspiracy and now they’re pulling together to tackle a previously dormant evil robot, Ultron who is hell-bent on destroying humanity. Saving the world again should come easy however this time they have the help of some new additions to the team including Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor Johnson) and Vision (Paul Bettany). With new cast-members, more established story-lines giving the narrative more room to breathe and the occasional love-triangle, Age Of Ultron proved that there’s certainly some legitimate ‘Bad-Assery’ occuring in the ranks.
You may recall our Ultimate Bad Ass campaign some time ago where we ranked our favourite sunglasses-wearing characters on the ultimate scale of being Bad Ass.
We’ve decided to rate each character in the Avengers: Age of Ulton terms of Badass-ness… Who do you think is the most badass?
Badass rating 5/5
Tony Stark in himself is pretty badass. The millionaire playboy genius philanthropist son of Howard Stark, Tony Stark is the successor to the innovative Stark Enterprises. He lives in a luxurious home, drives fast cars, attends swanky soirees and built his own robot assistant in the form of J.A.R.V.I.S. However, after he is kidnapped in Afghanistan, he is equipped with a life-saving electromagnet in his heart which he uses to power and build his very own robotic suit of armor, allowing him to escape and become the eponymous Iron Man. Since then, Stark has become something of an expert in saving the world. With his pithy cynical one-liners, phenomenal intelligence and resourceful spirit with rock star swagger, Iron Man is certainly one of the most badass Avengers on the list, with our without the suit.
Our E-Commerce Manager Philly was almost tricked into going to see Fast and Furious 7 by Loki, the god of mischief.
“It’s great, you’ll love it!” he insisted, but we didn’t believe his lies. We’re not Thor for crying out loud!
Badass Rating 3/5
Named famously in Norse lore as ‘The God of Mischief’, Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of Loki certainly lives up to the reputation. The adopted brother of Thor and therefore, the second successor to the Throne of Asgard, Loki goes mad after discovering he is actually a child of the Ice Giants of Jotunheim. In Thor’s absence he managed to take the throne, side with the Giants and travel to Earth to create chaos! And things didn’t end there, Loki unleashes deadly creatures from another realm using the powerful Tesseract in the first Avengers movie and manages to deceive Thor into believing he has sacrificed himself. On sheer cunning and the delivery of some scathing insults, Loki is pretty badass but for his cowardice, he loses points majorly.
Our Marketing Manager Rachel regretted asking Bruce Banner how he felt about counterfeit Ray Ban’s.
Badass Rating 4/5
Scientist Bruce Banner had the grave misfortune of being exposed to some radioactive substances which caused a horrendous mutation in his body. Now, whenever he becomes vexed, he turns into a hulking great green monster. Having learned to control his anger enough to allow him to live a normal life, Bruce has really tried to make a difference in the world. However, he is reluctantly recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D to be their deadliest weapon in a battle to save the planet against Loki. Cue Banner transforming his less sociable alter ego The Hulk to take on the evil forces once again in Age of Ultron. From chucking aeroplanes and helicopters to smashing up the city, Hulk is pretty badass as far as mindless muscular brutes go, but as Banner his mind always wins over matter.
The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D opt for Cazal shades for that Badass look. Nothing says ‘badass’ like Carl Zeiss lenses…
Captain America/Steve Rogers
Steve Rogers was just a regular – if not naive weedy – guy who wanted nothing more than to honorably enlist in the Second World War effort. His combination of loyalty, bravery and sheer determination made him the perfect candidate for Howard Stark to create his first genetically engineered superhero. Captain America became the face of the Western rebellion against the Nazi’s after Rogers’ was subjected to Starks revolutionary experiment. From leading troops into danger and pulling them out again, restoring faith in the US Army and keeping up the morale of an entire nation, Rogers has had to deal with his fair share of ass-kicking. Watching his best friend die, losing his first love to the ravages of time and contributing the fall of the evil Hydra can certainly leave some battle scars, however, Captain America; even after he was frozen and thawed into the modern age, maintains that spirit of wholesome human goodness that gives us all hope! Captain America may not have the heart for true devil-may-care badassery like his peers but what he lacks in edge, this War Vet certainly makes up for in effectiveness. Plus he’s looking pretty good for his age.
Battling it out over sweet versus savoury popcorn.
Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff
Badass Rating 4/5
Black Widow is given a lot less credit than she deserves; after all its’ not all about who can wear the tightest uniform. However, Scarlett Johansen injects fire, bravery and badass attitude into the skilled assassin Black Widow. Expert at martial arts, savvy with complex technology, handy with a handgun and pretty damn good at operating fast moving vehicles, Black Widow’s strength and power doesn’t come from radioactive waste or a serum but from her sheer ability to manipulate, use her instincts and be resourceful with whatever is at hand. She even managed to out-trick Loki, the God of Mischief. Black Widow is at heart, a dedicated member of the Avengers and her spy-like abilities certainly make her a top contender for one of the most badass characters in the series, however we think Black Widow needs her own feature film to really shine!
Captain America makes best use of our polarised lenses when battling Iron Man. That arc reactor sure gives off terrible glare.
Badass Rating 4/5
Things don’t get much more badass than being an actual God but for Thor, he manages to learn the ways of us mere mortals after he is banished from Asgard for a short time thanks to his general buffoonery. So far, Thor has racked up three instances of world-saving and with his hearty laugh, love of ales, and superhuman strength he is certainly a man after our own hearts. Thor’s badassery doesn’t just exude from his thundering God-like presence – nor his lustrous golden locks – but from the way shows respect and honour to his family – even when they’re trying to smash up the planet. Arrogant but kind, strong but resilient, Thor certainly doesn’t abuse his power and has the fastest way method of transport in the Universe which puts your Oyster card to shame. Thor was the original badass, and we should all envy him for that.
Hulk couldn’t find any glasses to fit his head much in the way he could not find a pair of shorts he didn’t destroy with his enormous thighs.
We don’t want to give him a complex but we’re expecting a negative review on Feefo any day now..
Badass Rating 2/5
Jeremy Renner has said himself that Hawkeye, or Clint Barton as he’s known to his friend, isn’t necessarily a superhero, but a man with a very specific high skill set. Kind of like Liam Neeson in Taken… but better. A trained and competent sniper, Hawkeye tends to go it alone, embarking on social missions away from the main group. As part of a duo, he and Black Widow take down their opponents in tense games of espionage, but alone he managed to take down Hulk. They say behind every great man, there is a great woman; that’s certainly true of Hawkeye, but Hawkeye knows his limitations and when skill and physical strength is needed, he’s right there and ready for action!
Badass Rating 4/5
The one eyed former leader of S.H.I.E.L.D, Fury has his work cut out for him managing the clashing ego’s of the Avengers but he does so with such panache its’ impossible not to find him a compelling leader. You certainly don’t want to cross Fury however we think the majority of his badass attitude is not from his leadership skills nor his positive influence but from his really cool leather jacket and super rad eye-patch. We imagine this makes wearing sunglasses tricky though so he loses a point.
You can now catch Avengers: Age Of Ultron in cinemas from April 22nd 2015.