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The Avengers: Age of Ultron also known as “The Avengers 2”

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments.

Reviewed by: Raphael Vera
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Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Genre:
Sci-Fi Superhero Action Adventure 3D Sequel
Length:
2 hr. 22 min.
Year of Release:
2015
USA Release:
May 1, 2015 (wide—4,200+ theaters)
DVD: October 2, 2015
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Relevant Issues
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good versus evil

superiority of righteousness and holiness

defending the innocent with courage and bravery

importance of having true love for others and self-sacrifice

importance of teamwork—setting aside differences

humility versus pride

God calls us to serve.

man’s desire to create Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)

fear of the future possibility of evil robots

God tells us to stay away from occult practices. What about fantasy/fictional occult?

Someone in the movie comments that every time people try to end a war before it starts, innocent people die. What is the Biblical perspective on war? Answer

Featuring: Scarlett JohanssonNatasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Robert Downey Jr.Tony Stark / Iron Man
Chris HemsworthThor
Chris EvansSteve Rogers / Captain America
Cobie SmuldersMaria Hill
Idris ElbaHeimdall
Samuel L. JacksonNick Fury
Mark RuffaloBruce Banner / The Hulk
Jeremy RennerClint Barton / Hawkeye
Paul BettanyJ.A.R.V.I.S. (Jarvis) / The Vision (an android)
Stellan SkarsgårdErik Selvig
Andy SerkisUlysses Klaw
Don CheadleColonel James Rhodes / War Machine
Tom Hiddleston … Loki
Elizabeth Olsen … Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Aaron Taylor-Johnson … Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver
Linda Cardellini … Laura Barton
Hayley Atwell … Peggy Carter
James Spader … Ultron (voice)
Stan Lee
Lou Ferrigno … Hulk (voice)
Anthony Mackie … Sam Wilson / Falcon
more »
Director: Joss Whedon—“Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012)
Producer: Marvel Studios
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Prequel: “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012)

Review updated 5.5.2015

Earth’s mightiest heroes, The Avengers, are back! Led in battle by Captain America (Chris Evans), they are now a finely honed team, and begin the film waging an attack on one of Hydra’s (see “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) last strongholds in order to recapture Loki’s scepter (“Marvel’s The Avengers” 2012). However, nothing that has come before can prepare them for what they find in Baron Strucker’s base—two enhanced beings, one of whom will shake the team to its core, and the makings of what will be Earth’s greatest threat yet.

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), the scientists of the group, are working together on the scepter to realize Stark’s dream of artificial intelligence, but, instead of bringing about Earth’s ultimate protector, they give birth to humanity’s sworn enemy, Ultron. Voiced with a writhing almost palpable evil by James Spader, Ultron, along with his allies Wanda/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro/Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) prove to be almost unbeatable foes against The Avengers. Despite their best efforts, The Avengers always seem one step behind Ultron and his global machinations.

As exciting, if not more thrilling than its predecessor, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” has both more and less content that will be of concern to many.

Objectionable Issues

The violence is very heavy, but this is a mostly bloodless film, with the exception of some serious, as well as fatal, wounds, it is none-the-less very weighted in the violence department. A villain, who has been killed earlier (unseen), has his own blood used to write a message to The Avengers. During a hex induced nightmare scene, all the heroes see their worst nightmares or memories come to life including: revelry that is said to be happening in Hell, The Avengers dead or dying, mouthless girls, murder, torture, planetary destruction, invading alien armadas and long lost loves.

In battle, people are shot at with bullets/lasers/arrows, run over, crushed and have their necks broken, though this last incident is evidenced more by sound effects than visually. There is rampant destruction in cities and villages, and people are presumably crushed or killed by falling buildings, tossed cars and debris. Ultron breaks a man’s arm completely off in one scene that is as abrupt as it is brutal. The threat of peril is frequent, and the viciousness of Ultron is sure to frighten younger children who should not be subject to this.

Language—There are relatively few curse words for a PG-13 movie. They include sh** (1), damn (1), as* (2), hell (2), d**k (1), bast**d (2), piss (1), and son-of-a-b**** (1). However, more disturbing are the 3 times God’s name is taken in vain, including “for G*d’s sakes,” one reference to The Avengers as gods, as well as numerous references to the Holy Scripture in a perverted, twisted way by Ultron, as well as an artificial lifeform introduced later. In the later instance, a newly created android, in describing who or what he is, says, “I am. I AM.” The first utterance is a whisper, and the second more of a confirmation, but this is a definite, though sneakingly subtle reference to how God described himself to Moses, as well as what His only begotten Son Jesus said centuries later in clarifying his authority and his true nature.

And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” —Exodus 3:14

Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” —John 8:57-58

What is blasphemy?

Additionally, there are 5 instances of sexual innuendo, some being obscure (“prima nocta”) to the more obvious (get ** up, hold it for you, hide the zucchini) and including one proposition to join someone in the shower. Young children will most likely only understand the last, but the audience attending my viewing understood and laughed at all the others.

Sex/Nudity—Natasha/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) wears a body suit with occasional cleavage displayed, and the film focuses several times on one villager with an ample bosom. The kissing in this film is rare, light, loving and short and did not appear lustful in any way.

Occult—The Scarlet Witch displays powers that in the beginning of the film seem particularly suggestive of occult evil, such as when she has red glowing eyes and exhibits rapid physical displacement similar to the demon in the horror film “The Ring.” Since the most effective part of her repertoire against The Avengers involves manipulating their minds with fear and despair, this makes her seem even more witch-like in nature, than a product of genetic manipulation. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) turns to his scientist/astrophysicist friend to find a pool of enchanted waters to help him divine the truth of his Scarlet Witch hex-induced dreams. Needless to say, these practices are condemned by the God’s Word.

You shall not… practice divination or soothsaying. —Leviticus 19:26

Alcohol is present throughout a party of Tony Stark’s, and one patron, Marvel’s own Stan Lee, is shown visibly drunk, due to the strength of Asgardian liquor.

Lessons

The ways of the righteous—Ultron greets only one of our heroes with sarcastic disdain when he says, “Captain America-God’s righteous man.” Ultron means this as an insult, but he is in fact correct. From the beginning, the Captain is wary of foul language, and, because of his example, he has a positive affect on his teammates, though they are reluctant to admit it. He embodies many of the positive qualities of a Christian including that of being an inspiration to others.

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. —Philippians 2:14-15

One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. —Proverbs 12:26

God’s Word is Holy—Ultron repeatedly references the Christian faith in a mocking tone, saying things such as, “Are you here to confess your sins” and “Upon this rock I will build my church” (referring to a metal, not the apostles). Ultron’s fast and loose way with verses from the Bible bespeaks of his lack of respect for the Word of God and is strangely out of place for an inorganic lifeform that admits to understanding the difference between good and evil, yet chooses the latter. We are all warned in the final book of the Bible the consequences of this.

For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. —Revelation 22:18-19

Love—Clint/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) shows great affection for his wife and children. Surprisingly, Natasha/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Banner also care for each other as it shows in the self-sacrifice they display to each other. Together, these two couples are a positive reminder of how the Word of God, the one true authority for our lives, defines love.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. —1 Corinthians 13:4-6

We are called to SERVE—Ultron, derides both Tony Stark’s original intent for the Ultron program and its successor when he says, “Stark asked for a savior and settled for a slave.” The New Testament is replete with the value of serving God and of being a slave for Christ, and this profound truth was fully realized in the way Jesus Christ humbly lived and then died for all of mankind.

“And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” —Matthew 20:27-28

Avengers, Vol. 1, No. 68

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a far cry from the comic book where Ultron suffered his most memorable defeat (The Mighty Avengers, Vol. 1, No. 68), brought about by the Word of God, seriously! This film is a more action packed, visually stunning and humorous telling than the first Avengers film. The Heroes are now visibly comfortable with each other, and the camaraderie, late to bloom in the first, is prevalent from the start of this film, making the longer run time hardly noticeable.

That being said, Ultron is frankly a weak and not credibly written villain, in contrast to The Vision (Paul Bettany) who behaves exactly as one would expect a newly created artificial lifeform to act. This does not detract from any of the battles, which are as exciting as any in action films today, but if a film is to rise above ‘exciting and good’ to ‘compelling and great’ it needs more than what was presented here. Finally, the irreverent slant that director [and outspoken atheist] Joss Whedon took makes this a cinematic assault on Christian sensibilities that I cannot wholeheartedly recommend.

Violence: Very Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Moderate

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


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Positive
Positive—This was a great action movie. But you should view it as it is. Sure, there are more curse words than I would have liked, and there was a blaphemous statement by Vision who said his name was “I am,” but I wouldn’t expect a secular PG-13 rated action movie to espouse Christian values. After all, the movie has gods, a false concept of heaven, aliens, teaches Evolution, and has superheroes that save the world from certain destruction. All unbiblical and even antibiblical values I might add.

I don’t understand why Christian moviegoers are so appalled when they know these are the types of things that they’re going to experience before they even walk in the door. Marvel fans don’t go to movies because of their Christian values. We go because we want to see some action. And that’s exactly what we got. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Frank, age 46 (USA)
Positive—Ok, so I wanted to see this since I heard of it, and MAN it was totally worth the wait—FULL of excitement and action, also good and clean, except for a few swears and CONSTANT violence. Very good kickoff to the summer movie season. Recommend it to anyone
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Chris, age 25 (USA)
Positive—Before I write this, I want to say that I mean this with all due respect to anyone who found this movie to be offensive. If it bothers your spirit, then don’t watch it. If you personally feel convicted by God to not watch a movie, then don’t watch it. Honor Jesus with your choices with what you feel is right/wrong, when it comes to movies. I almost didn’t see Avengers 2 today due to the negative reviews on this website. I saw it anyway with a friend, just to give it a fair chance. Turns out I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it. I loved the first movie so much better, but that doesn’t mean this wasn’t any good.

Yes, the villain makes an obscure reference to that verse that talks about building the Church on the rock (Matthew 16:18). I didn’t catch the “I Am” quote (went to the restroom at that point). I must agree with the commenter who posted the positive review. Our world is filled with lost and broken people. The people who wrote the script to The Avengers most likely did not know The Lord. Don’t be so shocked when Hollywood throws “weird/offensive” lines like that in movies. Their worldview and values are so much different, and we can’t hold them to those standards until they’ve known Jesus. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Anonymous, age 24 (USA)
Positive—I am just writing to say the film is no better or worse than the first. However, I would like to point out …that the phrase “I am” in an A.I. Computer context is not a biblical reference but a deceleration of self awareness.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Foamhead, age 37 (Canada)
Positive—…The Vision said (and I am paraphrasing) “I am not Ultron, I am not one of his drones, I am… (pause for thought)… I am” He WAS NOT saying he is God. He was stating that he was his own person of free will. He just is, he exists as an individual not controlled by the villain (remember he wasn’t given a name yet). …I also don’t understand why it’s upsetting when a villain quotes scripture. I LOVE that. Did we all just forget that Satan can quote scripture, too? This is done for two reasons. It sums up the villains motivations, and shows us that even evil knows the word of God and will try to justify their actions accordingly. … more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Matthew, age 35 (USA)
Positive—This movie was awesome. I do not understand why my fellow Christians would find some of the quotes offensive?? In this day and age, I am thrilled when the Bible is quoted or misquoted—It shows God is still front page news. If we are going to object to every time an evil character quotes scripture, I guess we gotta throw out the Bible. For Satan quotes the Bible all the time and knows the Bible more than we do.

Ultron was an evil caricature and deceiver. Ultron at no point was depicted to be a Christ-like figure and behaved like your typical evil character, so please stop trying to find a demon under every rock. This is a STORY! more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—James, age 41 (USA)
Positive—As this movie came out earlier in Australia, I had seen it prior to there being any reviews. I came on this site to have a look at what the reviews are now, and I was surprised at what has been said. I saw all those posts about how the villain was quoting scripture and how it offended people. But earlier on, this same villain calls Captain America “God’s righteous man” in clear mockery. This is not a person with a soul, this is a robot that understands nothing but words. Yes, this villain was in a sense trying to be God. NOT actually being Him, but trying to be his own master, without God ruling. Isn’t that what a real villain is? Those who try to be their own god? And ***SPOILERISH ALERTS*** he fails. All it showed to me, was that the villain mocking God did not get away with it, or succeed in his plans…

Now for the Vision. I did hear this robot say “I am… ,” and then “I am” again. But it looked a lot more like it was a pause for thought after the first I am, like he was a bit lost and wasn’t sure what he was, and then he just states I am again as if to say “I just am this. With no sides to be on or a name as of yet. I’m just alive.” That is how I saw it, and if there was supposed to be some underlying message, that’s sad, but I personally, did not see it as being anything other than a lost robot realizing he’s alive and moving on his own. **SPOILERISH ALERT END** more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Ally, age 19 (Australia)
Positive—First, I’d like to address the “I am… I am” quote. I do not believe that this was in any way the Vision trying to declare himself to be God (I would even wonder how many in Hollywood are even aware of the quote “I AM WHO AM” from Scripture). That would be like saying that the philosopher that coined the phrase “I think therefore I am” was claiming to be God. It is merely a declaration of his (the Vision’s) own existence.

Second, I have no problem with the villain being blasphemous. I did not get the impression that he was supposed to be representative of the Church, but a villain trying to set himself up as a replacement for God, and in a world where so many of our “leaders” want to push God out of the picture as they “provide” us with “freedom” and “safety,” I think it good to see what the end goal of such characters tends to be (as the Scarlett Witch noticed when she could finally read Ultron). Nick Fury’s comment about “Catholic rabbits” was somewhat offensive, but nothing compared to much of what I’ve heard many non-Catholic Christians saying. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—John, age 42 (USA)
Positive—I am simply here to point out a fatal flaw in the argument of the reviewer and of several other reviews of this film. So many people here are upset by the use of Vision’s “I am” quote as being something blasphemous, and I believe this is being taken entirely out of context. Simply because the wording is similar does not mean it was meant to blaspheme the name of God in anyway. If one studies historical philosophy, a French philosopher by the name of Rene Descartes is most credited with his coining the Latin phrase, “Cogito ergo sum” translated as “I think therefore I am.” The idea behind this quote was that if a person is capable of thinking and doubting their own existence, then they must, by extension, exist.

Thinking begat existence to Descartes. This is the basis for Vision’s quote in Age of Ultron. Having been a virtual intelligence created by Tony Stark and then given consciousness and sentience by the Mind Stone, Vision was granted free thought and thus existence and the “I am” quote was meant to reference this philosophical concept by Descartes. I implore the readers of these reviews and the viewers of this film to remember that not everything Hollywood does is an attack on Christianity or God and that every negative reviewer here who claims the film has taken the Bible out of context may need to realize that they are taking the film’s quote out of context too and are thus, guilty of the same error in thinking. Humility can go a long way.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Sam, age 23 (USA)
Positive—This film wasn’t quite as good as the previous Avengers or other Marvel films. There was more language than in past films, but not as much as other similar films. The story was not just predictable, but also just not as interesting as it could be. The ending just didn’t leave a sense of accomplishment and excitement, as it just felt the movie trailed off.

I’m sure Marvel will continue to do well but it feels like they are going downhill a little bit.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Larry Amon, age 42 (USA)
Neutral
Neutral—I liked it for the most part. I was disappointed that Captain America cursed. He should be able to take the slight razzing from his friends and still be who he is without having to cave in and be just like everyone else. They wrote it differently than I would have.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Trina W, age 47 (USA)
Neutral—Watch it for entertainment (because it’s very funny) and don’t judge it as dogma. Remember that these heroes and villains are inconsistent, which is true about everyone. Ultron is a self-willed racist. He wants freedom, which is a just and noble cause. But, he goes about it the wrong way, until his original goal… freedom, and the ability to think and act for himself apart from a system that he feels confined and trapped in… is lost by a desire to destroy everything (everything besides himself) that he believes would enslave him, including people who cannot possibly do that. He chooses destructive force instead of his adaptive intelligence, instinct and ingenuity to fight for his freedom.

The Vision is an arrogant mystic. He says that he is for life, but does not give any credit to the author of life and instead gives himself that glory with the proclamation “I AM”. I’m sorry, but speaking calmly and gently on screen still makes you arrogant to the clouds, if you say this about yourself. Tony Stark is a megalomaniac. Things are actually going quite well on planet Earth, and with Tony, but he wants to protect the planet for some reason. He gives-in to his own fear and does things his own way, without thinking about the consequences or second-guessing himself at all, along the way.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Luke, age 32 (USA)
Neutral—This film is a let down in so many ways. I will say that as a Christian, it let me down in the fact that it blasphemed God in so many ways. For example, Ultron saying upon this rock, I will build my house, the new hero calling himself, “I am,” etc. There is a lot more profanity in this movie than in the first one.

As a Marvel fan, it also disappointed me. The relationship angle that they tried to do was forced. I mean that the characters had no relationships in previous films and suddenly they are thrust together. The actors had no chemistry between them, and it came through on the big screen. I did not feel sorry for the female character when her supposed love interest did not return from battle. I would have preferred if they concentrated on developing the characters of Quick Silver and Scarlet Witch and how they become members of the team and how the team members developed more of a trust for one another. Instead they resorted to cheesy on screen romance that did not work.

Also, they made it out that The Avengers were rescuing people because it was a job to do, not to serve and protect or even to care about human beings. Overall, this movie was a disappointment.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Karen, age 49 (USA)
Neutral—Let me first say that I understand the comments people are making about the “blasphemy” of this movie. If this were a movie based in our real world, with real people and events, then I would agree with their statements. But as it is a total work of fiction, I cannot.

The blasphemous comments expressed by the villain Ultron are intentionally insulting. They are comments made to anger those he is addressing, i.e., Captain America. He is intentionally egging them on. Ultron has a deep root contempt for humanity, and, seeing as how the Holy Scriptures are supposed to guide us in our humanity, it has become his scapegoat… intentionally. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Red, age 38 (USA)
Neutral—What is disappointing is how Marvel has “progressively” included more and more objectionable content since Disney Corporation took over Marvel in 2009. Sad. Because Marvel used to stand with integrity in producing excellent entertainment with interesting character development, action, humor, and little to no offensive content. Entertaining to a point, and some good things.

But the anti-Christian jabs and ridicule in this film were unmistakable and obviously intentional. Too bad. Now Marvel seems to be becoming progressively worse, like most other studios. Except Pixar.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Lynn, age 54 (USA)
Negative
Negative—First, I must say I LOVE Marvel movies! Overall, they are well done, and my family and I have enjoyed them since they started coming out. It is with this background that I find it painful to say “Age of Ultron” was a mess in more ways than I can count. I went into the movie hoping it would blow me away like the first one did. It did the exact opposite.

First, the movie lacked a logical beginning. Where the first one actually had a build up, this one starts out in a battle with no background and no build up.

Second, the story was more discontinuous than any Marvel movie to date. It was like watching a bunch of half-developed ideas thrown together on a screen. The cave scene with Thor made no sense, and the scenes at Hawkeye’s home were slow and unnecessary. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Jason, age 41 (USA)
Negative—This movie fails on two levels, unfortunately. My husband and I are huge Marvel fans, and saw the very first viewing, so we went into it excitedly, expecting something spectacular. I think, as Christians, we tend to get offended too easily and am always conscious of that… but the truth is, this film is profoundly blasphemous, and it needs to be acknowledged.

I wish I could say the rest of the film was fantastic, because then I could wax lyrical about its strengths, and calmly talk about the blasphemy as the “only negative,” which would make this review appear completely neutral (and so legitimate), but, the truth is, we were disappointed in the film even before the ugly stuff happened. It was often an incoherent CGI-fest; superfluous scenes were shoe-horned in just to lay the path for Phase 3 films; the emotional stuff was poorly written and incongruous, and a lot of it just didn’t make sense. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Anna, age 36 (United Kingdom)
Negative—I like the action, humor, and CG affects of this movie… but nothing else. The feel of the first Avengers movie gave me chills, and I knew why… the second one even bigger chills. But, at first, I didn’t want this gut feeling to stand between me and the visual entertainment. Basically, by giving the world Avenger “saviors” who fight against a “coming king” of sorts from the sky depicted as Loki and/or Ultron and/or Thainos, billions of viewers inevitably start feeling a bond with all such pre-antichrist figures who will join to fight against Jesus at the end of time, because, by then, He will be perceived as a similar threat and evil.

But, for us Christians, even though manipulation of the affections glosses Him over as a threat, He is, in reality, the cure for our sin. There is no victory against Jesus, because He IS victory itself. Satan is very, very, very crafty… giving us lollipops of entertainment that taste sweet on the outside, but are rotten at the center. Jesus does just the opposite by revealing humanity’s sin and need for him, first, so they can then be made righteous from the inside out.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Luke, age 32 (USA)
Negative—Love Marvel movies, but how dare they… As it stands, I cannot continue supporting Marvel and acknowledge myself as a true Christian. I went to watch “Avengers: Age of Ultron” last night. It was a brilliant movie! Some of the best action scenes I have ever seen, by far the best comedy in the Marvel movies, and I could even truly feel the characters” emotions. One of the best Marvel movies so far.

But the film had the most blasphemous statement I have ever heard in a movie: a red created and artificially constructed super being, with a jewel on his forehead, introduces himself as: “I am, I am”. This is literally the name of God. We know this because He introduced himself to Moses (Exodus 3:14), and it is the title Jesus took when He affirmed himself as God (John 8:58). more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Pieter, age 31 (South Africa)
Negative—…I went to see the film last night with my son at the premiere. I am glad it was free for us. I did not catch the statement by Vision but there seems to be an underlining plan to under mind the God of the Bible. Ultron does quote Matthew 16:18 about building his Church and their are references of Judgment coming for man’s Sins. It looks like this world is being prepared for the great deception. It talks about the next evolution and the creation of beings that are both fleshly and are artificially intelligent.

There is a subtle message of God being Judgmental of Humans and therefore he wants to start over with something better. Ultron attempts to destroy the world (Noah’s Flood) and start all over again. I would want to see it again just to see the references of the attacks again Christian beliefs.

The story has way to many monologue plots, too much talking. The action scenes have been seen before in other movies.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Bob, age 59 (USA)
Negative—I agree with the preceding statements. The “I Am” line turned my stomach sour. When Jesus said this in the garden a legion of Romans fell to their knees, and Marvel is going to say those words in the context of a meaningless movie. The line was purposeful; it was no accident, but it was unnecessary. There is nothing more blasphemous than calling yourself God or making the All Powerful Creator of the universe into a mere image.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Phil Howard, age 39 (USA)
Negative—(I apologies for the lengthy comment.) I was gonna go with a neutral rating for this movie, being a long comix fan for the art and stories. And visually it’s good, well written, and roles played well. But I can’t because of the strong Evolution message (right, Evolution). If it was just adapting and becoming stronger, that would have been ok, Christians do that in the process of becoming like our Heavenly Father, but I can’t support the evolutionary theory and faith. Movies definitely can be a good platform for emotional responses and brainwashing. I’m 40 now and I been undergoing the evolutionary attacks since I was a 13-14 year old kid. Back then, their was definitely less wide spread creation science knowledge to support the biblical viewpoint, but that’s changed. But it’s more than just attacks on the mind. Today’s attacks, I think, are more emotional swaying and just constant bombardment from every avenue in society… even art, IT field, cooking and sports.

Many use the word evolve all the time, as if the Enemy is trying to subliminally sink those ideas into people’s minds. (I don’t use the word evolve. Develop, mature, advancing or adapt I think are better and more descriptive). I used to struggle, but Praise God, His evidence on the Earth and the heavens, His Spirit, His truth/word and work in my life and others far outweigh these attacks, which have been happening since ancient times.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Des, age 40 (USA)
Negative—Marvel went to far in creating its new Avenger, as it introduce himself as someone he can’t be. There is only one creator and it’s not Marvel.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Ted, age 47 (USA)
Negative—I agree with all the comments noted above about the “Evolution,” and the reference to “I AM”. In the course of this media perpetuating across the world, was the subtle references to Satan and his dominion and ways. When seeing Ultron’s physical aspects, I was intrigued by his mannerisms and his “horned” head (see history of the various aspects of satanic figures with horns).

Furthermore what was striking as the “drones” that came out of the Earth at the end of the film, which seemed to have strong parallels to Rev. 9:2-11, particularly verse 11. While I don’t watch movies, but did see this one in its entirety today, I am amazed how how seducing these films, media, games have on the what we read is coming in prophecy. I can’t help but wonder with man’s active imagination in these various forms of media, how real these very images will be in a day fulfilled as Scripture has! And the scary thing for people in that day will be is—it isn’t a movie or a game! Its for real! There is now and there will be a battle for men’s souls.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Mark, age 44 (USA)
Negative—Had to walk out with my family for; as Jesus Christ has given the Holy Spirit to those who seek The real “I Am” (God)—was very offensive and such a disappointment. It’s one thing to have a superman, but quite another to have superman say he is God. Marvel knew what they were doing, and this was made to make our young children to become immune to this kind of attack on Christian Faith and God Himself. I wish I had read these reviews before wasting hard earned money on a satanic movie as this when all I wanted was a sci-fi flick. Something that kids would enjoy without having to go home and explain why mature adults felt compelled to inflict such garbage as this movie did.

I am so offended I who have watched all Marvel movies but Thor (for obvious reasons) will never see another nor my siblings. Shame on them and pray for those young impressionable minds who loves the movies action in the but not willing to stand up and boycott Marvel. more »
—Kay, age 43 (USA)
Negative—A negative aspect that everyone seems to have overlooked is Capt. America reprimanding Iron Man for bad language, and being ridiculed by everyone, and then he APOLOGIZES to Iron Man!?!? This is an inexcusable message to send to a comic book audience.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Brian Schacht, age 68 (Canada)
Negative—This movie is obviously Anti—Catholic. How come nobody hasn’t mentioned anything about the Catholic Rabbit comment. This was obviously an attack against the Church, which was just one of many, as previously noted.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Rich, age 53 (Canada)
Positive—On the negative side… I watched this movie in 3D digital and felt it was a bit too dark, and was more disappointed that the Hulk did not hardly look green at all in color! That somewhat ruined the visual effects for me. Other then that, it was a very good movie and kept me entertained.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Donna, age 60 (USA)
Negative—Will not tolerate blasphemy. Why do we always have to tolerate movies that insult our Christian faith? Why can’t moviemakers create their movies without using scripture. …I’m a Marvel fan, but as a Jesus follower, I can’t accept using God’s name in vain or mocking God using his name as in the “I AM” quote. This is a clear blaspheme. Had I known they were going to do this, I would definitely not had gone, but it’s too late now, all I can do is warning and preventing others from watching it. It’s not worth putting my money where there’s no respect for my God.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Rosie, age 35 (USA)
Negative—Don’t let the gazillion dollar effects fool you. It was like a caramel covered onion. It’s sad that Director Joss Whedon, who is supposed to be an atheist, spends a lot of time using a superhero story to attack God. It could have been a fun good vs. Evil story, and I could have left the theater having had a fun time and wanting more. Instead I left wanting less of this Avengers garbage.

A big irritation was Captain America caving to peer pressure and joining in on the cussing. NOT FUNNY! It used to be that comic book super heroes were for kids, but now the moviemakers want to push their adult material, politics and anti-religious ideas onto kids. It’s sick and it’s sad.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Earl, age 46 (USA)
Negative—Some lines should not be crossed. Vision’s “I AM” statement was not accidental and for a writer to knowingly put this statement into a script (which, given the rest of the script, I can come to no other conclusion than Whedon did it intentionally) means I will actively boycott everything by Whedon
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Mikey, age 47 (USA)
Negative—I am saddened by the blasphemous references. Really made me cry. I feel that God’s heart was broken by man’s disrespect for Him. I will think twice about supporting the director of this film with regard to patronizing his films. This is disheartening, because, prior to this movie, I have always loved the Marvel/Avenger movies. The film’s writer/producer has a serious lack of understanding and wisdom. Shame on him for leading people astray. It reminds me of the Scripture that refers to the time when God destroyed AI. We should pray that God’s people will recognize deception and won’t be lead astray by it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: none
—Sherri, age 41 (USA)
Negative—As a believer of God, if you do not take offense to “Jarvis made man” when he says, “I am, I AM” you need to go work out your salvation with fear and trembling… I’ve NEVER felt so torn up inside from a movie… people wake up, this blasphemy is in your face, and as far as Christian Today is concerned, it’s a great movie… you’re out of your mind Jessica Gibson (writer of her review of the movie).

Don’t get me started on the third eye reference… the enemy is always hidden in plain sight, those who have eyes to see, SEE and ears to hear, HEAR. Please don’t let your kids watch this. Sorry for the ranting… I’m really angry about this… P.S.—Thank you for a wonderful, full and honest review on your Website. Love the scripture reference. P.S., Jessica Gibson, saying this in love, Do you think the actual I AM is happy with your review?
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Kerryn, age 29 (South Africa)
Comments from young people
Negative—I believe the reviewer covered most of the issues. Although, something that was not addressed was Scarlet Witch’s attire. She wears revealing outfits throughout the film, including low necklines showing a generous amount of cleavage, and short skirts displaying much of her legs.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Perry, age 17 (USA)
Negative—This movie was very disappointing. I’m a Marvel fan, a big one, but this film strayed far from it’s expectations, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, the acting, music, effects, and such were great, but it’s morally offensive, the main being the several misuses of the Lord’s name. This alone should stop a Christian from going to see and supporting this film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Cory, age 17 (USA)
Negative—I saw the movie yesterday, at a preview showing. I am happy to have contributed to a fundraiser in buying the ticket, but sad for the content. As a Catholic Christian, I did not like that Ultron quoted Jesus in saying “Upon this Rock, I will build my Church”. As other viewers have said, I found this movie offensive. I do not recommend supporting this movie by paying to see it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—KMK, age 17 (USA)
Positive—I have seen it twice now and I really enjoyed it. Cap 2 still stands as my favorite. Other then some language and stupid Ultron and Vision quoting the Holy Bible in a twisted way. The film was pretty clean. It is mostly robot violence, so not disturbing; 11 and up could see it. I did not like the Scripture quoting or ***SPOILER*** That they killed Quicksilver off. He was funny and you cared about him and his sister. Vison was cool but underused, and there were too many monologue scenes. If you are a Marvel fan or super hero fan, go see it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Matthew, age 14 (USA)
Positive—This is a really fun movie. I’ve been waiting a while to see it, and it’s a comic books fan’s dream. It’s not perfect, but it’s a summer blockbuster, it’s supposed to be filled with explosions and good guys punching bad guys. The action is really incredible, if I’m honest, and it has some very funny moments. This might be the best movie Marvel has made up to this point, and they’ve made some good ones.

In regards to the multiple biblical references, I didn’t pick up on the “I Am” quote until the second time I saw the movie. Mainly because when I go to a summer blockbuster, I’m not looking to see how spiritually correct that movie is. I’m not thrilled by that quote, and I don’t understand why it was put in the film, but it didn’t detract from the experience as a whole. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Carter, age 18 (USA)
Movie Critics

…Sequel not so super… The film feels overstuffed… how many times have we seen this movie before? How many more times are we going to have to see it? …it’s getting time to move beyond the expected, and explore some truly brave new worlds. [2]
—Stephen Whitty, The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

…Superhero fatigue sets in with “Avengers: Age of Ultron”… Gratitude is offered for Tony Stark’s quips, which serve as a kind of apologetic commentary for the movie’s abounding excess. …For degree of difficulty, Whedon’s accomplishments earn respect. …
—Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail

…surprising amounts of soul… a super-sized spandex soap opera that’s heavy on catastrophic action but surprisingly light on its feet, and rich in the human-scale emotion that can cut even a raging Hulk down to size. …
—Scott Foundas, Variety

…Slam, bam and the same ending, man… Thin on story, crowded with characters and padded with extraneous action. …[2/4]
—Rafer Guzmán, Long Island Newsday

…bigger, shakier sequel. …there’s still a great deal to like here. …
—Kristian Lin, Fort Worth Weekly

…an ultra-average blockbuster… It has enough whammo-kerblammo, high-stakes standoffs and breezy banter that, if you work really hard to fool yourself, you might mistake it for a pleasing blockbuster… [2/4]
—Kyle Smith, New York Post

…an old-school comic book showdown that ultimately feels, well, like an old-school comic book, strongly emphasizing the superhero values of humility, teamwork, forgiveness, trust and, of course, sacrifice. That makes the sporadic foul language and sexual innuendo frustrating for me…
—Adam R. Holz, Plugged In

…it’s the, shhh, quieter moments in Joss Whedon’s $279 million superhero extravaganza that stand out. … It’s the between-the-mayhem moments that work best, that bring out the humor in Whedon’s screenplay, even if some of Downey’s deadpan asides are as predictable as Ultron’s evildoing pronouncements. …[2½/4]
—Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

…a spectacular treat from beginning to end with a strong moral worldview and inspiring biblical allusions, but caution is advised for some action violence and brief foul language…
—Ted Baehr, Movieguide

…Explosive “Avengers” falls short of heroic… immensely enjoyable, but overstuffed film that overstays its welcome by 30 minutes or so… [3/4]
—Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

…all this action overloads the senses… “Age of Ultron” is effective moment to moment, but very little lingers in the mind afterward…
—Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

…After revisiting 2012’s “The Avengers” and screening “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” earlier this week, I actually enjoyed the second chapter so much more than its predecessor…
—Christa Banister, Crosswalk

…Inevitably for a blockbuster sequel of this sort, it’s a little darker. …it’s only Whedon’s gift for character that holds it together. He doesn’t abandon nuance in the middle of a firefight… Whedon does so much right, and injects such a powerful blend of humour and high-stakes into each scene, that we can’t pick too many holes. … [4/5]
—Helen O'Hara, Empire [UK]

Comments from non-viewers
Negative—Well, my wife had been planning to see this movie. I’d been planning to see this movie since January! That being said, once I heard that this movie misquoted and blasphemed Scripture in a few scenes, as a follower of Christ and a lover of Him, I cannot in good conscious support this movie with my money. I am tired of Hollywood thinking they can disrespect our faith and we will still support them with our dollars. We have the authority, the Lord Jesus gave it to us in Matthew 28. We don’t have to continue to support directors and movie producers who are known atheists and unbelievers. When do we as believers draw the line? The Bible says that “greater is He that is in us than he that is the world”. Needless to say I will not go to the theaters and support this movie.
—Chaka, age 40 (USA)
Positive—…While we know blasphemy is wrong, we must also realize that in the movie it’s only the bad guy (well, robot) who’s saying these things. And he’s saying them from the point of view of a robot. A robot that has no soul. To him, the Bible is just words. We should not be offended by what a soulless robot in a movie says.

Even more so, we must remember this is a hero movie, and none of the heroes talk like Ultron. And the reality is, many in real life use the Bible like Ultron does—as a tool to mock those that believe. We cannot avoid these things. more »
—Mike Roy, age 35 (USA)

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