14. DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING
Quicksilver was born to die. When watching “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” many die-hard fans knew that Marvel needed to kill off a character to show its guts. Much like the first “Avengers,”though, this character would not be anyone who is high profile or a draw to the franchise. Introducing Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, when Fox already had a cool and memorable Quicksilver in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
The actual logistics of Quicksilver’s death could have been far more memorable. Setting up the character with a cartoonish, nebulously-foreign accent was a bit much and adding in a dumb catchphrase (“You didn’t see that one coming?”) did not help. When the character is peppered with an array of bullets at the end of the sequel, it was largely underwhelming. However, the additional of the cheesy and unnecessary one-liner was pure cringe and made a possibly effective emotional moment less than impactful.
13. THOR IN THE CAVE
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” once again shows some flaws with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. The character obviously has a sequel coming in the near future (*cough* “Ragnarok” *cough*) and this storyline needed to be established beforehand. By shoehorning in a completely out of place sequence in the cave, audiences could slowly feel the forced outline of the scene setting up for something that wasn’t necessary in “Ultron.”
Additionally, the actual execution of the scene with Selvig felt completely random and like it was merely adding another character into the film in a bizarre and random way. By showcasing some of Thor’s abilities (one of which is the ability to not wear a shirt), this came off as not much more than filler. The general audience already assumed that a third “Thor” film was on its way. However, by adding in an out-of-place sequence into a film that could have used a bit more focus on its characters and less on future setup, we couldn’t help but cringe.