The Marvel movies, or at least those produced by Marvel Studios proper, are great fun if a little shallow. Their biggest issue though, and one that was underlined particularly in this past year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy is that their third acts, while heavy on action, fall into a fairly predictable rut. Namely, "a giant falling thing from the sky with explosions occurring everywhere" rut.
With Avengers: The Age of Ultron, critics and viewers alike have some level of hope that Joss Whedon has some different tricks up his sleeve, and star Robert Downey Jr, when speaking with /Film spoke to that subject:
There was a Rubik’s Cube to how to make these things have an Act Three — that you’re just going I really hope you like Acts One and Two because now we’ve just gotta do all this stuff. To me, and I think it was the same thing in Iron Man 3, Act Three was the strongest act. I think that this is really gunning for that sort of thing. Because I love movies. I love these kinds of movies. I feel like I’m just a very tolerant kind of consumer with these things, but I also feel like the half-life of — if you noticed just how flooded the market is becoming and likely to become potentially even more so. I think that there has to be a bit of a transcendence of formula. And so without giving too much away, and why I generally just stamped it when the first draft came in ‘cause I thought, “Oh wow, it didn’t fall into that trap.” And I read the last page and I got chills, for a reason I definitely can’t explain. [LAUGHTER] … This is gonna be very cool.
I'm not sure he'll find many supporters in the line of thinking that Iron Man 3's third act was its best, but to each their own I suppose. Despite my ever growing fatigue with this constant onslaught of Marvel films, this new Avengers outing definitely has my interest.
Check out his entire interview with /Film here, it's great stuff.