‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ at the El Capitan

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” experience at the El Capitan is something for the hard-core Stan Lee fans. There’s no song or dance and even the live organist isn’t featured. What you do get a chance to see are the original art, costumes and proper as well as some things from Stan Lee’s original collection. These items are on display downstairs in a room adjacent to the restrooms and will only be there until 20 May 2015 (Wednesday).

For collectors, you can also ask for the VIP Limited Edition Comic Book special. For $29, you get a reserved seat, popcorn in a special Age of Ultron tub, a drink and a limited edition comic book. Regular VIP seating is $26.

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby  created “The Avengers” as a secondary response to the DC Comics Justice League of America  (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash). Their first response had been “The Fantastic Four” while under the name of Timely Comics in 1961. “The Avengers” came out in 1963.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is the sequel to the 2012 “The Avengers” and is already slated to have two sequels: “Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1 and Part 2.”

“The Avengers” begins in Asgard with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) making a deal with a leader of the extraterrestrial race Chitauri. Loki gets the Tesseract and with his scepter enslaves a few key people in order to move forward his plan to subjugate earth. With Earth under attack, Espionage agency SHIELD (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate) director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) activates the Avengers Initiative, uniting Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Loki’s adoptive brother–the crown prince of Asgard Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is Loki-less. Instead, our villain is created by Tony Stark and Dr. Bruce Banner when they leave the gemstone of Loki’s scepter running alongside Stark’s AI, JARVIS (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System). The gem is an artificial intelligence system that works more like a human mind. Ultron (voiced with the silky venomous tones of James Spader) determines that in order to have world peace, he needs to eliminate the humans.

The scepter had been in the hands of the evil organization of Hydra and used by Baron Wolfgang Romanoff  in human experiments. Twins Pietro and Wanda Maximoff were one of Romanoff’s success story. Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has superhuman speed. Wanda has psychic power. Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) begins by implanting visions in the mind of Stark and later will do the same for all the Avengers. The visions play on true memories and fears and cause the Avengers to fight with each other and in the case of the Hulk, bring unfavorable attention to their cause.

The Avengers seek refuge in the beautiful countryside home of Clint Barton, with his wife and kids, but will need the leadership of Fury as well as some additional superheroes to vanquish the bad guys. Throughout, there’s the budding romance between that big green guy and the Black Widow.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon, “Age of Ultron” does have cultural references (Banksy) and humor (Captain America advises, “If you get killed, walk it off.”). Don’t worry about the language. Captain America has taken care of that at the beginning and all the Avengers, for gosh sake, watch their language (PG-13).

This is fun and fast with a bit more character exploration, particularly with the angst-ridden Banner and the Black Widow, who’s never been a wife.

If you’re a real fan of Marvel Comics and the Avengers, then don’t miss the El Capitan screenings. You have until 20 May 2015 before the theater switches over to “Tomorrowland.”

Adults: $16 (Matinee M-F before 6pm, $14) Child (3-11): $13, Senior (60+):$13, VIP: $26, Group (20+): $12

VIP LIMITED EDITION COMIC BOOK Ticket Offer:Purchase this special offer for $29.00. Includes: Reserved Seat, Popcorn, Drink & Limited Edition Comic Book. (Comic Book will be available at the Box Office on date of your event. You will need ticket and photo ID to receive).






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