Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Age of Ultron, a potential future

I watched "Avengers: The Age of Ultron" on a plane to Japan.

This movie is a sequel to The Avengers published in 2012. In this film, heroes in Marvel Comics such as Captain America, Ironman, Hulk, and Thor fought for the threat from another world.

At the beginning of The Age of Ultron, the Avengers got a mysterious staff of Loki from Hydra, a dark alliance composed of ex-Nazis members. In an institution of Hydra, they encountered a couple of humans with a special ability. They are Pietro and Wanda, originated from the Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the X-Men series. But they are not mutants but humans genetically modified after birth.

My past entry: Avengers, the weaknesses of heroes

The previous battle traumatized some members of the Avengers. Especially, Ironman thought there was something lack of protecting the earth from external threats. He begged Hulk to be cooperative for the utilization of Ultron, or the development of a super Artificial Intelligence (AI), using Loki's staff.

However, Ultron, as soon as acquiring his own will, had the intention to extinguish human being as a threat to the earth. It destroyed the main computer of the labo, and produced numerous copies on the internet. The Avengers had to fight with Ultron for the future of the earth.

The theme of this film is quite suggestive. As some people such as Elon Musk are warning about the AI, it can be a direct threat to human, not only in getting rid of jobs but also being opposing to human. The necessity of ethical consideration is suggested.

My past entry: Will Artificial Intelligence overwhelm human being?

Genius people such as Ironman deem such discussion as a waste of time. Actually, Ironman decided not to talk about his project to other members than Hulk because he wanted to avoid killing time. Indeed, the democratic discussion often causes too conservative conclusion. I understand that he disliked explaining his intention in advance.

In this sense, the story of this movie is considerably real. On the other hand, Ultron as the villain seems too weak to match the Avengers. It is merely a product of Ironman. Thanos, who was expected as the grand enemy, was not seen except in the preview of the next work.

It was difficult to understand the meaning of some scene in this film because they were deeply connected to other works in Marvel series. I do not recommend you to watch it if you are not familiar with Marvel.

Personal Rating: 3 (fair)


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