It would have been easy for Avengers: Age of Ultron – the sequel to Marvel’s franchise mega-hit Avengers Assemble – to rest on its laurels. Thankfully, Avengers 2.0 improves on its predecessor on many fronts even if it doesn’t fully recapture the magic of the 2012 endeavour.
Whereas it took a little while for Avengers Assemble to get going, the opposite is true for the sequel. We begin with a Bond-esque opening skirmish between our heroes and HYDRA cronies that ends with the recovery of Loki’s scepter and a party to remember. But when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) attempt to use the power of the scepter to jumpstart a peacekeeping program, the inadvertent result is Ultron (James Spader), a highly intelligent robot hell-bent on human extinction. Making matters worse, Ultron joins forces with powerful Maximoff twins Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
Jeremy Renner has been acting for a long time, but many – myself included – have only really started to take notice of him in the past few years.
It’s not as if he hadn’t starred in big budget movies up till now; he had played secondary characters proficiently in S.W.A.T. and 28 Days Later. Butsince his breakthrough in 2008 the 41 year old has rapidly ascended the acting ranks with his portrayals of focussed characters, and he is fast solidifying himself as a bona-fide action star.
With the upcoming release of The Bourne Legacy next month, here’s a look at some of his best roles to date.
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It’s not easy to get into my most anticipated films of 2012 list without a trailer or synopsis, but somehow The Bourne Legacy managed it. The three previous installments of the franchise starring Matt Damon as the titular character are some of the best action films you’ll ever see, with thrilling car chases and brutal melee encounters just some of the staples that made the series so popular. It’s little wonder why the announcement of a fourth Bourne movie – without Matt Damon no less – was greeted with a lukewarm reaction by many (including yours truly). However, the performance of his ‘replacement’ Jeremy Renner in last year’s Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol went some way to quelling my doubts. The new trailer released today all but eliminates them.
Have a gander at the new footage after the jump.