10 Movies That Tragically Wasted Their Genius Premise

9. Avengers: Age Of Ultron

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The Premise: Following up from Iron Man 3 and Tony Stark's quest to make the need for superheroes obsolete, it promises the biggest threat yet to the team with an AI of his own creation, one that requires all of Earth's Mightiest Heroes to stop it and takes things to a much darker place than before.

What Went Wrong: There are a few problems with Age of Ultron. It's not a bad film by any means, but it doesn't come close to matching the first film.

One is the battle between Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios, something that has been well-documented since, and shows that this wasn't completely the film that director wanted to make.

The bigger problem, though, at least in terms of wasting its premise, is Ultron himself. He is supposed to be this all-powerful AI, the most dangerous foe the Avengers have faced and one that will push all of them to their limits.

However, despite James Spader's best efforts, he's never really believable as a threat to this superteam. If he'd been the villain in a standalone Iron Man, it would've been more believable (even if he still would have been bland), but for the Avengers? Nope.


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