As much as Avengers: Age Of Ultron is reported to have broken returning director Joss Whedon, it fails to break expectation. It’s keenness to please is often its biggest downfall. The ragtag team of Earth’s mightiest heroes are thrown back together when technology Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) found works against them, creating deadly AI Ultron (James Spader). Like most sequels, Age Of Ultron is bigger and darker, yet also fitful and cumbersome. For all the moments of sheer brilliance, mayhem and comical undercurrent, it slumps under a disjointed narrative that skips from one idea recklessly. The action is entertaining to a point, and the characters – aside from Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) – are no more fleshed out. Avengers: Age Of Ultron has many merits, which include an inspired piece of casting in Spader and the notion of how artifical intelligence is still an unknown, and does what it says on the tin. But there’s no denying that Marvel can do better.