After trying to evacuate as many civilians as possible, it is on—and we don’t mean a flash sale at Bloomington’s.
Iron Man confronts Ultron, who in turn unleashes his own army of Iron Guardian robo-clones. Captain America, the Maximoffs, and Hawkeye suddenly have their hands full.
In the meantime, non-Hulk Bruce Banner rescues Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff) from her cell. Romanoff is ready for Bruce to go all Hulk on everyone, but he’s worried that, if he does, he’ll stomp a few innocent Sokovians in his rampage. After the sexual tension that’s been building between this two finally boils over, Black Widow gives Bruce a kiss, then a loving shove off a cliff. Presto-Hulk-o. Now they both join the fight.
It’s a good thing, too. It turns out that Ultron has rigged the entire city with a series of vibranium boosters. It lifts off into the air, buildings and bridges crumbling in the process. It seems that Ultron’s move is to turn this giant chunk of land into a meteor, bringing it crashing it back down to earth to wipe out humanity. We’ll give him this: dude gets points for persistence.
Avengers are killing droids, but the city is gaining altitude. Iron Man runs some analysis with his new e-butler Friday, but the best solution is to blow up the entire city before it comes crashing back down to Earth.
Sounds like a plan to us, but there are still thousands of innocent civilians stuck on the now-floating chunk-o-land. What to do?
Enter the Helicarrier. Nick Fury makes a heroic appearance in the, um, nick of time (sorry), cruising up to the would-be meteor in his flying aircraft carrier. He dispatches flying lifeboats to evacuate the civilians to safety.
Meanwhile, the Avengers continue to smash Ultron’s minions like so many robotic piñatas. Then super-android (we’ll call him “the Vision” from here on out, since that’s his name in the comic books), Thor, and Iron Man let Ultron really have it with some triple beam laser and lightning action. The bad bot runs away with a few of his robo-minions in tow.
Just when it seems like everything’s going to work out, Ultron pops back up, this time flying a fighter jet that guns town poor Pietro Maximoff as he saves Hawkeye and an innocent kid from getting shot themselves.
After depositing Black Widow safely back on the Helicarrier, Hulk jumps onto Ultron’s plane and fires him back down to the city, where Pietro’s sister Wanda is waiting to rip out his mechanical heart. Vengeance is hers. Just before she does, though, he jumps into another robo-droid’s body and starts the chain reaction that will send the city hurtling back into the Earth.
Don’t sweat it, though, folks. Iron Man and Thor are on it. They reverse the vibranium’s polarity (this involves more lightning and lasers, but not much explanation) and the now-abandoned city starts to break apart.
Vision swoops in and scoops up Wanda, and the city falls in harmless chunks back into the ocean. Humanity is saved. Woot.
In the meantime, Hulk is stuck in Ultron’s plane, which seems to be flying itself. Black Widow radios in (really FaceTimes in) to get Hulk to turn on the tracking signal so that she can lead a crew to pick him up. The green guy is having none of it, though. He shuts off the signal and sits back in the cockpit, alone with his thoughts. And his giant, green muscles.