Avengers: Age of Ultron while it may not be as great as it's predecessor it's still a awesome movie and id say it's the second best "phase 2" movie of the MCU behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier i don't see Ant-Man being better than either of these two but you never know. Not much can be said that hasn't been said already about the film, the pacing wasn't the best, Ultron wasn't menacing enough, The force fed love story of Hulk and Black Widow was lame and im sure there are other things people had a problem with but i don't care to label them all. While i do have a couple problems with the film there wasn't anything that i hated about it i.e. Iron Man 3 Mandarin Twist but i will say for a movie with a 230 million dollar budget they cheeped out on the CGI because a couple scenes can you really noticeable that lack of effort. All the actors did great jobs like always save for one that being Banner i just found him annoying the Hulk was great though, Scarlet Witch was my Favorite not just out of the new additions but overall she was just awesome her pulling out Ultron's heart was just kickass , id say Vision is just right below her though.
I did like Ultron's plan to use a massive piece of the earth to destroy it rather than bombs or disease something we have seen many many times before. For the most part the movie wasn't really easter egg heavy just a couple things they showed to set up future events but i guess after Guardians of the Galaxy which was easter eggs heavy Joss decided not to have so many which i have no problem with. Since im a newsaholic for movies/video games i knew a lot about this going in including The death of Quicksilver which even when he did die i still got shivers on my arms and back and the other being the end credit scene with Thanos grabbing his Infinity Gauntlet minus all the gems oh yeah and just to be clear this is confirmed that there are two Infinity Gauntlets within the MCU although no word on a extra 6 gems. I've already seen this movie twice now the first time was in IMAX 3D which i thought ended up taking away from the film like some 3D movies end up doing but oh well and the second time was just in standard format which was the better of the two except it being on a smaller screen.
Overall i give it a 8.0 I will say one thing the movie had going against it which no one seems to see is that this movie had a totally different type of hype feel surrounding it but people still seemed that they wanted the same type of hype feeling they got from the first and that just wasn't going to happen for the simple fact is that this is a sequel we didn't have the build up from Iron Man 1 all the way the to Captain America: The First Avenger leading into a massive build up film. This phase of movies were all solo in nature and at this point they are really just setting up for future events rather than this being an event itself if that makes any sense.