2015 is coming to a close, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens being the last major blockbuster to hit before we say so long and start looking toward Oscar season AKA the annual reminder of all the great films we ignored throughout the year in favor of more popular fare. This year has been fantastic for film as a whole, with an eclectic mix of acclaimed blockbusters (Mad Max: Fury Road), riveting dramas (Sicario), and awards-bait that totally deserves the accolades (Spotlight). Like every year though, 2015 also saw its share of promising, highly-anticipated films that failed to live up to their potential. While none of the following films are necessarily bad, each one of them didn’t quite deliver on their promise and for that reason, they stand as the most disappointing movies of the year.
10. Avengers: Age of Ultron
In hindsight, it seems fairly ridiculous to have expected Joss Whedon to make lightning strike twice with his follow-up to 2012’s enormously successful, nearly perfect superhero team-up movie The Avengers. Whedon accomplished the seemingly impossible with that film and tried to outdo himself with Age of Ultron. While the Avengers sequel is yet another solid entry in Marvel’s continually rock-solid Cinematic Universe, it commits the cardinal filmmaking sin of cramming way too many ideas and characters into a limited run time.
Age of Ultron outdoes its predecessor in terms of action and showstopping displays of superheroics, but it doesn’t leave enough time for the character-building and in-fighting that was such an integral part of the first film. To be fair, Whedon’s hands were more tied than ever by Marvel higher-ups this time out, so it’s unfair to lay all the blame at his feet, but Age of Ultron still stands as one of the first real creaks in the armor that Marvel has spent years assembling and could be a sign of more disappointments to come.