Note: This discussion contains spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron; I recommend watching the film first.
I come to praise Joss Whedon, not to bury him. There is much to enjoy about Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it touches on a number of themes worthy of further exploration. Astonishing visuals do a lot of narrative heavy lifting; the action choreography reveals a lot about the characters and their relationships. Consequently, the film has plenty of opportunities to share what’s on its mind. And apparently, that’s God.
God has a strong presence throughout the film. The titular antagonist, Ultron, lives in a church, quotes the Bible — actually, he quotes God as quoted in the Bible — and appoints himself the ultimate judge of mankind. This self-styled deity also a son who is compassionate and humane, inhabits a body of flesh, and risks his life to save mankind. There’s even a moment where that son, Vision, declares “I am” while the music and editing make sure we don’t miss it.