Considering how exhilarating the first Avengers movie's big tracking shot was, it's no surprise that Joss Whedon opted to double-dip and reuse the technique for the opening of Age of Ultron. Here, he takes the idea to its logical extremes, reserving the whole first minute of the film for a non-stop assault on the senses. The camera moves at a rip-roaring pace, sweeping beside Black Widow and Hawkeye before chasing after Thor, slowing for a brief moment only to rev back to life in hot pursuit of Captain America's motorcycle. It only goes on from there, in a shot that covers an entire CGI forest's worth of ground inside of sixty seconds. It's not just an impressive shot, it's a killer intro to each of the characters.
Without a single cut to break the flow, this shot introduces you to each Avenger as well as the abilities they bring to the team. Black Widow drives, punches, and shoots, Hawkeye fires off arrows, Hulk smashes; you get the idea. It's got a near-perfect blend of pure spectacle with unspoken character descriptions. As icing on the cake, the shot even finishes with the whole team assembled, striking a pose together in mid-air, an homage to any number of Avengers comics covers. It's the ideal way to open up an Avengers movie and get the audience ready for two hours of high-octane, over-the-top action.