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Avengers: Age of Ultron

April 26th, 2015 (07:53 am)

So, yeah, saw Avengers: Age of Ultron yesterday with my cinema-going bestie kharma2815, and...

The good: Well, it was yet another enjoyable, action-packed MCU film, and Joss Whedon demonstrated why he's so good at this sort of thing; even though there were a couple more tangents and sub-plots going on than the first Avengers film, it nevertheless told a satisfying story with a straightforward logical plot that makes sense on first viewing. Lots of action and spectacle (a whole city flying up into the air...Marvel find that difficult to top), witty banter, most of our favourite characters back (although Pepper was missing, and it's a shame that so far none of the Avengers know of Coulson's fate...).

The meh: As a devoted Clint/Natasha shipper, I choose to think of Clint's wife as something of a beard. As a devoted Stark/Banner shipper, I'm also none too happy about the extent to which Natasha/Banner was being played up in this film. Still, that's what fanfic is for.

The bad: I don't know, maybe we've been spoiled by Agent Carter, but...this film really rather fails the Bechdel Test, spectacularly. Natasha comes out of things particularly poorly, having (it seemed to me, at least) far less to do than in The Avengers or Winter Soldier; Maria Hill had a bit more to do than in previous films, but OTOH both she and Natasha were put in the cliched "woman in peril rescued by a guy" a couple of times (although Natasha at least got to return the favour). Scarlet Witch seems pretty nifty in a fight, but I didn't feel her powers were precisely defined, and there wasn't really any time given to exploring her actual character at all, which was a shame (but kind of inevitable in such a packed film). And I was a bit unclear whether Quicksilver was actually alive at the end of the film or not.

So...a good film, IMO, but rather let down by the rather dodgy gender roles (MCU and Whedon are both capable of better than this...).

Picked up a copy of Civil War at the local Waterstones afterwards, btw, just out of curiosity as to roughly what we might have to look forward to in the next Captain America film.

Also...am I alone in thinking that an Agent Carter film would really kick some serious ass? And no, the one-shot doesn't count...


Posted by: Katta (kattahj)
Posted at: April 26th, 2015 12:35 pm (UTC)

Technically, it passed the Bechdel test, with Natasha and her Red Room leader. But I'm not impressed with the way the women were handled in general, no.

Posted by: David Brider (davidbrider)
Posted at: April 26th, 2015 05:53 pm (UTC)

It was a massive let down in that regard, yes. :-(

Posted by: the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone (whiskyinmind)
Posted at: April 26th, 2015 12:55 pm (UTC)
av//i <3 blackhawk - me

You also need to check out Ultimates, that's where they seem to be heading with Clint's story at least. :-)

(or so I've been told, am in the process of checking it out myself!)

Posted by: David Brider (davidbrider)
Posted at: April 26th, 2015 05:54 pm (UTC)

I'll have a look for that, thanks. :-)

Posted by: Heidi (welshgirl15)
Posted at: April 26th, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
Marvel: Cap

I'm fairly sure that Quicksilver is dead, which is why Scarlet Witched acted the was she did. But then Coulson and Fury have both been almost definitely dead so you never know!

(I really need to watch Agent Carter...)

Posted by: David Brider (davidbrider)
Posted at: April 26th, 2015 05:50 pm (UTC)
Agent Carter - logo

The thing that confused me with Quicksilver (apart from vaguely thinking that I saw him in the new line-up at the end) was that I'm fairly sure he's slated to appear in subsequent films. But yeah - as Emma said, this is Whedon, nobody stays dead..!

And yes, you do need to watch Agent Carter. Or you could just watch me rant about how there's no legal way in the UK to watch it... ^_^

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