Series: Age of Ultron: Myths and Monsters

Age of Ultron’s Black Widow Problem [SPOILERS]

As the sole lady Avenger, Black Widow—street name Natasha Romanoff—is a pretty serious badass. I’ve grown to adore Scarlett Johansson’s capable, steely-eyed take on this character. She’s sexy, but she’d rather outwit and electrocute you than fuck you. I like that in a comic book heroine. This is why I find Black Widow’s story arc in Avengers: Age of Ultron so disappointing. She’s still armed to her eyeballs, unapologetically acerbic, and possesses enviable, deadly gymnastic power. However, most of her screen time is concerned with a manufactured Beauty and the Beast style romance between herself and the Hulk. Black...

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And On This Rock: Religion in the Age of Ultron [SPOILERS]

If someone had told me that one of the major settings for Age of Ultron was in a church, I would have laughed. Unless Thor and the rest of the Asgardians are being referenced, religion hasn’t really played a role in the MCU. Not even in the first Captain America movie – when it would have been tolerated because we were, you know, dealing with World War II. So why did I walk out of Age of Ultron feeling like I had just been preached at? Maybe it has to do with that church. The church in Sokovia is...

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Black Widow Wants To Bone Hulk (And That’s Okay) [SPOILERS]

Avengers: Age of Ultron may have set up the Infinity War, but it has also ignited a war of words amongst fandom: the shipping wars, an endless debate surrounding the love lives of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes™. Since there is such little screen time dedicated to romantic relationships in films featuring the Avengers (both solo and as a group), fans must make do with brief character interactions, ample insinuation, and our imaginations to fill in the gaps. Until now! There was nothing ambiguous about what Natasha Romanoff wanted in Age of Ultron: no bones about it, she wanted Bruce Banner....

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Mighty Marvel Besties: Age of Ultron Reviewed [SPOILERS]

Avengers: Age of Ultron By Annie Bulloch and Meredith Guthrie Director: Joss Whedon Writer: Joss Whedon (screenplay) Stars: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, James Spader, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson Release Date: May 1, 2015 (U.S.) Annie: At this point, I can’t view an entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe like I would most movies. Those characters are my friends. I like to hang out with them and see what they’re up to, even if said hangout isn’t the BEST PARTY EVAR. Even if they’re having kind of...

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Avengers AOU — What Makes a Monster?

Disclaimer: I am not a psychologist. SPOILER WARNING:  This article discusses plot points of Avengers: Age of Ultron. CONTENT WARNING:  Discussion of abuse and rape culture. Joss Whedon tossed a number of Big Thought Subjects at us with Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Religion. Accountability. Birth and Parenthood. He tied that one to the one that most fascinates me: monsters, and what defines a monster. The movie asks over and over what makes a monster. It even makes some faltering attempts to answer. Is Bruce Banner a monster? He’s a gentle scientist who hates himself for what he did to himself...

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