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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 249 – Avengers: Age of Ultron (Spoilers Galore)
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Welcome to the SciFi Diner’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Review
Tonight we discuss the highly anticipated movie Avenger’s: Age of Ultron and boy do we we spoil the heck out of it. We blame Jim (mostly) who joined up from the Dune Saga Podcast and the Babylon Project Podcast. We discuss the entire experience: from where we saw it, to the trailers that played before, and then walk through the entire movie scene by scene.
Age of Ultron: Synopsis
When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jump-starts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron, a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.
Sarah May 22, 2015
I just listened to the podcast, very glad I was finally able to drag my husband to see Age of Ultron in the theatre this last weekend (he does like superhero movies just doesn’t tend to be as enthusiastic as me!). I enjoyed listening to you dissecting and discussing the movie and most of my thoughts were echoed in what you said but there were a few things that jumped into my head while I was listening and because you have a comment field on the page, you are going to be treated to them (aren’t you lucky).
I really enjoyed this movie, but as I’ve been reading and listening to reviews, as well as reading about the twitterstorm around the Black Widow/Bruce Banner romance plotline, I found a lot of the comments troubling. Most of those revolved around the idea that somehow Black Widow was made to be a weaker character in this movie and since M expressed that view in the podcast, this seemed like a good place for me to share my thoughts on it. To start with, let me state in no uncertain terms that I am a feminist, not a radical one, i just happen to believe all people are equal and deserve to make the choices that are right for them without judgment. So I find it troubling when the definition of a strong female character becomes solely about how many people she can pound into oblivion, and somehow romantic feelings or entanglements or maternal instincts (as has been suggested by those deriding her as ‘Mommy Widow’ in the film) make her less strong. Black Widow is an assassin who was mentally and physically tortured to make her that way. She didn’t choose her life, she didn’t come into her ass-kicking skills from a place of power, she came into them from a place of abuse. Then she finds herself, for the first time, in a situation where she is comfortable, with those who treat her like family, part of a team when she has always been a loner before (even when she was part of SHIELD). Why then, could she not contemplate a different path for herself without being called weak? A path she actually gets to choose? Who she chooses to spend it with, friends or a boyfriend, is irrelevant, it is her opening herself up to the possibility that is important and shows how she has grown and changed as a character. How is wanting to leave a life of violence weak? Bruce Banner wants desperately to leave it, wants desperately to not be as strong as he is (which she says she admires him for) and no one is calling him weak. No one makes fun of him for running away and hiding at the end. But because she is a woman, she is weak for wanting to leave a life she didn’t even choose? Why define what makes a woman strong so narrowly? Besides, in the end, she chooses to stay as an Avenger rather than leave, and she really closed the door on a future relationship with Bruce by pushing him over that cliff and forcing him to change into the thing he hated. Only this time, she made an actual decision to continue her life fighting rather than having it forced on her because she had no other options. Again, I don’t perceive that as weak. As for the damsel in distress issue (when she was kidnapped), it seems to me she rescued herself by using her brain to alert Hawkeye as to where she was (and where Ultron was) – all Banner did was open the door. I find Black Widow to be an amazing well-rounded character who I think only got deeper and more complex in this movie. And we could definitely use more female characters like that in movies today.
Sorry, just realized how long that rant was. I shall now step off my soap box. In the end, this movie just proved again to me how amazing a scriptwriter Joss Whedon is and I truly believe he did ALL the characters in this movie justice and gave them some amazing moments of growth and change. My only real complaint was the compression of the Thor plotline where he ‘dreamwalked’ to figure out the connection of the Inifinity Stones to what was happening, because a good chunk of that was clearly left on the editing room floor. Ah well, maybe we can convince him to do a Director’s Cut someday.
Always enjoy listening to you guys, thanks for putting together a great podcast!