I actually went and saw Avengers: Age of Ultron a couple of weeks ago and I’ve debated about doing a movie review on it, since I am still 50/50 about how I feel about it. I hadn’t gone to see the movie earlier because I knew there was a romantic subplot that involved Black Widow and it made me annoyed, frustrated, and angry.
If you don’t already know, I’m asexual. Since that is a huge part of my identity and how I see the world, I can’t adequately express how frustrating it is to always have romantic storylines and subplots shoved in my face. There doesn’t seem to be any positive and realistic representation of asexuality in the modern entertainment industry, and this applies to movies as well as books. The trend these days seems to be that you can’t save the world or have a happy life unless you are involved in some sort of romantic relationship and I believe that this is contributing to the unrealistic expectations people have concerning relationships and happiness.
Everything with Black Widow in this movie frustrated me. Just because she’s female, she automatically has to have some sort of special or romantic relationship and is seen as the potential love interest for just about any of the male members of the team. And then she is being the one to give the Hulk a “lullaby” and turn him from angry back to human? But then it gets even better when she gets all teary about not being able to have kids? Really? So we get the flashback of Black Widow’s time in the Red Room and Hawkeye and Black Widow are the only two members of the team who don’t have their own origin movies. And I would put money down that if they ever do a Black Widow movie, either they’ll do it so badly that it will flop or they’ll include some sort of romantic subplot.
Why can’t people just be focused on saving their world like in Pacific Rim and Mad Max: Fury Road? Why does there always have to be some sort of romantic element?
Anyway. That’s my rant about movies and romance.
The other thing that really discouraged me about this movie was the treatment of the Maximoffs. I spent a good portion of my youth reading comic books, with a special focus on Marvel Comics and the X-Men universe. Quicksilver and the Scarlett Witch are the children of Magneto and originally start out as members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Their history is so much more powerful than being genetically modified by Hydra. I mean, Scarlett Witch completely rewrote the entire Marvel Universe all by herself in the comic books, but that level of potential isn’t even hinted at in this movie. And Quicksilver is faster than bullets so what happened to him doesn’t really make sense. He also didn’t burn through his shoes or have that sense of dark purpose like he did in the early part of the comic books.
Now, to be fair, I did laugh multiple times throughout the movie. There were a lot of really amusing lines and some entertaining sequences. I did find the movie amusing. The movie had a lot of action and random violence and that was good. I liked what they did with Vision and how they were actually true to that character. Plus, he looked cool.
Overall, I think this movie is only going to be a mid-grade two on my rating scale. It’s not a movie that I have any desire to watch repeatedly and I’m highly unlikely to pay full price for it and will wait until it comes out on video at a severely discounted price before I will even remotely consider purchasing it.