Age Of Ultron Romanogers Review
Ok Romanogers team! Grab a snack and something to drink, if you are over 21 you can grab a beer or some wine!. It is time to dissect AOU from a Romanogers POV
WARNING: This post contains Spoilers, so you might want to skip it if you have not seen the movie. Also this post is PG13 for language :) But Enjoy!
At the end of Age of Ultron Natasha and Steve were able to accept their past, and have come into terms with who they really are. They have been shaped by their past experiences, but they are no longer controlled by those ghosts. So lets begin with Captain America’s vision (Steve). Caps vision had to do with Peggy and the dance he never got to attend. In his vision Peggy tells Cap that the “war has ended, and he needed to go back home”. There is a scene during the party where Falcon asks, captain if he has found a house in Brooklyn, in which caps replies that he hasn’t, but still it would be to expensive to move back there. Brooklyn represents his past, that’s were he used to live before he went into that ice 75 years ago. During a scene in Clint’s farm, where Cap is standing at the front door, we hear Peggy;s voice saying “home” The ghost of Peggy still haunts him at that point of the movie. But he walks away.
OK so lets forward to a particular scene at the end of the film. We see Tony talking to Steve, Tony is saying his good byes. Tony tells Steve, that he will probably be building a farm house just like Clint. Steve then says, “aw the simple life”. Tony says, “You can have that”. The camera pans over to Steve, you can tell his reminiscing about the past, then he replies, “family, stability, simple life”. At this point I started saying, Oh shit Steve wanted a family too!! Just like Natasha!! We all saw how she acted around Clint’s children, you can tell that Nat wants to have that or at least something close to that. But lets continue.. Steve then says, “I wanted that too”. At that moment I started screaming with excitement!!! he continues to say that when he went into the ice 75 yrs ago another person came out. Right then and there I realize that our Cap has moved on. He accepted that his past cannot be change. And that there is only ONE PATH. To move forward.
Now lets dissect Natasha’s character. On the previous Avengers movie we see a strong, fearless and emotionless Nat. Hence the quote “Love is for children”. I know a lot of you guys will disagree with me, but her character has been developing. She has not been reduced to a desperate teenage girl, trying to find love like some say. Just like in real life, we all change. What was important ten years ago, might not be important now. And, what was NOT important then, might be now. Natasha’s character is transitioning, at this moment she craves to have some type of stability. She thinks she can have that with Banner. She knows Banner is a good person, she is aware that he also has demons, but she THINKS that she is able to change that. The BAR scene AHH we all love that scene right? Wrong!! lol We see Nat flirting with Bruce, she tells him that all of her friends are fighters, but there is this guy that doesn't like to fight. We all know that Banner prefers to run the other way around, he prefers to hide than face his demons. Now do you all remember what Nat did at the end of CATWS? Yep exactly she ran from her problems. In my opinion Nat sees Bruce as an equal, she can sympathize with him. She believes they are the same. “They are both monsters”.
Nat at this point has come into terms with everything she has lost in the past. Hence, the conversation in the farm house. She tells Bruce that she was left infertile. She knows she cannot change that. But still she wants something close to being normal. She might not be able to have a family. But still wants a chance in life. And she will do anything at this point to at least have that. She is willing to run away with Bruce, even though she is tired of running. In one of the final scenes during the battle we see Cap and Nat standing in a pile of wreckage or debris from the battle over looking the Horizon. I thought to myself, wow that is symbolic. Both of them had risen from the dark, and were able to conquer their monsters. The wreckage or pile symbolizes that, and they are both standing on top of it. But is a particular dialogue that gets my attention, the dialogue is short but meaningful. At this point in the film they are trying to get the people off of the rising city, but they don't have a plan. And if they don’t act soon, they can ALL die. Cap tells Nat that they cannot go and leave the people stranded there. The Avengers have a choice to go, but their main priority is the PEOPLE not the Avengers. Nat tells Steve that she is not planning on Leaving. (Nope she will not run away again) I have a huge smile at this point. Nat then tells him Cap, “There are worst ways to go down”.(meaning to die) She says this while looking at Steve. Ok so who wouldn't want to die standing next to freaking Captain America?! I volunteer as tribute. ha Ok lets carry on. Steve turns around and looks at her, you can tell that he is proud of her decision.
So lets get back to Mr. Hulk, so he left on a jet plane, and don’t know if he’ll be back again. Good! I hope he never shows up. Just kidding. hahaha we all need a little bit of humor right? As we all know, Hulk never had a vision, he went into a rampage and began to destroy everything in his path. His demons are still in control. He has not been able to come into terms and accept who he really is. He fears that part of himself. Nat was able to control him a bit, but she was not able to fully changed him. At the end of Age of Ultron he decides to run away. And this is why I think Bruce doesn't deserve Natasha; After Nat pours her heart out to him he decides to leave her behind. Why did he leave? you may ask. He is selfish, at this point he is only thinking about him self and he is not willing to change that for Nat. He will never be able to give her what she deserves. Perhaps…maybe…because what he feels is not strong enough.
A funny thing is that when Nat was trying to get him to return, she tells him, “The fight is over, is time to come home”. It brought me back to the vision Steve had with Peggy, where she says, “The war is over, is time to come home”. But, due to the circumstances, neither Steve or Bruce returned “home”. But why? Because that is not the path they were or are meant to take. Bruce is not Nat’s home, And Peggy was never Steve’s home. Now lets rewind back to the infamous bar scene. I understand everyone is saying that Steve didn't give a shit, and basically told Bruce to go for it. Well I think otherwise. First of all, why would Steve walk towards Bruce in the first place? Steve tells Bruce, that whatever is going on with Nat is “NICE” LOL I LMAO when I heard that word come out of Steve’s mouth. Clever choice of words of the writers. I give them kudos. Then Bruce tells Steve, in other words that Nat was just flirting. Steve proceeds to tell Bruce that he has witness Nat flirting, and up close. (LOL I cannot believe Steve said that) then he grabs another beer! (I'm sure he will need that beer, he is getting ready to tell another man to go for the girl of his dreams) And that basically, what ever is going on with Bruce is more than just a “flirt”. Steve tells him that Nat seems relaxed with him. Come on! Steve Rogers out of all people, was able to notice that there is something going on between those two.
Steve, the person that after 75 years of being buried in ice, has not been able to hook up with a girl. Yet he is able to notice their interactions and is giving a lousy love advice to his competition. Come on Rogers admit it, you have been spying on both of them, and have been noticing their interactions ever since. Why?? hmmm There is a particular cute scene at the farm with Clint and Laura, she asks Clint how long has the Nat/Bruce thing been going on? Clint sounds surprise at Laura’s question and says, “What thing”? Bruce and Nat? he starts laughing? haha thank you Hawkeye, we all did the same thing when we heard the news. At least we have him on our side ;) Anyway, he was obviously unaware. Clint?! You are Nats best friend, the person that saved your life. And you did not noticed the Nat/Banner thing? That ladies and gentleman prove my point that Steve had been eyeing Nat for a while. Steve believes he is not worthy. He thinks he will not be able to make her happy, like she deserves. He sees that Nat is “happy” when she is with Bruce. When you truly care for some one unconditionally you put their happiness first over all things. Steve was just being selfless, thats why told Bruce to basically “go for it” although his facial expression were saying something else. He put his head down when he said that, and he walked away. Bruce on the other hand chose himself, when he left. That’s why I believe that Bruce will never deserve Nat.
The ending!!! Ok we are getting close. Are you all still tagging along? I sure hope so! I hope I'm not boring the shit out of you guys. So after the Steve and Tony convo the camera cuts to Nat who is standing facing a wall, the camera then zooms out and we see Steve standing right behind Nat. “Are you going to keep starring at the wall”? or “do you want to go back to work”? Steve asks. To me the wall symbolizes Bruce, or what IT could have been. Nat is still reminiscing at that. “Its an interesting wall” Cap says. Yes, it was tempting, but a wall is just a wall, there is nothing there. And Bruce is no longer there. That was not the path Natasha is supposed to take. Then Nat turns around, now she is facing Steve. She starts walking towards him. Yes thats my girl Nat!! she is finally choosing the right path. The ONE PATH she is meant to be on. And that is right by Steve’s side.
This is not the end of Romanogers guys. Have faith! There was a lot of references in this movie about children and family, and how the avengers were craving to have that at some point in their life. Specially Nat and Steve. So I have hopes that Steve and Nat will have a child. I though it was really cute that Clint named the baby Nathaniel Pietro Barton, after the two people that saved his life. The Fiji / postcard reference by Fury was hilarious. When people send postcards while vacationing is to let fam/friends know that they are having fun and they are ok. And to share their vacation experiences. Thanks Fury for letting Nat know that Bruce is doing fine without her. I though that line was genius.