Reasons to Watch Age of Ultron

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possible end clips to aou
  • they go out for ice cream and ask cap what he wants and he shudders and goes ‘no frozen foods for me, thanks' 
  • Cap cursing and puts money in a swear jar
  • wanda gives tony a vision of pepper and him on a farm and when tony comes back from it, he shakes his head and goes “nope”
  • thor is in asgard and gets something from tony and hes like “OMG I HAVE TO GO THE AVENGERS NEED ME” and he rushes down to earth and hes like “TONY WHERE IS THE PROBLEM” and tonys like 'um yeah hey heres the bill for lawn maintenance since you scorched it thanks"
  • pepper and jane are at a beach sipping their drinks and thor and tony are arguing over whose girlfriend is better and both of them laugh and go “excuse me have you met maria hill”
  • tony fixes clints tractor
  • clint on his farm chasing after baby chicks
  • natasha walking into a gym and grabbing the bar and breaking into a sweat, shaking her head, turning on a radio, and beginning to pirouette
  • pietro shows up at avengers training
So the best thing happened when I went to see Age of Ultron tonight...

During the party scene early on, when Hawkeye tries to lift Thor’s hammer, Tony Stark says, “I know you’re recovering, so don’t worry if you can’t get it up.”

The entire theater bursts out in laughter. Over this already loud laughter, a kid at the end of my row shouts, “I DON’T GET IT!”

To which his father, also loud enough for the entire theater to hear, replies, “YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO!”

The Actual Problem with MCU Clint Barton

I really only have one problem with Age of Ultron. Whether I liked what they did with the ships is my personal opinion, and it’s not Marvel’s responsibility to cater to me. 

What’s wrong is that they decided to give Clint Barton, their least developed Avenger, more characterization and sympathy by adding more underdeveloped characters, not by actually developing him. They rejected sixty years worth of rich comic history, character development and a hilariously nuanced personality to turn him into a cardboard cutout family man so the other Avengers had a point of contrast. 

If, say, Tony had died, the audience would have said, “Not Tony, we love him.”

If Clint had died, the audience would have said “Not Barton, his poor family.” Within the MCU, we’ve been presented with no reason to care about him beyond the mere presence of a family. 

Even though he was in the movie a lot more and had some great lines, we were forced to sympathize with his position, not his personality, which is a real storytelling cheap shot. 

Honestly, as much as I love him and I’m glad for any screen time he gets, if the powers that be didn’t actually want to use Clint Barton as a character, it’s sad that they used him at all. He’s not really an Avenger in this one either, he’s plot fuel just like before. It’s an insult to Marvel’s own character that they won’t use him for real, and it’s an insult to the fans that they think the audience won’t like his actual character because he’s “just that idiot with the bow.” His status as a non-powered “everyman” actually makes him one of the most potentially relatable characters in entire MCU. They don’t think people are capable of liking him for any reason beyond general parental sympathy, and that’s disappointing and insulting on all fronts.

(And don’t tell me it’d be too hard to do. After three movies as not much more than an humorous suit, Agent Coulson was given a few brief scenes of character development in Avengers revolving mostly around trading cards, and everyone loved him so much that he got his own TV show)

(And there’s that little problem of Natasha being only a love interest, and considering the worst part of her horrifically tragic backstory to be her inability to have children. Put that on the list too.)

There were some problems with AOU, but the scene between Wanda and Clint? A++. 

It gave so much insight into Clint, who doesn’t have superpowers, who isn’t ‘specially enhanced’ in any way. He’s fighting a fight against intelligent robots, on a flying city, alongside his friends who have superpowers. And he’s just a man with a bow and arrow. It’s all crazy.

But he fights because he wants to help, and because he has something to offer. He knows it’s scary and chaotic, but he chooses to fight anyway. He was so kind and understanding to Wanda, and basically told her that it’s all about choices – any choice is fine when your world is falling apart. If she chooses not to fight, he’ll help her escape to safety. And if she chooses to fight, he’ll fight alongside her. She has powers, and maybe she was part of the problem, but it doesn’t matter in that moment. What matters is her choice. He treated her like a person, not a superhero or a science experiment. 

It was so Clint, and I loved it.