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Age Differences and Wanda and Vision

Every so often there’s a few days of arguments after someone shares that they really don’t like the idea of Vision and Scarlet Witch being in a relationship because of the age difference between the actors.

For the most part, when actor age differences becomes a point of contention, it’s about a specific issue: actors being much older than the actress who plays the love interest. This isn’t an unfair or misplaced observation: Hollywood gives their female stars a much shorter shelf life than their male stars. It is not uncommon to see a 40+ year old man play a romance with a young-20s woman. It is uncommon to see the reverse, or even like-aged actors when the male star is over 35.

This argument is a fair one, and I don’t think should be dismissed out of hand. My perspective, however, is through a pretty unique circumstance of casting, it’s not very applicable to this situation.

Paul Bettany was cast because he was the voice of JARVIS. Of course, had he looked like the Edwin Jarvis of the comics that wouldn’t have happened–but as it is, Bettany was cast through atypical means that also meant his personal age irrelevant. Almost all MCU couples are relatively like aged besides.

There’s also people who feel uncomfortable with the age difference in they feel the same way about age differences with real couples as with actors or their characters. A fair perspective, but on this front, Vision himself doesn’t really have a quantifiable age (he’s either 2 or older than the universe depending on the perspective), and the actors are, of course, acting.

Ida Lupino in Road House  (Jean Negulesco, 1948)

“Of all the actresses associated with film noir, Ida Lupino (1918-1995) seems the most complex. Ms. Lupino could be as sultry and sassy as Lauren Bacall while projecting an aching vulnerability. As world-weary as Gloria Grahame, she never came across as fragile, particularly in her subsequent work as a director…. “Road House” may be Ms. Lupino’s defining vehicle.” - J. Hoberman, New York Times  

see full article in the NYTimes here

I’m not taking any of those fake-ass-liars swifties talking shit about katy perry and her new song. taylor wrote bad blood, released the song, then turned into into a single and made a HUGE DEAL out of it with that music video with 10+ female hollywood stars. katy perry’s response was extremely possible of happening, and katy has the fuckin right of writing songs about anything she wants, INCLUDING a response to taylor’s bad blood. don’t you all go talking shit about katy, when you’d be praising taylor if their roles were reversed.

Without spoiling the movie, it’s fair to say that Star Wars’ hero is a woman who can take care of herself. Director J.J. Abrams employs a delightful running gag in which male characters prepare to save Daisy Ridley’s Rey only to find that they are in fact the ones that need her help. Indeed, the biggest movies of 2015 has four women—Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie—starring in major roles, which is surprisingly rare for a big budget film. Just 12% of protagonists and 30% of all speaking characters were women in last year’s top 100 grossing films.
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Star Wars: The feminist awakens, Top 11 moments for women in pop culture 2015

LISTEN HERE do you even understand???? what it means????? to have waited in line for Star Tours six times in a row every time i went to disneyland when i was a kid, and get condescending looks from grown men when i talked about how much i lovED STAR WARS, because i was a precocious baby faced girl with a missing front tooth and a ponytail and a princess shirt, and now 20+ years later i’m sitting in a theater watching a spot for disneyworld featuring a little girl who loves star wars and her parents who both also love star wars??? and how when there’s a commercial for tfa toys there’s a brother and sister BOTH playing star wars in the backyard and they are BOTH the heroes of the story they’re creating??? DO YOU EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS to be told your whole life you’re not allowed to like a story and it’s characters because of your body parts and suddenly be validated by the actual movie AND it’s marketing campaign??? i am so emotional about this wHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE

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In this video, from Entertainment Weekly, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria and Elizabeth Banks discuss the lack of quality representation for women in film.

Witherspoon said: “There’s just a whole spectrum of female emotion that isn’t represented in film in any way…Even the way that women relate to each other, we rarely ever see it in film. And that’s a mistake, for our daughters, for our sons..We are the storytellers of our generation. We have to stop talking, [but] doing.”