So I missed this the first gajillion times I watched Age of Ultron, and Tumblr never pointed it out to me either, so here goes.
This is Maria Hill around the beginning of the party scene.
This is Maria during the “after party” (looking a little worse for wear but that’s just my badly timed screen grab).
Where did the jacket come from? Okay, rewinding. Yep, that’s who I thought. Here’s Steve at the beginning of the party,
and here’s Steve after the party.
Maria got cold and Steve gave her his jacket. Almost everyone in the scene is wearing their coat or jacket, so my guess is that glass penthouse is pretty chilly.
This scene is great of course because it demonstrates Steve’s courteous personality that we’re all used to, but Joss planted this little detail for other reasons too. One, to show that Maria is an acclimated member of the team and feels that way (see also Tony reminding her that Steve is the boss, not him). Two, to bring home the point that this is a friendly and essentially familial gathering. These people don’t just work and drink together. They. Are. Bros.
Who then of course all turn on each other in Civil War anyway, but hey, Maria got to wear Steve’s jacket for a little while.
Okay, I actually can’t figure out how to shuffle through all my playlists at the same time on Spotify because I’m an idiot, so I’m just gonna use my biggest playlist, which is all the character lists for my fic combined, it has 255 songs. So this is like a special Pitch Perfect fic edition of the game, I guess? I’ll even specify which character list they come from.
Machine - MisterWives (Lilly)
Music - Joss Stone feat. Lauryn Hill (Beca)
Got It - Marian Hill (Bechloe)
Mamacita - Tinie Tempah feat. WizKid (Flo)
Me and My Girls - Selena Gomez (Bellas)
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You - Lauryn Hill (Bechloe)
1. Joss Whedon said that the MCU could be enjoyed by people who don’t watch Agents of Shield–NOT that Agents of Shield wasn’t valuable or important. This guy wrote The Zeppo (Buffy) because he knows the stories going on with people behind the ‘top billed’ characters are valuable and interesting–I think he knows that Agents of Shield is valuable.
2. Saying Bucky’s death would have been a better story is called an AU and tumblr really shouldn’t be so judgmental of someone’s AU…even when that someone is a film director.
3. All of his female characters are complex-yes, many of them kick ass in a ‘girl power’ way, but they also show a wide range of emotion, and are different from one another. Willow is a badass witch who is also a proud nerd, and who deals with confusing sexuality, falling in love, losing love, losing herself, and addiction. Buffy is a beautiful girlie-girl who brings justice with her fists, a protector of the world, a single parent, and an orphan. Natasha is a super-intelligent agent with a dark past on a path to redemption, who manages to trust her companions despite leading a life of abuse. Maria Hill is an authority figure who cares more about the people in her charge than anything else, and questions her superiors when they are misguided. Penny (Dr. Horrible) is a compassionate and naive woman determined to cause positive change with words and kind actions. Agent Peggy Carter is a feminine woman who is in charge of herself and often those around her, who is able to see through any exterior (beautiful or puny) to the person underneath. I could go on-but if you don’t recognize that Whedon is one of the few writers out there who knows how to write more than one kind of woman I don’t think I can help you. [or maybe you only know how to recognize one type of woman hmmm?]
4. Directors aren’t the only ones in charge of casting. If you have an issue with white-washed casting choices (which, in my opinion, are TOTALLY LEGITIMATE issues and the fandom should remain vocal about their preferences for diverse characters) then your issue is with the casting director, or at least with the team of people who made the decision collectively. Not [only] Joss.
5. There is no evidence that Charisma Carpenter got fired [at all] from Angel because she got pregnant. How could she? Since she was pregnant during the run of the show? Literally how could she be fired for something that occurred while she was working on the show??
In conclusion, Joss Whedon remains a pioneer for feminists, and remains a talented and passionate storyteller [who has delighted the fandom for years now]. Don’t get swept up in the hysteria caused by miscommunication and misrepresentation. Calm down. My goodness.