you are not allowed to be this intimate on set on screen on film what did i say

Frustrations ; Taron Egerton

WARNINGS: oral (female receiving), dom!Taron sorry, this was probs poorly written smh

A/N: this is just a blurb (around 1.2k words), i still hope you like it though

Books were scattered all over the white bed sheets as your phone was alongside too. Your hair was put into a bedraggled bun while you were wearing your boyfriend’s shirt with only a pair of panties underneath.

Everything was quite frustrating, per se, seeing as you were staying at your boyfriend’s hotel room studying for your finals exam during the weekend —while also waiting for him once he wraps up the day for filming. And you were all alone since the afternoon barely receiving much text messages from Taron, which disappointed you at a certain point because it usually meant he also had a tough, long day and was too tensed to even respond.

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Ice-Pops -- Sam Holland x Reader

I may or may not have started stanning Sam a but from the lack of Tom content but Tom is still my #1 no worries. 

Love y’all, so many writings coming soon <3

Thank you for all the requests and enjoy :))))))

Warnings: Fluff, cursing, and kissing ;)

Word Count: 1782



You’ve known the Hollands your whole life, ever since you moved in next door to them when you were a baby. Your parents had become friends with Dom and Nikki so quickly and that left an easy path to becoming best friends with the boys.

Tom was always like a big brother to you, he would teach how to play rugby and do flips as you got older, he would always protect you from any of your fears. You remember one time you were sleeping over at the Hollands and you woke up in the middle of the night from a horrifying dream. Tom was there to comfort -in a completely platonic big brother kind of way- and he always looked out for you.

Sam and Harry were quickly your best friends. One time when you were all 5 or so you got stung by a bee while walking with the twins. Sam instantly hugged you and comforted you and offered the medical attention that a 5-year old could. Harry started hunting down the bee threatening to karate-chop it to death. You knew the bee would be dead but you let him have his fun. It didn’t hurt that much for some reason, but the boys made you feel safe.

When you were maybe 7, It was a hot day and you and the boys were playing in the sprinkler and having a water balloon fight. After a long hot day, you all wanted

ice-pops so tom ran inside and came out with 5. Sadly, after maybe 1 minute, yours fell straight to the ground. You instantly became sad. Tears threatening to spill from your eyes, but Sam quickly rushed to your side as Harry ran inside to get you a new one.

Sam hugged you and rubbed your arms, comforting you saying “shhh, it’s okay

(Y/N/N). Harry’ll get you a new one.”


You sniffled a few times and when Harry came back with your new ice-pop he passed it off to Sam, who took it and opened the wrapper around. He bent down on one knee, “for the princess.”

“My prince! Why thank you kindly.” You giggled back.

You took the ice-pop and Sam stood up, smiling at you as you began eating your pop.

“(Y/N) can we make a promise.”

“Anything for my prince.” You giggled back.

“When you finish your ice-pop will you marry me?” He said in his little kid voice.

Harry was staring now at his twin. Tom just watching on noticing how adorable the whole situation was.

“Oh Sammy, we’re much too young for that now, ask me when I’m 18 and I’ll say yes.” You smiled at him as his faded.

“But don’t worry Sammy.” You assured him as you pecked him on the cheek.

His smile instantly rose as his cheeks became as red as his cherry ice-pop.

Harry was still shocked. “EEEWWW” he gagged, and a very young Paddy clapped his hands together.

Tom laughed at their reaction, suddenly picking up the hose and spraying you and Sam. You screeched in surprise at the burst of cold water hitting you.

Sam stepped in front of you to block the water. Huffing out his chest with his fists at his hips like superman.

“I’LL PROTECT YOU (Y/N)!” His little voice yelled out.


Ever since then, whenever Sam would do something sweet or chivalrous for you you’d call him your prince. And you looked back on the promise as just a cute memory, but Sam held it to heart.  

You were 17 now. Still best friends with the twins. Tom still an older brother to you, you barely saw him though, him always traveling for films. And Paddy had grown to be the cutest ball of joy you’d ever seen. He was practically your younger brother.

Right now you were at the Hollands house for an annual movie night. Nikki, Dom, and Paddy had all gone to bed after the first movie, allowing you and the older boys to turn on a more intense movie. Harry had picked a horror flick, much to your and Tom’s dislike. Sam didn’t really care all that much, he was just excited to be there to protect you.

Screams filled the room as a creepy clown popped up out of nowhere on the television.

“SHIT!” Tom shouted.

“AHHH-HA HA!” Harry shouted in fear but somehow laughed at the same time. He loved the thrill these movies gave him.

Sam flinched and muttered a quick “fucking hell!”

“BLOODY FUCKING HELL!” Was all that could really come out of your mouth. It was honestly just a yell of some sort. You winced in fear and tucked yourself into Sam’s body.

All of this happening simultaneously.

Hands covering your face but spreading your fingers so you could still watch. Sam patted a hand on your back and rubbed, soothing you.

“That’s it, no more!” Tom exclaimed as he grabbed the remote turning off the TV.

Harry whined and tried to get the remote back from Tom. The boys started to wrestle each other for it.

You and Sam laughed at the scene. Sam turned to you and smiled, you still being in his arms.

“What?” You giggled out with an open smile.

“You have the best laugh.” He said almost at a whisper. Causing you to blush a bit.

A few groans of pain and not to mention curses came from Tom and Harry as they continued to fight over the remote.

“I should head home, I don’t want you all to get sick of me.” You smiled at Sam and began to lift yourself off the couch. Sam stopped you, causing a confused look to stem on your face.

“Do you want to stay the night? We can watch something a little lighter so that the clown wasn’t the last thing you saw before bed.” He said wanting to sound like it was for you, but really he hated that damn clown and didn’t want to go to sleep, afraid it would haunt him.

You agreed and sat back down on the couch. By now Tom had won the wrestle and Harry sighed and stormed off to bed, flipping Tom off with a sarcastic smile. Tom laughed and set the remote down on the coffee table.

“Alright, goodnight Sam, night (Y/N).” Tom bowed in a joking manner and saluted you both as he walked off. Causing a giggle to escape your lips.

You turned to Sam, waiting for a cue on what to do next. He shifted, turning to grab the remote, he quickly turned on the tv and opened Netflix.

“Alright, what should we watch?” Sam asked.

“Hmmm… you pick.” You responded with a smile. You really wanted to pick the movie this time but you were just being nice.

Sam picked a movie quicker than you could see what he picked. Then, the intro to La La Land popped up on the screen. It being your favorite movie you were quite excited.

“Oh my gosh!” You squealed.

Sam chuckled and got up to grab some food.

“Where you going?”

“Snacks.” He said without looking back.

You smiled, how lucky were you to have a best friend who knew you so well.

Sam plopped back down on the couch and handed you a bowl of popcorn, prepared just the way you like it. He set a beer down in front of you on the coffee table and began to lightly sip his.


You hummed along to the beginning of the opening number of the movie and took a sip of beer. Sam quickly joining in humming as well, which quickly turned to singing for the both of you. Which then turned into full out choreo off of the couch.

As the last grand note played of the song, Sam picked you up and twirled you around. Setting you down only to stumble over, him landing his back on the couch, and you landing on top of him. You both shifted so that you were more next to him than on top, both of you laughing hysterically. You legs over his and your arms around each other’s torsos.

“That was phenomenal Sam.” You said giggling.

All he did was let out a content sigh in response.

“Yeah.” He said gently.

“Yeah.” You said to the same degree.

The moment was beautiful and intimate. You felt like he had taken you to another world outside of your own. Everything felt like nothing but he felt like everything. You never wanted it to end but you want it to change so that it’d get more intense. You wanted to feel this way times infinity. Only Sam could do that to you. Only you could do that to him.

“(Y/N).” He whispered.


And then it happened. Then he leaned in and you leaned in and every cliche fairytale moment you’d thought was just that, a cliche fairytale moment, was happening. And finally, oh finally you were kissing him. He was your first and oh god you hoped he’d be your last. You loved Sam and if only you knew how you made him feel.

His lips were soft and tasted like rich beer. He placed his hand on your cheek, his thumb rubbing softly along your cheekbone in sync with the movement of his lips. It was purely magical.

You hummed into the kiss when his other hand moved to the small of your back. You leaned back, pulling Sam down with you. He was now on top of you, his hand slowly moved to the hem of your shirt, teasing your skin. Your hands were on his neck, tugging the ends of his hair.

His lips moved to your neck, giving you both a chance to breathe while he worked.

“Sam.” You breathed out, your breath shaky.

He hummed against your skin, the vibrations of his voice making you tremble.

He began sucking delicately over certain spots, he craved you desperately but still treated you gently.

He pulled away, on the inside you wanted to whine at the loss of contact, but on the outside, you just couldn’t help but smile.

When his gaze met yours, both your smiles grew immensely.

“Goddammit (Y/N).” He chuckled, “I love you so much.

You smiled, tears threatening to form in your eyes. It all felt like a dream. A dream that you prayed you didn’t wake up from.

I love you, Sam. Hell, I’ve loved you since I dropped that damn ice-pop.”  


[INTERVIEW] Armed & Dangerous

An interview by Armie Hammer Global

With at least four movies coming out this year, including the explosive Free Fire and the exquisite Call Me By Your Name, 2017 will definitely be a busy year for Armie. At Armie Hammer Global, we sat down to speak with the boss man himself about his career, his upcoming projects, and even about fans. 

 Let’s set the scene for all of you. It’s April Fool’s Day, but this meet up is dead serious (well…not really but at least a little bit). We are spread on three different time zones and two continents, but the common sunny weather makes it seem like the three of us are all in the same place, and of course, we’re all smiles. We won’t lie to you…it took a hot minute to all but Samurai Jack our way around some technical difficulties, but if there’s one common trait we share, it’s the ability to be absolute troopers through hardship. Thankfully, it wasn’t terribly long before we were all face-to-face (screen-to-face?) with one another and ready to delve into our little chat, starting with Armie’s incredible adaptability. 

Armie Hammer Global: Your filmography is very diverse. One project is completely different from another. You’ve been in big productions, indie films, you’ve played a lot of different characters. Was this richness something you wanted and aimed for? 
Armie Hammer: Yes and no. You know, that’s part of the fun of being an actor; it’s getting to do all the different stuffs and getting to work with different people and do different projects, play different characters, which is a lot of fun. I’ve been really lucky that I’ve got to do a little bit of an array of different characters. But the main criteria for how I pick my projects is really who is directing it. It’s just so important in movie making, the director and his vision and his execution of that. That has so much more to do with how a movie turns out than I feel almost anything else, including the script and all the rest. It really is just about the director. More than anything I just aim to work with a diverse list of directors, therefore it’s been a great process getting to work with so many different directors and do so many different projects. I feel lucky. More so than actually I feel like I am in control of making the decisions. 

 What a perfect transition with our next question! We know that you would like to direct someday. What kind of director would you be? The one that writes, produces and does everything, or just stay behind the camera? 
It’s a good question. I don’t know yet. I know that I want to direct movies and I’ve been privileged enough to see so many great directors sort of first-hand direct movies, and I’ve said to myself, “Oh, I’m definitely going to steal that,” or, “Oh, that’s a really good idea, I’ll make sure I do that.” I would like to think that I would have the attention to details that David Fincher has, the relaxed warm nature that Stanley Tucci has, the vision that Ben Wheatley has. All the directors each bring something so different to it. I don’t know what I would bring to it because I haven’t done it yet. 

Do you usually pay attention to the reviews of your movies and has one ever upset you? Have you ever critiqued a critic about you?
I would ultimately like to say I never read reviews, and that they never bothered me or anything like that, but the fact of the matter is when you’re there and the movie is coming out, it’s such a sort of all-encompassing feeling where everybody is on pins and needles. Everybody is anticipating the release and what’s going to happen, how numbers are going to look, what the reviews are going to say. If they’re good people kind of celebrate and they say, “Look at this one, look at this one!”, and if they’re bad, they go, “Look what you wrote!”. It’s impossible to avoid them, just because that’s the society and that’s the age we live in now. But I don’t seek out reviews, definitely. I definitely have read things said about me, in reviews and things like that, specifically about Lone Ranger. That one got a really bad reaction from really everybody without anyone expecting it. That one didn’t feel so good, other than that, it’s been fine. 

And you have received some really great reviews for Call Me By Your Name!
Yeah, we got a lot! But I’m more excited about the fact that Luca got such great reviews. We were in all those places where we were premiering the movie, and just seeing how happy it made him it was really nice.

Directed by Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name is the adaptation of the same titled book written by Andre Aciman. It tells the love story between Elio Perlman (played by Timothée Chalamet), a 17 years-old American-Italian boy spending the summer in the family villa in Italy, and Oliver (played by Armie in the film), a 24 years-old American scholar who stays with the Perlmans for the summer in order to work on his doctorate and help Elio’s father with his correspondences. Set in the 80’s, Call Me By Your Name takes you on a ride through a beautiful and hot Italy. The film was very appreciated by the audiences of Sundance and the Berlinale, two movie festivals where it was played. The various screenings were followed by unanimously positive reviews from both the festivalgoers and critics.
Call Me By Your Name is set to have a limited release in New York and Los Angeles starting on November 24th 2017.

Armie as Oliver in Call Me By Your Name. Picture courtesy of Sony Pictures Classic. 

In the book, Elio describes Oliver as a complex person. Do you think that Oliver is as complex as Elios sees him, or is it Elio’s youth and inexperience that blinds him?
It’s both. They are both really intricate and complex humans. They are two people trying to figure themselves out. They are trying to figure out life, they are trying to discover what they like, what they enjoy, what sets them off. It’s not necessarily that one is more complex than the other or anything like that. Both of them are sort of like coming of age and discovering themselves. Obviously, more or so with Elio because he is a little bit younger than Oliver. It’s honestly about two people finding a connection and really realizing that there is something deeper there and having the courage to do something about it. And in some ways, you can really relate to what is happening to them. Everybody has felt, at some point in their life, that feeling of butterflies in the stomach. You don’t know why you feel this when you’re around that specific person, but you know that you feel something strong with them, and having to find the courage to do something about it, the beauty that can unfold with that. And then like all great summer romances that almost everybody’s had, they end. 

What was the most complicated thing about playing a role like Oliver? Were you anxious about filming the more sensual scenes?
I wouldn’t say that I was anxious about filming the sensual scenes. I would say that there were things in this movie I had to do on camera that I had never done on camera before, like being comfortable being naked or being intimate with another man. I have never done that in my personal life, being intimate with another man (laughs). For me, I recognize more than anything, it was going to be a very good challenge as an actor because I would have to act, because this isn’t something I do in my everyday life, this isn’t something I really recognize. I had to do a lot of work to understand the psychology behind these guys, I had to do a lot of work to understand the things that they did together because it’s just different from how I live my life. Which is, by the way, I guess, all acting really is. It should be different from you, right? Otherwise, we are just doing the same part over and over. 

Would you say that acting is a form of art?
Yes, it’s just a different medium. You don’t use paint or brushes or anything like that, but acting is one of the oldest jobs in the world, and basically our job as an actor is to be able to put ourselves into a situation and allow someone watching it a way into it. For Call Me By Your Name for example, everybody has been talking about this peach scene, where Elio is intimate with a peach. I honestly don’t get it. Nothing about that scene really makes sense to me necessarily; because I never had sex with a piece of fruit and I have never eaten a fruit that someone else has had sex with. And I wouldn’t think a lot of people have. But our job while in that scene is to give somebody a window into it where even if they go, “I would never do that, I would not do it,” they also say, “but I understand why these two people are doing this”. It’s about experiencing it yourself while you’re there, but also emoting such a way that you give people a way into it, which is the challenge. It’s our job as an actor to sort of reflect what’s going on in society, give it back to people, give them something to think about, give them something to feel. Not to sound all grandiose or whatever.

Armie Hammer is the cool Ord in Ben Wheatley’s new movie Free Fire. Picture courtesy of A24.

Boston, 1978, a gun deal in an empty warehouse goes wrong and turns into a real bullets fest. That is Free Fire, a brilliant and explosive comedy directed by Ben Wheatley and in which Armie plays Ord, the middleman that looks way too cool for the situation. Free Fire is simply an hour and a half of pure fun and great lines sublimed by a talented cast. Already out in the UK, the movie will hit more theaters across the world by the end of April, including in North America on April 21st, Russia and Australia on April 27th. 

We saw Free Fire and absolutely loved it! What struck us the most in the movie is that, despite the crazy and out of hand situation depicted, every shot seems really precise.
If you knew how much work actually went into the film and Ben. They had to plan out every bullet hit in the movie months before we got there. And then you have a bunch of actors who show up and go, “Actually, I wanna go over there and do that,” and he’s like, “Nonono you can’t go over there”. It was like a real process. It’s so funny because when we started making that movie the script was sort of different from now. Because Ben is so fluid as a director, he writes and comes up with everything, he and his wife together. If there was anything that needed change it was changed right there on the set. And all of us got together, all the acting crew, and had such a good time with this movie that it just became funny. It really kind of became what it is now. A lot of the lines that you see that are like, the funny lines, whether it’s some of Sharlto (Copley) or some of mine, are all things that we really came up with on set.

Ord is quite the character. Despite the situation, he seems to keep things in control and it’s intriguing. Tell us a bit more about him. What is his story? Where does his calm come from?
Basically, Ord is so calm…because he’s just seen too much shit. This is like 1978, so about 8 years after he probably got back from Vietnam. This is the backstory that I gave the character. The reason why he got the nickname Ord is that he was an explosive expert in Vietnam. And his specialty, because he is a bit of a sick, twisted fucker, is that he would put posters in Vietnamese on a tree with big writing, and every line the writing would get a little bit smaller, a little bit smaller and a little bit smaller till eventually it was tiny. Then he would put landmines at the bottom of the tree so people would come up to read it and blow up. He’s a bit of a head case and he was in Vietnam, and I read a book about Vietnam called the Short Timers, which is actually a book that Full Metal Jacket is based of off. I read that and there is a really interesting line about it that says, “You don’t know the truth until you know death,” or something like that, “because death is the ultimate truth and everything else is really lies”. These guys in Vietnam expected to die every single minute so they just became friends with death, in a weird way, because they knew it was the only truth that existed, like, “He’s not a bad guy or a good guy, the truth is, he’s gonna die and I’m gonna die”. So, Ord came so close to dying so many times, like, “I should be dead so it doesn’t really matter at this point anymore”. He gets shot and he’s like, “Ah fuck”! He doesn’t have fear because he has already been so scared that nothing can scare him anymore. That’s why he’s pretty cool under pressure, that’s why he knows how to work with firearms better than anybody else, that’s why he is tactically minded, and that’s why as soon as it started to elevate, he backs up.

Do you have a lot of control on how you create your characters?
I would say it is teamwork. The writer is ultimately the one that puts everything down on paper. And then if the script is good enough, the director gets involved, and then boom you have a movie that kind of starts to go. The writer really sort of comes up with the foundation of everything. But obviously, they have written it before anybody was casted, so it’s not like he can tailor-make a role that fits perfectly. He makes the role that’s in his head. So once they hire an actor, it’s about finding symbiosis between the actor, the writer, and the director so that everybody is happy. Ultimately, you want the writer to be happy, the director to be happy and you, as an artist, you want to be happy. So it becomes more like teamwork. Sometimes you have more control sometimes you have less. I mean, when I did the Social Network, I had very little control over everything because the other people in control were David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin, and I definitely don’t think I know more than these guys.

Let’s talk about Mine because that really is a big moment for you! That was the very first movie you were just starring by yourself, your name is on the poster and everywhere. How does that feel for you? And congratulations by the way!
Thank you! It was great. It was a lot of pressure, especially because, for a majority of the movie, I’m really the only person on screen. I probably shot 75% of the film by myself, as the only actor and person in the scene, which is crazy. It doesn’t really give you anything to play of off, anybody to take cues from. It was a lot of work and we shot it in the Canary Islands, small islands channel along the coast of Morocco, it was hot, it was windy, we had sandstorms, lightning strikes, and it was just crazy. It was an intense filming. But I am happy I got to work with two great new Italian directors, Fabio and Fabio. I got to work with Tom Cullen who, in my opinion, is one of the best working actors out there right now. Annabelle Wallis as well, she was fantastic, Jeff Bells…it was a lot of fun making that movie. For a movie I basically stand still the entire time, I was shocked at how physically challenging it was.

Mike has to survive 52 hours in the desert with one knee on the ground. Not the most comfortable position, how was it for you?
I was probably kneeling 10 hours a day, for a month or something. My right knee still pops and gives me trouble and hurts. I was on my right knee the whole time with my left foot up. My knee is still kind of shocked.

Armie hits where you don’t expect him, including in animated movies. Earlier this year, the actor officially joined the Cars family and voiced Jackson Storm, one of the new characters from the third installment of the Disney Pixar franchise. We don’t know much about his cool-looking character yet, except that he is really fast and, apparently, not so likable. 

First of all, we are very, very excited about this particular project because we love Cars! How did you become a part of the project?
I don’t actually know. I got a phone call from my agent one day, and he was like, “Buddy, I just got a call from Pixar,” and I was like, “What?” and he’s like, “They want you to be in the new Cars movie,” and I was like, “Are you serious? I’m so excited!” I was really lucky; I didn’t have to audition, I didn’t have to do anything. They just kind of called and said, “Do you want to be in this movie?” Maybe they were like, “You know Armie is an asshole, he’d be a really good asshole in the movie.”

We read somewhere that you were chosen thanks to your role as the Winklevoss twins in the Social Network.
Well, they were assholes so there’s that (laughs).

If you have twitter, you probably already saw screen captures of, often very funny, conversations between Armie and fans. Needless to say his answers are always very appreciated by the lucky ones who receive his messages.

You answer a lot to fans online. Why do you dedicate so much time to it?
Well, the reason that I talk to you guys is really because you’re nice. You seem like well-rounded and normal people, you guys live your life. You like my work and that’s nice and I do appreciate that. I don’t answer to everybody, that’s for sure. I would say that I spend so much time answering to people because if somebody is going to take the time to write something and go out of their way and say, “Hey man, I just wanna say I really like your movie,” or whatever, it’s nice, it’s appreciated. It is the same as like if you’re a chef and someone says, “Oh my god, I love the way you cook salmon, I love your steak.” You’re kind of an asshole if you just go, “yeah whatever”. I don’t know, they took the time to write for me, so it’s only fair that I take the time to say, “thanks I appreciate it”.

Not everybody really does that. Another thing we noticed is that there’s no sense of hierarchy with you. You treat fans as normal people, not as ones who are less than you.
I think that the root of that is probably that those people, who treat people like that, think that they are not normal people, either. They think they’re above everything. At the end of the day, you’re doing your job. I trained as an actor, I went to school as an actor, this is what I studied. It’s like being an electrical engineer. I just get to do my job, I get to make movies, I get to do this. It brings so much joy to me to make movies and if it brings that much joy to someone to watch a movie, then that works, it’s great. It seems like teamwork, almost.

To finish, we offered to switch roles, allowing Armie to ask us anything he wanted. Because April Fool’s!
Armie: How much time out of your day do you spend working on the site? Armie Hammer Global: Well, it depends on what you are doing. For example, last year, when you were promoting three different movies at each festival, it would take up to three hours every evening. We usually search for your name, for pictures, videos, interviews, and articles, and we also monitor social media. In the end, it’s really all about organization, because it also depends on how busy we are with our lives. /

Cars 3 will come out on June 16 in the US Mine is now out on DVD/Blu-Ray and HD digital in Italy, Spain and the US.


Earth’s mightiest heroes reassemble for another go at that whole saving-the-world thing, but this time, they are outwitted, outplayed and outmatched by Ultron (voiced by the effortlessly charismatic James Spader), an Artificial Intelligence and brainchild of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) that attains Skynet levels of crazy and becomes hell-bent on the destruction of mankind. Tony, determined to ensure that there wouldn’t be a repeat of the Battle of New York in The Avengers, designed Ultron with the intent of using it to thwart galactic invaders - “a suit of armor around the Earth”, as he put it. Good intentions aside, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America points out that anytime someone proclaims they have a solution to preempt war, it almost always ends up causing it instead. Age of Ultron follows The Avengers as they band together to defeat their own Frankenstein’s monster, which proves to be quite the challenge with superpowered twins Pietro and Wanda Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen - “he’s fast, and she’s weird”) thrown into the mix.  

Age of Ultron has a much more complex story than The Avengers, but it’s slightly less enjoyable due to the staggering amount of content on screen. From the relentless action to the breadcrumbs that needed to be dropped in order to set up future films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there was so much going on that it was a challenge to keep up. “More is more” was the mantra for this sequel, and while it was perhaps deliberately overwhelming to give audiences that sense of urgency and chaos, admittedly it was difficult to be as emotionally invested in individual stories when there were not only many characters involved, but so many little nuances that needed to be added to give this story more depth than the straightforward popcorn movie that was the first installment. That said, this doesn’t take away from the fact that Age of Ultron is jam-packed with good stuff - in particular, the team assault scenes were a comic book and video game nerd’s dream. Watching the combo moments between The Avengers was such a treat to watch, although they were probably a VFX nightmare to create. Hats off to Framestore and all the other VFX studios that were involved in this film because this must have been such a challenge to make. 

What really elevated the film was Ultron, who is a far more compelling villain than The Avengers’ Loki, whose sole motivation for invading Earth was just to start some shit (and to make up for being denied his “rightful” place as ruler of Asgard, resolve his daddy issues yada yada). Some say a hero (or heroes, in this case) is only as good as its villain, and Ultron most certainly lives up to this hype. With James Spader’s trademark sassy, know-it-all voice, it wasn’t difficult to endear him to audiences. What made Ultron spectacular, however, was that he wasn’t portrayed as some inexplicably psychotic AI intent on global destruction for shits and giggles. His motivation for extinguishing all of mankind actually made sense considering the black-and-white way that computers think. Ultron was designed to save Earth, but he reaches the conclusion that Earth’s biggest plague is humanity, so therefore everyone must die. Starting with The Avengers seems like a no-brainer. After all, this volatile, powerful team attracts destruction like fly to an ointment.  

While The Avengers are unpredictable and far from a cohesive unit, one thing unites them: they genuinely care about humanity (and not merely as an egotistical survival instinct, but they want to use their powers, wealth and skills for good), and will fight to the death to save it. This unwavering dedication to the greater good - for better or for worse, it seems - has always been very evident throughout the MCU. In The Avengers, Captain America crashes through a building to save civilians from the Chitauri. Hawkeye helps kids trapped in a school bus as the streets of New York are besieged. In Age of Ultron, there is no shortage of scenes showing The Avengers saving people. Each time an Avenger is on screen, they are always trying to find a way to minimize civilian casualties. Hell, they try to evacuate an entire city instead of just blowing it up, which would have been the more expedient thing to do. One could argue that the heart of the film lies in preserving human life. It’s what ties everything together in the story - from Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson) heart-wrenching revelation of her past, to Bruce Banner/The Hulk’s (Mark Ruffalo) lamentation of his inability to have children, and punctuated by Clint Barton/Hawkeye’s (Jeremy Renner) surprising and unexpected secret. Perhaps the greatest symbol that the Avengers care about human life is in the character of Vision (Paul Bettany), who outrightly says that he exists to protect life. It’s a theme that is very well hammered home in the film. Human life is precious in the MCU, and protecting it…well, that’s what superheroes do, though DC/Warner Bros may not have gotten that memo *coughMANOFSTEELcough*. Yeah, I see you’re going through some man pain, but can you set that aside for a second to go save the world? That’s a resounding yes from The Avengers? Okay, good. Avengers: Age of Ultron shows that it is possible to explore several characters’ tragic back stories and childhood traumas while at the same time allowing them to live up to their title as superheroes. Shocker!

Spoilers under the cut! Oh, and long post ahead, so you should probably get your bathroom break before you sit down to read the rest of this.

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