Comic Book Movie
Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow are at it again in their misadventures against the forces of chaos. They may be the most celebrated heroes, fictional, or nonfictional, in the United States today, but what is with all the appeal? I mean, yes, Avengers: Age of Ultron is as wildly entertaining as all other additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but is it really worth it to get into a sloppily-pasted together series that can’t find balance within its numerous subplots?
Although there is one thing that it does right, each of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are kept active with their own personal story arc, even if most of them are completely unnecessary to the main conflict between the team and Ultron.
Iron Man steals Loki’s scepter from a European hideaway to build the Ultron Peacekeeping Program, which like in usual sci-fi thriller tradition, turns defective and wants to wipe out the human race.
Hawkeye has a rather touching story of returning to his expectant wife and two kids, like a US soldier coming home.
Hulk and Black Widow develop a romance, probably for no reason other than to keep the only woman on the team active in the most clichéd of ways.
Captain America has debates about the direction the team must go with his fellow partners, and doesn’t do much else besides make some well-timed running gags about cursing.
Thor goes away for a period of time to contact others who can help override Ultron.
Nick Fury comes in briefly but only to give a rather meaningless pep-talk.
Scarlet Witch and her twin Quicksilver, both poorly acted offensive stereotypes towards Eastern Europeans, question their criminal commitments.
Then finally, the title character, Ultron, is a rather boring bad guy with a zero motivation behind his actions. He acts too casual and humanly for an A.I. who desires to eliminate the human race. Was it also necessary to introduce him, the villain, within a Catholic Church? Yeah Marvel, way to just blame the problems of humanity on religion.
While Avengers: Age of Ultron does succeed in delivery of laughter and fun for all viewers, as Marvel is a master at, the staying power of this Avengers sequel is simply not there, due to its many entertaining yet pointless scenes that were put in purely for the trailer’s sake.
The two biggest ones include a competition where they all try to pick up Thor’s hammer (in case you forgot that nobody but he can lift it), and a mad rampage the Hulk goes on by Scarlet Witch’s mind control powers, leading to a long fight between him and Iron Man’s hulkbuster suit. As fun as these may be to watch in the theater or at home with all your friends, I just have to ask: what is the point?
Even if it may contain some pro-human message by the end of this new progressive effort to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it still scratches the surface on a point that it clearly does not care very much about. If you are somebody who still loves these movies in spite of their blaring flaws, then I’m not going to think less of you. But if you haven’t seen any of these movies yet and are considering it, I’d recommend against it. There are plenty of other scientific action adventures that are more carefully crafted with attention to character and philosophy in a way that has much higher replay value.
There is a common theme with all of these sci-fi and comic book movies that never seem to quit trying to outdo each other. They all like to address the message (even if half-heartedly) that technology is defective no matter how advanced it becomes. It means that humanity will always triumph, no matter what sort of doom we may have set ourselves up for.
You’re probably thinking it too: “How can Americans be so stupid nowadays? They spend more time on their phones than they do actually talking to people! They have no right to vote for president!” Not only is it a common perception to have about humanity, but it’s quite common as well to assume that anybody with a developmental disorder such as autism or Down Syndrome are of the stupidest lifeforms in society.
Yet I’m going to say this right now, and this goes to all people, whether autistic or not, we are far more intelligent and capable of a brighter future than we give ourselves credit for. In the case of autism, those on the spectrum may appear at first glance that they have little to offer. They may not be able to speak until much later from expected development…
Six-Word Lessons on Growing Up Autistic, Lesson #4: Speech is an Important Early Sign.
Or they may have a much harder time with conversation in their adult life…
Six-Word Lessons on Growing Up Autistic, Lesson #43: They Don’t Know What To Say.
Or they are so attached to one thing that they cannot mentally progress toward another…
Six-Word Lessons on Growing Up Autistic, Lesson #39: Learning New Things Is Really Hard.
It is easy for several businesses across the nation to dismiss autism as useless to their professional progression, as those with autism supposedly lack the people skills commonly requested from employees.
Six-Word Lessons for Autism Friendly Workplaces, Lesson #1: Traits of Autism Hinder Job Possibilities.
But you know what? Everyone has remarkable intelligence in their own unique way. Not everyone is meant to be experts at making conversation, or easily navigate a major business; everyone has their own set of abilities that helps them to become experts in their own field.
If there is a man with Down Syndrome who cannot speak or walk or live on his own, but enjoys counting a large amount of things for hours, then that makes him an expert at counting, which could go on to benefit all sorts of businesses. If there is a woman with a severe form of autism who can’t make a simple conversation to save her life, but keeps supplies tightly organized, then that makes her intelligent in organization.
So why do we always overlook the remarkable skills of those with developmental disorders? We may all be smart when it comes to doing something we are really great at doing, but when it comes to giving others the recognition that they deserve, we are usually quick to pointing out the bad parts instead. That I think is incredibly stupid.
I know we are better than this, as I have seen on social media. For those who were spewing hatred about the presidential election, others were spreading genuine wisdom about what we Americans are capable of. Now, let me tell you what I say we are capable of:
We are not the greatest country in the world—maybe the richest, but not the kindest. Yet if we remember that all people are intelligent in their own unique sense of the word, and I do mean all people, then we can become better humbled to treat others with the respect they deserve. That, people, is what will make America great again.
- Help your autistic child or clients know that they are smart, regardless of what people may think about them or the human condition in general. It’s a matter of what you do with what you’re most confident in doing.
- Remember that everybody, both with and without autism, is intelligent. Intelligence is not measured in brainpower or personal accomplishments in comparison to another media figure, but in what you do with your present level of knowledge.
- Stick with what you do best. Our media and educational system has made us believe that we need a given set of skills to become smart. But in truth, if you go out into the world utilizing what you’re best at, the right people will naturally see you as not only smart, but wise.
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Have a great weekend, and happy watching!
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Walt Disney Pictures. Avengers: Age Of Ultron: The Thing They Dread. Digital image. Times Video. New York Times Company, 27 Jul 2015. Web. <http://www.nytimes.com/video/movies/100000003821671/avengers-age-of-ultron-the-thing-they-dread.html>.