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For our inaugural post we will review the latest Marvel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron (spoilers ahead). Cheyenne and I love Marvel. We read the comics and have seen all the movies. While there are a lot of great characters, only three were female. The most well known is Black Widow, Natasha Romanova. She is the super spy who keeps up with the super heroes. She kicks ass with the boys using her manipulation and combat skills. In this movie Black Widow strikes up a romance with Bruce Banner, the Hulk. Some critics dislike this, they feel that she was given the romance story line because she was a woman. I actually liked it. In Captain America: Winter Soldier she decided to figure out who she is, apart from agencies. Part of knowing yourself is figuring out if you want a relationship. It makes sense she would try to make one work. It doesn’t, Hulk ditches. But she continues on, she doesn’t dwell, cry, or fall apart. She does her job first and foremost. That is what I expect of a strong female character. She may want a romance, but it doesn’t define or break her.
The movie was really entertaining overall. It was not quite as good as the first but few sequels are. The show-runners trusted us to remember the characters. We get straight into the action. The main action gets started by newcomer Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch. In the comics she and her twin, Quiksilver, are mutants and children of Magneto. Since Marvel can’t put that in film, they get powers from genetic experimentation. She gives Iron Man a vision that spurs him to create Ultron, the crazy robot antagonist. Ultron in turn decides to kill everyone on earth to save humanity, because again he’s crazy. By the end we are left with new teammates and a promise of a new era of movies.