"Every Time People Try to Stop a War Before it Starts, Innocent People Get Hurt. Every Time."
I know many people take issue with Joss Whedon’s writing style, and I can see where they’re coming from – he’s a quipster more than a writer a lot of the time, and allows himself to derail the plot in favor of gags more often than not. I feel that in the case of the “Avengers” films, this style not only works, it is necessary. One of my major issues with Marvel’s film adaptations is that they feel too polished, and Whedon’s script and direction both do a good job of breaking that monotonous commercialized sheen. He takes more chances with how the story unfolds than the average action director—not many more, as the film is still stuck in a traditional plot structure that I’m frankly tired of, but still enough that the material at least feels new and interesting.
This should go without saying, but apparently some people need to hear it: this film and the man who wrote it do not deserve death threats or harassment. Are there problems with it? Oh yes. Is the frustration caused by Black Widow’s characterization and the continued sidelining of her story warranted? Hell yes. But threatening a FICTION WRITER with DEATH or INJURY is not the way to get your voice heard. Whedon especially doesn’t deserve this crap because he has been a champion AGAINST online harassment in the recent past, and the poor quality of female representation in Marvel films does not fall squarely on his shoulders. Whedon does not need my defense, and has already publicly stated that his departure from Twitter is not related to the recent vitriol he’s received, but that still doesn’t make this behavior okay.
Anyway yeah, go see “Age of Ultron” or whatever. Or don’t. It’s made a lot of money already, and you’re not going to get anything new. But it is a damn good time, if a long one, and probably the last good time you’ll get from a major release in a WHILE.
Whatever the hell Thor gave those old guys during that party scene. Or a fruity cocktail, if it looks as delicious as the ones Black Widow makes.
-Drink when an Avenger or an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. mocks one of their co-workers.
-Drink when someone calls themselves or someone else a "monster"
-Drink for visions or hallucinations
-Drink when something breaks
-Drink when the dialogue gets all...man, I lost the word there..."Whedon"-y. Yeah, that.