I have to hand it to Marvel though, the first bunch of these films were a fun experiment. They linked all of those average but enjoyable enough primary films together through Fury's predictable - nay - surprising appearance in a post/pre/mid-credits sequence, and then delivered The Avengers or Avengers Assemble or Five Guys and a Token Broad or whatever the parlance is where you live. It was a snappy, competent action flick, helmed by someone (Whedon) who's deftly managed to link the best bits of comics in with the best bits of pop-culture to make films and TV shows that are full of heart and wit (and that he totally bested with a low-key black budget Shakespeare flick almost immediately after the big A) and who knows how to make an enjoyable film. And Avengers: Age of Ultron will probably be another throwaway, and enjoyable film. But due to the immense amount of bullshit that it carries with it, it and Marvel, can just fuck off.
|FUCK OFF FUCK OFF FUCK OFF FUCK OFF FUCK OFF FUCK OFF|
|"And this is how we prove that Thanos needs MacGuffin X and Y to attain Power Z, also I believe it is absolute proof of a gritty Howard the Duck remake."|
|I have time for these 4 pals.|
|Look at him. Such a pal.|
The gleeful abandon of Raimi's webslinger has been ejected out into deep cinematic space, and Singer's X-Men are only just keeping their head above water due to their sectarian attitudes to the church of Marvel, and Singer's capability behind the camera as evinced by the Blink/Quicksilver sequences of Days of Future Past, set pieces more worthy of cinema admission than any of the Avengers stable have offered over the course of 9 films. Whilst there's still a glimmer of hope that Marvel will greenlight the occasional diamond in the rough, I grow increasingly despondent. I'm resigned to being a product of my age, but I wish I could be a product in a slightly more graceful way, and I'm furious at Marvel for robbing me of my childhood desire to see iconic figures on the screen in anything other than a product driven mess of self worshipping wank.
Fucking hell Marvel, just fuck off.