I was sitting on Pinterest this evening snuggled up under my fleecy Avengers blanket when this image popped up on my feed.
I nearly had a conniption when I saw it. I literally recoiled leaning away from my computer snarling at the image. Why? Because that is some bullshit.
Let me tell you a little bit about my favorite film and why I, as a girl, like it.
“Avengers” or “Avengers Assemble” if you live somewhere other than America is an ensemble film that came out in 2012. The movie itself was unprecedented. It was a film about a group of super heroes who all come from different backgrounds and save the world. What was great is that we already knew the heroes incredibly well. It was a film that took more than four years to create because the universe had to be established. It is a beautifully written action oriented Shakespearean epic.
It is my FAVORITE film!
The thing that made Avengers so wonderful is that it was well written. Marvel could have thrown the characters together with a sub-par script and still made a ton of money. They did not do that. Marvel went out and got a phenomenal writer who did research into the comic books and created a film that was character driven (as character driven as any ensemble film can be), dark, funny, and meant something.
Avengers is my favorite film for the same reason that super hero movies are my favorite kinds of movies. Super Heroes is a genre of film that we, as a society, desperately need. It is a film about people putting themselves and their own issues aside and saying that they would rather fight and die than give up be ruled. Super Hero movies, especially Avengers, are about one person standing up and saying “no” when everyone else is afraid to. They are about how if one person stands up others will follow. Avengers even foreshadows itself in the scene in Germany when the elderly man refuses to kneel.
That old man is my hero. Someday I would like to be half as bad ass as he is.
Later on in the film several people (extraordinary people) stand up not only to Loki but to the entire Chitauri army simply because it is the right thing to do. Because they are not going to go quietly. THAT IS WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL ABOUT SUPER HERO MOVIES!
C.S. Lewis said “since it is likely children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard about brave knights and heroic courage.”
Isn’t that the point of comic books and comic book movies? Those movies show children that there can be cruelty in the world but there can also be great courage. That is a theme that is so important to me that I almost never stop talking about it. That is one of the many reasons that I like the movie Avengers.
The fact that there are people out there who see me watching Avengers and think that I only like it because I like Tom Hiddleston or I like one of the heroes makes me so angry that I would like to find each and every one of them and punch them. Girls like Avengers because it is a brilliant film hat was beautifully written, wonderfully directed, and perfectly acted. Girls like Avengers because girls are people who enjoy things.
Honestly I am so irritated, even an hour later, that I cannot fully function.