So I saw this on my news feed:
Instantly flipped my shit with hype! Marvel really knows how to build expectations. However, in retrospect I wondered if it was in Marvel's best interest to have such a fun charismatic series like Avengers suddenly turn sour. A lot of movies lately have had some pretty depressing dark, gritty, undertones added to their themes. (Amazing Spiderman, Godzilla, Batman, Superman, Ninja Turtles, Transformers, etc.) Basically every other hot blockbuster franchise at the moment to which I've had some major gripes about their latest installments. One of them being the unnecessary dark undertones to what is essentially a fun, kooky, franchise (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the worst -3-). But then the thought occurred to me that people are going to be really sad when they see this I bet. Seeing the once united heroes being turned against one another. And you know what? I'm totally down for that, and here's why.
Avengers 1 was a very upbeat, charismatic, kooky, lighthearted fun debacle with only a few dark undertones in the movie here and there (Bruce Banner's suicide attempts, Loki and Thor's rivalry, Black Widows's violent past, etc.). Here, in this trailer at least, the sequel appears to be going in the opposite direction. Age of Ultron looks like a dark, gritty, violent, somber spiral into disarray that'll more likely have some kooky, funny, memorable moments in it. This is after all Marvel Studios which as of lately has relished in interlacing comedy in their major movie franchises. Not doing so would be detrimental. The reason why a dark sequel works for this series is rather perplexing. The reason this is good is because the audience WON'T want to see it all go to shit. They don't want to see Iron Man and Hulk going at each other's throats, they don't want to see Captain America going rogue, they don't want to see Thor lose his shit and fight his allies on earth. Audiences are not going to want to see their favorite superheroes destroy each other and see their world crumble around them BECAUSE THEY CARE ABOUT THEM. Audiences have grown so accustomed to these characters and their shenanigans, the last thing they want to see is them experiencing any hardship, and that is a sign that Marvel has won. Marvel successfully made people care about the lives and safety of a bunch of fictitious caricatures, and of course people should care about these characters. They have enough depth and complexity to them mixed with charm and good humanity, who wouldn't want to just spend a day with these superheroes? Now granted, I don't want Age of Ultron to go all out angst. The reason people adore these characters is because of their lovable personalities and endearing adventures they experience. Everyone has their own problems. We don't want to see characters mope about them. We want to see them struggle, but struggling and moping are two very different ideas people should not get mixed up. Struggling dictates action. Moping does not. Struggling leads to self reflection and decision making. Moping leads to time wasted that could have been utilized for more important things. If you want to show your character mope, don't have them talk about their feelings. In Superman Returns: we see a shot of Superman in space listening to the millions of cries for help on planet earth. In Man of Steel, we see Kal-El lecturing to Lois about his dad lecturing to him. Which one seems more impactful? :/
In the end, I'm expecting audiences everywhere to say this movie is not as good as the first one, possibly due in part because of the movies darker, grittier undertone, and that's fine. Audiences will more than likely feel sour about a few choice decisions that will pit the heroes against each other. That's understandable. I just hope that all audience members, including myself, won't simply look at the shortcomings of the new installments, and overlooking interesting new ideas and improvements to characters, narrative structure to the new movie. No, I'm not saying this movie is going to be perfect. No movie will ever be perfect. There will always be something wrong with the end products execution, and Avengers 2 is definitely taking a huge risk with the darker undertone. Regardless, I still stand behind the fact that Marvel is taking the right approach in crafting their sequel to Avengers. Every decent heroic narrative needs to have the main characters reach a low point so that we can see them rise up and grow in the final act which will make it all the more satisfying, cause in the end we watch movies for fun. Movies shouldn't feel like a chore. Movies shouldn't be forgettable. Movies should inspire us. Movies should excite us and perplex us. Hopefully more will do the latter in future years, cause while I enjoy movies, after a while certain tropes and formulas do get repetitive (Transformers :/ ). So yeah, I'm definitely stoked for this movie, and I hope it turns out good.