Letter to the Editor

Avengers Rebuttal

By Brandon Gunn, EWU Journalism, PR student

Dear Mr. Mudd,

I read your review of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and I respectfully disagree with your analysis. I watched “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opening weekend and felt the exact opposite of how you felt. As a huge comic book nerd, I feel it is my duty to explain why Ultron was exactly what we needed as a comic book movie and how it was executed perfectly.

You’re right, there are parts that seem slightly off or small issues with the plot, this wasn’t completely unexpected. Comics, as many know, have a rich and extended history, but director Joss Whedon, while amazing, doesn’t have all the rights to the entire Marvel universe. This key fact makes it difficult to stick to the actual storyline written years ago.

Examples of this break from the canon storyline include the twins, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. In Ultron, they are classified as “enhanced” humans, but in the true storyline, they are mutant offspring of Magneto from the X-Men. Whedon doesn’t have access to the X-Men universe and, as such, has to fudge the storyline, which in turn creates difficult plot developments and holes in which some of the movie’s concepts stumble across.

Besides all that, let us actually get down to the brass tacks of the movie review. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” brought the comic-book world to a new level. We as an audience are starting to delve into the superhero psyche: This movie proved that the Avengers, even with all their strength, intelligence and tech, are still human and still flawed. The movie does exactly what the first Avengers movie did: great fight scenes with intense action, a villain that needs defeating and a plot so evil and large that only the world’s greatest defenders could stop it. Yes, we have seen this movie device before, but if it didn’t work so well, then we wouldn’t see it in every action movie. I love a losing battle, I want the heroes to struggle; if they don’t, the movie ends up being linear with nothing of interest.

You bring up Ultron himself as one of the weaker points of the movie. You state: “Ultron himself seems cookie-cutter movie villain, whose motivation …  has been copied and pasted from every major robotic bad guy ever” and continue, “He’s nothing more than a filler villain to fill the gap until Thanos.”

I saw Ultron as something completely different; he comes across as devilish and cunning, with the force to back up his plans of wiping out most of the planet. He even goes as far as to turn the Avengers worst fears on them, breaking up the team with his dastardly mind games. He knows our heroes’ weaknesses and exploits them brilliantly.  But of course, the heroes win and good triumphs over evil. Or does it?

You have to remember Ultron was created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner; he is their greatest creation and the ultimate solution to a never-ending problem. Yet with all those good intentions, Ultron comes out corrupt, realizing that the ultimate solution to the problem is to eliminate the problem at its source: humans.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” was an excellent movie that does exactly what a movie should: entertain. But not only does it entertain as a movie, it does what a comic book should do. It tells the never ending comic book story of good triumphing over insurmountable evil, knowing that tomorrow there will be another even more powerful and more sinister evil ready to take the helm to fight back. I don’t think superhero movies are slowing down, I think they are gaining momentum. They are building to a universe built upon years of history, waiting to explode into a million more stories with new heroes and new revisions. Oh, what an exciting time to be a nerd and a cinema buff rolled into one.