I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron over the weekend. Twice actually. What can I say? I’m a huge Avengers fan. I’ve been one ever since Kurt Busiek and George Pérez got me hooked back with number one of the book’s third volume.
I’ve also been a huge fan of Ultron since the Ultron Unlimited story arch from that same creative team’s run. So I suppose when I say I really loved this movie, you should know that I’m probably pretty predisposed to love an Avengers movie with Ultron as the villain, so take my recommendation with a grain of salt.
But there is a lot to love in this movie. Elizabeth Olsen was a great Scarlet Witch, James Spader’s voice acting performance as Ultron was amazing, and without giving away any spoilers, I did not see what happened with Quicksilver coming at all.
But there was one big thing I disliked about the movie: Black Widow. And sadly, my growing dislike for the character has nothing to do with the writing, Scarlett Johansson’s performance, or anything about the movie itself. It has to do with the fact that nearly every time I see or hear about Black Widow these days, it involves some kind of feminist hissy fit.
Black Widow, Slut
In a recent interview, Avengers stars Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner called Black Widow a slut. They were then forced to apologize. One line in Renner’s apology really stuck out at me.
I am sorry that this tasteless joke about a fictional character offended anyone.
I wonder if he purposely worded it that way to point out how ridiculous the outrage was. But setting aside the silliness of white knighting for a fictional character, the fact remains that they were right. The character Black Widow, at least in the comics, is indeed a slut. Hell, I doubt the character herself would argue with that fact. I’m reminded of a time when one of her (many) super hero ex-lovers Daredevil called her over for assistance with something only to have her assume he called her over for sex since his girlfriend had just left him. This was her response.
How dare Evans and Renner besmirch the honor of this little flower! Seriously though, two men called a fictional character a slut and feminists raced to defend her. A fictional character, and one who, if she were real, probably wouldn’t have taken offense to the comment anyway. If that isn’t the definition of a first world problem, I don’t know what is.
Over at The Mary Sue, some mangina is all upset that he just can’t find enough Black Widow shirts.
He shows examples of shirts which primarily focus on Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk, as if those were the most popular characters or something. To be fair, one of the shirts also had the Vision on it.
I’m sure picking Vision had nothing to do with a desire to showcase one of the three new characters and he just happened to be the most visually striking. Nope, I’m sure it’s bigotry. Come to think of it, there’s not a lot of Hawkeye shirts either. Probably bigotry against archers.
Feminists Ruin Everything
I don’t dislike Black Widow. Nothing about her in the movies themselves has ever really rubbed me the wrong way. But more and more, thanks to the incessant whining of feminists, it’s getting harder and harder to look at the character and not think about how some feminist somewhere is going to have a hissy fit regarding her. At this point, I wish they would just write her out of future movies, because I’m tired of the feminist lightning rod she’s become.