AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON REVIEW: Whedon character greatness vs. 1000 plot points

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AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON is finally here. And it’s loaded with the classic Joss Whedon take on character-based action that took the world by storm in 2012! Except that, this time, Whedon also has to do so much heavy plot lifting. So. Much. Plot.

So, it’s not as much of a perfect summer movie as the first AVENGERS. And that’s okay – especially because it gave us enough material to podcast for two hours. We talk about the character arcs we still liked (Black Widow and Hulk! Hawkeye! Some Iron Man stuff!), and try to parse how the muddled plot held the rest of it back. But, we still loved James Spader! And Thor was still a charming goofball.

In conclusion, Black Widow needs her own movie, the end. Agree with our takes? Disagree? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter! It’s a huge movie event, and we’d love to hear from you.

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2014 LIKEY AWARDS: Recognizing 2014’s Best. And also, worst. (Godzilla sucks.) – That Thing You Like #94

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It’s our BEST OF 2014 AWARD SPECTACULAR! Brian and Chris celebrate and commiserate over the best and worst that the last year had to offer. We talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Birdman, Agent Carter, Run the Jewels, Taylor Swift, Friendship, Godzilla, our favourite social media parody accounts, and more! Plus, our “Favourite Webcomic that Ended in 2014” award!

Join us in celebrating the year’s best (and, importantly, the worst), and let us know your faves and hates from 2014!

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That Thing You Like #27 – Marvel’s The Avengers / Agents of SHIELD

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THAT THING YOU LIKE zaps it up! We finally got around to discussing THE AVENGERS – a movie that shines a light on what big-budget blockbusters can be, entertainment-wise. If those blockbusters focus on, you know, giving memorable characters some good dialogue, treating the audience with respect and creating crowning-moments-of-awesome that they actually earn. And also focus on having Joss Whedon; that guy is just the best.

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It may seem like a silly, men-in-armor-and-tights kind of joint, but beneath all that, THE AVENGERS is actually a testament to the importance of letting real character moments drive your story. Seriously. Everybody go read some Film Crit Hulk. We talk about how Whedon manages to not just create a solid action movie using pre-established characters, but also uses their interactions to make the characters more well-rounded and funnier – and thus, more compelling overall.

We go next level on a few elements of the movie, including Whedon’s characterization of ScarJo’s Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo’s amazing take on the hulk, and then spend a little while getting prepped for the (hopefully fun) Agents of SHIELD tv show, which premieres next week. Excited for the new show? Have thoughts about Marvel’s box-office-destroying masterpiece? Let us know!

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