Finding Hope in the Age of Ultron

One of the greatest lines in the history of television came in the fourth season of the West Wing. Sam Seaborn has just been asked by Leo McGarry if there is any end for the conflict with the Muslim world other than an American flag flying over Mecca, and if so, why delay the inevitable, what are we waiting for? Sam responds, “That somebody will think of something before we have to do the unthinkable.”

In the Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America adamantly says that any time someone tries to win a war before it’s begun, innocent people die.

Sam and Cap are both espousing the same idea even if it sounds counterintuitive. You cannot destroy your enemy before they’ve become your enemy, you have to have hope that war can be avoided all together.

Later in the film, when all hope for victory seems lost, the Avengers rally behind saving lives before saving themselves. They rally behind the hope that protection will triumph over aggression

Trying to write a review of this film is torturous. Because I want to share with readers the beauty that I experienced, but I don’t want to ruin the fun for anyone who doesn’t want to know. So what I’ll give you are the jot notes. The paragraph openers. The topics I’ll be discussing. But know that if you venture further than the spoiler warning, know that I won’t just be talking plot points, but full-fledged analysis of this amazing film.

I was shocked and jarred by this film. I cried during this film. This film develops its characters (all of its characters) with subtlety and grace. This film weaves an intricate and delicate plot elegantly to form a story worth telling. This film engages in moral debate with conviction. This film is its own film, and is the jumping off point for so many more stories to be told. Avengers: Age of Ultron is one of the best films of this year, one of the best films of the MCU, and possibly one of the best Superhero films of all time.

Here is the spoiler warning.

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