Thursday, May 28, 2015

Marriage and family issues of Avenger characters in Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron


I watched Avengers: Age of Ultron twice to savor the witty dialogues, e.g. Nick Fury: "Look at me in the eye" (because he has only one eye) or "Guy's multiplying faster than a Catholic rabbit" (a reference to Ultron in an allusion to Pope Francis's remark that Catholic's don't have to breed like rabbits).  But I also watched the movie for another reason: to understand the Avengers's back stories in the context of pro-life issues regarding marriage and family. (SPOILERS ALERT!)

A. Incredible Hulk and Black Widow

Bruce Banner (Incredible Hulk) and Black Widow realized that they have a mutual attraction for each other. When they were alone, Bruce told her that he cannot give her the family that she longed for, perhaps due to his exposure to the gamma radiation which rendered him infertile.  In turn, Black Widow shared to him about how she became a deadly assassin.  As one of prerequisites for graduation, she was asked to shoot a hooded man in the head, but she vainly refused. She was also sterilized against her will, rendering her incapable of bearing a child, because a child is a burden to an assassin's mission. Black Widow told Bruce that she was a monster, too, like him.  She suggested that they leave the Avengers and live on their own somewhere.

B. Iron Man and Thor

Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Thor are still enjoying their romance with their respective girlfriends. Tony bragged that Pepper Potts is busing managing his business, while Thor pointed out that Jane won the Nobel prize. They haven't yet announced their marriage plans.

C. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

Wanda and Pietro Maximoff are twins from Eastern Europe.  Their parents died during a bombing. Pietro recalls how one bomb dropped in their home, but did not explode. The bomb was made by Stark Industries, which explains his grudge against Iron Man.  After some time, the twins were captured and were experimented with Loki's scepter and became Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

D. Hawkeye and Captain America

After their Battle with Ultron, the Avengers regrouped to a rural area, which turned out to be the home of Hawkeye and his wife and kids.  Of all the Avengers, only Hawkeye has a stable, traditional family, which serves as a foil to the family problems of other characters, particularly Incredible Hulk and Black Widow. Captain America, on the other hand, already lost the love of his life 75 years ago. The Avengers facility he now considers his home and he plans to train the next generation of soldiers.
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