Age of Ultron – Rumors

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Alleged details have surfaced regarding the plot of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. I don’t really much care to know the plot in advance, but what’s important is that it starts right after the events in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Which I have not seen. Now I pretty much have to, and in fact I should have seen it before watching the finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. . It’s a good scam, Marvel making its Marvelverse all tied together with the show & the different movies. It makes people like me pay to see movies (like Captain America) in which we might otherwise have zero interest. But Joss has been in charge of ushering out (in?) all the so-called “Phase II” movies for Marvel, and so in fact he’s behind the entire thing. Thankfully, he makes it worth it. I may not have loved the 2nd Thor movie (not so much as the first, anyway) but I did love already knowing Lady Sif when she appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. I don’t regret seeing Thor II (I just thought too much time was spent in battle & it was boring.)

According to Cinemablend.com, reporting on a tweet from Joss, Age of Ultron is halfway through production. That means it should be done by the end of summer, which means that Joss will be free to work on the next installment of Dr. Horrible! And that is more exciting to me than Age of Ultron. Although I loved The Avengers, and I’m really looking forward to the second one, I have to say that I favor his micro-budget films over the blockbusters. There are many reasons for this. I won’t go into them all. But just one is that I can watch them over and over on a smaller screen, whereas The Avengers really didn’t hold up for me after multiple viewings and without the huge screen and the 3-D. Thank you, Joss Whedon, for giving us Dr. Horrible and In Your Eyes and Much Ado About Nothing (and of course, above all, thank you for Buffy.)

Anyway, here’s a recap of what we know so far about Age of Ultron, not counting the rumors stated above. And here’s more info on the projected release date, cast, and other stuff.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in March

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Good and bad news for the month of March, regarding Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The good news is that there will be another S.H.I.E.L.D. episode (“Tahiti”) tonight (it’s been weeks with no new episodes!) and then another on March 11, and that one (“Yes Men”) will feature Lady Sif from the Thor movies. I’m a big fan of Lady Sif, on account of how she is played by Jaimie Alexander, who is an amazing actress. I loved her on Kyle XY, where she played Jessi, a 16-year-old pod person.

Kyle XY was a weird show, with major plot points stolen directly from Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Specifically, there was a “chair” into which Jessi was put in order to download a history and personality into her brain. When she acted up, she was put back in the “chair” for a tune-up. “She’s a computer, and her life is the program,” said the head of Madacorp, the evil corporation of the show.

In any case, Jaimie Alexander had to play this very confused young person who was reprogrammed at others’ whims, and she knocked it out of the park. Watching the first time, I was convinced that she had studied the character Anya on Buffy The Vampire Slayer for her role. Now I am not so sure. But she was possibly the best character on a show which owes any success it had to its actors. They had to contend with some pretty bad writing. Kyle XY is one of the best, and one of the worst, shows I have ever seen.

And I never thought I’d have an excuse to talk about Kyle XY on this blog.  I’m kind of embarrassed to like it. It seems to be aimed at a very young audience (the way the writers don’t even bother, like they expect their audience to not think critically at all.) At the same time, it has content that’s clearly not appropriate for kids, like Laurie choosing to lose her virginity in the bushes at a party, and people killing each other off willy-nilly. It is a ridiculous show, a preposterous show, but oh such a sweet and charming show.

Anyway, the point is I am a fan, and I’m most especially a fan of this Jaimie Alexander, who is awesome as well as gorgeous. Lady Sif was pretty understated in the Thor movies, but she’ll be the main character on the new episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. on March 11.

And now for the bad news for March. On March 18, which happens to be my birthday, there will be no S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. Instead, the network is going to air a “sneak peek” at Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as a look at the remaining “phase two” Marvel films (these are the ones that Joss is overseeing.) This is bad news because I’m sick of ABC not airing new S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes for weeks on end, just when the show was getting really good!

It’s good news for those dying for any hint about Age of Ultron, though. It is unclear how much can be peeked at, since the movie hasn’t started shooting yet. What I’m hoping for is just some glimpse about its supposed darkness. And I’m curious about how much parallel there will be with what’s going on in the world right now (NSA spying, for example.) Joss has a way of working the metaphor and making big statements about things that matter.

On March 25, there will be another repeat episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. (“T.R.A.C.K.S.”) Well, that one is worth seeing a second time, but I’ve already watched it three times so to me, the repeat is just annoying. There will be more new episodes in April.

How I Cured My Writer’s Block

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I have not been keeping up on my Joss Whedon news. I’m something like two weeks behind! This happens to me regularly. I want to blog a lot more than I do, but I lack energy to sort it all out – there are so many topics I want to seize upon. I have started at least eight different posts before realizing that something else was more pressing, and posting about the something else instead. That is, when I post at all. All of this leads to psychological pressure that I put on myself, which contributes to my writer’s block.

The idea of trying to catch up is ridiculous – it would be way too much work! So I have come to a conclusion and that is this: from this time forward, this blog will be hopelessly, hilariously out-of-date if it wants to be. Or not, if it doesn’t. I’m going to fall back into my time vortex and let myself lose track of ordinary time. So I’m going to post things weeks, sometimes months, after they hit the news. Or sometimes on the very day the news is out! It’s the only way. But I’ll be on time when it really matters, you’ll see.

Coming soon: blog posts about Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Sexisim in Joss Whedon’s work, Isms vs. Ignorance, and Lady Sif from Thor. (I luuuurve Lady Sif.)

I was going to close with an embedded video called “8 Mind-Blowing Connections Between the Works of Joss Whedon” but I then I watched it, and I find the people in it (especially the woman) extremely annoying, and I don’t want them on my blog. But the premise is cool. Check it out if you dare.