Nothing says "We don't need restrictions" like blowing up an airport.
In other words, they taught the controversy, not the fucking truth, which is that the Avengers absolutely should go to jail for what they are doing. Unquestionable to your and my personal enjoyment of their adventures, they are lawfully in the wrong and bordering on terrorism in their actions. That's not an opinion. Tony Stark made a war suit and personally went over to the Middle East and started shooting people. It doesn't matter if he did it for heroics; just the airspace violations alone is enough for handcuffs. I'm not saying they wouldn't get off easy or be pardoned by the president for saving New York -- I'm merely saying that they're ignoring even the most basic of judicial standards. They've declared themselves to be above the law at all times, and whether or not that's a good thing is somehow a debatable topic?
Imagine if someone had the power to level buildings while also running a corporation and being an arrogant prick about it. In the real world we'd hold that person accountable and not simply debate the morals of their actions, right? Am I right?
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Please tell me I'm right.
Look, I really enjoy all of these films. But there's always been some underlying horror about them in terms of what they say about America. I could never figure out what it was until I rewatched the 2004 film Team America: World Police. When the film was made a decade ago, during the War on Terror in Iraq, it was considered a terrific satire on America's tone-deaf ability to impose our will on the world. It made fun of the cheap, trivial, Michael Bay-ism of death and destruction.
And holy shit, you guys ... it's the exact same plot and aesthetic of The Avengers. All of it. Their adventures tearing around the globe in super jets ...
... obliviously inflicting their will on other countries in the form of explosions ...
... and then calling it a day at their swanky lair/bar where they have martinis and worry about their own personal drama.
Like the upcoming puppet fuck-scene.
But the big difference is that Marvel isn't being satirical about their characters bombing around the world inflicting destruction and hanging out in their swanky base. What was satire about America's arrogance ten years ago is being played totally straight today ... and to the absolute delight of audiences. And that's pretty fucking insane.
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