With the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron officially kicking off this year’s season of summer blockbusters, my social media feeds have been filled with stories about this latest Marvel film. As a result, most of the links in this week’s “Nerd Alert” are related to the Avengers sequel, but few other movies and nerdy loves are represented too!
1. Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow was easily one of my favorite films of 2014, if not of all time. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt were simply superb as the two main characters, and Liman did an incredible job of moving the story forward, even as the same day kept repeating over and over again. Since Edge of Tomorrow was an alien invasion film, there were also a lot of computer-generated special effects. In its most recent “Originals” video, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences talked to Visual Effects Supervisor Nick Davis about flooding Paris for the film’s final battle. It’s a fascinating look at all of the work that goes into a single sequence, and the amount of time and manpower it takes to put something like that together.
2. As a self-described geekynerdy girl, I absolutely love this “It Was Never a Dress” campaign. Though the initial image focuses on changing how we look at bathroom signs – a simple recognition of the everyday superheroes among us – I can’t wait to see the “storytelling, community building, innovation and creative disruptions” that come next!
3. PBS’s Sesame Street is at it again with this parody of Age of Ultron – “Aveggies: The Age of Bon Bon” – though it pulls in some references from the first Avengers movie as well. The short is ostensibly about keeping your focus, but it seems to be more about the puns than anything else. And they are good, though poor Captain America (here, Captain Americauliflower) gets burned pretty badly!
4. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow, it’s becoming harder for people to enjoy or even understand the movies if they haven’t seen everything else that’s come before. I certainly felt that way when I saw the first Avengers movie in 2012, and this Slate article shows that Age of Ultron is just as confusing for Marvel newbies.
5/6. Though Marvel has indeed figured out a winning formula for transitioning its male comic book characters from the page to the big screen, I find myself agreeing with those who argue that it seems to be less interested in showcasing its strong female superheroines – which is odd considering how many fans are women, and how many female characters exist in the Marvel world. While the Daily Beast’s Jen Yamato focuses more on the recent “slut-shaming” of Black Widow, Sarah over at “Lainey Gossip” notes that the problem extends far beyond the Avengers.