When watching The Winter Soldier (as I was told it was the best of the bunch of the Marvel movies), I found myself saying (over and over!) “this movie is very exciting!” Maribou made the joke “this is like if they made Live Free Or Die Hard into a superhero movie!”
So, on a purely “turn your brain off, have a glass of something, sit back and relax” level, this movie is freaking awesome.
That said, there was an event that happened in the last act of the film and it’s a spoiler. Read the next block of text at your own risk.
It comes out that Gary Shandling’s senator is a member of Team Hydra. In Iron Man, he was portrayed as a bit of a buffoon and a lot of a blowhard… but, as it turns out, nope. He was acting like that deliberately because he was a Nazi. Worse than a Nazi, he was a member of a Nazi splinter group who broke off from the Nazis because they didn’t have a great enough vision.
And with that, the movie gave us a world where we cannot trust those who oppose the heroes. It’s not enough for there to be someone out there who disagrees… they have to be a Nazi. (Fish told me that he and his spouse have had arguments over whether members of Hydra were known to be members of Hydra when they were introduced to us or whether the writers just started picking them on the fly. Why not both?)
Anyway, as I finished the movie, I found myself thinking “what an awful moral!”
Say what you will about religion, but its track record of saying stuff like “life is hard work, sometimes you have to do stuff like forgive, sometimes you have to get back on the horse, you have to love each other (up to and including your enemies)” and so on and so forth is not only imperfect but riddled with atrocities but, and here’s the point, it actually *EXISTS*.
With this movie, Marvel made the point that, hey, sometimes the people who disagree with you do so because they’re Nazis. The introduction of Manichaeism into any given moral argument is not a harbinger of the argument being a particularly sound one.
But I’m going to try to watch the Ultron movie now anyway because I want to see what happens next.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?
(Featured Image is “Edison’s Telephonoscope” by George du Maurier from Punch Almanack for 1879)