Age of Ultron and Serial Storytelling

I’ll preface this piece by summarizing my overall reaction to the Marvel cinematic universe: It’s a series of mediocre-to-average films falsely elevated in popular culture because of the connective tissue between them and it has started an unstoppable corporate snowball that will dominate theaters with its bloated sets of background information for at least the next five years.  That being said, this piece is about an older, subtler, more sinister phenomenon that stunts artistic, cultural, and emotional growth that happens to be present in Hollywood’s latest cape-wearers reunion. Continue reading