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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Angry Fans Stop Assembling!

So, this last weekend I went to see Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron just like a few million other people in America and around the world. I enjoyed seeing all these characters back together again and enjoyed the surprising moments of the film. It was an emotional roller coaster that deserves respect and enjoyment. I did notice a few things that are different from the comics, but I was "eh, oh well". I was enjoying the movie to much to worry about it and there were so many things that they got right!

Then come the new week after the first weekend and the film's director Joss Whedon decided to close down his twitter account. Now, I don't now why he closed it down. Maybe he just wants a break from constantly telling people what was happening in his life. Maybe he got frustrated. I don't know, but the internet, as it often does, exploded with rumors and articles saying that he was doing so because of angry tweets and communications directed at him by comics fans who were angry about the movie. After this, James Gunn came out in support of him and shared a very good post on Facebook about how difficult it can be in directing and how frustrating when you constantly get angry posts about your work.

Anger is a natural emotion. It can be used healthily at times. In fact, the Bible does show some examples of righteous anger. Such as when a prophet was angry with King David for his sin of adultery and murder or when Jesus was angry at the merchants who were taking advantage of people in the temple grounds when such areas were supposed to be a place for prayer. Unfortunately, anger is often used unhealthily. The Bible has a few different verses for us to consider:

"In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry and do not give the devil a foothold." Ephesians 4:26-27

"A fool gives full vent to his anger but a wise man keeps himself under control." Proverbs 29:11

"My dear brothers and sisters, take not of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires." James 1:20

The Bible never tells us not to every be angry, but it does tell us to be slow to anger. To listen and observe. I am sure there are zillion different things that many different fans would have liked to see in the movie, but Joss and Marvel chose a specific direction and went with it. Fans often get angry about things in movies and especially so when those movies have a loved and established source material. But how should we handle this? I don't think filling someones Twitter or Facebook accounts with angry rants won't help. Fill your own with your frustration but don't throw it all at someone heavily.

Words, in any and every form, including online communications, are powerful. Think about your words and how they will affect someone.When we act out quickly in anger it muffles communication and only brings pain to those involved with the situation. Would you want the pressure of casting roles like "Hawkeye", "Thor" or "Vision"? Would you want the pressure that if you get it wrong all these fans will be angry? Oh, and just to be clear; yelling "I would get it right!" doesn't count as a legitimate answer to these questions.

May we, as fans of spectacular fiction and amazing stories, be kind and respectful toward those who are trying to keep these alive and give us new art and stories to enjoy. It would certainly lighten their load.

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