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Marvel Movie Minute Season Six • The Avengers • Minute 120

Skipping All the Steps

Minute One Hundred Twenty: From Fury Recognizing the Council’s Decision to Black Widow’s Leap of Faith

Father David Mowry, Chaplain of the Movies by Minutes community, joins us in this episode!

In the one-hundred-twentieth minute of The Avengers

Ah, the World Security Council. We have fun delving into the complexities of a shadow organization like this, and how it relates to SHIELD. And Fury’s positional relationship to them – are they all equal in their roles or is Fury subordinate? And if he’s subordinate, should we care more that he’s not listening to them? The answer is no because 1) Fury’s on the side of our heroes and we have a relationship with them, and 2) it’s Samuel L. Jackson.

But why the decision to use a nuke instead of something a bit smaller? It hasn’t even been an hour since the attack started. Wouldn’t they try some other methods first? This leads us to talk about the type of film we’re watching – it’s a superhero film. We need superhero-sized threats. Just as we’ve discussed previously how it wouldn’t be the same if the might of the US military was here fighting along side the Avengers, it wouldn’t be the same if they were fighting simple missiles. It needed to be a nuke.

Still, we’re not thrilled with more of those implications brought on by the choice.

From there, we find Black Widow being pursued by Loki and Clint offering to help. Aside from some elevation complaints, it’s a wonderful sequence and leads to a great gag as Loki catches Hawkeye’s arrow before it blows up in his face.

We end our conversation talking about Nat’s crazy leap, the dodgy effects, and Father David’s final Christ and the Cape segment this season. Tune in!

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