Avengers Give Us Their Second Act

Okay, first things first. Here’s the teaser trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Watch it. Love it. When you’re done, read on.

When I watched the trailer for the sequel to The Avengers, I was struck by the fact it focuses on one thing: the villain. That one choice sets the tone for just how dark this film will go, and I base that on a blog post by Steven Pressfield (author of Gates of Fire and The Lion’s Gate), that I read earlier today.

The post I’m referring to is simply titled The Second Act Belongs to the Villain. That’s just a good rule of storytelling. The first act gives us the heroes and the problems, but the second act is all about taking things from bad to worse, giving the villain free reign.

I point this out, because I think this trailer leads to a conclusion both exciting and frustrating. The Avengers sequel is a second act. This film franchise is building to something, and as big as I believe this film will go, I think Avengers III will deliver something even bigger than any of us might expect.

I was excited for this film already. Now that I’ve seen this, May can’t get here soon enough. Let me know what you think.


About Bill Blume

Bill Blume discovered his love for the written word while in high school and has been writing ever since. His latest book Gidion's Blood is being released on August 11th by Diversion Books. His short stories have been in many fantasy anthologies and various ezines. Just like the father figure in his first novel, Bill works as a 911 dispatcher for Henrico County Police and has done so for more than a decade. He also served as the 2013 chair for James River Writers in Richmond, which produces one of the nation’s best annual conferences for educating and connecting writers.
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