I won’t say how many times I’ve watched the “Age of Ultron” but I’d say enough for me to be able to write a blog about it, even enough for me to be able to write 3 things I’ve learned from it:
1. Let’s do things together.
One of the best reasons to watch the Avengers movie than watching just each individual characters titular stint is seeing them together in action. More than the fact of having the all-star cast in just one movie, what is exciting in an Avengers movie is having all the interaction and conflict zeroing on the team as a whole. I like this dialogue in the movie, that part after the team met and first fought with Ultron, talking together where Iron Man got the hot seat as he was the one responsible of creating Ultron:
Tony Stark: How can we defeat them?
Steve Rogers: Together.
Tony Stark: What if we lose?
Steve Rogers: Then, we’ll do that together, too!
Those are Facebook-worthy quotations, I believe! Winning and losing are entirely different things, but if done together, result doesn’t really matter. I am not discouraging everyone to dream big and have a goal of winning. In fact, I love winning, and I believe most people do (if not all). If you look at it on a different perspective though, having to do anything as a team is already a win.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV
“ Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.  Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Just another Facebook-worthy quotation at the final battle:
Tony Stark: Like the old man say, TOGETHER!
Alas! not really a spoiler, it was TOGETHER that they won! Not everyone made it alive though. Whoops! Don’t hate me. I expect everyone to have watched the movie by now on its second week.
2. The fear of an individual affects the entire team.
This 2nd Avengers installment finally features metahumans (X-Men’s mutants), Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, both of which were popular X-men characters, but the movie decided to have their backstories differ from the comic book to fit for the movie’s entire universe story. Anyhow, Scarlet Witch has a creepy yet cool superpower to manipulate the mind of a human and have it immersed to that human’s own deepest fear. In short, the movie made use of this character’s power to hurt every Avenger (but not all) thereby affecting the entire team’s resolve and push.
True it is that hurt people hurt other people, consciously or unconsciously. Fear makes us humans human. As normal as fear is, that doesn’t mean we have to be overcome by it. It’s not easy to fight fear. Most of the time, fear will still be there even if you find courage and drive to do what you’re supposed to do. Courage, big word! “Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage assumes fear.” (Andy Stanley, Next Generation Leader)
Joshua 1:9 NIV
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
And to us Christians, our courage does not come from our own ability, but from the confidence that we have God with us wherever we go.
3. A team needs a leader.
I have always been an avid fan of Marvel and DC. *In fact, when I was a kid, I used to watch television cartoon series, read few comic books and even get to see fewer movies (during that time). However, that’s the time when I really didn’t get Captain America. I found his abilities weak and not super enough. His position of leadership confused me even more. But growing up, I have come to understand why, even more after learning his backstory. He is a leader! He is undoubtedly, A LEADER. And the leader the Avengers need!
Don’t get me wrong, the other Avengers have each of their own good traits, but not one who is calm (Hulk, ehy?), smart (I question Thor’s non-human knowledge), selfless (as seen in the film, Iron Man can be selfish) and one who always initiates and drives the direction of the team towards the goal. Steve Rogers may not always know what to do, but he always knows that someone has to do something. And I loved how Age Of Ultron showed and magnified his trait. Really, it is because of his impeccable leadership that makes the team feel safe, driven and secured. Any team (may it be a family, a school project group, or a business company) would need a leader like that…would want a leader like that…would love a leader like that.
We don’t need to be a superhero to be a leader though. But like Captain America, we can lead. Whether we like it or not, we have influence, and so we have to use this influence to lead right.
We can lead by being self-controlled.
Proverbs 25:28 ESV
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
We can lead by serving and being selfless.
Mark 10:45 ESV
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
And the best thing is that we have Christ as our example of leadership.
John 13:12-16 NIV
 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.  “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.