It all started with Abbi.
In fifth grade, she went on a field trip to the local movie theater and one of the film choices (with parent permission) was The Avengers. Abbi chose it as the lesser of two evils and has been hooked ever since. The Iron Man movies. Thor. Captain America. Even the Hulk, although she sat through that movie mostly under protest – Hulk is not her favorite Avenger.
Iron Man is. Followed by Captain America and then Thor. I’d never seen these movies beforehand, but I’ve now seen most of them, if only in bits and pieces as Abbi watches and re-watches them. When the Marvel Cinematic Universe expanded to television, I thought Abbi would explode in happiness. She’s obsessively watched every single episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as it comes out and we all suffer through the hiatuses with her. This winter’s was easier than last, since she had Agent Carter to keep her occupied.
Ron watches the movies and shows with her, and I watch as well, although I can take or leave most of it. Marvel isn’t Abbi’s only fandom – she also fangirls over Dr. Who and most recently the Night at the Museum movies. But she has an obsessive personality and when she gets into something, she really gets into it. She’s loved Marvel for years now. But up until recently, Abbi was the only Marvel fangirl in the house.
That’s no longer the case.
Over the winter, Abbi introduced Becca to the Avengers Assemble animated series and suddenly we had a second Marvel-loving little girl. Becca’s favorite Avenger is Black Widow, so it’s sad to me that it’s very difficult to find Avengers gear with Black Widow depicted – most everything Marvel is found in the boys section, including the t-shirts we’ve gotten for Abbi, all of which are either unisex or come from the men’s department. Apparently boys aren’t as into Black Widow as they are the male characters. Or at least the clothing designers think so.
We hadn’t let Becca watch the live-action movies yet as she’s only 9 and The Avengers is rated PG-13. Becca is very sensitive when it comes to television and movies – she often will refuse to watch new movies, especially in the theater where she can’t leave the room if things get intense or scary. She regularly wanders in and out of the room as we’re watching movies at home, to avoid the parts she doesn’t want to see. But she wanted to watch The Avengers, and since she was already familiar with the characters and the general storyline from the animated shows, Ron and I talked about it and decided that it would be ok.
Hannah has steadfastly refused to have much to do with Marvel – possibly because Abbi is so very much into it. But with the new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie coming out soon, she decided that she would give Marvel a try, so over this past weekend Ron and the girls (along with Abbi’s friend C, another big Marvel fan) all sat down to watch The Avengers together.
Becca loved it – and she stayed in the room for the entire movie. Something almost unheard of for a first viewing with her. Hannah gave it a thumbs up when I asked, which is pretty much a ringing endorsement from her these days. But – what is more telling to me is that while in the hospital today for her next round of chemo, she immediately pulled up the first Iron Man movie to watch this evening. Since Ron and the other girls were on their way, she waited until Abbi got here and then the two of them watched Iron Man on Hannah’s little netbook, sharing a set of earbuds between the two of them. Abbi had to leave before the movie ended, so Hannah finished it by herself and then watched half of Iron Man 2 before succumbing to the sleepiness of the anti-nausea meds.
Abbi received the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on blu-ray for her birthday a few weeks ago, and she’s already begging Hannah to watch it with her. She may be our Super fangirl but she’s no longer the only superhero fangirl in the house.
And as a geeky sci-fi loving girl myself, I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂
I was not asked to post about Marvel or The Avengers nor am I being compensated in any way for writing this post. We haven’t received any Marvel products or movies for review, but have instead spent our own money to help feed Abbi’s Marvel obsession (within reason, lol). As always, all opinions stated here are 100% my own or those of my family.