ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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(Warning: If you were to accidentally click on any of the SPOILER-protecting boxes below, elements of Avengers: Age of Ultron would likely be SPOILED for you)

Y'know what pretty much the greatest thing about the plot twists in Avengers: Age of Ultron is?

There aren't really any.

For the most part, the movie is a straightforward, stand-alone, time-slipping offering, which concentrates far more of its energies on being ridiculously fun to watch than on constantly keeping us guessing. It is, essentially, a pure summer blockbuster, surprisingly unencumbered by more-or-less anything that'd distract you from having a ludicrously good time in the movie theater of your choosing.

Over the next few days, though, there are a couple of pretty big spoilers that could well come your way - and, though, with a bit of luck, you'll have every opportunity to avoid them, I can speak from personal experience about how fundamentally difficult it is to restrain yourself from clicking onto a link you know full well'll ruin part of the movie for you.

This, then, is:

An Impassioned Argument for Why You Shouldn't Read Anything About Avengers: Age of Ultron's Greatest Plot Twist

It goes a little something like this:

It Doesn't Matter

And...that's pretty much it.

The thing about arguably the biggest plot twist in the movie - and one of the biggest ones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far - is doesn't really matter.

It doesn't dramatically alter the plot, or completely shift the way the MCU will work from here on out. It doesn't reveal that an entire governmental organization has been infiltrated by Hydra, or that Maria Hill is secretly Fin Fang Foom (though I still have my fingers crossed for that one).

Instead, It's Just...Great

Simple, surprising, but incredibly emotionally honest, it's just a genuinely sweet moment, that might well make you change the way you see a character.

The MCU would move on just as well without it, and yet with it, it's a somehow richer place.

And, crucially:

Avengers: Age of Ultron Is a Better Movie When You Don't Know It

Not because it'll completely blow your mind, but because it provides a very particular - and positive - emotional response. One which is very much worth having un-spoiled, if it's humanly possible to do so.

So, if you absolutely, positively, cannot bear to wait until the movie's release, then click below. The SPOILER is hiding beneath the spoiler-protection underneath this paragraph.

An Avenger - Hawkeye - is a happily married man, with a completely functional home-life.

The funny thing, though? You really don't need to.

If you did read it, though? Do everyone you know a huge favor, and don't tell them what it is - trust me, they'll thank you for it.

What do you think, though?


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