Fan Poll: Which Was Better, Avengers: Age of Ultron or Mad Max: Fury Road?

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 - 2:33PM
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 - 2:33PM
Fan Poll: Which Was Better, Avengers: Age of Ultron or Mad Max: Fury Road?
May has been a huge month for sci-fi fans, with Avengers: Age of Ultron kicking us off on May 1, Mad Max: Fury Road nipping at its heels on May 15, and Disney's Tomorrowland coming out this weekend. Whether Tomorrowland is actually good or not remains to be seen, but everyone and their mother has seen Avengers and Mad Max. So tell us, devoted nerds, which sci-fi/comic book blockbuster sequel won the month of May?

Fan Poll:
Which Was Better, Avengers: Age of Ultron or Mad Max: Fury Road?
Which Was Better, Avengers: Age of Ultron or Mad Max: Fury Road?
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Box Office



This one's no contest. Avengers: Age of Ultron is now North America's highest-grossing film of 2015 and the twenty-fifth highest-grossing film of all time. The opening weekend was lower than expected, and it saw a significant second weekend drop, but Mad Max: Fury Road's paltry $44 million opening weekend pales in comparison to Avengers's $191.3 million.

But then again, Mad Max was rated R, which significantly cut down on its target audience, while Avengers was comfortably rated PG-13. Plus, Age of Ultron had all of Marvel's recent success on its side, while Fury Road was a sequel/soft reboot to a franchise that, while beloved at one point, was last seen in a terrible installment three decades ago. And most importantly, box office doesn't speak to actual merit, so let's get to the more substantive criteria:

Critical Consensus



This is also no contest, but only because Mad Max is fiercely and almost universally beloved. It currently holds a whopping 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus: "With exhilarating action and a surprising amount of narrative heft, Mad Max: Fury Road brings George Miller's post-apocalyptic franchise roaring vigorously back to life."

But that being said, Avengers: Age of Ultron was fairly beloved by critics as well. It's been a little more polarizing than Max Max, but it still holds a 74% RT rating, with the consensus: "Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor's unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe." So it's slightly fainter praise, but praise nonetheless.

Feminism (or lack thereof)



A few weeks ago, if you had asked me whether Joss Whedon or George Miller would win in the feminism department, I definitely would have let my Whedonite flag fly. But even I have to admit that Fury Road wins this one, mostly because Avengers: Age of Ultron was actively problematic. Many critics have pointed out that Black Widow's infertility storyline was not at all sensitively handled, and the romantic subplot between her and Hulk was forced to the point that it was borderline insulting. Scarlet Witch was awesome, but wasn't utilized nearly enough, and women were ultimately background players, just as they've been in every MCU movie so far.

Mad Max, on the other hand, has been widely praised for its feminist leanings (plus, it was boycotted by MRAs, so you know it's doing something right). Charlize Theron's Furiosa is essentially the protagonist of the film, she's a badass and a well-developed character, and she's a better shot than the titular Max. There was a storyline about sexual exploitation, but Miller made every effort to handle it with sensitivity, even bringing The Vagina Monologues writer Eve Ensler on set to consult on gender issues. Several critics (including us) pointed out that the underdevelopment of the Five Wives undercut the feminist themes quite a bit, but it still wins hands-down over Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Fan service



This is a tough one, and this is essentially what the results of our poll will show. Avengers: Age of Ultron had plenty of nods to the fanbase, with Easter Eggs all over the place, the addition of several beloved comics characters, and lots of huge, iconic action sequences, most notably the Hulk vs Hulkbuster scene. But on the other hand, are there any fans who didn't feel serviced by Mad Max's ridiculous thrill ride? Let's find out!

Finally, here are the results from last week's poll, Are You Excited for Jared Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad?, and after more than 50 votes, people are much more excited for JokerLeto than I ever imagined they would be:

Fan Poll: Are You Excited to See Jared Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad?

Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max: Fury Road are both out in theaters now, while Suicide Squad comes out on August 5, 2016.
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Which Was Better, Avengers: Age of Ultron or Mad Max: Fury Road?