That’s how much the entire series of the 12 Avenger movies have grossed from the worldwide Box Office (In chronological order: Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Age of Ultron, Ant-Man) . That’s nearly 3 times as much as Avatar made – the Highest grossing movie in the history of cinema. That number also means that the Avengers have collectively made it to the Bollywood’s most coveted 100-crore-club 540 times, or each movie has been there 45 times over. More than, actually.
So obviously, you tend to feel small when you realize you have missed out on an entire Universe. With this guilt heavy in my heart, I watched Age of Ultron.
However, something struck me while watching this movie. It seems as if Stan Lee’s story was somewhere comparing to one of India’s greatest myths: The Mahabharata. The characters and roles bear remarkable significance and similarity….
1. Captain America and Yudhishtira
Both characters are defined by their honest, disciplined, self-righteousness. Both are the senior most characters in their teams. But then again, not so pure, eh? Yudhishtira gambled his kingdom away, and Captain swears!
2. Hulk and Bhima
The similarity is obvious: the Incredible strength. Also, Bhima slayed a hundred Kaurava brothers singlehandedly; and for Loki’s Army, the Avengers had a Hulk!
3. Iron Man and Karna
Senior to the others in so many ways. He is self-made, and was born to wear the metal suit! In Age of Ultron, Iron Man even raises some trouble and unknowingly contributes to the evil – just as Karna was on the bad side by bondage.
4. Hawkeye and Arjuna
Both are focused perfectionists, and lethal with bows.
5. Black Widow and Draupadi
The only girl in the gang. “Always picking up after the boys…”
6. Thor and Lord Krishna
Well, simply because… immortal Gods of the stories. Also, Hemsworth is as much in demand as the Lord himself, at least nearly :P
7. The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver and Nakul and Sahadeva
The little twins. Both pairs in background for much time, and both initially in the other team – Witch and Quicksilver were with Ultron, while Nakul and Sehdev were born to a mother different from the older three brothers.
8. Nick Fury and Dronacharya
The Godfather, the Mentor. Dronacharya may have stood by the Kauravas during war, but his commitment – like Fury – was to protect the realm. Both were explicitly trained in combat.
10. Chitauri and the Kauravas
The pawns of the battlefield – too large to be cared about. Known by a collective name, and defeated by the single strong opponent. *tongue click*
Do you see my point? Let us know in the comments section below if you agree, disagree or have anything to say!
Graphics: Molee at DeviantArt, Google images
Big shoutout to Molee at Deviant Art! Coolest mythological digital graphics seen in long.