SO HAS EVERYONE SEEN THE MARVEL ONE-SHOT AGENT CARTER, BECAUSE IF YOU HAVEN’T, I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU DO SO
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no but can we actually talk about how much steve would love star trek
oh my god I want the fic where Steve powers through Star Trek and keeps telling everyone he knows about this show like “have you seen this it’s about humanity reaching out and how we can’t move forward until we make peace amongst ourselves and stop obsessing over inconsequential differences and instead learn to value the things that make us the same it’s amazing will you watch it withe me” it’s like a show made SPECIFICALLY FOR STEVE ROGERS
Interviewer: Did you do a lot of your own stunts?
Anthony Mackie: I did a bunch of the stuff leading up to the stunts. I tried to do one stunt and I ran into a parked car, face-first.
Interviewer: The directors were telling me— I asked if there were any close calls and that was the one situation they brought up!
AM: [Laughs] No, but they tricked me. First of all, no one— if I tell you to fly, you’re not going to know how to fly ‘cause as humans, we don’t fly. So they tell me they’re going to raise me up ten feet and let me go. I swing in, land on my feet, and walk and talk…. so they pulled me up ten feet and said ‘how do you feel?’ and I said ‘I feel good!’ But I keep going up! They pull me up forty feet off the ground and I’m like ‘THIS DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT!’ [Laughs] And they let me go. And I’m coming down at like….mach 2, right? And I look at Chris [Evans]’s face and he goes… “You’re going to die.”" —-
-Anthony Mackie, interview with Access Hollywood
Guys, watch this WHOLE THING. He’s fucking hilarious.
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- working with newt
why would i want to read a john green book i love myself
*carries a redshirt with me but doesn’t wear it* it’s a metaphor for dying on away missions but i don’t put it on because i don’t actually want to die on away missions
- the fault in our star trek
for athos, love is trust. the common theme in accounts of his past seems to be that his breaking point was not simply the murder of his brother, but milady not being who she had claimed to be. when she broke the faith he had in her, she broke his heart. years later, athos is clearly at least somewhat interested in ninon, but remains guarded and almost skittish around her overtures. (he smiles when saying he’s better prepared to fight her off this time, but it still doesn’t seem so far from the truth – when she touches him, he looks almost pained by the gestures of affection and tenderness.) athos is reluctant to share his secrets again, but finally does so with his fellow musketeers – perhaps the clearest sign that he loves them more than anything else in the world.
for porthos, love is friendship and adoration. he is warm and big-hearted and compassionate and when he loves he truly sees the other person with a clarity athos and aramis sometimes lack. porthos knows his lovers as they are, rather than an idealized version or public presentation of themselves. with flea and alice, he is friendly and respectful and almost clueless at times; he never makes assumptions of someone’s interest even when it would pretty damn safe to do so. porthos loves with his whole heart and nothing less, which is one of the reasons he’s had to choose between his romantic interests and his life with the musketeers.
for aramis, love is worship. he tries to be whatever his lover wants from him – the daring, fearless lover for adele, brave martyred soldier for anne, the settled husband and father for isabele. he becomes so thoroughly wrapped up in them and their desires that he can be blinded not only to what he wants but to basic practicality; courting richelieu’s mistress was an awful risk to take, he would have been a terrible husband, and nothing good was ever going to come of his affair with the queen. aramis is romantic to a fault, impulsive and reckless; his trysts may be ill-advised but he throws himself into them with endless passion and enthusiasm.
First I know nothing about Marvel comics: all my context I got from the films Thor (delightful) and Avengers Assemble (remember very little except it had good jokes and the final action scene was too long), and reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
I went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night because of this which I saw a few people reblog:
(okay and also all the gifsets of Sebastian Stan crying. I WAS MIS-SOLD ON THIS FOR THE RECORD, THERE IS LITTLE TO NO CRYING AND ALSO HIS HAIR IS AWFUL.)
If Kavalier and Clay taught me anything it’s
threesomes are the best solutions to love trianglesJewish-American cartoonists in the 1930s and early ’40s were all over inventing subversively American heroes to fight Hitler, and I was very unsurprised when I got home and looked it up to learn that Captain America was created by two Jewish guys too. (I know this is really basic comics history stuff and I’m sure fifty people have written dissertations on “He’s A Mensch: The Jewish Identities of Captain America and Superman” or whatever.) What really slotted everything into place was realising that Captain America was created and entered on a cover punching Hitler in the face before America had entered the war.
Basically (right?) Captain America was created by two Jewish-Americans to shame the US into properly fighting Hitler.
Like, I am Captain America, the America you say you want to be, and I challenge you to put your money where your mouth is and actually do something about it. And yes he’s over-the-top and tacky but that’s where the challenge is, right? The chest-thumping American patriotism says “We are good and spread liberty! And also freedom!” and Captain America is like “great! I am that, and I have to point out you are not actually doing that”.
AND I think this is Jewishly on purpose, and here’s why:
Judaism has this important phrase/concept/slogan/life motto from the third-century-ish text Pirkei Avot, which goes: Lo alecha hamlacha ligmor (it’s not to you to complete the work of repairing the world) v’lo atah ben chorin l’hivatel mimena (but neither may you desist from it). You won’t be able to fix the world by yourself, or in your lifetime, but that doesn’t absolve you of responsibility to work towards it.
I feel like grimdark/anti-heroes are a response to the fact that the world is neither good nor moral, like “well if the world isn’t like that, I won’t be either”. But they’re also excuses for not working towards fixing the world: I won’t bother because it’s all fucked anyway. Lo alecha and Captain America say, yes, it is fucked, but you still have to work towards fixing it. And yes, it’s hard, that’s why it’s called work.
Which is why I think saying “Oh, if Captain America represents the US he should be a dick, because the US is a dick” or “Captain America is an imperialist symbol of US superiority and is therefore bad” are both off base and a dodge of having to do that hard work.
"If Cap = America then Cap = dick because America = dick" is basically just throwing hands up and going "right but guys have you noticed that actually America is imperialist and horrible? DO YOU SEE?!” and implying “so what can you do about that, right?”. Captain America says, “Try to make it better! is what you can do!”
And about saying he’s a symbol of US imperial superiority, I mean, he is a symbol of America but aimed as a criticism at real America. He’s the American ideal cranked up to five million - for the purpose of shaming America for not living up to what it says it wants to be. And he is aimed at Americans, so I can see a criticism for him being US-centric in that metanarrative sense, but he’s yelling at America to sort their shit out and I think him yelling at non-USAmericans to sort their shit out would be much worse? But I definitely don’t think Cap is supposed to be about how great America is, he’s about pointing out exactly in what ways and how much America is failing to be great. And then saying “but, that doesn’t mean you get out of trying harder!”
Also, how great is it that his ‘weapon’ is a shield.
so um that’s what I thought about when I saw The Winter Solder last night. that and biceps.
This is amazing on so many levels and also makes me want to have a special fandom-centric Shvi’i shel Pesach/seventh night of Passover virtual seder table on Tumblr to talk about the intersections of Judaism and popular culture with food and media crit and discussions of the diaspora. ALSO everyone should read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS
And this is why I really really really liked the scenes with Fury and Cap, at the start. Fury is presenting a compelling argument about why he ‘has to’ do the things he does. And in a way, his argument is correct. It’s also morally extremely incorrect. And there were a few moments where I wondered if Cap wasn’t basically going to ‘give up’, to say ‘I don’t understand this new world and maybe you’re right and you’re more complicated’.
But basically the whole movie was him saying ‘I might not understand this new world but there are a few things YOU don’t understand. Let me demonstrate to you the choices you are making and the paths they lead down.’
I love Captain America/Steve Rogers because it’s not like he doesn’t know that the world is shitty. This is why I love when the movie reminds you that he was poor, he was weak, he took a moral stance even when he knew it would get him beat up. That’s basically what he’s doing in this movie - he’s pretty sure he’s going to get beat up. He’s positive it’s worth it.
#oh man#using a character to influence popular opinion#you mean#the point of blockbusters?#and how for decades we’ve lived under anti-heros and gritty white dudes not having emotions#as our metaphorical leaders#and now suddenly this new generation isn’t buying what our parents and grandparents generations are selling#and so the heroes we write are different from theirs#they like the dicks because it makes them feel good about themselves#we write the heroes we want to be (via osointricate)
He said if he ran in those shoes, they’d fall off.