Letters from Mars

CA:TWS, as a film, was a fantastic exercise in putting genuinely decent and optimistic characters (except for Steve himself, at this point, but we can go into that later) up against a nearly ripped-from-the-headlines plot that distills a lot of this country’s cynicism and negativity, particularly in my age group. More than any of the other MCU films, I think this was aimed directly at us, the people in our late teens and twenties and early thirties who sometimes start crying on the toilet because not only will we never be able to stop working our terrible service-industry jobs, we will also never be able to make a safe and comfortable world for the kids who come after us, or take care of our parents when they need us. On top of all that, we’re in this lame dystopian surveillance society where the government hates us, military force has taken the place of diplomacy and stuff like drone warfare is something we’re supposed to just accept, like it’s not horrifying. It’s a story specifically for my generation to try and find some solidarity with.

Which is a pretty ballsy play for a movie with a main character that’s 95.

If there isn’t someone walking around Dragon Con dressed as Alexander Pierce with a small glass of milk, I’m going to be very disappointed.

odysseiarex:

can we take a moment to discuss the possibility of female benedick

  • openly lesbian
  • but totally a misogynistic butch
  • really pretty disdainful of most other women and the possibility of a romantic relationship with a woman
  • because in the boys’ club that is don pedro’s army, she can’t show any weakness or sign of femininity — she has to be Just Like The Boys except, yknow, female
  • so she makes sexist jokes and objectifies other women with the rest of the lads. “love ‘er and leave ‘er, that’s our ben!” they cry in her praise
  • and when claudio starts going heart-eyed upon seeing hero, she is OUTRAGED. why does he get to be soft when she doesn’t? why does he get to be tender when she can’t? she knows they’d tear her apart if she ever regarded a woman as more than an object — or if she ever let a woman regard her in that way.
  • and then you have beatrice. she came out as queer long ago, but doesn’t like to make much of a show of it — “confirmed bachelorette”, she calls herself in jest, and comfortably declares “he that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, i am not for him”
  • (don pedro’s gay too — the masquerade is probably his fifth or sixth proposal to her. it’s something of a running joke between the two of them)
  • (benedick doesn’t know that, though — unlike her, don pedro likes to keep his personal life to himself)
  • when pedro suggests the prank, it’s as much of a joke as it is in the original — my god, these women HATE each other, wouldn’t this be funny?
  • but when it happens to benedick, it’s not a joke
  • she feels a fluttering in her heart she hasn’t felt since she was 14, with a desperate crush on her schoolmate and no way to relieve that aching but with terrible poetry, poetry so bad that even now it makes her giggle, and she hears her own giggle and claps her hand over her mouth lest anyone hears it and then realizes what she’s just done and thinks, oh my god, i’ve been such an ASSHOLE
  • and beatrice — stand i condemned for pride and scorn? — beatrice who realizes that she’s HURT benedick, that twisting the knife in verbal wounds wasn’t what benedick needed at all, maybe benedick just needed another woman to call her friend
  • so benedick opens herself up to love, to the possibility of being friends with other women, she opens herself up to hero and hero’s pain and makes the leap of trust
  • and when beatrice screams O GOD, THAT I WERE A MAN
  • benedick reminds her — we don’t have to be
myrandaroyces:

nick fury has got his arms around natasha like she’s the mother of his child and tony stark is that child and they’ve just heard the news about what tony did at school today and they don’t know how to best discipline him or how they manged to raise such a failure of a child

myrandaroyces:

nick fury has got his arms around natasha like she’s the mother of his child and tony stark is that child and they’ve just heard the news about what tony did at school today and they don’t know how to best discipline him or how they manged to raise such a failure of a child

newredfic:

Hey MCU fandom! Do you like gen (non-shippy) stories? Are you on or interested in following stuff on Dreamwidth? I just made a low-stress community where you can post and find recs, icons, art and fic for Marvel Cinematic Universe stuff. I’ve made a first post of three Captain America recs, and I’d love to see you all adding some more. <3

thepastryalchemist:

Imagine a high fantasy adventure starring Quvenzhane as a simple farm girl who find a magic thing and goes on an adventure to save the world.

Laverne Cox as her magician mentor who knows more than she’s letting on

Lupita Nyong’o as the poised queen battling corruption in her court and aiding our plucky hero

Amber Riley as the morally ambiguous rogue who is skeptical at first but comes over to their side

And Taraji as our evil villain who’s trying to take over/destroy the world.

I just need a fun high fantasy adventure with lots of awesome black women.

leupagus:

"Dude, you just ran like 13 miles in 30 minutes."

EVERYBODY SERIOUSLY: if you don’t walk out of this movie theatre planning like a June wedding between yourself and Sam Wilson then I’m really not sure if you were awake for the whole movie.

I think you mean between Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers.

gilesdraws:

It  weirds me out when people write grown ass men talking to each other like on the left - honey and baby and cutesy nicknames. There are (few) times when it’s in character but it’s usually really not.
Fandom has some weird ideas about how guys interact.

gilesdraws:

It  weirds me out when people write grown ass men talking to each other like on the left - honey and baby and cutesy nicknames. There are (few) times when it’s in character but it’s usually really not.

Fandom has some weird ideas about how guys interact.

To all the Tumblr users who tend to use tags very liberally:

thejadedkiwano:

Let’s play a game.

Type the following words into your tags box, then post the first automatic tag that comes up.

you, also, what, when, why, how, look, because, never