I have a Tumblr for three reasons: to save posts, to occasionally geek out about the games and comics I love, and to see what the fangirls are thinking, because I'm a dude and their opinion is often interesting.
Back in the ’80s, when Cap’s book was written by Mark Gruenwald for something like ten straight years, his “day job” for quite a while was actually drawing the Captain America comic book.
(Yes, the Marvel comics exist within the Marvel Universe. They’re licensed through some of the more public superheroes like the FF and the Avengers. I’m pretty sure Spidey doesn’t have one, or if he does, it’s unofficial and does not even vaguely resemble his life.)
That is something I kind of want to see them do in the MCU: Steve gets a day job as a penciler on a 1980s-style throwback comic starring a hero who is an unironic Good Dude, who surrounds himself with other Good Dudes of both genders. You wouldn’t even have to work it into the movies; just release it as a DVD extra with “Roger Stevens” given penciler/co-plotter credit.
Although I rather suspect Good Dude’s primary antagonist would be a billionaire philanthropist whose secret identity is a tech-based villain who isn’t so much malevolent as he is a real dick.
I used to be able to retreat into glorious ignorance whenever someone complained about an ignorant dude in their lives, who didn’t seem to understand someone else’s sexuality/preferences/race/etc. and had somehow weaponized that lack of understanding into something that’s able to ruin somebody’s whole day at a hundred yards.
When told one of those stories, I would pretend it was obvious hyperbole or something, because I was trying to make myself feel better about the world in which I live.
I can’t do that anymore, because a guy I knew in college has grown up to be the Platonic ideal of that guy, offended by your offense, confused by his own lack of understanding, possessed of the same human empathy as one would expect to find in the average hammerhead shark.
He could be transplanted into every anecdote of its sort without significant alteration: asking ignorant questions of black people, acting as if lesbian couples are there for his vicarious enjoyment, dismissing transgender activities as an attempt to get into the other sex’s washrooms, discussing male homosexuality as if it begins and ends with the vaunted butt stuff, you name it.
I am unsure as to how to deal with this, but I suspect one day I am going to have to figure out how to give him a vasectomy without his noticing.
Also, now that I’ve seen the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I have to say that whoever is playing Harry Osborn in that film has some kind of platonic-deal emo-kid haircut. It is Emotions Hair and makes him imminently punchable by all right-thinking souls.
I figure it’s like this.
Widow’s birth year is identified as 1984 in Winter Soldier, which makes her the same age as her actress. She also mentions having been in the KGB at one point, which hasn’t existed since 1992 or so.
That leaves us with these options:
* She was a child spy at a very early age.
* SHIELD did not have accurate biographical information on Natasha.
* The KGB lasted longer in the MCU.
The wildcard option, which only works if you’re assuming things from the comics, is that Natasha is older than she looks, since she’s the one who mentions the KGB, and SHIELD’s dossier on her is part of a cover identity. (She does seem remarkably resilient for somebody who’s ostensibly a baseline human.)
This is the sort of thing that would be cool to sort out in her own movie, which I’m sure we’ll see at this point. It seems to be what most people are saying as they walk out the door from Winter Soldier.
One of the things about the Tumblr social justice crew that I just do not get is the immediate dismissal reaction.
Somebody might be a a general credit to the species, but one mistake and you’re instantly less than scum, because that one mistake was a wide-open window into your soul and whatever virtue you possess was just running interference for the bastard within.
I noticed it when I saw people last summer raking Travis Beacham over the coals for Gypsy Danger’s name, and now you’re seeing it with Colbert, where a single ill-advised tweet is indicative that he has all along been a double racist and it’s time to pull him off the air.
I get the anger but it’s a little too much too fast to take seriously.
After binging on the first season of “Arrow” on Netflix and getting a few episodes into the second, I have to ask:
How is it that snarky Mockingbird/Black Canary teamup fanfiction isn’t a thing?
I think it’s that Black Canary running around with the bo staff/escrima sticks made me think of Bobbi Morse. It’s too bad that DC/Marvel teamups aren’t a thing anymore, because Matt Fraction writing Ollie and Clint fucking up all over town while Bobbi, Kate, Dinah, and probably Barbara Gordon had to bail them out would basically be the greatest thing in the history of comic books.
You’d think that somebody at the Daily Show would have played WoW at some point or would know somebody who does.
I mean, Asif of Dun Morogh was in the pandaren starting zone and had an action bar full of priest spells. I hope Colbert seizes upon this and takes these people to task.
At least he knew enough to not be Horde scum.
I’ll say this much: as a big lore/story nerd for just about anything I play, rampaging throughout Orgrimmar as a draenei of any class has to be extremely cathartic on several levels.
Just running in there to kill everyone and wreck their shit with the full support of the entire world. “It’s your turn now, fuckers!!”