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Status: Complete Summary: In which Derek is an adolescent werewolf with a penchant for chocolate bunnies, and instead of the dream summer of lazing around the house playing video games and nibbling on his hoarded supply of easter candy his mother makes him get a job.
In which Stiles is a showoff jock with a broken arm and an embarrassing crush who can no longer push the lawn mower around the yard.
The thing that really hits me about the Marvel universe (in general, both cinematic and comic) is that there’s just so much weird shit happening all the time.
That one scene at the beginning of Black Panther where T’Challa’s just chilling on a branch and the traffickers shine a light on him? If you were a normal human in the Marvel world, the possibilities for that are endless. Is he a superhero? Is he a supervillain? Is that even a suit, like did his mutant power turn him into a black panther? Or is he a just nut job in fancy dress?
That scene where Eddie Brock first sees Venom in the movie, where Venom manifests itself outside of Eddie’s body? He’s so fucking tired. He’s been hearing this weird, low voice that he’s worryingly attracted to and it’s actually an alien symbiote that’s improving his quality of life and helping him take down diet-Elon Musk. You know what? Fine. The girlfriend left him, he lost his job, so he might as well get an alien free-loader to avoid hitting rock bottom and steer his life to full-on weird.
That scene in S1 of Daredevil where Matt tried to get this junior cop to co-operate with him and the cop just fucking throws it back in his face, and then Vladimir won’t even take the best chance he has at revenge for his brother? Honestly can you blame them. Who is this masked dude??? Is he a vigilante? Is he working for Fisk? Or a guy testing out his costume on New York?
That part in infinity War where Stark just says, ‘yea a bad guy’s trying to steal a necklace from a wizard’? That’s… that’s the most succinct description of what was happening. And it wasn’t even the weirdest part, because there was a doughnut shaped spaceship above New York.
Anyway thanks for coming to my TEDtalk. Who the hell knows what’s going on in the Marvel universe. Even if you did have superpowers, it’s just a roll of the goddamn dice who you meet out there. Gwenpool’s the only character that makes any sense.
Morph is about Tyler’s relationship with God and Science
I’m sure most of you may have caught onto this by now, but I needed to type it out since it’s on my mind. Morph has been a favorite of mine because of the vocabulary Tyler uses (i.e. blind belief, ones and zeroes, and scientific miracle). I found that after listening to Morph, I interpreted the track as Tyler sharing with the audience his struggle when it comes to accepting both theological and scientific answers into his life.
He begins the song by talking about how “‘if’ and ‘when’ he dies” and how it is a major conflict for him. Since Tyler identifies as a Christian, the theological answer is that Christ sacrificed Himself on the cross and died for the sin of man and that Tyler will be given the gift of eternal life once he dies. However, Tyler is notorious for questioning his faith and has done it numerous times throughout his musical career (i.e. Implicit Demand for Proof’s entirety, begging to be saved in Save, Anathema and Blasphemy’s theological questioning, and many more).
“For above is blind belief” is one option that backs the theological way of looking at death and why we suffer from mental illness. Tyler can choose to believe ‘blindly’ in Christ which would lead to eternal salvation and peace of mind. Or, he can choose another alternative: “And under is sword to sleeve”. I am not quite sure what it means, but I can guess that it is about self-harm (i.e. this also relates to the repetition of “going low” and “high road” found in Bandito). The last alternative, “around is scientific miracle” shows me Tyler’s other option: believe in science and contemporary ideas that can teach him how to manage his struggles or cure him of them altogether (a miracle).
The chorus is really spectacular to me: “I’ll morph to someone else, a defense mechanism mode.” I interpreted this as a solution of sorts that he has come up with. Rather than believing solely in Scripture or solely in scholarly text/insight, Tyler bounces back and forth between the two creating a ‘defense mechanism’ for peace of mind and to help him to not ‘go under/low’.
As for the “above” option Tyler mentions it again, “For if and when we go above the question still remains: are we still in love and is it possible we feel the same?” I found that this particular line relates directly back to Prove Me Wrong, which I believe he released when he was either seventeen or eighteen on No Phun Intended. Many people in the clique believe that to be a romantic love song (which is totally valid) but I have always believed it to be a song about spiritual baptism. The word “love” appears only in Tyler’s theological songs and does not ever once appear in his songs for his wife, Jenna. This is an important factor in this theory because I found the question of Morph’s “are we still in love and is it possible we feel the same?” is a decade long follow up to Prove Me Wrong’s “I don’t believe love’s for me” (i.e. ‘I don’t believe (His) love’s for me’).
Tyler then continues by saying “And that’s when going under starts to take my wonder” which tells me that he still yearns for God even if he believes in science as well and until he finds a more concrete solution, he will continue to Morph in terms of spirituality and irreligious belief to keep himself afloat.