canadian-superheroes

fake names that skaters have used to check into hotels:

Yuuri: has never used a fake name.  He doesn’t believe anyone is interested enough in him to use one.  

Victor: while skating, always checked in as “Makkachin Nikiforov”, with a big wink to the front desk employee.  As a coach, his current fake check-in name is “Makkachin Katsuki-Nikiforov”, with a big wink to the front desk employee.    

Otabek: he doesn’t typically use one, but when he was training in Canada JJ once checked him into a hotel as “Borat” and Otabek was FURIOUS.

JJ: he used to check in as other famous Canadians but once he checked in as “Justin Bieber” and caused an international incident in South Korea.  So now he just uses “JJ Logan” as a nod to the greatest Canadian superhero of all time (besides JJ himself, of course).

Chris: checks into hotels as “Victor Nikiforov”.  Or “Surya Bonaly”.  Depends on how he feels that day. NEVER Stéphane Lambiel, though.  (Lambiel knows what he did.)

Phichit: he rotates through a series of obscure characters in “The King and the Skater” series, with the occasional famous instagrammer thrown in.  (But never anyone who endorses fitness tea.  Phichit knows it’s a scam.)

Yuri: not old enough to have a hotel room in his name just yet, but he’s already thought about it and likes the sound of “Liger Von Darkness”.  Maybe “Tiger Ovechkin” to mix things up occasionally.

YOU NEED TO GO SEE “LOGAN” (and here’s why)

Comic book heroes function, more or less, the same way the old gods do in mythologies around the world. Their stories are told over and over again, changing according to the teller and the times. They may die but they never really die. They’re immortal…until they’re not.

Even gods have their end. They usually meet that end when the society which created them evolves, splits, gets conquered. When the values they represent are no longer the values held by the people who once revered them.

So what do you get when a Canadian superhero must take a young Mexican girl and an English nonagenarian across the breadth of the literal and figurative American landscape? You get an American film which feels as if it has been written yesterday, it so poignantly represents the current struggles of our nation. You get a superhero film in which we mourn the old ways, the old gods, and strive to find new and betters ways. In the fight for their place, we fight along with them to discover - and define - our own.

You see, most of the Americans who appear in this film are the bad guys. They’re powerful: rich, educated, connected, heavily armed and armored. They’re going after old men and children with all their might and who cares about those caught in the crossfire? But we Americans watching want our Canadian and Mexican heroes to prevail, to outfight and outsmart our countrymen because in those characters we recognize who and what we used to stand for. In the enemies we recognize who we have become.

This movie is going to be held up alongside The Dark Knight and Captain America: Winter Soldier as the best of its genre.

Let me explain:
(so many spoilers under the cut. all the spoilers)

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Day 2 of Akuma/Miracusona Week 1 I missed the first day BUT I’M HERE FOR THE REST 

This is Snow Drift, a Canadian superhero. When transformed she harnesses the power of the snow leopard, giving her sharper eyesight and lighter footsteps that make her harder to hear when she moves around. Her tail is actually her weapon, a whip, which can be detached from her belt. Her special ability is Flash Freeze, which makes her hand glow and instantly freeze the first thing it touches.

Her kwami, Blizz, is calm and matter-of-fact. She doesn’t give long, drawn out explanations and always prefers to get straight to the point. She eats crackers to regenerate her strength. Animal crackers are her favourite.  

Update on tiny kittens livestream Today we’re going to talk about the second squeaker in command (in that she squeaks ALMOST as much as Timbit) Nelvana, or Nelly. 

Nelly just went to the vet today because the human Shelly felt a bump on her rib. It turns out, when she was about 1-2 weeks old she either fell or was stepped on by something and broke all her ribs on her left side. But, she’s a survivor and her ribs are healing nicely and she doesn’t seem to be in pain. She had her sister Lucy (the tiny fearless one) there at the vet with her for moral support. 

Nelly is named after the Canadian superhero Nelvana, and is adorable. The human caring for the babies, Shelly, absolutely LOVES tux cats like Nelvana, but she already has 5 kitties of her own to care for, so thoughts of adopting her are out of the question. Its adorable to watch her, though. That must be how I am around Tabbies…..

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Justin Trudeau has had a number of careers: schoolteacher, snowboard instructor, and since last year, prime minister of Canada. Now he’s an action hero. A new issue of Civil War II from Marvel Comics, being released Aug. 31, has Trudeau facing evil-doers in the halls of Canada’s Parliament — and in the boxing ring.

The front cover shows Trudeau sitting in the corner of a boxing ring, elbows resting on the ropes. He’s wearing boxing shorts, a tank top emblazoned with a large maple leaf and a smile that’s a bit difficult to read.

“I was going for a little bit of, I guess, a little bit of attitude, a little bit of smugness, like you don’t know if he’s already been boxing for a little bit and he’s going back in, or he’s just starting out and gearing himself up,” says Ramon Perez, the cartoonist behind the depictions of Trudeau.

The image of the 44-year-old Trudeau is one of two covers Marvel Comics is using for its latest edition. The company will often produce a regular issue and one with a variant cover, which is usually in greater demand by collectors. The story line remains the same.

The issue with Trudeau on the cover — the variant — features a Canadian superhero squad called Alpha Flight, with members who have access to information about crimes in the future. The main cover only shows members of the Alpha Flight squad.

Can A Canadian Prime Minister Be An Action Hero? Marvel Comics Thinks So

Comics: Artwork by Ramon Perez/Courtesy of Marvel

desperasian  asked:

I was wondering, are there any Chinese marvel heroines? I mean I absoluetly love watching the movies and the TV series made by marvel but it's sometimes disheartening that a label I look up to that has lots of (so to say) diversity, I can't find any sort of example in movies or TV series..

Hey there! 

First up, Marvel has a lot of diverse heroines. The problem is Marvel likes to push them aside to make room for more stories about white dudes. This is more glaring in the MCU, and while the comics have been making great efforts towards adding more diversity in their books, there is much progress left to be made.

But to answer your question, yes, there have been both Chinese and Chinese-American Marvel heroines! I’m going to restrict this to heroines (not villains) in the MCU or 616, that have at least 10 appearances in comics (to weed out the minor side chars). 

Let’s start with the ones in films/TV…..

Agent Daisy “Skye” Johnson was revealed in Season 2 - Episode 10 of Agents of SHIELD to have been born in Hunan Province in China to a Chinese mother and a white American father. This matches the actress Chloe Bennett’s ancestry as well. Skye is a super badass SHIELD agent, expert hacker, and the ability to project vibrations causing earthquakes. Daisy Johnson is not Chinese-American in the comics, however. 

Agent Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen in Agents of SHIELD, is presumably of Chinese descent like her actress. Agent May is a highly skilled Agent, and is the deadliest fighter out of the central cast. 

Blink in the comics is Bahamian, but in X-Men: Days of Future Past, she is played by Fan Bingbing, a Chinese actress. Blink is a mutant with the ability to make portals (like in the video game, Portal) as well as the ability to make psionic weapons out of the energy that her portals are made of. She isn’t a huge character in Days of Future Past, but she gets some sweet action scenes. 

Jubilee (Jubilation Lee) is a Chinese American mutant. She appears as a cameo in X-Men, X2, and X-Men: The Last Stand played by Katrina Florence in X-Men (pictured above) and Kea Wong in X2 and X-Men. She appears in concept art for X-Men: Days of Future Past but did not appear in the final film, sadly! 

Despite her minor appearances in the films, Jubilee is a major character in X-Men comics. Jubilee could project “fireworks” or “lumikinetic energy blasts” as her mutant power. She lost this power after M Day, and subsequently was transformed into a vampire. (This is way cooler than it sounds, I promise.) She now has all the powers you’d expect of a vampire, and copes with the weaknesses with the help of her fellow X-Men. Jubilee is also a major character in the 1992 X-Men cartoon series. If you want to read more Jubilee, check out X-Men, an ongoing comic with a diverse all-female X-Men cast. 

Okay, let’s go to characters only seen in the comics. 

Based on Monica Chang’s family name, she is likely at least half Chinese. She has been confirmed to be a devout Muslim. Monica Chang leads SHIELD’s A.I division and starred in Avengers AI. Unfortunately, Monica Chang has not appeared since the cancellation of Avengers AI. 

There is even a Chinese herald of the Silver Surfer! Suzi Endo, previously known as Cybermancer, was a woman with cybernetic implants giving her “bionic woman” style powers. She was formerly a member of Force Works, then was transformed into a Herald with access to the Power Cosmic in Silver Surfer vol 6. 

Jia Jing, codename Sprite, is a young mutant enrolled at the Jean Grey School. She has rock hard skin, super strength, and fairy wings. She appeared as a minor character mostly in Wolverine and the X-Men.

Leiko Wu was a MI-6 agent who mostly appeared as a side character in Master of Kung Fu and other Shang Chi comics. Unfortunately she was killed off in the most recent volume of Deadly Hands of Kung Fu.

Tang Jhimon, codename Silver, is a Chinese-Canadian member of Beta Flight, a Canadian superhero team. She has the ability to project intense blasts of cold, ice, and has powers of flight. She unfortunately hasn’t appeared since the early 90s, along with other members of Beta Flight.

Finally, leaving you with a bit of trivia, the Chinese analog to the Avengers is called the People’s Defense Force. These characters were introduced in Mighty Avengers and have not had any appearances since. As such, their powers and origin stories are left unexplored. 

Hopefully this list cheers you up! :) 

Politest superheroes on the planet.

I can’t figure out whether Marvel takes Alpha Flight seriously and intended them getting their asses handed to them as a display of how powerful the bad guy is, or whether they’re just a really gratuitous running joke. 

[From New Avengers #16, 2006.]

I was googling around Marvel’s database and….

DID YOU KNOW MARVEL HAS A GROUP OF CANADIAN AVENGERS???

This badass team of badass individuals is called Alpha Flight, was created in 1979, and some members still exist today.Marvel calls them “Canada’s answer to the Avengers”. Just pause for a second and read that again.

The original team was composed of (x):

  • Guardian: a scientist from Winnipeg who flies and does shit with Earth’s magnetic field, wears a goddamn mAPLE LEAF on his costume
  • Northstar & Aurora: twins from Montreal, mutants with super-speed and light generation powers, also Aurora has multiple personality disorder
  • Sasquatch: basically canadian!hulk, from BC, turns into Sasquatch as result of a gamma radiation experiment
  • Shaman: a First Nations medicine man from Calgary
  • Snowbird: an Inuit demi-goddess from Yellowknife who can TRANSFORM INTO NORTHERN ANIMALS

 Alpha Flight not only represented provinces AND territories, it represented the First Nations, and features characters with issues such as mental illness and dwarfism.

Plus if you’re not sold yet, Wikipedia literally, word for word, says there’s a character called fucking Major Mapleleaf who “is secretly a normal human with no superpowers who just rides a super-powered horse”. I mean WOW. Just wow.

Canadian Superheroes.

DC:

  • Centrix
  • Equinox
  • Mist
  • Sparx

Marvel:

  • Aurora
  • Box
  • Centennial
  • Diamond Lil
  • Flex
  • Guardian
  • Madison Jeffries
  • Major Mapleleaf
  • Manikin
  • Marrina
  • Nemesis
  • Northstar
  • Persuasion
  • Puck (Judd)
  • Radius
  • Sasquatch (Walter Langkowski)
  • Shaman
  • Snowbird
  • Vindicator
  • Wild Child
  • Yukon Jack
  • Deadpool
  • Great Beasts
  • Pestilence
  • Pink Pearl
  • Sabertooth
  • Squid-Boy (Samuel “Sammy” Paré) 
  • Scramble
  • Transonic
  • Weapon P.R.I.M.E
  • Wendigo
  • Wolverine

Others:

  • Amuro Ray
  • Atomic Betty
  • Angloman
  • Canadianman
  • Capitaine Kébec
  • Captain Canada
  • Captain Canuck
  • Fleur de Lys
  • Johnny Canuck
  • Mr. Canoehead
  • Nelvana of the Northern Lights
  • Northguard
  • Red Panda
  • Scott Pilgrim

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:McMuff/List_of_Canadian_superheroes)

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Because I hardly post any of my art on here… 

The idea behind this pair is simple: government sanctioned crime fighters from Canada. Their arch nemesis will more than likely be Goose or various Pine Trees… Haha! Kidding, of course. Other than Wolverine, Alpha Flight and Johnny Canuck, you don’t have that many heroes from up North. You have to Google them, which proves my point. 

I started off designing them for kicks, but things started coming to me as I was sketching. The carrot-topped male is a super soldier type, in the same vein as Captain America except without a shield and less of a badass. 9 times out of 10, he’ll talk a criminal out of whatever crime he or she is committing. He wears the peace-keeper hat proudly and kicks your teeth in as a last resort. The girl is similarly passive. She is quite the opposite of my usual self sufficient sidekicks, too. 

This is how the pair will start off.

During the course of the journeys—after some tight spots and close calls, they will develop thick skin. Think of them as Rookie cops gradually turning into the seasoned veterans you see at your local Donut shop. They’re not as nice, you see? The focus for the long haul is to test their grit, ethics and overall good nature. After the dust settles, will they remain who they are?

I was sitting on the colors for months, so it was good to get it out of the way.

Cheers,

KG