got a hero and a hype man

9.22: (again, here’s just the bit I feel is most pertinent to the s12 finale tonight. because it was also written by Dabb)

FLAGSTAFF: No. Can I go? I have lives to save.
DEAN: Welcome to the club. [FLAGSTAFF smirks] Something funny?
FLAGSTAFF: Not funny “ha ha.” But you thinking you help people – it’s amusing. I help people. A clogged artery here, a tumor there. I do good in this world. You – you believe every problem can be solved with a gun. You play the hero, but underneath the hype, you’re a killer with oceans of blood on his hands. I hate men like you.

and on faith:

SAM: No, man. Cas, listen. You got a weird thing going on back there. Those other angels, the way they stare at you, I-it’s like you’re part rock star, part L. Ron.
CASTIEL: They’ve put their faith in me.
SAM: And maybe that’s the problem. I mean, people have been doing messed up crap in the name of faith – in the name of God – since forever.
CASTIEL: Well… I’m not trying to… play God. I’m just trying to get my people home.

and on the fundamental difference between angels and humanity:

HANNAH: You have to understand that Castiel is the only thing holding us together. A month ago, half the angels in this place were trying to kill the other half. Castiel has given us a purpose. But more than that, he has given us a way to live in peace. We have rules. Order. If I let you take matters into your own hands, what’s to stop one of them from doing the same? You can talk to her. You should talk to her. But leave the Blade outside.

and on perception, belief, and reality:

CASTIEL: It’s the door to heaven.
SAM: Seriously?
CASTIEL: What else would Metatron go to such great lengths to protect? I can hear it. It’s calling to me, Sam. If we control this door, we can take the fight to Metatron. We may not even need to fight at all.
SAM: Cas, wait.
[CASTIEL opens the door and it is revealed to be a room with atrocious party decorations. SAM walks over to a table and reads from a card]
SAM: "Welcome to your own personal heaven, Castiel. Good luck finding the real one.“
CASTIEL: but…Why?
[SAM turns around to talk to CASTIEL but starts when he sees a badly burned man leaning against the wall next to the door.]
CASTIEL [leaning down next to the man] It’s Josiah. He reeks of holy oil.
SAM [noticing an empty bucket of holy oil hung over the door] Yeah. Looks like he got "Home Alone”-ed.
CASTIEL: So, all of this – it was a a lie.

and on free will:

METATRON; Okay, yes. Maybe I got a little carried away at first, but those days are over. A near-death experience makes you re-evaluate. So, one time only, I’m offering amnesty. Every angel, no matter what their sin, may join me and return to heaven. I will be their God, and they can be my heavenly host.
HANNAH: Why would we follow you?
METATRON: Well, look around. You’ve seen earth. You’ve had a taste of free will. I got to ask you – do you like it? I mean, the way you’ve flocked off to follow Castiel tells me you need to follow someone. It’s in your DNA. But Cas – he’s not what you think he is. He sends angels out to die. Have you told them about your stolen Grace, Castiel? How it’s fading away, and when it burns out, so will you? So…No, then. I’m not the best, but I’m the best you’ve got. You want to stay with Castiel, fine, but he’s playing you, because at the end of the day, the only thing he cares about is himself and the Hardy Boys there. You’ve got a choice to make. Make the right one.

on the lies, on the deception, and on brainwashing:

GADREEL: You should have told me what our elite unit was for.
METATRON: Why? It was none of your business.
GADREEL: Tessa, Constantine – I recruited them, and you brainwashed them into blowing themselves up.
METATRON: So? Well, that’s an old writer’s trick – flipping the script. You start by building up a seemingly unbeatable enemy, like the death star, or a rival angel with a bigger army. That way, I look like the underdog. But then, oh, no! The competition gets greedy. He starts pushing things too much. With the help of my combustible double agents. And then, after a rousing speech, his true weakness is revealed. He’s in love… with humanity. And now…I’m inevitable.
GADREEL: What about Josiah?
METATRON: Mm. He was a loose end. I – I told him where the gate was…Before we moved it. I just wish Cas had walked into one of those traps. Anyway, point is –while everyone else is playing checkers, I’m playing monopoly, and I always build a hotel on Boardwalk. And I always win.

and on Team Free Will:

CASTIEL: You really believe we three will be enough?
DEAN: We always have been.

My Agents of Shield Confession

I was one of those comic book fans who stopped watching after the first three shows.

Yes. I admit it. I was so disappointed. All of the hype made it sound like we were going to have hot and cold running superheroes, with just a handful of agents running around reacting to the things the superheroes did. There were rumors that we would see Daredevil. Power Man. Iron Fist. Jessica Jones. Kamala Khan. Carol Danvers. Jessica Drew. Basically, that this would be the show that would give us the “B List” Marvel heroes, and the Shield premise was just the way the showrunners would be tying it all together.

Needless to say, that’s not what we got. And as I said up above, I was one of those who turned the channel out of sheer disappointment.

Fast forward a year or so. I’m teaching night classes on the night the show is on, so my DC loving hubby decides he’ll give it a shot. As someone who only goes to Marvel movies because he’s a nice person who likes to like the things I like, he had no preconceived ideas about what it would be and was prepared to just accept it for what it was.

What it was, he said, turned out to be a damn good show.

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anonymous asked:

I got a question Why do people hate so much the mcu?

Well I don’t speak for everyone obviously, but I think my reasons are pretty much the same as most people’s.

1. The lack of diversity. We’re 12 movies in, soon to be 13, and we’ve only got 3 female heroes (Widow, Gamora and Scarlet Witch(Soon to be 5 with Wasp and Captain Marvel), and 3 black heroes (War Machine, Nick and Falcon(soon to be 4 with the addition of Black Panther). On top of that the only LGBT+ characters are either villains or minor characters in the shows, half of whom are dead. On the other hand we’ve got plenty of straight white male heroes, with plenty more on the way.

2. Honestly, it went to shit after the first Avengers film. The buildup to the formation of the Avengers in Phase 1 felt pretty natural(with the exception of Iron Man 2, which was basically just a really long Avengers teaser). However, ever since phase 2 kicked in, pretty much every movie is just a big glorified over-hyped teaser for future Marvel movies. They try to pack so many easter eggs and teasers in every single film, it doesn’t feel like a flowing story, it just feels like really forced build-up. This was especially a problem  with Age of Ultron. They tried to introduce and develop 3 new heroes and a new villain, develop the already established heroes, and balance out like, twenty different subplots. I imagine that’ll be the case with Civil War as well, since they’ve got like returning ten heroes in it, plus the introductions of Black Panther and Spider-Man.

3. It’s just hard to get emotionally invested in the movies when they don’t take themselves remotely seriously. I mean, having comedy story is always a good thing, but the literally all the characters crack at least ten one-liners in every movie they’re in. It’s just hard to care when the characters themselves don’t seem to care. Again with Age of Ultron, a city is about to fall from the sky and be destroyed at any moment, yet Hawkeye’s all “lol I’ll shoot u Pietro LOL JK! Or am I? lol.”

There are a few other reasons, but that’s what I can think of off the top of my head right now.

The Problem with American Sniper

Let me start off my saying, as a first generation American who moved here from Iran, I will be the last person to devalue America. I grew up here, and I will always be extremely grateful for all of the opportunities and rights I’m given in this country, because I know I wouldn’t have them if my parents had not moved here. I actually do care a lot about this country, and despite common perceptions of me, I am “patriotic” enough to want to improve and contribute to it and make it a better place for everyone. Criticizing unjust and hateful institutions within America, or mistakes it has made regarding foreign relations does not equal hating America. I’ve been told “if you don’t like it here, go home” numerous times when criticizing problems I notice (and ironically enough, I’m being told this while exercising my right to free speech, which in other circumstances people would jump to defend).

The most recent issue I’ve seen come
up is regarding the movie “American Sniper”. No, I haven’t seen the movie in its entirely nor read the book, but I have done my research on it, and on the issues it’s supposedly covering. First of all, it is politically and historically inaccurate and leaves out huge, vital parts of the Bush Administration and the timeline for events that actually happened in the Middle East. It gives a very false perception of what was actually going on, and tugs of your cute little American heart strings with vivid propaganda instead. That’s not even my biggest beef with it.

By doing this, the movie is spreading Islamophobia and even more misconceptions about the Middle East and it’s culture. The vast majority of Americans, especially those seeing this movie, are not actually educated on the religion, the culture, or the politics of this region. So the fact that it’s pushing one side of the story without any accuracy or accountability for the actual events is a huge issue. I grew up in post-9/11 America, and it’s a horrible time and place for Muslims. Ironically, I am not Muslim and I have never identified as one, but my family does and I have always felt the stigma around simply saying I’m from Iran when people ask. When I was a kid, I would wish I had a “white” name so people would stop asking me where I was from when I met them. I remember looking at a map of Europe and literally picking a random country to say I was from instead. That’s how ashamed I was and how badly this toxic, anti-Islamic mindset affected me as an 8 year old.

Being anti-terrorism is very different from the anti-Islamic propaganda America has been pushing ever since 9/11. If America were really concerned about terrorism, you’d think they’d care about the domestic terrorism happening. There are police officers brutally murdering and attacking black people in this country, but America doesn’t seem to see that as an issue. Also look at the domestic terror attacks we’ve seen done by white people. What am I talking about? Exactly. They aren’t nearly as hyped up or plastered on the news.

Let’s also address that this is a “heroic” story of a man who killed the most people. Honestly I don’t know what else
to comment here because that statement speaks for itself. To what extent are we conditioned and brainwashed to where we think of someone who kills hundreds of innocent people to be a hero?

In my history class the other day, we were watching a video on Hitler and Nazi Germany. Specifically, when Germany took over Poland and how he got the support to do so. One detail that I found interesting was that Nazis made movies that portrayed Polish people as violent and brutal, attacking innocent Nazis. He used this propaganda to rally hate for the Polish and get people to support him taking over it.

No, I’m not trying to equate America with Nazi Germany. I just noticed the use of propaganda and portrayal of specific groups of people was interesting, and I immediately thought of the Islamophobia that American Sniper exudes. I think the comparison might help people notice the point I’m making. I get that a lot of people don’t understand this because they’ve never had to experience it, but it still blows my mind that more people don’t notice these blatant fallacies (or choose to ignore them).

Overall, I think mass
media that spreads hate, perpetuates negative stereotypes, and fails to educate people on relevant historical facts is hugely problematic, and American Sniper is all of those things. I want America to be a safer and more comfortable place for people of color, somewhere that certain groups of people don’t have to live in constant shame and fear for their lives due to their ethnicity or skin color. I want America to be accountable for its actions and to not romanticize killing innocent people by calling it heroism.

Niggas wanna stay hung up on Spider-Man not being black but ain’t even hyped about the actual black heroes we are getting that are on the way. Nigga, we got Luke Cage AND Black Panther on the way and you bent outta shape over Spider-Man. Fuck outta here. I’m sorry, this shit is just too fucking stupid at this point. We’ll see who really caping for black superheroes when the Luke Cage show and Black Panther movie come out cuz it seem like all y’all care about is having the biggest names turned black instead of hyping up the actual black superheroes enough that they become some of the biggest fucking names.