she's not a genius either

The Wakandan Royal Portrait offers clues to the dangers within the fictional nation

T’CHALLA

“What makes him different from other superheroes first and foremost is he doesn’t see himself as a superhero,” says director and co-writer Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed). “He sees himself as a politician. That’s the first thing on his mind when he wakes up in the morning. ‘How am I going to fulfill my duties as king of this place?’”

That means not just fighting external foes, but keeping the citizens of his nation happy. He’s a king, but not a tyrant. And Wakandans don’t speak with only one voice. There are many political factions, many clashing points of view. Some are ready for revolution. Some are being pushed.

“He has to keep harmony between the tribes within his country, and that means managing expectations and doing things that are unpopular,” Coogler says. “At the same time, he is the protector of that nation.”

RAMONDA

Angela Bassett costars as Ramonda, once the queen, now the mother of the king.

“She is one of the advisors that he would look to,” Boseman says. “He has to look to her for some of the answers of what his father might want or might do. She may not be exactly right all the time, but she definitely has insights. She is the queen mother. And she’s that for not just him, but for everybody.”

Bozeman laughs. “She’s has her hands in everything — even his love life.”

NAKIA

“The one thing I will say about all the female characters in this movie is that they are very strong,” Boseman says. “It’s a very matriarchal society.”

One of them is Wakanda’s undercover operative Nakia, played by 12 Years a SlaveOscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o. She may actually be the closest thing to 007 in this movie, and she’s a former lover of T’Challa’s.

“She is a departure from what she was in the comic book,” Nyong’o says. “Nakia is a war dog. She is basically an undercover spy for Wakanda. Her job is to go out into the world and report back on what’s going on.”

She also boasts some unique weaponry. “We call them her ring blades,” says Moore. “The ones Lupita carries while in the green outfit are based on traditional African weaponry. However, she does get a hi-tech upgrade later in the film, compliments of Shuri.”

SHURI

Letitia Wright plays T’Challa’s kid sister, who is no one you want to face in battle either. “She is also a genius and runs the entire Wakandan design group,” says producer Kevin Feige, whose also president of Marvel Studios and one of the chief architects of its interlocked universe. “She’s responsible for all these amazing technological advances that Vibranium has brought about from Wakanda.”

Here she is pictured with twin, panther-shaped weapons. It’s not clear yet what they do exactly, but it probably hurts.

OKOYE

She’s not technically family, but she’s just as close. This character played by The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira is the head of the Dora Milaje, the all-female special soldiers unit that protects the kingdom (and the king) from harm.

“They are a very powerful force,” she says. “They are not utopic, but what Wakanda has down well is it has allowed people to function within their strengths. These women, their strength is to preserve Wakanda. It’s more like the secret service in a sense that it’s not just military. She is head of intel.”

Okoye has guilt over the death of the previous king, and she’s generally a stoic presence. But she’s not unfeeling. “She can be serious, but she also has an unexpected sense of humor,” Gurira says. “She has a heart, but for her country and for her people. She’s not a person who doesn’t connect to human beings as a result of what she does.”

ERIK KILLMONGER

There is an enemy in this portrait.

In the comics, he was once a Wakandan known as N’Jadaka, but he took on this “death-dealing” nom de guerre when he became a dissident, then an exile, from his homeland.

Michael B. Jordan’s character is one of the antagonists of the film, allied with the mercenary Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis, reprising his role from Avengers: Age of Ultron), an arms dealer who has plundered Vibranium before and plans to do it again. He’s addicted.

In The Godfather terms, Killmonger has sided with this outsider against “the family,” his brothers and sisters of Wakanda. “I think Killmonger has his own opinion on how Wakanda has been run and should run, and what I think Michael brings to the table is sort of a charming antagonist, who doesn’t agree with how T’Challa is running things, frankly,” says Moore. “I think that puts T’Challa in a difficult situation. Killmonger is a voice of a different side of Wakanda.”

W’KABI

Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya plays T’Challa’s best friend, who is also a member of one of the most vital groups in the nation. “W’Kabi is the head of security for the Border Tribe,” says Moore. “They live on the borders of Wakanda and serve as the first line of defense for the country.”

In other words, he helps maintain the disguise that Wakanda is just mines, farms, and woods.

“To outsiders they appear to be what people would ‘expect’ of a small provincial African nation – but the truth is they are some of the fiercest warriors in Wakanda, intent on protecting the secrets of their advanced nation at all costs,” Moore says.

Now that T’Challa is king, he asks W’Kabi to join him as a palace advisor.

ZURI

Another vital voice of reason for the young king is Forest Whitaker’s shaman, a longtime advisor to T’Challa’s father and the keeper of the Heart-Shaped Herb, a plant that grows only in Wakanda and absorbs the Vibranium-rich minerals. When consumed, it gives the new leader superhuman strength. (But in the comics, it only works on members of the royal bloodline.)

“He’s somewhat a religious figure or spiritual figure,” Coogler says of Zuri. “Spirituality is something that exists in Wakanda in the comics, and it’s something we wanted to have elements of in the film. Forest’s character, more than anything, is a major tie-back to T’Challa’s father. Zuri is someone he looks to for guidance.”

As wondrous as Wakanda seems, it can also be treacherous. For all the talk of honor in The Godfather, the families were compulsively driven to destroy each other. 007 may venture to the most beautiful places (and people) on Earth, but there’s always a villain determined to wipe those places off the map. If Black Panther owes thematic inspiration to those predecessors, the danger comes hand in hand with the beauty.

But that’s where the similarities will end. When the Marvel Studios movie debuts Feb. 16, the story will remain on Earth, but its creators pledge to take fans to a world they’ve never seen before nonetheless.

“I don’t think people are prepared for what this movie is going to be,” says Feige. “Not just Black Panther, but the Dora Milaje, and Killmonger, and the entire design of Wakanda – both its traditional African-inspired elements, but also the Vibranium inspired techno-elements. I can’t think of a blend that has happened like that before in movies.”

There’s only one Black Panther, after all.

No matter who wants to lay claim to his throne.

Letitia Wright plays T’Challa’s kid sister, who is no one you want to face in battle either. “She is also a genius and runs the entire Wakandan design group,” says producer Kevin Feige, whose also president of Marvel Studios and one of the chief architects of its interlocked universe. “She’s responsible for all these amazing technological advances that Vibranium has brought about from Wakanda.”

during the scene where lena picks the lock with her crown, mon-el tells her that she can see why kara loves her, to which she replies “likewise.”
if that means that she can see why kara cares about mon-el, it opens up some serious plot holes.
lena’s never met mon-el, except as mike matthews, kara’s boyfriend. but mon-el is clearly an alien, and even if she somehow missed that (which she couldn’t, she’s a genius) she would at least notice how involved he is in the whole daxamite war. she would also notice that he’s not wearing his glasses, which he uses to hide his real identity.
so if she’s figured out that kara’s boyfriend is tied into an alien war and uses glasses to appear more normal and to blend in (not to mention the fact that she’s seen him with both kara and supergirl) then how the fuck has she not figured out who kara is?

revieloutionne replied to your photo: i never noticed kotaro’s rainbow belt before. the…

I would buy him a rainbow packpack of support (and also fill it with schoolbooks because BEING IN A REVOLUTION IS NO EXCUSE)

i like to think that maybe the others will help give him some school lessons in the downtime between missions. spada has all those little sibs so he probably knows how to teach basic stuff, and raptor’s got all her robot knowledge, so that’s something. naga’s probably pretty smart too.

on the other hand the others would also probably try to help and end up making things worse since lucky & garu don’t know a fuckin thing irt book learnin and balance would just throw away the curriculum and teach him the art of pickpocketing instead

Hitch a Ride Part 4 (Katlaska) - Vixen

So here is part 4 of a fic that no-one really asked for but I really love! Thank you for all the love and support, I appreciate it because Im needy for validation. Im not sure if this the end, Im thinking it probably will be because theres not really much else I can do with these guys. But we’ll see! As per usual, let me know what you think and see how many references you can spot, there’ll be a prize if you spot them all (there wont be). -Vixen

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  1. Anyone who would remain sober in order to drive her home is a-okay in Donovan’s book.
  2. His intelligence. Cliche to say for a brain, but at least he’s not afraid to hide his. Donovan’s no genius, but she’s not stupid either, and is just too chickenshit to actually show that she understands most of what is going on in her classes.
  3. He’s no showstopper, but he’s quite the musician, and she likes people who aren’t one trick ponies.
  4. I found this old meme where a thing Donovan liked about him was that a. he wasn’t letting the guilt of him being the reason Mia’s not a plastic anymore eat away at him, and b. he promised to share his dreamed up lottery numbers with her, so I’m counting those as ½ a reason each.
  5. Remember that time she caught him in the handcuffs? She still thinks it was some kinky thing between him and Mia and so she loves that his sex life leads her to amusing situations like having to be the one to let him out of said handcuffs.
Resolutions

My contribution to the BSHiatusFics

Thanks to @countryole @charmingnotdarling and @takethisnight-wrapitaroundme for starting this.

Prompt: New Years Eve

“So, what’re your New Years resolutions?” Patterson asked as she shoved in a mouthful of noodles.

“What’s a New Years resolution?” It was Jane of course with the innocent question.

It was New Year’s Eve and the team we spending it together. They had been tied up in a nasty case and none of them bothered making plans they knew they would have to ditch later. So they ended up working till it was really late on the 31st, but not too late to order take out, from twelve different places and just hanging out together.

“A New Years resolution is a stupid thing where people make a list of things they vow to accomplish for the next year, and end up doing none of it,” Tasha explained.

“That’s not true,” Patterson argued, “it’s a tradition that can really work. You just need to have a little faith.”

“Ok, let’s see…” Trash pretended to think, twirling her wine glass in front of her dramatically. At the other end, Kurt laughed and rolled his eyes. Next to him, Jane watched intently, still unclear on this new tradition she apparently needed to have something prepared for.

“Ok, I got,” Tasha announced, “in this new year, I am going to stop smoking.”

“But you don’t smoke,” Patterson interjected.

“Great, then I’m done. Nothing to worry about for the next 365 days,” she said proudly.

“That’s not how it works, Tash,” Reade reasoned.

“Enlighten me, oh wise one,” Tasha teased, “what is your great resolution for the coming year?”

“Hmmmm… To finally win a bet against you,” he said and that illicit Edna love us snort from her. “Not how it works either, genius,” she argued, “your resolution cannot be something that is scientifically and universally impossible. It’s like saying you want to move to Mars.”

“Well, that is possible, actually,” Reade said.

“You’re right,” Tasha said, “your alien family can finally call you back home.”

The others laughed, even Reade, but not without tossing a French fry in her direction.

As the laughter settled down, Jane turned to Patterson. “I still don’t understand what a New Years resolution is.”

Patterson gave her a sweet smile and said, “ok, for example, my resolution is to allow myself to be happy, to take chances when I get them. If David’s death taught me anything, is that you only live once and that chances that go will never come again.” The table went quiet as she spoke, somber, as the young woman spoke of the death of her boyfriend for the first time since it happened.

Patterson watched as their faces dropped sympathetically and she smiled. She waved her hand at them and lifted her drink to her lips. “I’m fine, you guys, really I’m fine,” she took a sip and looked around at them, “thanks to all of you, I really am.”

Everyone sat silently for a moment until Tasha spoke. “I want to stop gambling,” she confessed, her gaze dropping in front them, a rare moment of vulnerability for the usually closed up Zapata.

“I want to learn how to trust people more,” Reade said, turning to Tasha with a warm look in his eyes.

Jane was chef her friends, finally understanding what this tradition meant, and understanding what having people you cared about to share such traditions with meant.

She turned to Kurt. “What about you?” She asked.

He watched her for a moment, not taking his eyes off her, as was the case every time she fell into his line of sight. “I want to become better at communicating,” he said, a small smile on his lips and she was immediately thrown back to that conversation they had as they danced during Rich Dotcom’s party.

“So, Jane? Get it now?” Patterson asked and Jane nodded, her gaze never leaving Kurt’s. “Yeah, I think I do.”

She took a moment to consider it and then said, “I don’t want to let the people I care about down.”

what if Marinette forgot one of her texts books

what if Alya - wonderful genius Alya - pretends like she doesn’t have hers either and manages to convince Marinette to ask Adrien if she can borrow his so she and Alya can share it, and he and Nino can share Nino’s

what if Adrien had been doodling Ladybug sketches but happily hands over his book bc of course he’s going to help if he can

what if Marinette finds said doodles and immediately starts blushing and Alya has no idea why bc those are Ladybug doodles, not Marinette doodles

what if Marinette doodles a little Chat Noir next to one of the Ladybugs bc a Ladybug isn’t complete without her Chat 

what if Adrien finds it later like at home and had no idea how it got there, but he’s so happy bc that doodle is perfect and he just melts

Himawari's training

Isn’t it badass that Himawari is able to hit Tenkutsus? (Pressure points)

It’s an advanced technique that only talented Hyugas use. (Neji and Hiashi)

At age 5-6, she’s able to hit a grown adult’s pressure point accurately and knocking him out. THATS CONSIDERED GREAT TALENT AND A PRODIGY/GENIUS!!!

- Himawari must have learned it before she awakened her Byakugan.

- Either Hanabi or Hiashi taught her. Possibly not Hinata since she’s questioned who done it.

- this makes Himawari the youngest and first female user of the technique in the series. (Not even her mom uses it!)

——Steven Universe spoiler warning——

Aight crystal-gems attilee here’s my theory on Steven’s nature which is a bit rambly I apologize for that

I’m just like amazed at how much of a genius Rose is
Like she must have either predicted or witnessed anti-gem weapons like the gem destabilizer and devised a plan that just completely invalidates that tech by making a half human gem
Not to mention that she managed to shapeshift a pseudohuman reproductive system that not only was fully functional but somehow managed to combine organic DNA-based fetal development and a body comprised of biological cells with inorganic “information core”-based development and a body comprised of a hard-light projection
Also we know that Steven’s body is a combination of organic cells and hologram because he can shapeshift his entire body AND is immune to destabilization so it’s highly probable that he’s both projection and material body at the same time (think like wave-particle duality)
And then we get to sentience
Like does Steven’s consciousness reside in his brain or gem or both?
Seeing as he is concretely stated to be half gem and half human, it probably resides in both
And if it’s both then that means that he would survive both brain death and gem death as long as the other organ remained functional; he’s essentially running a dual-core CPU
And that’s on top of his bullet-time unbreakable shield powers and possibly even self-healing powers, so basically Steven has the potential to become practically invincible and Rose is a fucking GENIUS
Rose knew exactly how to defend earth from the homeworld gems and sacrificed herself to create that defense
So in a way, Steven is the ultimate manifestation of Rose’s shield

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imagine kate and bucky pranking clint and natasha is amused

Natasha slides her key into the lock at Clint’s apartment.

“Hope you’re not naked, Clint, I’m coming in!” She shouts as she cracks the door. Immediately, she’s met with Kate nearly slamming into her, breathless from laughter.

“Nat, help me hide,” she chokes out as she snakes behind the spy. “I don’t know if I fucked up or if I’m a genius, either way it’s hilarious!” She wheezes. Natasha stands in the doorway, shielding Kate. She sniffs the air, which smells profusely like hair products.

“What the hell did you do?” She asks. Before Kate can answer, she’s met with a loud, angry…

“KATE!” Clint shouts, running down the stairs, covered in nothing but a towel. Natasha’s eyes widen, and Kate begins to guffaw. “Is it seriously that noticeable?” Clint pauses. Natasha gives him a look.

“Of course having ‘loser’ shaved into your chest, then having the remaining hair dyed bright purple is noticeable.” Clint looks heartbroken, and Kate is still stifling her laughter.

“I told you it was temporary dye, it comes off in the shower,” she says.

“But what about ‘loser’ being SHAVED INTO MY CHEST???,” Clint asks, gesturing comically to his torso.

“Um… Shave it off?” Kate answers. She walks forward, making a shaving motion with her hand and running it across his chest, while imitating a whirring sound.

“Stop being weird,” Clint grabs Kate’s hand from his chest. “I’m gonna go shower,”

“Have the time of your life,” Kate says, stepping back to Natasha. Clint raises a middle finger to both of them as he leaves. Natasha looks at Kate, who looks back at Natasha. They burst into tears laughing.

“I can hear you!!” Clint shouts, causing them to laugh even more.

After they calm down for a bit, they’re still breathing heavily, tears on their faces, and light giggles still escape their throats.

“Why did you tell him it was temporary?” Natasha manages to articulate. Kate winks at her.

“There’s a SURPRISE waiting in his shower,” she says. Almost immediately they’re met with a scream.

“KATE WHAT DID YOU DO TO MY SHOWER, ALL THAT’S COMING OUT IS PURPLE KOOL AID!”

Natasha looks back at Kate.

“Mean!” She smirks and drawls out.