the mighty god

So in the Road to El Dorado...

  Does anyone notice how there’s like, the townspeople, then there’s the High Priests but it’s like, where is the Emperor? All of a sudden, two “Gods” come along and take over now all I can think of is the Emperor being on vacation and coming back like

I’m so grateful the Bible doesn’t hide the failures of those who were used in mighty ways. The people God chose struggled with sin and the hardships of life. And yet even through their imperfections our mighty God did amazing things.
—  Unfailing Treasures

Know what I think about sometimes? How in The Road to El Dorado, how that story of Tulio, Miguel and Chel gets passed on, fades into legend and myth and becomes a bedtime story. How a grain of truth remains in the tale. 

The story of the sun god, the night lord, their guide and diviner, their magical beast. How the sun god was warmth and light, who brought with him music, the night lord, who showed them their might, called forth and withdrew the rumble of the earth, and who fell in love with one of their own - the temple priestess who guided them to the city. Of their beast, who blended into the walls, was playful, who understood speech and expressed his love and devotion to his masters.

How they were here but a short breath of time, a blink of an eye that the gods stretched into an eternity, a moment of bliss, perfect harmony in everyone’s hearts. Everyone’s but a high priest, who’s heart was filled with darkness and who doubted the gods. Who dabbled with magic, called forth demons and drew the attention of the Outside. 

(How the sun god had wanted, desperately, to stay - where the night lord fell in love with one mortal, the sun god fell in love with them all and was willing to give up his immortality and live among them.) 

They had stood, these gods of old, against the Other and the Outside, and the gods had realised they could only defeat them together - and they had used their might and their cunning and the light in their hearts to move the waters and the rocks - and had returned home to the spirit world (the blessed, loved priestess going with them, now immortal herself), and closed the door to the outside forever. El Dorado, safe for all eternity.

Just something I think about. Every time I watch it.

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The Art of Moana

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“Miguel and Tulio. Tulio and Miguel. Mighty and powerful Gods.”
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Tulio and Miguel

Day 22: BroTP

Accents in movies make no sense 

Like, Rapunzel is American, but Mother Gothel, literally the only other person she’s ever talked to for her entire life, is British. 

Quasi should have a British accent too.

Or these guys: 

Tulio is American. Miguel is British. And they’re from Spain. 

Gender Fluid Loki Matters

Al Ewing put a close to the amazing story arc started by Gillian for Loki. This amazing ending finally gave genderfluid people a character who was beyond the binary role they were placed at birth who came above it. Cut to only a few months later and Jason Aaron makes a terrible Loki design and writes Loki back as the wicked “man” that she had just escaped being. Now this Loki could not be the Loki that became goddess of stories escaping fate. This Loki could indeed be a new Loki created to fill the gap when 616 was remade. That said they sure do act like it is the Loki that had escaped their fate.

It’s like they are proud of the story but not of the results. With Loki 2016 announced, the Mighty Thor’s look at Loki, and Marvel’s editors constant refusal to address Loki as gender fluid. Now these could all come around and be good things but I just somehow doubt it (More so Marvel constantly needing to refer to Loki as different genders as different people). Loki’s story and evolution started from Kid Loki from Journey into Mystery is a powerful metaphor for what many genderfluid/non binary people experience in their lives.  This metaphor made Loki a powerful force for the community if only they had know it existed. Loki Agent of Asgard works hard to remind people Loki is non binary although Marvel never really helped people be aware of these facts.

Many non binary people are told they must make a choice, they were born this way and must live out life as this way they were born. Loki’s journey is the attempt to escape this in metaphor while allowing Loki to also be gender fluid in actuality too. Were often give a metaphor for being trans like X-men but without any kind of character that actually represents the group. We had finally in agent of Asgard see Loki flip genders, we see real representation with a very distinct visual. We also had it made clear with Odin as well as Loki that this isn’t just flipping forms like a shapeshifter. Loki says it’s still them in whatever state and Odin says “My child who is neither my daughter nor my son.” to clearly state Loki is neither gender. This is a very important part of making a metaphor also treat the marginalized group well.

So when Loki makes their escape from the fate of being Evil Loki becoming the goddess of stories we see how Loki finally won. Loki had never really been fighting Thor, Odin, Asgard, but fate itself. We see as Loki overcomes their struggle with having to chose who they would be, when Loki decides I am the goddess of stories, that’s who I am not taking the choices they were dealt before it’s an insanely important moment. Loki making this happen is able to escape the end of reality, is able to save good and evil, is able to scare away the oldest gods, is able to defeat evil Loki. This freedom shines in a moment that made me go, “That’s me, this is my hero, this is the person I want to see more of.”

Loki is my hero because Loki represents more than just tricks, quips, Tom Hiddleston’s career, Marvel’s best baddie but Loki represents a community of people who have long been told they don’t have the right to exist. Loki much like the god in Norse mythology truly is only bad because the others want them to be that way.  Loki as a person who has gone beyond that, who has gone beyond a binary morality, who has gone beyond a binary gender, that has gone beyond what we’re told. Loki gets to create their own story, Loki gets to give Loki the agency Loki needed. It’s stunning and wonderful and I feel like non binary people need this character. This is a character who deserves more books, this story arc matters, it’s the most interesting character I’ve ever had the pleasure to read and Loki is truly my hero. I can only hope one day my dream will come true.  

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