I just came back from rewatching homecoming and I paid especial attention to the last scene with Tony and Peter because I remembered a post by @knightinironarmor mentioning how people were gonna take it as Tony self-congratulating rather than worrying about the consequences of taking the suit away from Peter… and here’s what I have.
a. Tony wearing sunglasses in that scene. Which are clearly an emotional barrier, distancing himself after their last conversation.
b. He half hugs Peter. After telling him they’re “not at that stage yet” and that’s like clearly an attempt for Tony to be physically and emotionally supportive unlike his father was.
c. He starts off by congratulating Peter verbally, just as he tried to do after Washington. Something he SAID in IM2 his father never did.
d. “I’m sorry I took your suit” are like the first words that leave his mouth. Though he reminds him he had good reason too. And that’s like the most parent-who-hates-punishing-his-child thing.
e. When the “dismissing the consequences” talk starts, though, Tony’s hand clenches around Peter’s shoulder tightly. And I’m different shots you can see his fingers fighting anxiously and his hand squeezing him, like Tony has to physically reassure himself that Peter is still here, still alive, despite the consequences he’s clearly not talking about.
f. (This is the left arm, btw, same he held tightly during their post ferry argument jsyk)
g. Only after Peter says no to his offer, does Tony take the glasses off, virtually opening his heart out as he asks if Peter is rejecting “him”.
h. HIS SMILE AS TONY LEAVES.
I’ll just patiently wait for the gifsets but in the mean time I thought this was all worth pointing out, you know? Before people start trying to throw wank around.
So, that one gif of when you first meet Cullen in DA2...
You know, the one where he’s dramatically leveling his blade at someone, looking fierce? It really bothers me when I see people use it in gifsets glorifying Cullen. Because everyone seems to forget who he’s pointing that sword AT.
He’s threatening a recruit. He’s Knight-Captain – he’s supposed to be a mentor, a leader, a role model for his recruits. He’s suspicious of where this particular recruit went when he vanished, but he answers these suspicions by BEATING THE KID. Yes, the recruit had a demon in him— but Cullen doesn’t know that. All he has is a hunch. And yes, he’s freshly traumatized and Meredith has been feeding his paranoia, but that doesn’t excuse his actions.
When the recruit-turned-abomination splits open, the demon inside says something like, “You will never strike me again, mortal!” Does Cullen have a habit of physically abusing his Templar initiates? Is the demon referring to the mages getting abused under his nose? I don’t know. It doesn’t even really matter – either way, it’s awful.
That particular action shot, no matter how spiffy it looks, is showcasing a very problematic moment of Cullen’s character. It makes me uncomfortable seeing it used to exalt him instead.
Do you think len has a crush on barry? The poking thing came across flirty IMO.
I mean, in canon, sticking purely to what we’re supposed to read it as? No, I actually don’t.
I think they have huge amounts of interpersonal chemistry and that Len sees a lot of himself in Barry, and that he’s come to genuinely care about Barry, and finds him annoying and frustrating and a thorn in his side that he’s discovered he wants to keep in side. I think he respects Barry a lot, and is a little inspired by him, and humbled by Barry’s belief in his own inner goodness and by the trust Barry continuously places in Len and the lengths he’s gone to in order to help Len.
And I think that that could very easily sidestep into a crush, into something more romantic. But I don’t think we’re “supposed” to see it that way, and I don’t think Len himself, in canon, would say (admit? acknowledge?) he’s attracted to Barry or has a crush on him.
I do headcanon that he does? And I think there’s a good canonical and textual basis for arguing that he does?
Given everything I just said about what I do think their relationship is purposefully presented as and a relatively unbiased reading off canon, it’s not hard to see how he could have a crush on Barry, or a developing attraction to him, one that just makes the soft spot he shows for Barry a little more charged. Between how he’s come to care for him and be humbled and inspired by him and their not-quite-flirting across three seasons now, it’s not difficult to read it that way.
Between the way Len was a bit ‘obsessed’ with the Flash as of 1x10 to the way he was already teasing Barry in 1x16 by asking for a ride back to town to the looks he gave him in 1x22 before betraying him to Barry helping him and Lisa in 2x03 and how goddamn charged the scene in 2x09 was against the mantle and the way Len teased Barry (and complimented Iris) before helping Barry, to finally the speedforce acknowledging that Barry played a significant role in inspiring Barry toward heroism and self-sacrifice… I think there’s an easy case for it.
So with all that, and with so many great little interactions (some of which, like this gifset points out, mirror Len’s interactions with Sara) I would say that although we’re not meant to read it as romantic and I don’t think the actors are deliberately playing it that way, Len having a crush on Barry makes a lot of sense to me, an increasing amount of sense as time has gone on, and I honestly think it’s a valid reading of canon.
(Which is not to say that Len is necessarily in love with Barry or seriously would consider a relationship, there’s a lot of reasons between them for why that wouldn’t work in canon even if Barry wasn’t in love with Iris and marrying her, but we can have crushes on people we wouldn’t/couldn’t date, people do all the time).
Is it just me or is there this push for everyone to be related in Voltron? Like people want Shiro and Keith to be brothers, Haggar to be Allura’s mom, Lotor to be Haggar’s son/Allura’s brother or half brother or cousin, Shiro to be Keith’s dad’s brother (making him Keith’s uncle 😫), etc. Even characters who clearly aren’t related like Pidge with Lance or Keith or anyone really. There’s this push to use family terminology, like people will say “he loves his sister”
And like don’t get me wrong I LOVE found family feels, I love strong and close platonic ties as much as (if not more than) romantic ones. But why the need to label it all as familial? I feel like it gets to a point where it’s no longer actually about found family, and more about preventing romantic interpretations of things, à la “these characters can’t be shipped because they’re siblings, or like siblings”
Like idk it’s like family terminology has been co-opted as a tool to prevent people from shipping stuff or to make sure people won’t tag ships. And I’m not talking about people making platonic/familial art or fic, that’s cool! I’m talking more about people posting screenshots or gifsets from the show and writing stuff like “look at these siblings” in the description. Or making an unrelated headcanon or meta post and randomly dropping in the word brother or sister. There are some situations like that where the use of family terminology is really unnecessary imo and it serves no discernible purpose? The only reason I can imagine is to say “don’t you dare tag this as ship” which kinda leaves me like 😑😑😑
Idk I feel like I’m not expressing myself well?
TLDR I find it’s obvious when someone is talking about team-as-family for the sake of team-as-family, and when they’re doing it for the sake of preventing shipping
I've stopped watching the show years ago, but I naturally see an image or gifset here and there, so please tell me, has everybody forever decided to forsake all color but black? Seriously, everytime I see anything from the current season, it looks like a self-serious superhero movie.
Well you see, black is the color of Empowerment, so any character who bucks the trend is a LOSER.
Yeah, it’s kind of ridiculous at this point. Especially since battles are fought with no heraldry visible.
Okay so I don’t know if someone has talked about that yet but this morning I thought about it so here it is.
From what I know and remember, it has been said, by the Russos and/or Renner, that Clint had mostly joined team Cap because “he was the first to ask”. It had always kind of bugged me, and now I’m convinced that Clint had actually been against the Sokovia Accords all along.
The gifset I made is here to proove my point. First I want to say that I know most people think Clint was already retired, and I agree that it might be the case. During Age of Ultron, he says, through a metaphora about house renovations, that battling Ultron is his “last project”. Then, he went back to his family and hasn’t been shown to come back, though being still in touch with at least Natasha.
But remember when Laura says “Then you’ll find another part of the house to tear apart”? Sure, Clint says after that that it’s his last project, but the fact that Laura mentions that she knows he’ll find something else after the current situation means he’s done that already. The very fact that he comes out of retirement to help Cap is a proof that he can’t stop, he always needs to help. But yes, maybe Clint went into retirement back then, right after Ultron. Makes sense considering he was to be a dad not long after. But then… Why would Steve ask if Clint signed the SA? If he’s already retired, he isn’t an Avenger anymore and don’t need to sign them. So this is where my theory (because let’s face it, that’s a theory and no less) lands, Clint didn’t retire after Ultron. He took vacations, some paternity leave maybe, but didn’t leave the Avengers for good.
Now I’d like to come back to the gifs. In the ones on the left, Secretary Ross mentions that if you don’t sign the Accords, or if you do something that doesn’t please the ones in charge, then you’re send to retirement. And on the right, Natasha mentions that Clint “says he’s retired”. Now if we consider he was already retired, there’s nothing about it. But if you consider he wasn’t, then it means something else entirely.
Clint says he’s retired. What a strange choice of words from Natasha. She doesn’t say he consider it’s not his business, nor that he puts his family first. She doesn’t say he’s signed nor that he hasn’t. She doesn’t say “You know he’s retired”. No she specifically quotes him saying “I’m retired”. Exactly what happens when you don’t sign. Now one can only imagine Clint asking Natasha what happens if he disagree, and upon hearing the answer, saying something like “Then I’m retired.”
I’ve seen a lot of people saying that Wanda is the reason he’s team Cap and I agree with them, but I also think that he wouldn’t have been that involved if he hadn’t share Cap’s opinion. Getting out of retirement, compromising himself, risking not to see his family (including a baby possibly not one year old yet) only because someone “asked first” doesn’t makes sense to me.
(++ When Tony comes to the Raft, Clint welcomes him with a great speech that includes “He knows what’s best for you, whether you like it or not”. Wait a minute. Knowing what’s best for someone, making them do things they might not want? Doesn’t that sound like what the Sokovia Accords are proposing? Yes it does. That’s a clear criticism of Tony agreeing with the Accords and what they imply, that would seem a little off coming from someone who came because “Cap asked first”. Clint isn’t some guy you feel with your opinion and he takes it, he makes his own opinions and he’s clearly against the Accords.)
So yes, things works well without this theory, but it had always bugged me, and I think it had always bugged some other Clint fans, so I tried to think about why it bugged me so much. I think I might have found it. At least it works for me.
BITCH DEAN CALLED CAS SUNSHINE AND THEN CAS DIED, HE FUCKING LOST HIS SUNSHIIEN
The “please don’t take my sunshine away” song has got sooo much mileage in angsty gifsets. I mean there’s so many angsty gifsets I haven’t even been reblogging them all this hiatus. It’s like, oh look, another montage of happy smiling Destiel with “you are my sunshine” on the first three gifs… *hits the skip post button so I don’t have to see the last gif which is always the crane shot*
I am totally not dissing the fine art of angsty destiel gifsets btw, they super hurt like so much, I just think I personally reached saturation point :P Themes and perfect songs collided and now we all know Dean calls Cas sunshine and then Cas died and… yeah, 1 + 1 = one heck of a painful summer :D
look, i think it’s p obvious at this point if you’ve been following me for any amount of time that i don’t ship st*cky. the fandom has completely ruined any possible interest i might’ve had for the pairing and there’s rly no going back for me at this point.
but i follow/am mutuals with quite a few st*cky shippers bc they’re reasonable and i have no problems with seeing the eventual fanart or shippy gifset on my dash—i do follow those ppl after all so i know it’s coming, and a lot of the content is rly beautiful from an artistic standpoint. but i still don’t ship it.
but here’s what i don’t do: i don’t post every day abt how much i hate it, how i find mcu!steve an underdeveloped mess, how mcu!bucky is a helpless damsel etc. i may make the occasional post abt it but it’s always in relation to smth the fandom has done e.g. claiming mcu!bucky is canonically flirting with steve with every interaction,‘or that mcu!steve gagged when he kissed sharon, or that steve and sam don’t have chemistry and should never be a couple and that sam should make way for bucky. it’s never out of the blue, it’s a response to either hate or any other ~problematic~ aspect of the rhetoric.
but even when i do that, i don’t tag the characters. i use asterisks, or the anti tags, bc i don’t want fans/my followers to see the negativity. i don’t spend my days sitting here writing essays abt how much i hate this or that character and how stupid the shippers are, even if i think it. it’s just common courtesy.
so what’s the deal with anti sharon/staron ppl? i have never, in all of my years on tumblr, seen a character/ship get so much vitriol. it’s actually insane. anti sharon/staron ppl have consistently, since civil war came out, flat out HARASSING the fans, hijacking content made by fans to criticize it, and creating anti-blogs with confessions that range from “i hate sharon bc steve belongs with bucky” to “sharon and her stans are literal nazis.” and, no, that’s not even an exaggeration. if anything, i’m being generous with my description.
and then when i make my pro sharon/staron posts, *i’m* the one that has no chill, *i’m* the one that’s too sensitive and should just lighten up, *i’m* the negative one.
like, what’s wrong with you people?
i didn’t even give a shit abt staron until i saw how unnecessarily hated it/sharon/emily was after the movie came out. so, really, you have yourselves to blame for me being so extra about it.
the sharon/staron fandom is literally 1% of the mcu fandom on tumblr, and yet we’re supposed to be quiet when the 99% have been badmouthing us for MONTHS?
i’ll never shut up. you brought this on yourselves.
Just wanted to say that even when we don't share the same exact opinions, I appreciate so much how you take the time to craft such thoughtful, eloquent responses to all of your asks! I was also curious to hear your opinions on Downton Abbey...?
Thanks so much, anon! :) It warms my heart to get these kinds of responses.
I did not stick with Downton Abbey past the third or fourth episode, as I found the pacing of the writing to be too erratic for my tastes. I’ve absorbed various plot-points from later episodes thanks to gifsets and friends who followed the show, however, and my disdain for Julian Fellowes has only grown since then.
You were right!! It's freaking impossible to go to the Aithusa tag and NOT to choke on all the m*rth*r and M*rlin crap!!! And anyway!! if you are in your right mind and have minimal brain function you just can't continue loving M*rlin after S2 and blame & hate Morgana!! those white boy, the dragon and the old man-crone were to blame for starting 'Gana on this path! And then she was all alone & suffering.... Sorry! just wanted to vent))) your gifsets are marvelous!!! all the inspiration!!
Yeah! I mean, I don’t mind if people like Merthur or Merlin, everyone has their fave ship and character and often see their point of view of things. Merlin was the main character and was presented as the hero of the story while Morgana as the villain. So is not surprising that a lot of people loved Merlin and hated Morgana. Also, lots of times just because you love a character doesn’t mean that you agree with their actions, so I get that Merlin is a popular character and that most Merlin fans love him.
Personally, I don’t like him and I don’t like Gaius and the dragon. I hated their treatment of Morgana since the beginning. I hate them for isolating her, judging her, lying to her and gaslighting her all the time. Especially because there was a point where she would only turn to them and were the only ones she trusted and they didn’t help her. I think those are all big reasons why she ended up hating them all and becoming a “villain” and I can’t help but understand where she’s coming from.
But going back to Aithusa, I was certainly surprised to see that there’s barely any posts about Aithusa and Morgana in Aithusa’s tag. Almost all the posts are like “What if Merlin got Aithusa at the end” or “What if Aithusa forgave him” or AU’s where Aithusa was his all along and I don’t understand where this comes from because like I said in the tags, she didn’t even seem to like him and she didn’t listen to him. He forced her to do it because he could, but she always came back to Morgana, she kept helping her until the end. It’s sad we didn’t get to see how she reacted to Morgana’s dead. The finale was really rushed regarding Morgana and maybe they didn’t have the budget to have more Aithusa scenes but I feel like that was missing from the episode.
I think maybe some fans are completely ignoring the fact that Aithusa chose Morgana. She saved her and she decided to stay with her until the end. And Morgana did the same. She was held captive and tortured for two years, she sacrificed her freedom just to make sure nothing happened to Aithusa. So it’s a little sad that some people ignore that to make Morgana seem even worse and give precious Merlin a dragon.
Anyway, the show ended a long time ago so it may not be relevant anymore but I love Aithusa and I love her relationship with Morgana and I wish there had been more scenes with them so I like seeing posts about them but after going to her tag I realized that all that it’s probably an unpopular opinion?
And don’t apologize, it’s okay to vent sometimes. The show might have ended but it will always give us all the feels! Sorry for the long answer! I have a lot of feelings about everything regarding Morgana. And thank you so much! I’m glad you like my gifsets ♥
Hey! I just wanted to say that I really think Derek has feelings for Stiles. The anchor was the cherry on top, but I also think Derek's body language, behaviour and looks all add up to certain romantic "feels" for Stiles. Do you agree? Would love to hear your thoughts on this xx