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


“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.”


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.”


“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.”


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.


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.”


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.”


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.


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.

How Black Panther's Sister Will Play Into The Movie

Even though T'Challa is the one who inherited the Black Panther mantle, he’s not the only talented member of his family. When the Black Panther movie is released early next year, we’ll meet many of the hero’s allies in Wakanda, including his sister, Shuri. Played by Humans star Letitia Wright, Shuri won’t just be supporting T'Challa as he attends to his royal and superhero duties. She’ll also be developing important technology for Wakanda. According to Wright:

“She’s princess of Wakanda, but also she designs all of the new technology there. She has an innovative spirit and an innovative mind, and she wants to take Wakanda to a new place. Also, she has a great fashion sense, better than mine. She’s so vibrant; a beautiful spirit, but also so focused on what she does. And that’s good for other people to see, especially for young people to see, because it’s like, ‘Look, there’s a young black girl who loves technology and she’s from Africa.’ It’s something refreshing.”

Letitia Wright provided this description of what Black Panther’s Shuri will be like while talking with Interview Magazine, describing the character as one of the brightest minds Wakanda has to offer. Just like in the Marvel Comics universe, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Wakanda is the most technologically advanced nation on Earth, and it sounds like in recent years, we have Shuri to thank for some of those achievements.


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.”

what she says: I’m fine

what she means: do you realize that the only reason that the korra universe is so technologically advanced is because aang was trapped in the iceberg of 100 years and the avatars always helped stop major conflicts but because he was gone the war was allowed to continue to the point that they could make new technological advancements like ships and air balloons and tanks and maybe even radios because war always leads to technological progression and it makes sense why every generation before aang was so technologically void because the avatars were there to stop them but not this time and the amount of work to think of this is just, mind boggling?! I love avatar so much

Voltron (Gosick AU)

Ahem, here I am mixing two different shows. Again. I just remembered the anime Gosick and then I thought “wait, black hair? Fairy? Trapped somewhere? Let me make a Klangst out of it”. So here we are again in another AU.

(Note that I just remembered Gosick but I didn’t rewatch it. I am basically relying in memory here.)

> the Altean royal family was known for their powers to be able to communicate to sentient beings like the Balmera. The current family had a daughter first and after five years they gained a son.

> during this five years the Alteans created a weapon called “Voltron” which consisted of five lions. The daughter, Princess Allura, had a semblance of connection to the lions and the royal family thought that she was the key to have Voltron reached its highest potential. They were wrong, the one with the strongest connection to the lions was the son.

> rumors started to spread. The young Prince has a power greater than the others have seen. Some wanted to protect the Prince because of it while others want to turn him into a weapon.

> Tragedy struck and someone kidnapped the Prince during an attack to the Altean empire.

> it was the Galra that kidnapped the Prince but no one knows it because of the tampering of evidences created by Haggar.

> years passed and the young Prince Lance grew in isolation. Maids would bring him foods and clothes as well as helped him during bath times. The other stuff such as toys, accessories, books and beauty products was given to him by his ‘older brother’ Prince Lotor. Aside from that, he was always alone.

> his golden cage was moved from Zarkon’s castle to the tower of library found in Olkarion University. Lance though he could finally associate to people his age but it turned out he was still a prisoner. His only solace was the millions of books found in his new cage.

> Olkarion University, despite being known for their advance technology, still believes in legends and stories passed down from generations to generations. So the rumor of having a white haired fairy living in the tower far away from the main buildings of the school started to spread also.

> Enter Pidge, Hunk, and Keith. The three of them started attending Olkarion University. Pidge and Hunk were a bit obvious on why they choose to attend the said university, the two of them were partners in crime when it comes to anything related to technology. Keith was more the tag along in the group (Shiro forced him)

> if Keith was the awkward type around strangers it hit a whole new level when he became the subject of attention of the students inside the university. You see, there was a rumor (more like a horror story) of a grim reaper entering the school, disguised as a student, decades ago and that he had black hair and violet eyes. Perfect description for Keith, the hair and eye part not the grim reaper part. So half of the students try to avoid him while the other half was intrigued about him.

> one day, Pidge heard the rumors about the old library being haunted by a mourning fairy. They don’t believe the fairy part but they want to see the library part. So they grabbed Hunk and Keith and basically planned to trespass the old library tower. Hunk didn’t agree at first but after the constant asking of Pidge he finally consented.

> of course every supposed secret motives must be done in the dark. Locked doors that consist a lot of codes to be opened and can only be accessed outside? Suspicious especially if the place was supposed to be haunted. But there were no locked doors for Pidge (and Hunk but he didn’t want to be too involved).

> first door during the infiltrating was a success and Pidge was in awe of the amount of books just stored in the first floor alone. Keith was surprised also from it and wondered why the Olkarions chose to abandon the place.

> while Pidge and Hunk was swooning at the amount of information they were absorbing, Keith noticed that there was a light coming from the top of the tower. Being the most impulsive one in the group, Keith scaled the shelves and started climbing on it (why didn’t you try to find the stairs?! It was just right there!)

> finally reaching the top, Keith wondered if the rumors of the mourning fairy was true because he thought that he was meeting that white haired fairy right now.

> I’m going to continue this if anyone is interested. Also, I am writing this because I can’t sleep when I am supposed to be sleeping so forgive if there are wrong spellings or grammars, I will edit this once I get the chance to have a good six hours sleep. Okay. Good night/morning/afternoon to all of you!

keith’s last vlog

after Keith leaves for his BOM mission, the team finds a USB stick in his room, under his pillow, with this video on it. 


hey guys, chances are that you’ve found this video by now. I don’t have many belongings, so it must have been easy to find. 

And, um, this is all I left behind. *voice crack and rubs fingers together*

okay, *closes eyes* keep it together, Keith. *slow exhale*

I used to be the paladin of the Black Lion. But, I don’t know what to say about myself now. I guess Im a member of the Blades, if they consider me one. There’s a lot I still need to learn, and so many people more qualified than me in the Blade of Marmora. I guess I was a vital member to BOM while I was a paladin, but Im not a paladin anymore. I honestly wonder who I really am. My only identity, the only part of me that ever felt real, felt like I belonged, felt like home, was when I was Red’s paladin.

However, I guess i didn’t belong there at all. Red bonded with Lance, I would never take that away from either of them. Being the black paladin made me feel sick. I felt like I was just strengthening the divide between you all and Shiro when he came back if I piloted Black. Ever since I figured out that I’m Galra, there’s been this undertone distancing between us. I don’t blame anyone, I just wish my circumstances were different.

I love Red. Me and Red had this unexplainable relationship, he was there for me though thick and thin. A lot of the times when I would need to cry to someone at night, I would just sit near Red and his presence just soothed me, cooled my blood, made me feel wanted. For once, I didn’t feel like I was bothering someone with my problems.

But, Lance, when you told me that you felt unneeded, unwanted, that you felt like everyone was excelling and you were falling behind. 

I know how that feels! I would never want anyone else to feel that way! Lance, you don’t deserve to feel that way!

So I backed out of Voltron. I quit, gave Black back to Shiro and Red to Lance. As Lance said, we need our best fighters on the battlefield. I was not going to let my weird mental health issues get in the way with something as important as fighting the Galra. 

So I moved to a position a little less vital. If I died or screwed up in the BOM, I would be replaced by another guy. It would still work out. If I made a mistake while in Voltron, which I did do multiple times and I am so so sorry guys that I screwed it all up for all of us, then it would affect millions and most importantly, it would directly affect you all.

Over time, I learned to consider you all as family. No, even more. You guys are all I had and all I have ever had, no one had ever made me feel wanted or needed before, until I joined Voltron. Every time I made a mistake in the past, people would never forgive me. They would just leave me to wonder what I was doing wrong. I guess, it was unfair of me to assume the same about you guys, but I couldn’t handle it. What if I screwed up one day and all of you would leave? All of you would give up on me. All of you would……..

 stop loving me. *tears* 

So I had to leave first. I had to leave before I made a mistake and hurt you all, or ended up broken again. 

I love you guys, thank you for all of the good memories. But I can’t do this again,

I can’t get attached again,

I can’t let my hopes rise again,

I can’t get hurt again.

Please continue Voltron without me. It’ll be easier without me, anyways. No more arguing between me and Lance, and no more impulsive and dangerous moves on missions. I hope Voltron suits you all well, and please know that i am a call away if you ever need support in a fight.

Lastly, I recorded this for a specific reason. I know how deadly these upcoming missions with the BOM are, so I recorded this just in case I would never see you guys again. *voice cracks* I love you all so much.

Coran and Allura, thank you so much for introducing me to Voltron. You really helped me find a place where I belong. I have felt at home for the first time in my life. I wish you guys luck with everything and I hope you can live to see more Alteans and a world where they are abundant. 

Hunk, you were always so positive and funny. Thank you for all of the hugs and jokes and times that we have shared. I love you so much, and I hope you continue with cooking and engineering and can finally settle down on Earth once this is all over and become as successful as I know you will be. 

Pidge, I hope your whole family is reunited once again. I hope you can sit with them at dinner again and eat familiar and warm food while laughing and cracking science jokes. I know that’s what you miss most. I hope your hair can grow out again, because you told me you missed it, I hope you and Matt will continue to make amazing advances in galactic technology and travel the universe together. I hope you grow up to be a beautiful and kind person that I know you will be. You have always been like a little sister to me, and I love you more than anything, Katie Holt.

Lance, I hope you get to see your baby twin cousins. How old will they be when you get back to Earth? What will Ms. Blue Lion (Or Red Lion I guess) look like? I hope she makes you the happiest, I hope you stay laughing and smiling as you always have. I hope you know how important you are, how great of a man you are, how humble and funny and pretty you are, I hope you get to reunite with all 53 members of your family where you guys can practice family traditions and drink warm soup with each other. I hope you get to sleep in that soft blanket on Earth that you’re always missing. I hope you get to drink chamomile tea and eat Earth food and dance in the rain the day you get home. I hope you get to do everything you want to. I know you will be successful, I know that you will make an amazing father and husband and that you will become famous. Lance, I love you so much. Please don’t give up on your dreams, please don’t stop smiling, and if you ever need any support, remember our moments together and how incredibly talented you are. You’ll make it through, man.

Shiro, you are the rightful leader of Voltron. You have worked so hard and you really deserve to be exactly where you are right now. I am so proud of you for never giving up. Unfortunately, I am no where near as strong as you. 

You’re so inspirational, you never gave up, even when the chance of survival was so little and when hope was spread so thin. You have taught me so many things, you have wiped so many of my tears, and you have comforted me countless times. Shiro, I love you so so so much, and I am really going to miss you so much. I wish you all the best with everything coming up in your life, you will make an amazing dad and husband. I can’t wait for you to get back to Earth and see how popular you are, and for you to receive all the attention and recognition you deserve. 

I am going to miss you so much, but you have so much light ahead of you, such a bright future. I am so proud of you for all that you have done and haven’t done. I love you, Shiro. Keep going.

After the fight with the Galra, if I am still alive, I plan to travel the universe in search of my roots. Never know how far away we will all end up from each other, but you will all always be in my heart.

Again, thanks so much for everything.

The Zodiac Signs as Ancient Civilizations/ Empires
  • Aries: Vikings // War, courage, honor, adventure
  • Taurus: Mongols // Possessions, determination, economy
  • Gemini: Chinese // Rich culture, importance of writing
  • Cancer: Babylonian // Strong sense of community, protection of the weak and poor
  • Leo: Inca // Sun-God, magnificent buildings and art
  • Virgo: Romans // Engineering, efficiency, technology
  • Libra: Greek // Democracy, beauty, great works of art
  • Scorpio: Egyptians // Mystery, intelligence, CATS
  • Sagittarius: Aztecs // Nobility, extravagance, strength
  • Capricorn: Maya // Knowledge, studying, hard work, time
  • Aquarius: Atlantis // Universal consciousness, advanced technology, isolation
  • Pisces: Persian // Human rights, religious tolerance, equality

aerialsquid  asked:

So how does trans Peter jive with the gratuitous shirtless scenes every marvel movie is contractually obliged to offer? Do hormones used early do that IRL (no clue), does marvelverse have super hormones retrofitted from asguardian technology, or did his new spider powers perfectly heal his top surgical and all other scars?

peter’s lack of breasts in homecoming could be explained by him having had top surgery (plus there are some types of top surgery that don’t leave those thick scars, but it isn’t as common), or he could have taken puberty blockers prior to taking testosterone which would have prevented his breasts from filling in too much, and then he also could have just been very flat chested (it should also be taken into consideration that when you gain more muscle your breasts typically get smaller/tighter, so if he already was pretty flat chested then the added muscle to his pecs from the spider bite would make that even more so)

but i like the way you think with this superhero fake science, with all the alien tech we saw in homecoming it would make sense for regular surgeons and doctors in the marvel universe to have more advanced technology for things like transitioning and top surgery or all medical purposes in general

Climate change for aliens

In February NASA astronomers discovered seven Earth-like planets, potentially harboring life, orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1, not too far from Earth.

Scientists have yet to discover life, or evidence of civilizations, on these or other planets. But in the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, they often categorize hypothetical worlds according to the amount of energy their inhabitants could potentially harness.

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Maybe, Baby, It’s You

Because baby crazy Diana is the cutest thing ever I s2gosh. Looks and acts like a cinnamon roll but can actually kill you

“Oh, a baby!”

Kate hears the voice before she sees the speaker; a tall woman who parts the crowd around the cafe like the Red Sea, trailed by an exasperated Maria Hill.

“Ms. Prince,” Hill starts, but by that point, Diana Prince is kneeling in front of Kate, one of Ash’s tiny baby hands wrapped around Diana’s finger.

“Oh, look at you,” Diana coos, utterly enchanted by the tiny human perched in Kate’s lap. “Aren’t you precious?” She finally looks up at Kate, eyes sharpening as recognition dawns. “Oh. Is she yours, Hawkeye?”

Maria makes a noise like someone being strangled to death, an utterance Kate is fairly certain is paired with an eye-roll for the ages. In the two weeks that Diana, Princess of Themyscira, daughter of Hippolyta, and so on and so forth, has been in this universe, she has proven rather…uninterested in secret identities. 

Uninterested is the wrong word. It feels more like Diana sees the whole person–superhero and secret identity–without the arbitrary line most of them have drawn between the two. Maybe Kate’s just projecting. It’s not like Hawkeyes are particularly good at keeping the two distinct.

“He,” Kate finally corrects before shaking her head. “This is Ash, and he’s my nephew.”

“Oh. Do you have any children?”


Diana’s lips curve upward for half a second before settling back into a neutral line. 

Susan chooses this moment to return to their table, taking in the strange woman making faces at her child. Kate can see the moment the pieces click together in her sister’s brain.

“You must be Diana!” Susan beams at the amazon in question. “Kate’s told me so much about you!”

Susan, nooooooo.

“Well, not so much,” Susan corrects herself. “Since it’s work related, or whatever. But enough!” She gives Diana an exaggerated wink and oh god oh god no Susan why

Susan is operating under the mistaken impression that Kate has game. Not that she doesn’t! Kate has plenty of game. It’s just that Diana is an actual, literal goddess, and Hawkeyes don’t do people! Everyone knows that Hawkeyes are just piles of trash compressed into human form except for sisters who don’t know that you’re a Hawkeye, exactly, and–

“But listen to me! Going on and on and not even inviting you to join us! Take a seat, Diana, please!” Susan’s eyes finally catch on Maria, arms crossed and glaring at the tableau in front of her. “Oh! Is that your girlfriend?”

“No,” Diana smiles, a real one that lights up her whole face and purifies the soul of everyone within a ten-foot radius, Hill notwithstanding. “I don’t have a girlfriend. Or a boyfriend.”

Susan gives Kate one of the most obvious well there, look at the good thing I did for you I’m so proud what a good wingman I am looks in the history of ever and Kate dies just a little bit on the inside.

“I’d love to join you,” Diana continues, ignorant of Kate’s spiritual demise at the hands of her sister. “If that’s all right with you, Kate?”

It takes Kate a few seconds to realize the question was directed at her and not Hill. The fact only really sinks in as Maria’s frown deepens. 

“Sure!” Kate says, the eagerness in her voice making her cringe. “I’d love that.”

Ten minutes later, Kate is positive the only reason Diana agreed to stay is because she’s in love with Ash. To be fair, the feeling appears to be mutual. Diana is making faces at Ash, who is delighted at each one. He dribbles food down his chubby little chin, and Diana swoops in to wipe it off with noises and flourishes of the napkin that entrance the infant. 

“Whatever you do, don’t give Kate your number,” Susan jokes–really, Susan? What is that, reverse psychology? That’s not going to work– “Or I’ll steal it from her when I need a babysitter.”

“I’d love to babysit!” Diana beams, like Susan just offered her a unicorn. With what Kate understands about Themyscira, perhaps comparing babies to unicorns isn’t all that weird.

Kate loses the thread of the conversation for a few seconds–Maria is glaring at Kate so hard she’s surprised her head hasn’t caught fire–but hears Diana say something about wanting kids and looking for the right person to have them with.

“I’ll have your babies!” Kate blurts out before realizing what she said and immediately wanting to die. 

Susan, for her part, is a horrible person and doesn’t even pretend not to laugh, and Diana smiles, corners of her eyes crinkling in amusement. Maria stifles a laugh, disguising it poorly as a cough, and even little Ash takes his cue from the rest of the group and starts giggling.

“Unless technology is highly advanced in this universe, that won’t be possible. We could adopt,” Diana muses after a moment. “But I think we should go on a date before we discuss adoption. At least one date." 

"Are…you asking me out?” Kate’s mouth is dry and she swallows convulsively. 

“No. I’m telling you that you may ask me out.”

“Oh. What?”

Diana laughs again, but instead of making Kate feel like an idiot, it makes her feel warm, like the two of them are sharing a private joke. “A date. You should ask me to go on a date tonight.”

“Oh. Oh! Right. Diana, did you want to go out to eat. On a date. Tonight?”

“I would love to.”

Maria clears her throat and stands, and Diana follows suit. “We should be going, Ms. Prince. We still have a lot to do if you want to get off work in time for your dinner tonight.”

“Does six work for you?” Kate asks in a rush, suddenly aware of how bad she is at this stuff. “I can text you the place. Or pick you up. Or–”

“Oh, for the love of god, just text her,” Maria snaps. 

Diana gives Maria a Look before leaning in to say goodbye to Ash. “I should let you know,” she murmurs to Kate. “That I love ice cream. If we get ice cream, I’ll definitely kiss you at the end of the night.”

Kate manages to find words to say goodbye with around the pterodactyl screeching in her mind as Diana and Maria leave.

“Way to get your auntie a date, Asher!” Susan raises her son’s hand and gives him a high-five. “We’re definitely telling this story at their wedding.”

gravity-gravy  asked:

What sterotypes do the aliens have about humans? What does each species overall think about humans? And are their any qualities that humans have that the aliens wish they had?

Look…. I’ll be honest, I have no interest in making my universe into one of posts about how aliens are agog at humans eating their pasta salad cold and tolerating monsoons. All of the aliens in Staraways have unique physiological and cultural traits, but these are not necessarily causes for envy and wonder… there’s a whole range of interaction here, depending on context. Differences can also inspire fear, hatred, indifference, amusement, and resigned annoyance that ferret ships are always going to be cold and stuffy, aren’t they. Humans being different from them on levels like temperature tolerance and personality started being mundane after the first couple years, and now everyone is right back to arguing about specific politicians and their fiscal plans for planet/spaceport 30X-E.

Avians in general think that humans are sex obsessed, a little too handsy and talkative, but not nearly as bad as ferrets. Ferrets think we are much more personable than avians, but still rather like talking to a recording of a child played at 50% speed. Centaurs tend to regard all aliens with the same resentment, but humans are the most similar to them physically and emotionally, so if they hang out with anyone it’s probably them. Everyone’s a little horrified with the level at which humans are willing to modify themselves and their own children, including a fair amount of humans who have been trying to put more regulations on the GMH industry for years.

All of the aliens have unique sets of skills associated with them in terms of the sciences… humans are notorious for their biochemistry and terraforming talents, and they’re one of the leading species in creating planet bubbles, garden ships, and entire livable planets. They also brought the food printer and lots of medical advancements to the intergalactic table. They’re also easily emotionally attached to non-human living things, and have a lot of conservation efforts going on for their homeplanet and others.

Ferrets are notable for their computer programming, exploratory ships, and being in space the longest…. many star portals were set up hundreds of years ago by ferret slower-than-light crafts, making things much easier for everyone else. While humans spread out like little dandelion weeds to nearby systems, ferrets will happily fling themselves into the void for a 300 year voyage on a hamster tube maze the size of Rhode Island. Also, a lot of the major programming languages and ship AIs are ferret in origin, their talent for intricate language serves them well there. They were the first to develop quantum computers and consequently AI.

Avians are known for their work in physics, especially flight physics (lmao), and have a very good innate understanding of how gravity, drag and lift work on objects. They also tend to be talented pilots, though most ships are controlled by sapient AI now. Avians also have a large community of astrophysicists and rocket scientists, and make a lot of advancements in ship technology and understanding the universe (although they are just as prone to getting in century long spats about string theory and whatever as humans)

Centaurs are still catching up with everyone else, but tend to be talented athletes and engineers. They don’t have the same endurance as humans or flight abilities as avians, but are certainly the fastest runners and furthest jumpers. They are also champs at starving– being large predators they usually don’t eat more than one big meal a day at their most pampered. They are very tactile, like to tinker, and have a good sense of practical design and material physics. Their eventual niche in the galactic sciences with probably be commodity design, construction, and material engineering. Building stuff, basically.

Steven is a freaking WMD

As of late, Steven has been coming in to a whole host of powers: healing spit, dream-walking, body snatching, super strength, plant control, feather falling, and so on. Almost all of these make Steven a very real threat to gems and humans alike, but Steven has one power in particular that hasn’t been discussed much in the show. One power that could make him a threat to all of homeworld, and goes a long way in explaining why Rose was able to raise a whole army against the Diamonds 

You see, Steven isn’t just able to heal the gem monsters, he has the ability to create them!

Before I get to explain this, let’s address something important. In the recent episode Monster Reunion, we learned the story of how Centipeetle came to earth, and the terrible burst of light and song that caused every gem on earth to become corrupted at once.

Obviously this wasn’t some inherently magical song. Magic in Steven Universe is much closer to sufficiently advanced technology, even if we can’t scientifically describe every power in play. No this was explicitly a power used by the three Diamonds, not some magic song and not some magic bomb. It’s why Centipeetle drew the three Diamonds (more on why she drew them black in another post), and why the burst shown yellow, blue and white in Same Old World. This is the kind of power the Diamonds wield, and anyone with the same power would qualify as a Destroyer of Worlds

Major clairification: I am NOT saying Steven is a Diamond! He’s a Quartz, this has never been up for debate!

Let’s rewind a bit and talk about Steven and Rose’s shield. Back in Ocean Gem, we learned that when struck, Steve’s shield emits a warbling metallic whine of a sound which managed to cause Lapis Lazuli’s water clones to shudder and collapse into into puddles.

This wasn’t an isolated incident. In Sworn To The Sword the same thing happens to one of Pearl’s training holograms, which glitched out and then shattered when he blocked it’s parry

This glitching effect should be fresh in your mind right now, since just yesterday in Monster Reunion, we saw Centipeetle’s body glitch the exact same way as she began to revert into her monster form.

Gem bodies are still just holograms. The only difference between Holo-Pearl’s physical form and that any real gem is that her body is designed to be fragile, and break rather than try to maintain her shape.

Worse yet, Steven’s powers seem to be entirely semantic in nature. In addition to being able to heal gems with his spit, he can heal humans, gem technology, and even a damaged stuffed animal

Obviously Steven’s disruption power is much weaker than that of the diamonds is, but it works on the same mechanic, and has the same extent of semantics as his healing. Lapis’s water clones weren’t made of holo-water like her wings. We saw her make them out of ocean water.

If that isn’t enough for you, listen to the reason why Garnet, Amethsyt, Pearl and Rose survived the the attack

Greg: No such thing as a good war, kiddo. Gems were destroyed, people too… In the end, your mother could only save a handful of her closest friends. If it weren’t for her shield, man, I don’t know.

Rose’s shield neutralized the effect: the same power is in play here, and it can potentially be reversed as well, and here’s the most amazing thing: Steven doesn’t need his shield to use it

In the infamous episode Maximum Capacity after seeing Amethyst shapeshift into his dead mother to torment his dad, Steven yells “STOP” at the top of his lungs, immediately afterwards the tv broke out into static. This wasn’t the end of the tape or anything, we saw the show still playing in the instant before the tape was scrambled by Steven’s powers. More evidence that this disruption ability can affect anything you could physically disrupt. The only variable here is power.

To wipe out all gems on earth, all three Diamonds were needed, presumably fused together, to commit such an act of unbridled destruction. For Steven to utilize his power on the same scale, either to corrupt or to heal, the odds are against him, but he’s not going to do it alone. After all, there’s no shortage of powerful gems on earth, and he only needs to fuse with them to wield their strength.




Unliving weapons

And a beast whose voice can tear holes in space itself!

anonymous asked:

I can't believe people really think that "but peter we've seen peter shirtless" is a valid criticism on trans! Peter, like the marvel universe is high tech af with stark industries and ALIEN shit everywhere, is it really that impossible that chest surgery is more subtle or testosterone stronger? Sorry for ranting lol I'm just a trans girl who wishes the cis would let me live

lmao yeah like even if the hc didn’t make sense (which it overwhelmingly does), this is the marvel universe where anything can be explained simply with “their technology is more advanced”

like peter’s flat chest can already be easily explained several different ways, but even if it couldn’t this is a headcanon and we’re talking about a universe where in the comics characters have been known to just switch bodies. they just switch bodies, and nobody questions the plausibility of that

A Semi-Long Meta about Kylo Ren, Power, and Idealization

I really feel like I don’t see enough talk in the fandom about Kylo’s power. Childish and emotionally-stunted as he may be, his abilities with the Force are at an expert-level, judging from his ability to stop a bolt mid-air from the blaster-pistol Poe fires at him, and then have it stay frozen in place for several minutes. In addition, there’s his ability to delve deep into people’s minds to excavate the information he needs. Rey is an exception because she retaliates with her own Force abilities, but even then, it takes a lot of effort on her part. He was still able to see snippets of what was going on in her head. It’s pretty impressive, simply put, and his influence in the Order is not a fluke; you know he gets a private audience with Snoke and has his own unit (the Knights of Ren) because of his abilities.

Let’s talk about the Knights of Ren for a moment, too.  I want to specifically focus on the use of the word knights. Knighthood as we know it is most often associated with European knighthood in the Middle Ages, where to be a knight was considered a prestigious social rank of the lower nobility. Knights were esteemed because the title was associated with chivalry, gallantry, and heroism. They were well-respected and idealized. 

It’s an interesting term to use, given the antithesis of the technologically-advanced Star Wars universe and the Middle Ages, which are primitive by comparison. How did the First Order even come to use the term? The unlikelihood of knighthood existing as we know it in the Star Wars Universe leads me to believe that the use of the title “Knights of Ren” has less to do with the literal meaning, and more to do with the symbolic meaning. That is, more to do with the ideals of knighthood.

This is important to note, because it ties in oh-so-perfectly with Kylo Ren’s own proclivity for idealization. For a man that worships a grandfather he never met, as well as the actions of said grandfather, specifically the actions that only reflected the Darth Vader identity and not the Anakin Skywalker identity, it is clear that idealization is Kylo’s weakness. The Knights of Ren fit in perfectly with his narrow, rose-tinted view of the First Order, Snoke, and the Dark Side. In his mind, being a Knight of Ren is chivalry, gallantry, heroism. He believes he is fighting for the right side because he values those things, and those values are reflected in the First Order in his eyes. Of course they are only reflected on a superficial level (such as giving his unit the title “The Knights of Ren”), but since he has been under Snoke’s influence since birth, he doesn’t need much convincing and never questions the fragile structure his beliefs are founded on.

For the sake of making things come full-circle, you can now understand how he came to be so skilled with the Force. His ideals make him a perfectionist of the Dark side. He strives to be the best Dark Sider he can be by trying to cleanse himself of the Light. 

“Your son is gone,” Kylo tells Han. “He was weak and foolish, like his father, so I destroyed him.” 

Destroying Ben Solo = cleansing himself of the Light side.

But when Kylo doesn’t meet the standards that he sets for himself and fails the First Order (the paragon of the Dark side), he explodes. 

An example of this is his temper-tantrum when Rey escapes. He was responsible for her capture and for restraining her, and he was the only one who knew she was Force-sensitive, so, naturally, the blame for her escape falls on him. When he destroys her prison cell to crisps with his lightsaber, he is having a moment with himself. He doesn’t take his anger out on any Stormtroopers or demand who was responsible for letting her slip between his fingers. He likely deduced how she escaped on his own, realized his mistake in not keeping her better-guarded, and lashed out. 

He sees the call to the Light as a weakness in much the same way someone might see being tempted by one of the Seven Deadly Sins as a weakness. He reprimands himself for being tempted, going so far as to pray to the essence of Darth Vader as if he’s in a freakin’ church confessional. He wants to be pure like a true, devoted follower of his religion. The reason he ends up doing morally-reprehensible things is because the First Order’s definition of purity includes them: wiping out the Jedi and the Republic, destroying planets- those are the means by which the Light side he sees as dangerous can be defeated. Kylo Ren takes an active participation in it all, because he sees himself as a knight fighting for the greater good.

Yuri!!! On Ice Fanfic Recs - Part 3: Complete Novellas (15k-50k)

There’s no official definition for how long a novella-length story is, but for my personal purposes I define it as being between 15,000 to 50,000 words in length. So here’s a rec list of complete, novella-length YOI fanfics. Fics are listed in alphabetical order by author and then fic.


Here’s a list of all other YOI rec lists I’ve done (will update as they come along):

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A Rogue One Inception!AU

- link to my other Rogue One blabberings -

is there a rogue one inception!au floating around anywhere in space? a picture set? aesthetic? whatever they’re called.

because guys.


i’ve never been in the inception fandom (except to stare at ariadne’s gorgeous face ok), but imagine (i’m gonna get all the terminology wrong and everything might not happen in the same universe but bear with me):

  • the rebellion has failed in successfully extracting information from galen erso’s mind regarding the empire’s top secret research
    • a woman had appeared during melshi’s interrogation. a brunette with a beautiful but tired face.
    • “i’m usually not one to impose myself in my husband’s business dealings, but,” a sad, exhausted smile, “things have changed.”
    • she’s a shit shot, but it ends the dream nonetheless.
  • the rebellion has lost their mole, and the empire knows who they want. they lose access, and erso disappears.
  • much later, the rebellion is given one more shot at erso’s mind. a defected pilot confesses that he knows where erso has been hidden away.
  • the rebellion commands captain cassian andor - the original team’s forger who had been the only one undetected due to his skills as the alliance’s best forger - to do the following:
    • one: to put together a new team for the extraction, including
    • two: finding and recruiting galen erso’s daughter.


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Squadron Supreme

Marvel’s original alternate-universe heroes follow in the footsteps of the Exiles to venture multiple realities to save divergent Earths that have gone wrong.

  • Warren Ellis (Planetary, The Authority, Stormwatch)
  • Gary Frank (Supreme Power, Justice League, Superman)

This is the book for everyone who loves a winking homage.This book follows the Squadron as they intervene not just in divergent worlds populated with Marvel characters, but also those “universes” that bear a striking resemblance to other well-known pop culture properties; and the tone of the book adjusts to suit the subject matter.

The state of the Multiverse has always been fragile, requiring super-powered intervention from agents ranging from the Captain Britain Corps to the Exiles. With those groups defunct and alternate realities fraying at the seams, the multiverse needs those with the audacity to intervene and fix the world(s). The Squadron are well-suited to trek the multiverse: not only were they Marvel’s original alternate-universe homage to their Direct Competitors, but the current incarnation of the team is populated with members all hailing from different realities. 

Their time in the Prime Universe was met with formidable pushback from SHIELD, the Avengers and other established heroes of this world. So when these consummate outsiders relocate to Counter-Earth, who is in sore need of heroes. While settling in to their new home, they encounter a Skrull called Skymax who reveals he is also a refuge from an alternate universe where Skrulls never became warmongers but instead brought technological advancement to Earth. He has been trying to locate his reality via a Nexus on Counter-Earth. In doing so, he discovered “Crises on Innumerable Earths” and has been trying to do what he can to help. With the supreme power of the Squadron, he believes they can save endangered realities more effectively and maybe even find a way back to their own realities, should they ever reappear (he has seen new realities appear — which we know is the product of the Richards family’s efforts at the end of Secret War).

But the road to hell is paved with good intentions — the Squadron’s success rate of interventionist “world-fixing” is spotty at best. Even if this consortium of heroes with different values can agree on a course of action, will their efforts be seen as supreme or sinister by those they endeavor to help?

Featuring the cast from James Robinson’s recent Squadron Supreme Book:

  • Hyperion: Pursued King Hyperion (an evil counterpart that has faced off against Blue Marvel as well as the Thunderbolts) to Counter-Earth, who sought to take over that world. After finally dispatching his evil counterpart, Marc saw that Counter-Earth needed heroes in a way his last home didn’t and enlists his once- and future-partners to join him.
  • Nighthawk: After “faking” his death (per his off-panel death in Occupy Avengers), he has been laying low, collecting intel and biding his time for his next big mission.
  • Paragon (formerly Power Princess): Zarda enlists the aid of several heroines to recover her powers from her evil counterpart and the Myriad alien army she commands (as seen in Robinson’s book). Acknowledging that she’s nobody’s “princess,” she changes her name to Paragon to reflect her goal to be an exemplar to all of humanity.
  • Prism (formerly Doctor Spectrum): Nicknamed “Prism” while working alongside Spectrum (Monica Rambeau) for period, she discovered she liked the brevity of it.
  • Blur: Has been working off his “probation” as a super-agent alongside Jim Hammond. He loves being a hero, but finds working for SHIELD a little too shadowy for his tastes. But during his time with Hammond, and by extension Namor, he met Kymaera…

as well as two additions:

  • Kymaera (Nita Prentiss): Pulled out of the time-stream by Rich Ryder (Nova #32), she has since discovered she too was from an alternate timeline. But like her deceased counterpart, she has since mutated into having more Atlantean features. In addition, she has developed hydrokinetic powers. 
  • Skymax (Jon’Do): A refugee from a reality with benevolent Skulls, this biochemistry nerd has undergone Super-Skrull augmentation. But instead of choosing four unrelated super-powers as per custom, he instead amplified his natural Skrullian shapeshifting power to molecular levels, allowing him to transform into literally anything he can imagine, even becoming invisible or intangible. Having fought for justice on Counter-Earth for some time, he enlists the aid of the Squadron to voyage the multiverse via the elaborately complex Nexus.