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Tony Stark just barely convincing Ross to give him and Natasha a chance to fix things instead of going after his fellow Avengers with “boys and bullets.”

I need to talk about this scene, and how it illustrates why I have genuine BAFFLEMENT that people want to convince me that Tony Stark cares about no one but himself.

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anonymous asked:

People are getting mad over the idea that Danny Rand should've been asian; Like yeah, he was white in the comics but unlike a superhero like Luke Cage, who's ethnicity is central to his character, Danny Rand doesn't need to be white to be the same character as in the comics. And either way, Lewis Tan, who auditioned for the role, is half white and white passing. Plus he actually knew martial arts. Am I wrong?

Hell no you’re not wrong.

Lewis Tan could’ve easily been Danny Rand and it wouldn’t have jeopardized anything. In fact, it would’ve added more to it. Tan could’ve been an Asian diasporan who tries to connect with his roots or whatnot (he actually is an Asian diasporan, being born in England). Not only that but he actually knows martial arts, does his own stunts, and just him being Asian could smash the white savior/whitewashing/yellowfacing stereotype we’ve been getting for over a hundred years.

Marvel has changed the source content many times throughout its movie adaptions so “sticking to the comics” is not even a good argument. What the “source” argument does is allow fanboys/fangirls/fanpersons to cover up their racist/prejudice/colonial mentalities because they just want to see another basic, lame ass white person on television. Finn doesn’t know martial arts and he can’t act but he’s white. That’s pretty much all you have to be in order to get a leading role lol.

Angry Asian Guy

Civil War

Summary: You and Dean don’t see eye to eye when it comes to comic book universes. 

Word Count: 1377

Warnings: None

Pairing: Dean x Reader

This is my entry for @jaredpadasexyy ‘s Easter Challenge. This was beta-ed by @avasmommy224.

Prompt: 20. “Marvel is better than DC”


Your name: submit What is this?

You were sitting in your room watching a movie. Which movie? Only the best cinematic masterpiece of all time: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. You had just gotten to the highway scene. Cap and the Winter Soldier were going hand to hand, blow for blow. Even though you had seen this movie a million times, you still found yourself on the edge of your seat.

Cap had just ripped the Winter Soldier’s mask off and revealed his face.

“Bucky?”

“Who the hell is Bucky?”

You couldn’t help but say the line in sync with Bucky and let out a little squeal as it was one of your favorite lines in the movie. And as luck would have it, Dean happened to be walking by at that exact moment.

“What are you squealin’ at?”

Your finger hit the pause button on the remote. “Oh, it’s nothing.”

Dean gave you a suspicious look as he took at seat on the other side of your bed. “If it’s nothing, then why’d you pause it?”

You turned to him with an irritated look on your face. How dare he intrude on your quality time with your two husbands? “Because I would like to watch it alone.”

“Why? Is there a dirty scene coming up?” Dean said raising his eyebrows.

“God no! I just enjoy the movie more on my own, that’s all.”

Dean gave you another suspicious look, this one more teasing.

“Yeah, sure” he said doubtfully “I believe that.”

“It’s true!”

He put his hands up in surrender, “I believe you, I swear! Cross my heart and everything.”

You rolled your eyes as you unpaused your movie and turned back to it. Dean moved closer as he started to watch the movie as well. After a few minutes into the resumed movie, you turned to him only to see a confused look etched on his face.

You looked back at the television, trying to decipher what could’ve caused his confusion and came up with nothing.

“So what’s so special about him?”

“What?”

“Captain America. All he has is the power of ultimate frisbee.”

You feigned a gasp, touching a hand to your heart, “How dare you!”

“I’m just saying,” he shrugged, “ He doesn’t have any powers and the only weapon he has is that stupid shield. He’s just another buff dude punching bad guys.”

“Oh and your precious Batman is so much better? He’s a vigilante with abandonment issues.”

“So what?”, his voice getting louder, “He kicks ass, point blank period. How can you like Captain America over Batman?”

“Because Marvel is better than DC.” You said this as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.

“Bullshit!”, he said standing up abruptly.

“It’s not bullshit,” you said standing up as well, “It’s a fact!”

This continued for 10 minutes until Sam walked by and heard the screaming match.

“What the hell is going on in here?”

You both took a breath then directed your screaming at Sam, trying to explain your point and throwing jabs at each other.

“Enough!”

You and Dean both went silent glancing at each other, then looking down at your shoes like children that have been reprimanded for being too loud.

“Now,” Sam started after a long pause “What is the problem?”

Before either of you could speak and start screaming again, he held up his hand. “ Y/N, you first.”

“Aww, come on!”

Sam gave Dean his bitch face at his outburst before looking at you for you to speak.

“Well,” you started, “I was just in here minding my own business and watching my movie, when someone” you said pointedly “Decided to interrupt me. And I can feel you rolling your eyes Dean.”

“That’s because you’re being ridiculous.”

“How am I being ridiculous?”

“We are not starting this again” Sam said wiping a hand down his face.

“She’s not telling the whole story.”

“Then what is the whole story?”

Dean crossed his arms. “She said, and I quote, ‘Marvel is better than DC’.”

Sam looked at him with a confused face. “So?”

“So?!”, Dean asked incredulously, “What do you mean so?! DC has Batman and Superman. You know, real superheroes. Unlike Marvel where everyone has to go through an experiment gone wrong to be a hero.”

“At least our films are better!”

“In what universe?”

“In all of 15 of Marvel’s!”

“Whatever.” Dean said waving you off, “Our movies are amazing.”

“Really?”

“Really.”

You turned to him fully now, looking him dead in the eye, “Batman Vs. Superman.“

“It was great!”

“It was trash!”

“Says who?”

“Says ‘Rotten Tomatoes’.”

“Oh and Marvel’s so much better according to them, huh?”

“Don’t make me pull out receipts! I will pull up their website so quick-”

“THAT’S IT! Conversation over!” Sam grabbed Dean by the collar of his flannel and hauled him out the room.

“I’m not done!” Dean yelled.

“Well I am!” Sam responded, not breaking his stride out of the room.

You stood there after the door closed for a moment, wondering what the hell just happened. You didn’t dwell for long, anxious to get back to your movie without interruption.


After your movie had finished, you decided to walk around the bunker to stretch your legs. As you rounded the corner to the library, you saw Dean sitting at them table reading lore. You sat down across him, knowing that it was stupid to ignore him.

“Hey.”

“Hey.”

“So…we good?”

“Yeah, we’re good.”

“Good.” You looked around the room, not sure of what to do or say.

“Can I ask one thing?”

“Is it going to start another argument?”

Dean shook his head, “No, I’m just curious about something.”

You leaned back in your chair as you braced for his question, “Shoot.”

“What makes you like Marvel more than DC?”

“Dean…”, you sighed.

“No, I really want to know! I’m not going to judge, just tell me.”

You began to pick at the bottom of your shirt, getting ready to go into detail about how your love for these superheroes came to be.

“Well, when I was younger I was kind of an outcast. I was one of five black kids in my entire school, but I could never really connect with them because I wasn’t ‘black enough’.” You said the last part with air quotes and looked up to Dean, expecting the normal look of pity you usually got. To your surprise, that’s not what you got. Instead you saw a look of interest in Dean’s eyes, him waiting for you to continue. So you did.

“I found friends in comic books. Marvel to be exact. Then high school came around, and my mom wanted me to be more social. There was a comic book club and I decided to join. I was a little nervous because not only was I the only black kid in the club, but I was the only girl. I thought I was setting myself up to be another outcast, but I was wrong.”

A smile graced your face as the memories came flooding back.

“It was then that I realised that nerds are one of the most accepting people in the world,” you said with a slight chuckle. Dean had a smile on his face as you continued to talk about all the good times you had in the club and all the friends you made. Seeing your face light up did something to him.

Once you realised you had been rambling, you became embarrassed. Dean didn’t need to know all of that, and he probably didn’t care. Oh how wrong you were. Dean could listen to you talk for hours and never tire of it.

“Well maybe I should give Marvel a chance.”

“Really?”, you said with hope. Having Dean possibly share your love of Marvel made you unbelievably excited.

“Really.”

“Well I have all of the Marvel movies here if you want to have a marathon or something?”

Dean looked at you with a large smile, “That sounds like a good idea.”

You both stood up from the table and began to walk towards your room.

“I think you’ll like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Oh, and and ‘Deadpool’! Definitely ‘Deadpool’. I see a little ‘Wade’ in you.”

“Who’s Wade?”

“You’ll see.”


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Tokusatsu Series with Anime Adaptations (Part 2)

In the first part of this look at anime versions of tokusatsu series, we looked at three fairly well known in the West series that have all either been released here or adapted for release here. In this installment, I would like to take a step back and look at three lesser known series and their anime equivalents. Let’s start with a show going back all the way to 1958:

Moonlight Mask

Moonlight Mask a.k.a. Gekko Kamen (月光仮面) was the first TV tokusatsu hero, debuting in 1958. Moonlight Mask was a mysterious hero who rode a motorcycle and carried two revolvers, a whip, shuriken and moon-shaped boomerangs in his war against crime and those who would take advantage of the innocent.  Though his identity was never out and out revealed in the course of the series (he is only ever credited as ? in the opening credits) it was clear to the audience at home that he was most likely a detective name Juro who would vanish mere moments before the hero would roar in to save the day.

Moonlight Mask was aired as a series of serialized episodes, much like the movie serials popular in US Cinemas in the 40s and 50s.  His 131 episodes were divided into 5 stories entitled: Skull Mask, The Secret of the Paradai Kingdom, Mammoth Kong, The Ghost Party Strikes Back and Don’t Turn Your Hand to Revenge. The show was also the basis for several theatrical pictures, which were the first live-action superhero work of Toei Studio. 

Sadly, the series came to an end because children began to emulate Moonlight Mask’s stunts and fights.  Some became hurt in the process including the death of young boy imitating one of his jumps. The series was cancelled in 1959 from television and the last movie was released in August of that year. Sadly, a lot of the TV episodes are missing or too damaged to ever be shown again, leaving the latter day DVD release with some big holes.

However, it returned as an anime in 1972, entitled The One Who Loves Justice: Moonlight Mask (正義を愛する者 - 月光仮面). It was produced by Knack Productions (now ICHI Corporation) and aired on Nippon Television with a total of 39 episodes. The hero’s costume changed a bit as the turban became an open-faced helmet and his cape now had a clasp but the general style of his adventures remained the same. This series was also divided into three serialized stories: The Claw of Satan, a remake of the Mammoth Kong story and The Dragon’s Fang.

In 1999, there was also a comedic version of the hero made into an anime entitled We Know You, Moonlight Mask (ごぞんじ!月光仮面くん). It lasted a total of 25 episodes and treated the subject manner as a spoof including a super deformed main hero.

Masked Ninja Akakage

Masked Ninja Akakage (仮面の忍者 赤影) was Toei’s very first color tokusatsu TV series as well as the first live-action Ninja series in color on Japanese television. The series was created by Mitsuteru Yokoyama who also created Giant Robo which premiered later that year (for more on Giant Robo see the first installment). The series revolves around the adventures of superhero ninja Akakage (Red Shadow) and his two sidekicks, AoKage (Blue Shadow) and ShiroKage (White Shadow) as they use their Ninja skills and a collection of oddly high-tech gadgets to battle evil warlords and giant monsters.

The series is set in the 16th Century, during the Sengoku Period of Japanese History when rival Daimyo were battling each other for the right to rule all of Japan. The three heroic Ninja work towards bringing Peace and battling those who would use the chaos of civil war to advance their own power at the expense of others. 

Each of the heroes has a different skill set that aids them in battle. Akakage is the best at swordplay and stealth, able to disguise himself to gain access to enemy fortifications.  He also has a beam that fires from the crystal in his mask for finishing off hard opponents. Aokage is an explosives expert and proficient with the use of the chain to bind and hold his does.  Lastly, Shirokage use a long pole arm in combat as well as using a huge kite to fly.

The series ended in 1968 but an anime version premiered on Nippon Television in October of 1987.  It followed much the same plot as the original tokusatsu version though with the freedom of animation, the plots could get a bit more wild without worrying about budgets. This was actually the version I saw first as a friend of mine had a collection of tapes recorded off of Japanese TV in the 1980s including the first 12 episodes of the Akakage anime.

This is the OP to the anime version:

Golden Bat

I have mentioned Golden Bat a.k.a. Ogon Bat (黄金 バット) on this blog before. He predates all other Japanese superheroes and even the rise of the superhero in the US coming debuting in 1931, seven years before Superman would see his first adventure in the pages of Action Comics #1. However, the tokusatsu version would have a very different origin and story from the paper theater original.

The character appeared in three live action films, the first of which debuted in 1950 under the title Ogon Bat: Matenrou no Kaijin.  There was also a comedic biopic of the hero in 1972 titled  Ogon Batto ga Yattekuru.  However, the tokusatsu version I would like to focus on is the 1966 film Ogon Bat a.k.a Golden Bat produced by Toei which featured legendary martial arts actor Sonny Chiba as a scientist. 

In this film, our hero is a remnant of Atlantis put into a form of suspended animation for the day when his skills will be needed again. All that is needed to bring him back is water and the tears of a young woman who’s Father has been taken do the trick.  Now, she can call upon Golden Bat when she is in danger and he will come to her aid.  

Unlike a lot of superheroes, Golden Bat is rather vicious in the way he deals with his foes and isn’t above casually killing hordes of goons to get to their boss. He is also apparently immortal and invulnerable to bullets.  He can also fly and is an expert at hand to hand combat. 

After the success of the movie, a TV anime was commissioned and debuted on April 1, 1967.  The series ran for 52 episodes on both Yomiuri TV an Nippon TV (who had produced the series) and was successful enough to get several overseas releases. The series is known as Fantaman in Italy, Fantasmagórico in Mexico and Fantomas in Brazil (not to be confused with the criminal genius created by French author Marcel Allain). It never saw an official English release. 

I will venture to say that the look of the character may be why he was popular in Italy and other countries that shared the tradition of masked criminals and outlaw heroes.  Anti-heroes like Diabolik (who had been inspired by the previously mentioned French Fantomas) were all the rage to the point where even Spider-Man was turned into a villain for a Turkish take on the genre thanks to his masked look. A character with a skull mask and flamboyant clothes would fit in perfectly with those cads, even if he was a hero.

Strangely, this brings us right back to Moonlight Mask as one of his first villains had a very similar look to the original, pre-tokusatsu Ogon Bat, that being Skull Mask from the very first series of episodes!

Apples and oranges.

There has been complains that some comic book heroes are far from fulfilling their potential, while others’ capabilities are being constantly exaggerated. 

The problem here is comic companies wants to put their superpowered heroes back on Earth, while maintaining their god like powers, which is impossible. That’s why they need to tone down the capabilities of said heroes, or making them utterly flawed, in order to make their presence on Earth a bit more “logical”, to keep them “grounded”. How? Well, they dumb them down and rise the abilities of their human colleagues and companions, making them increasingly perfect, so they can be together, in the same “league”, sort of speak. 

They continuously make the “supers” indivisibly attached to a human and under human orders and supervision. They made them “human dependent” to force a fragile Earthly connection. 

That’s why Superman keeps fighting criminals armed with guns. Really? Still? As if we don’t know by now there’s no danger at all, and bullets bounce off his chest. Short while ago, they even made Superman, the alien, ask for Batman’s help and expertise on…wait for it…: aliens! It’s like a dude mansplaining women’s problems to a female audience.

That’s the perfect example of dumbing him down and ridiculously augmenting Batso’s importance.

Let’s be clear: Superman and Batman are NOT in the same level, no matter what the fans of the latter want to think.

The thing here is: there’s a simpler way to make every hero relevant while preserving their proper place and status, to respect them. They must establish power levels and assign  each hero to a task according to it. 

For instance:

Superpowered people should handle bigger things like alien invasions, natural desasters, large structures destruction, interplanetary disorders, etc. Things only they could handle.

Non-supers should attend more domestic matters like street level crime, politics, international intrigues, murderous cults, espionage, armed conflicts, etc. Plenty for them to do.

Collaboration between the different power levels should exist, especially for the non-superpowered, but also for the others, when it comes to crowd control, rescue missions and salvage, medical assistance, etc., so the supers can focus their attention on the bigger problem. But collaborate they must in order to do a good and efficient job guarding innocents lives.

There’s this notion that being too “planetary” would make the “supers” inaccessible and inhuman: godlike. Unlike politicians, superheroes won’t be less approachable because they don’t kiss babies on a daily basis (which they can also do, by the way), because they can handle global warming issues, famine, epidemics and such and be in contact with everyday folks.

Only the skills of the writing team could cover the plethora of gray zones and nuances that may arise (I’m not holding my breath). The heroes still can be part of the same group, even befriend each other, but in charge of very different things.

But putting a non-superpowered human to fight on alien worlds with extreme climatic conditions and even different gravity and pressure issues, side by side with those for whom the immense difference is, mostly, unnoticeable, is simply preposterous. Specially if the human is always leading the charge and saving the day. 

Same way, putting not one, but two Green Lanterns permanently assigned to Earth is a bit of an overkill.

You can’t expect us to believe a hero who can move at light speed between planets in the vacuum of space and a person who still moves around in a local transportation vehicle are the same thing, or even make the non-powered a better hero, no matter how cool the car or plane.

What the hell they have superpowers for, if the human can do what they do and more?

Also, there should be levels in the intended targets of the story: nowadays you can’t expect to make the same script equally appealing to younger or more mature audiences, like comic companies do. That’s disrespectful, because it end up offending their intelligence and/or their sensibility. Audiences had evolved, became more curious and inquisitive. More informed and demanding. 

Having said that, it doesn’t mean you can’t write more “fairy tale like” stories also, for simpler, less complicated tastes, but I think it’s better not to mix the ones with the others too often. It’s the same existing difference between fantasy and science fiction: in fantasy, anything can happen, magically and without explanation. Science fiction audiences, on the other hand, will demand explanations about every little thing and how they came to be, nic-picking the hell out of it. There’s no need for the authors to make it truthful, just make it sound plausible.

There was a time when comics were just kid stuff. Comic companies know, by now, their readers cover a wider spectrum of ages, so they can’t treat them the same way. As long as comic companies and their editors and authors consider their audiences immature and uniform, things won’t change. Audiences changed, but apparently they didn’t. 

That doesn’t mean grown up people won’t enjoy simple, more naive and basic stories from time to time. That doesn’t mean younger readers won’t enjoy a more complicated, serious and darker tale from time to time.

“From time to time” being the operative phrase here. And depending on the quality of the writing .

It’s easier for editors to treat everybody the same way. It’s cheaper. And when sales start to decline, they put the blame in a fluctuating market and the public shifting their attention to other media, like movies and series. They never blame themselves and their lack of vision and imagination. People still want to consume comics, they are just tired of the same stories revisited over and over again. People get tired of low quality writing and some of their beloved heroes being treated like second rate characters, while others can get away with anything, defying all logic, even comic logic (which they must have, in order to be consistent). Adults get tired of being treated like little kids because they consume comics. They want to feel the comic companies respect them.

Adults comics does not mean sexually explicit ones. Not only. It refers, mainly, to their complexity and depth.

There has to be differentiation in the targeted clientele. Every other media discerns between mature and younger audiences, but comics got stuck in a time when the primary target were kids. It isn’t so anymore.

“One size fits all” means nobody will be comfortable in their clothes.

It’s January. It’s cold, it’s wet, no one has any money and no one wants to do anything. Which is actually pretty perfect, cos when is it better to watch some rainy day films than on a wet January weekend? Not only can you watch some classics, you’ll save money by not being out and about.

So, the criteria for these films: they need to have adventure, they need to be fun, and they need to take you on a journey without you having to leave your sofa. Here are our top pics.

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Why are we putting celebrities on a pedestal as if they’ve done anything worth aspiring towards? It’s a flawed system that I too am guilty of buying into. These aren’t the people we should model our attire, behaviours and goals around. It’s The Prophet (pbuh) we should be modeling. I know it’s cheesy and it’s been said over and over, but gosh it’s so true. He is the best of examples for a reason. You may think his life is irrelevant today because he lived so long ago but look deeper into the man’s trajectory. He was lyrical but would never demean women, unlike your favorite rapper. He was powerful yet never relied on violence to defeat his enemies, unlike your favorite superhero. He was gifted at enchanting people even though he had no money to flaunt, unlike your favorite CEO.

'Sweet/Vicious' creator hasn't given up hope for season 2

When Sweet/Vicious first premiered on MTV, it was easy to categorize it as “yet another superhero show.” After all, it featured a vigilante wearing a black hood and beating up bad guys on a college campus. But unlike other superhero shows, this one focused on sexual assault. In other words, it took an issue that many shows address and built its entire show around it.

Sweet/Vicious told the story of Jules, a sexual assault survivor, who works to heal herself by becoming a vigilante that targets sexual predators on her college campus. Through her experiences as a vigilante - and a new friendship with the impossible-not-to-love Ophelia - Jules is able to finally confront her rapist.

Week after week, the show’s first season told Jules’ story - not of revenge, but of healing. And all the while, the show incorporated the stories of other survivors. This wasn’t a show that included sexual assault. It was a show about sexual assault. And with two strong, dynamic female characters at its center, its importance in today’s world can’t be overstated.

That’s why it was all the more heartbreaking when news broke that the show had been cancelled. But much like Jules and Ophelia, the show’s creator, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, isn’t ready to stop fighting.

“Whatever happens with Sweet/Vicious, we are actively going to try and find another home for it,” Robinson tells EW. “We as a creative team and the actors, we all stand by the show. We love the show. As disappointing as this decision is, we’re always going to tell these stories and we’re always going to fight. We hope that no one takes this decision [to mean] their story doesn’t matter, because that’s just simply not true.”

And if all works out, hopefully Robinson will get to tell a few more of those stories.

This article was originally published on ew.com

#BlackInFanfiction MCU Masterpost

A lovingly crafted masterpost of (some) MCU fanfiction that prominently and positively features Black characters!

Most of these are by Black writers, all of them are good (Please don’t freak out about the non-black authors. I had to fill in some empty spots and I read them all myself). 

To all the Black nerds reading this, I hope this inspires you to write your own fic, create your own oc, come up with your own au. The MCU could always use more beautiful Blackness. Our lives are rich, wonderful, and colorful; our stories deserve to be told our way.

Don’t forget to leave comments and kudos on your favorites! Draw fanart! Show some love! Black authors/stories tend to not get much so… help a brotha/sista/nonbinary sibling out!

Reblog + add your own recs/favorite Black authors if you have any that didn’t make it on the list :)

Thanks for the support and submissions and thanks for waiting as long as you have, even when we had hiccups <3

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Destiel Superhero AU

I still want to read/write a story (hint: writing is unlikely to happen) where superhero “Hunter” aka Dean Winchester is called to a crime scene and comes across a super villain he has never encountered before. This creepy guy is all shadows and oozing black slime and he calls himself “Leviathan”. He’s very clearly very evil and Dean is elated because ‘lo and behold, he’s finally found his arch nemesis. His parents will be so proud.

But it turns out not everything is all that clear cut. Hunter and Leviathan play a game of cat and mouse (it’s not all that clear who the mouse is in this scenario though Dean would like to believe he’s the cat, I mean hunter, hello) and Dean slowly starts to realize that something is weird about Leviathan. Weirdly familiar too. It’s those inkly black eyes that sometimes show a glimmer of bright blue. It’s how Leviathan’s crazy muttering sometimes sounds so tortured and pleading. It’s the way Leviathan somehow seems to shy away from actually killing people.

Then there’s that encounter where a rooftop chase ends on a high building and their fight takes them to the very edge and then Dean makes a fatal mistake - he missteps and looses his balance. He’s about to drop from a very great height, and not even Hunter will be able to survive that. A split second before he plummets to his certain death, however, he finds himself suddenly caught in tendrils of black goo that catch him and yank him back from inevitable doom.

Looking up in surprise, Hunter sees Leviathan’s shape as the man clings to the edge where he must have flung himself in order to catch him. What surprises Dean most are the skeletal wings unfolding from the black goo that is always surrounding Leviathan like a living thing.

As soon as Hunter is safe, Leviathan vanishes like a shadow and Dean is left with a myriad of questions. He can’t help but remember the mysterious winged superhero who pulled him and his brother from the house fire threatening to engulf them, who then proceeded to save Dean’s mother too before vanishing into the night, never to be seen again. Dean had been searching for this man for his whole life, becoming a superhero in the process, but no one ever saw “Angel” (that’s the nickname Dean had given to the unknown superhero whose face he never saw) again.

anonymous asked:

In your opinion what makes Lois and Clark such an iconic pairing?

Well, the easy answer would be that he’s the most iconic superhero, and she predates Luthor, the words “Smallville”, “Kal-El” and “Krypton”, and even flying as a basic part of his mythology. Then again, Julie Madison came before basically every aspect of Batman’s larger world other than Commissioner Gordon, up to and including the explanation of his origin, and you don’t see many people these days arguing for her as a crucial part of his story. So it goes deeper than that.

First and obvious, she’s just plain a good character. She’s a ‘normal’ person who’s good enough at her job to become a bigger name in her world than most superheroes, and unlike Jimmy, that’s not with the caveat of her often bumbling into trouble.* She’s funny, she’s clever, she’s bold; she just generally makes an impression on the reader when written well. If she’d never had anything to do with Superman in the first place she’d still be a character worth reading as the best reporter in a world of superheroes.

In terms of her dynamic with Superman, all the crying and depowerings and walks across America in the world don’t do a fraction as much to humanize him as the idea “he’s in love with his coworker”. I typically don’t put much stock in the metaphors of characters being the main component of what endears them to the world at large - I don’t think your average moviegoer goes to a Superman movie because of what he represents, it’s because he wears a costume and flies and punches stuff - but the idea of the most powerful being in the universe falling completely in love with a nice woman he considers more than his equal because she’s braver than he is is maybe the simplest and most powerful idea the Superman story has (other than maybe flight itself, and Peter Pan beat him to it).

I could go further into the dynamics of the relationship (the triangle, what it means for him to reveal himself to her, the cool stuff that just comes with Superman dating), but really I think Morrison put what works about it best and simplest:

And that’s it. He doesn’t love her because she “represents all he loves about humanity” - she does, and that’s part of it on the creative end of things, but that’s always struck my ears as such bullshit for Superman’s own thoughts on the matter, that has nothing to do why one person falls in love with another - but because they just really like each other, the way people do. And because they’re both interesting characters and the idea of them being together brings a nice central romantic idea to the table, that’s more than enough, as the last 78 years have demonstrated.

* My take is that Jimmy’s pretty much the DC Universe version of a normal person. Maybe it happens to him a little more often than most thanks to the circles he runs in, but I figure everyone in Metropolis has either switched brains with a gorilla/turned evil by an ancient artifact’s curse/been mistaken for an Eastern European dictator and targeted for assassination, or knows someone who has. Lois, on the other hand, actually deals with ‘big’ stuff, as she actively seeks it out - hence why she has the Pulitzers, and he gets yelled at by Perry.

EDIT: Forgot before, also what @calamityjon said. He put it as well as anyone.

Damian Wayne the ONLY Robin

I have been reading Robin Son of Batman and as with Batman and Robin this has ironed my understanding that it took over 60 years to get Robin right.

Mike W .Barr´s and Jerry Bingham’s conception from Son of Demon has finally been given fleash thanks to Grant Morrison, Peter J Tomasi really created a Robin that has personality and serves to some other function than for an artist to show exactly how massive Batman is.

This Robin is also the only besides Jason Todd that has any significance as a character. Also the first one that feels like a child superhero. Because unlike others, Damian Wayne is NO sidekick.

While having Dick Grayson as Batman was a utterly shit idea this Robin is  totally awesome. We are Robin is also highly recommended to any one but Robin has also a stellar cast of supporting characters:

Totally awesome and underappreciated gem.

mcu ladies week 2 | day 1
favorite character · daisy johnson

I’m like the most obvious person to be writing this and I want to make it short because I literally co-mod two blogs about the character but Daisy Johnson is so important to me. Not just ontologically important (she’s groundbreaking in that she embodies so many firsts for Marvel, and given the current mood in the MCU it’s practically a miracle this show could pull a woman of color as lead), but in how well she is written. Agents of SHIELD fucks up in a lot of things but Daisy is an exceptionally well-realized character. She’s allowed to be complex as well as inspiring. She is the bravest but you see her fear. She’s smart but she can be fooled and taken advantage of. She is a force of nature who could take continents apart with her superpowers yet she is defined by her compassion and her sense of justice. The narrative treats her with awe and adoration, the way we are normally used to seeing male protagonists treated (the way the Cap movies treat their lead). The writing of the character is just so impressive all around - and of course it builds on Chloe Bennet’s spectacular leading lady charisma and her subtle performance.

“being different can mean making a difference”

I fell in love with Daisy because she was impossible to classify. Right from the start she didn’t fit in any usual character trope. She was a hacker, but didn’t have the traditional looks or attitude of a hacker-character on tv; she was an orphan, she was kind of aloof and confident at the same time, she is smart as fuck yet she has little formal education, she is an outsider who has had to survive on her own yet she never falls into any odious “Not Like Other Girls” cliché. Her struggles and achievements are not gendered but she’s never just “one of the boys” nor does the show shy away from the specifics of her being a heroine (the component of sexual threat in her confrontations with the villain who stalks her). I personally like that (though it’s fair to disagree). Daisy is a woman of color in a show run and written by a woman of color and I suspect that has a lot to do with how brilliantly she is handled as a character. Daisy is someone with a background of being in a risk group and subtly the show addresses that: there’s a lot of classism thrown at Daisy’s face during the seasons and she takes it as someone who is used to being put down for being an uneducated young woman of color. Even from her vulnerable position Daisy is always speaking truth to power (”Nothing Personal” is one of the most powerful episodes of television I’ve ever watched and I can hardly believe it’s real) regardless of personal risk or consequences.

“We will rise against those who shield us from the truth.”

Daisy has survived childhood abuse, loneliness, homelessness and lack of resources and a support network, yet when we meet her in the pilot she was already fighting for justice and becoming a problem in the eyes of Hydra (we didn’t know that yet but her investigations into Centipede had made her a “good person to eliminate” in Hydra’s opinion). She made herself a hero on her own, but when she finally finds the support of friends and colleagues and a home to belong to she thrives on it. As soon as she is given a bit of trust and responsibility she proves she is a natural born leader. It’s not that common for female characters to get leadership arcs but that’s Daisy’s story, becoming not just the hero she always was, not the just the superhero she could always be, but the leader she was meant to be. We see what a great team captain she is in the first season and eventually we have multiple characters (friends and foes) commenting on her capacity to lead.

“someone with that much empathy being responsible for that much loss of life, she’s devastated”

One of the things I love the most about how Daisy is written is that there was no need to use the traumas she experiences during the show (and they are many, including murder attemps, betrayal, kidnapping, bodily trauma, losing friends, losing the family she had spent her life looking for) to harden her. Nothing can destroy her empathy and compassion. Daisy was a pretty tough woman when we met her and in some ways the show has toughened her up even more, but she has never lost her empathy for others, and she has never lost her warmth. Even in this third season, after everything that has happened, losing her family, the guilt of accidentally causing Inhumans to transform, the responsibility of leading her own team, Daisy still shows her caring side repeatedly: running to hug May, bringing Simmons flowers, trying to comfort Coulson, etc. Daisy Johnson proves you don’t have to be withdrawn or desensitized or outwardly tough to be strong and a hero. In fact none of the women of Agents of SHIELD are forced into any “strong female character” box, it’s one of my favorite things about this (problematic and brilliant) show.

“You are leading them into a war! If they need protection, it is from you!”

But my favorite thing about Daisy is that for her moral values trump all. She will put what’s right above her safety, her boyfriend of years, her friends, even above the family she had spent her whole life searching for. She will cast aside other loyalties if they interfere with doing what’s right. She will side with the victims and the innocent even if it means aiming a gun at her father, or vibrating her mother apart to stop her from hurting people. She’s the Steve Rogers figure of the show, the world has to accommodate to her morality, not the other way around. From the social justice warrior who was living in her van to the SHIELD agent standing up for her Inhuman kind Daisy Johnson’s defining feature has always been her uncompromising integrity. She has been the moral compass of the show from the beginning, inspiring many others to do the right thing.

“Sorry. I don’t buy into the whole this is your destiny thing.”

The show was quite ambitious by taking its time in presenting Daisy’s origin story - unlike other superhero shows that start later into the development of their heroes. We got to know Daisy the heroine before we even learned she had a mysterious past and how her heritage played a part in her future superpowers. The show’s overarching theme has always been about choice - we see it in another ambitious character arc, that of the bad guy, who comes from a similar background to Daisy’s. A lot of the things that have happened to Daisy have been forced upon her - being abandoned as a child, almost getting killed so that Hydra could get intel from Coulson, being forced to go through her Inhuman transformation, having kinda-evil parents - but she always chooses what to take from those experiences. She never lets these things shape her into someone she is not. She chooses to become a hero in the face of pain and heartbreak. Every step of the way she symbolizes choice and that’s why I love her.

Sorry about the word vomit, even though there a million other things that are awesome about her (I could go on for thousands of words but you get the idea), it’s just, Daisy Johnson is my favorite character. Not just in the MCU. My favorite character period.

- mod becketted

The Con Job Part 1

This fic came about because I read The Cyborg Arm Job by @copperbadge and I think it’s an absolute CRIME that the Leverage crew never pulled a con at a con.

Leverage/Captain America Crossover

Part 2 can be found HERE

Part 3 Can be found HERE

Summary: Eliot jumps at the chance to meet his idol even if it means spending the day at a geek convention. But HYDRA thinks the con is the perfect place to take Captain America down once and for all. Now the Leverage crew must team up with Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon to prevent a lot of innocent people from being murdered.

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