caitri: (bullshit)
It's bad enough to have a kung fu show with a superwhite white boy, but the level of BORIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING is inexcusable. At this point I bring something to read and make fun of it while Scott watches it. (Scott has patience. And is maybe a masochist.) 
caitri: (Cap Iron Man pony)
WTH were Matt and Foggy doing during the Battle of NYC?
caitri: (Gamora)
So Marvel has an anti-bullying campaign and as such is creating variant covers for the cause.

This one is my favorite:

gamora comic

Aww, man. How much comfort would twelve year old me have taken from this image? A lot.
caitri: (Dorian)
Real Life Proves Why Luke Cage Endures


Luke Cage was created in 1972.

Four years earlier, in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed.

Five years before that, in 1963, Medgar Evers was shot and killed.

Eight years before that, in 1955, a young Black man named Emmett Till was tortured, then shot and killed.

These events, and numerous others with frightening similarity, happened in a line, and in the early years of the first decade to reap the social benefits of the Civil Rights Movement, Marvel Comics gives the fans (and the world) a Black male superhero whose primary superhuman aspect… is that he's bulletproof.

Not flight, or super speed, or a power ring.

The superhuman ability of being impervious to bullets. [...]

And maybe, in the subconscious of the uni-mind of Marvel Comics, is the understanding that Luke Cage may unfortunately always be a relevant fantasy idea for the Black man.

2012 – Trayvon Martin is shot and killed.

2013 – Jonathan Ferrell is shot and killed.

2014 – Michael Brown is shot and killed.

2015/2016 – Luke Cage premieres on Netflix.


Falcon - The New Captain America by John Jennings
caitri: (Cait Yatta!)
Okay, so I was one of the people deeply dubious of James Gunn directing because of his problematic history with women characters. I sort of imagined that Joss Whedon had a sit down with him beforehand and was like, "Strong women or bust, minion!" and Gunn was all "Aye aye, sir!" In short, you know how women in the Marvel!verse tend to be awesome? YES! So I'm going to focus on that for this review, because the film itself is unapologetic cheeseball space opera. I'm not complaining about that, btw--space opera is something we have needed for a LONG time. (Especially underscored by the tediously long snorefest trailer for Interstellar that proceeded this movie. Oy. If it spends more than twenty minutes in space I'll be surprised. Anyhow. Here, have my feels:


Okay, so I unabashedly love Zoe Saldana, and while she wasn't given a whole lot to work with here, let me tell you what sets her apart. She's set up for the villain to become a good guy trope, and you know what? She does that all on her own. SELF-RESCUING PRINCESS YOU GUYS. Starlord doesn't awaken nascent feelings of good in her, she doesn't become a good guy because of the love of a good man, she is ALREADY A GOOD GUY who finds the crushing Terran bewildering and annoying and, eventually, cute, because he IS a good guy and she hasn't seen one of those before. Also, the shirtless scene from the promos? Totally not in this film.


We see very little of her, and though the adverts set up her and Gamora against each other, it's not...actually a huge thing. And actually, she herself is characterized similarly to Gamora, in that she too is making her decisions based on her desire for vengeance etc. and not because of daddy issues and whatnot. The fight between them is brief and nonsexualized, and they absolutely set it up for her to come back later.

*Nova Prime

Glen Close has a very small role here, but still bigger than Benicio del Toro's. She's in charge of the Nova Corps, and briefly: She always makes the right decisions and all of the men under her command (and its overwhelmingly men under her command, esp. with the pilots) follow her orders without question and to the end. Which, on the one hand, this is a small thing, on the other--how often do we really see women in power like that in films? Or hell, on tv? Not that often.


Congratulations, Bradley Cooper, you took a talking raccoon and made him hilarious and surprisingly affecting. Seriously, Rocket has more emotional moments in this film than anyone else, and they are all the better for coming from the comic relief. There's also a great, small scene where Rocket breaks a bit when drunk because he can't deal with people mocking him anymore. "I never asked for this, to be experimented on and torn apart and unmade over and over and over!" he says, voice breaking, and congrats, that's how the RACCOON joins the ranks of Clint and Natasha and Bucky in terms of horrible things happening to good people who then have to deal with it after. And while the epic friendship/bromance of Rocket and Groot is funny, its also very real. Rocket's the only one who can translate the different iterations of I am Groot, and it also says a lot about this hilarious, foul-mouthed character that the one he loves and who loves him is a gentle talking tree.


So many small, beautiful moments. Quill calls him "the giving tree" and he's not even really joking. This is a character that could have been awkward and isn't and it's so great when something comes together like that.


He is fucking hilarious. That is all.

*Starlord/Peter Quill

Congratulations, Chris Pratt, you have made it to my Chris List with this film. Starlord is the Mal from Firefly, the man of honor in the den of thieves.

Of all things, the Guardians together *really* remind me of Firefly in a good way, because they are a found family, and they are kind of dysfunctional, but they are also just *so great* together. There's a key scene towards the end where they come together and it reminds me a bit of The Avengers, only they come together not because of a devastating loss or to save the world (although that's certainly there) but because at the end of all things, sometimes what you have to do is trust in each other. (Okay, that line is from Pacific Rim but it utterly illustrates the sequence in question.)

Some other notes:

*I love how the "Awesome Mix" soundtrack is used throughout the film in a surprisingly organic way. All of the 80s jokes are surprisingly affectionate, and it's one of those cases where nostalgia just really, really works.

*Nathan Fillion's cameo is the blue dude in the prison. He has like three lines. I wouldn't have noticed if I hadn't been listening for him like the little nerd-bat I am.

*I really, really hope the presence of the Kree are helping to set things up for Captain Marvel.

*The post-credits scene is the most meta and pure fucking gold thing I've seen in cinema outside of a Mel Brooks film.

In short: This movie is absolutely worth checking out, and likely has a fine future ahead in Saturday afternoon fodder. I am deeply happy.

ETA: One last thing: Sean Gunn--Kirk from Gilmore Girls has a small role in this film. Watching it drove me nuts to figure out who he was, and low and behold, he's James Gunn's brother. Also, apparently Gunn from Angel was named after the Gunn boys, whom Joss had worked with previously. How about a small world?


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