Warm-ups. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.
right now? steve rogers, definitely steve rogers. this bright mirror, this canny, hopeful, newmade, rough-ragged soldier back from the frontier of war, living out a lifelong tragedy of loss, but who never bleeds on anyone else, never lets his own pain ruin what he potential he can see in the world and those around him. who is too-clear/sharp for this spun-over, fearful world, who resists and resists what he cannot bear, and plants his roots deep and never stops, not even when they dig up all the long-buried bones. steve rogers, who is in many ways, much more of a complete and fully-sounded, fully come-into-his-own character than the david we got to see on screen.
kings is not so fresh in my mind, but i love love love david shepherd. i mean hell, i’m the one who talked mal around from indifference into obsession. but the thing about david shephard is that what i love most about him is the potential. what we saw at the end of the first season, him coming into his own, shedding that old naive skin and becoming something closer to the biblical king.
avclub said this here:
Kings stumbled out of the gate with its conception of David. The religious figure is so raucous a character that he continues to give theologians headaches: Charming but manipulative, endlessly resourceful, and without doubt an active force in his story, he seems tailor-made to be the compelling, charismatic jerk you want in the middle of a web of war, intrigue, romance, and betrayal. Instead, he’s presented as a preternaturally stalwart country boy with a simple heart and a jawline that could cut fiberglass.
I disagree with the gist of this, but agree on that reading of how fascinating the biblical figure was. see, I do think Kings was heading - barelling point blank even - towards pushing David in that direction, and having him start so different, so raw and unmade. to have him come out of nowhere as this country boy and rise out of the web of darkness and politics, to have what he was - all that raw material - worked around by the hand of god himself into something much more dangerous. that is what i love about david, the fact that he was raw material, and so charismatic, and learned so much and adapted so guilefully while seeming so guileless (and in a sense he was! because for all that natural guile/ability at surviving - and more than that, winning - it did come from raw natural talent and his own kind of hopeful, childlike wisdom), and was just on the cusp of becoming that iconic figure in his wartime exile.
*shakes fist at nbc*
Alexander McQueen – The Golden Shower
i didn’t do it for him.
As soon as I finished watching Winter Soldier I was mentally screaming “I NEED TO DRAW HIS ROBO ARM COVERED IN GRAFFITI INSTEAD OF TATTOOS” and so here is Punk!Winter Soldier, who also has some Steve/WWII inspired tattoos on his other arm… either Hydra got lazy and didn’t have them removed, or this is a post-movie Bucky, who is slowly adding more tattoos as he begins to remember more and excuse me I need a minute. Also is that a target on the assassins back or Caps Shield??? Either way, man.
Beyoncé & Solange dancing to “Losing You” at Coachella: [x]
Yup exactly! Pedantic transposing of source material to a different media has never worked out well.
just look at how weird + tiresome it’s been for everyone to try and transpose and align their rl persona to the online medium of facebook. shit don’t work like that.
(also another anon is suggesting - and this makes a lot of sense - that thanos is the key to avengers 3. to be honest i’d completely forgotten about thanos in the wake of cap 2, but thanos works well with gotg and other marvel projects that seem to be coalescing)
*waves cheerily* hey hollywood, i’m coming for you!
yeah, that also makes sense! everything in that post was just spec. I do hope that regardless of whether they go full civil war or not, there will still be similar concepts driving the mcu narrative as those that led to civil war. particularly given how much the threads of those kinds of concepts were explicitly drawn out in cap 2.
i was thinking while writing that post that a full bore civil war narrative would be way too dark for mcu’s kind of optimism/joie de vivre. in fact, i’d very much prefer mcu to do what they always do, which is take a strong arc from the comics and make it very much their own, no matter how far it twists away from the original. mcu is very good at keeping the spirit of the story, over the story itself.
oh yeah, that is on like donkey kong
mcu from cap 1 through cap 2 has invested so much in the bucky + steve dynamic it’s astounding. like, it’s thor + loki levels of: these guys are the beating, broken heart thesis of their entire facet of the mcu.
theorising about the direction of the marvel franchise below the cut + chat about RDJ and Evans and the impact of their respective contracts:
Art history meme. 1/1 quotes
"The sun is god."
— J.M.W. Turner, alleged dying words