Q:I thought wales was a city in England?! wtf American education -.-
I used this image because I’ve seen it posted without a source SO many times. (I’m looking at you Disney fandom)
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I’m gonna go ahead and signal boost the living fuck out of this.
It’s like Marvel is really trying to piss people off, lol.
calling it, whoever the new iron man is they won’t be straight. marvel’s tryna go for the trifecta.
Nothing makes me more pleased than Marvel making Marvel fanboys angry about genuinely good and interesting comic choices.
Um, this is fantastic. Why the hell are you complaining?
>genuinely good and interesting comic choices
That’s an interesting way to spell “obvious pandering”.
Throwing away iconic characters on a whim so you can please the demands of pissy ideologues who could not care less about the comics themselves and only care about pushing their own agenda where it doesn’t belong, is not “genuinely good and interesting comic choices.”
You know superhero mantels get passed around ALL THE TIME right?
There’s multiple Flashes, Green Lanterns, Robins, Ms. Marvels, Captain Marvels, Spidermans, and even Wonder Womans, right? There’s even more than one Batman. THERES ALREADY MORE THAN ONE CAPTAIN AMERICA. (Bradley AND Barnes have both used the name already.)
Starting a new run where the mantel gets passed onto someone who isn’t a white dude isn’t “throwing away iconic characters.” It’s using a staple of the comic narrative to bring in new fans, energize franchises, and diversify line ups.
Pffft, fake nerd boys, not even understanding how mantel passing works.
People who have been Captain America:
Oh, and Sam Wilson, who actually was already briefly Captain America waaay back in the Sentinel of Liberty series.
As far as female Thor, the most common argument is that Thor’s never been a woman in mythology so why would he be a woman at all, to which I retort Thor also never hung around with a bunch of fictional superheroes in New York either so pffffffft.
And if Tony Stark is bisexual as Superior Iron Man? Or if he comes out as gay? Awesome.
It’s not pandering, its story telling. It might be shitty story telling, it might not be, but if Thor being a woman, Captain America being black, or Iron Man potentially not being straight are enough to make people rage and quit reading? Good, you’ve done us all a favor and Marvel can stop trying to please you.
Thor’s never been a woman in mythology? While the versions I find say he’s merely dressed as Freyja, Loki has changed himself into a female horse, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine they did something similar to fool Thrym.
"You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that’s what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant… oh, fuck it."
Director: Amma Assante
Writer: Misan Sagay
In the UK, there has been recent debate regarding which qualities constitute traditional British values. Some of the virtues suggested being, the rule of law, equality before the law, and a respect for personal freedom, private property and the family. While these are not uniquely British values for many they underpin the essential ideals of ‘Britishness’.
With this in mind, I found it interesting to watch ‘Belle’ a film set in the late 18th century, which depicts a true story where equality before the law, personal freedom, private property and the family are not easy companions.
The central character is Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who as a child is entrusted by her loving father into the care of her great-uncle, William Murray (Tom Wilkinson), 1st Earl of Mansfield, Lord Chief Justice of England. She is raised as a privileged aristocrat alongside her cousin Elizabeth, who has been abandoned by her father. ‘Belle’ contrasts the two cousins’ fortunes, Dido who is wealthy but illegitimate and Elizabeth who is legitimate but has no fortune; Dido who is black and Elizabeth who is white.
Issues of race, gender, class and equality are examined but in the manner of a polite costume drama, the the young women start off consumed only by thoughts of romance and marriage. It is decided early on that because Dido is a person of colour she cannot marry a fellow aristocrat but because she is an aristocrat she cannot marry someone of lesser social standing.
William Murray distinguishes his personal circumstances from his public office and insists that while he can have an ‘unusual’ family arrangement he must bow to social convention in the public arena. He is due to make a decisive judgement on the ‘Zong Massacre’, an insurance claim brought by slave traders, who deliberately drowned their human cargo; Murray insists that under the rule of law his private life can’t have any larger political context.
Dido is raised in ignorance of slavery and the film provides no overt depictions, leaving only subtle indications of its presence; from the sweet that the young Dido is given by her father to the luxury and leisure its characters enjoy which is threatened by the court case. While Dido is depicted experiencing self loathing when confronted by racism and self reproach when she realises privileged position the supporting characters aren’t provided with any depth or subtlety; Tom Felton’s James Ashford is a cousin to Draco Malfoy, exchanging distaste for mugbloods for un-nuanced racism, Sam Reid’s John Davinier annoys Dido on their first meeting, so it’s sure to be true love.
'Belle' succeeds in depicting Dido's struggle to be respected as an individual rather than derided for her skin colour, desired for her 'exoticness' or wanted for her wealth. At one point she makes the observation that her fortune ensures her freedom but if she chooses to marry she will be sacrificing that liberty to her husband. While this might seem to be a modern notion the late 18th century was the era of Mary Woolstenncraft's 'Vindication of the Rights of Women' and a privileged woman might very well express the desire for equality.
In the end, cultural values do not exist in isolation from individual circumstances and having a large number of virtues does not preclude having a society from having a large number of limitations. ‘Belle’ depicts the historical social pressures that support such things as compromise, conformity, assimilation, submission, ignorance, hypocrisy, brutality, and the elite; but these are not uniquely British vices.