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A Bit of Civil Fangirling

I saw Captain America: Civil War this weekend, and it was amazing! The fight scenes were incredible, there was a ton of focus on character development, and I wasn’t bored for a single second of the two-and-a-half hour run. But I do have one beef with the filmmakers: Why call this a Captain America movie when it’s clearly an Avengers movie? Sure, Cap is arguably the protagonist, but Iron Man and Black Panther are equally important to the plot, and there are 12 superheroes total, including two who are brand new to the MCU. And every one of them gets a chance to shine.

So, because the movie was so much more about the characters than the plot, and because I’m feeling like a lazy fangirl, instead of a normal movie review, I’m just going to list each hero’s awesomest moments. These are roughly in order of how much screentime the character gets, with a slight bias towards the ones I like best. Minor spoilers.

War Machine

Team Iron Man (duh!)
Best moment: Teasing Iron Man after Stan Lee pronounces his name as “Tony Stank.” And right after such a sad scene, too…

Ant-Man

Team Cap
Best moment: Turning into Giant-Man! Also, “Thinks for thanking of me.”

Hawkeye

Team Cap
Best moment: Calling out Iron Man on his latest terrible decision in a well-deserved angry speech.

Vision

Team Iron Man
Best moment: Attempting to cook for Scarlet Witch while wearing a sweater. He’s adorable.

Scarlet Witch

Team Cap
Best moment: Completely owning Vision in a fight. “I can’t control their fear. Only my own.”

Bucky (aka the Winter Soldier)

Team Cap (when not brainwashed into being Team Villain)
Best moment: All the bickering with Sam, and his congratulatory smile when Steve finally kisses a girl. His fight scenes haven’t gotten any less awesome, either.

Falcon

Team Cap (duh)
Best moment: Trying to get people to treat his drone like it’s a real bird. Also, see above.

Black Widow

Team Iron Man (maybe)
Best moment: Going to the funeral with Steve so he wouldn’t be alone, even while they’re having their biggest disagreement ever.

Spider-Man

Team Iron Man
Best moment: Literally every word that comes out of his mouth, which is a lot of words. Highlights include, “Your shield doesn’t obey the laws of physics at all!” and “Remember that really old movie…Empire Strikes Back?”

Black Panther

Team Iron Man…ish
Best moment: Well, to describe my favourite moment would ruin the end of the movie, so let’s just say…every fight scene he’s in? With his sweet bulletproof cat suit and its vibranium claws, just kicking every other hero’s butt without pausing for chit-chat. Man, he is cool.

Iron Man

Team Himself
Best moment: Going after Bucky sans suit, even though he’s no match for him without his tech. And all the times when he sticks to doing what he thinks is right, even when it means losing friends or giving up control over his own abilities. Iron Man’s always a bit of a jerk, but in this movie he’s at least a sympathetic jerk. Not to mention a jerk you feel really, really sorry for.

Captain America

Team Himself
Best moment: Quite a few…stopping a helicopter with his bare hands, bonding with Spider-Man over their NYC origins in the middle of a fight, picking a tiny Volkswagon as a getaway car, and just all the times he tries to make peace between the heroes despite their differences. He’s like the team dad, in the best way possible. And again, one of his best moments is at the end, so I can’t mention it.

The villain is also easily the best to appear in a Marvel movie so far. If you haven’t seen Civil War yet, go see it.

Namarie,
Aldy

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Words of Wisdom from The Avengers

“Until such time as the world ends, we will act as though it intends to spin on.”

“When I went under, the world was at war. When I wake up, they say we won. They didn’t say what we lost.”

[Loki, at the end of his speech to a terrified crowd] “In the end, you will always kneel.”
[Old Man] “Not to men like you.”
[Loki] “There are no men like me.”
[Old Man] “There are always men like you.”

“There’s only one God, ma’am, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.”

“An intelligence agency that fears intelligence? Historically, not awesome.”

“You humans are so petty…and tiny.”

“A nuclear deterrent? ‘Cause that always calms everything right down.”

“Regimes fall every day. I tend not to weep over that. I’m Russian.”

“That’s my secret, Captain. I’m always angry.”

“I recognize that the Council has made a decision, but given that it’s a stupid-ass decision, I’ve elected to ignore it.”

“Puny god!”

“Have you ever tried shawarma? There’s a shawarma joint about two blocks from here. I don’t know what it is, but I wanna try it.”

Again, you are welcome. Namarie!

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Ranking the Superheroes

You may be wondering who my favourite superheroes are. The short answer is “all of them,” but there are certainly some that I like more than others. Here are my top five, more or less in order–and once again, remember that these are based on the characters’ movies, not their comic books.

1. Batman

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Why? Because he’s BATMAN! But seriously, this guy is just a great character. He has a complicated personality and set of motivations, which is rare among superheroes. His alter ego is as much of a mask (and a weapon) as his bat outfit, which is pretty smart, considering “secret identities” never seem to stay secret for long. He has no powers, but he still manages to kick the butts of some of the most powerful villains in the comic universe. And who doesn’t secretly want a bat cave? I mean, everything about Batman is just so cool. What’s not to like?

2. Spider-Man

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Spider-Man holds a special place in my heart because he was my first superhero. Believe it or not, I was a bit of an elitist before I turned 16. I thought I was too sophisticated for superhero movies, until I saw Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. That’s when I discovered that my tastes are not sophisticated at all–I just like stories about unlikely heroes who get a supernatural power and choose to do the right thing with it. Of course I can relate to Peter Parker because he’s a total nerd, but I also like him for having such a strong sense of right and wrong, even if he loses sight of it occasionally.

3. Captain America

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Speaking of a sense of right and wrong, Captain America is probably the most powerful voice for common decency in recent pop culture. He’s not a terribly complicated character, but he is more than just a flag-waving patriotic symbol. He’s a courageous soldier who fights for truth and freedom, and always puts others before himself. And yes, he’s pretty patriotic, but he’s willing to stand up even to American leaders if they start abusing their power. In short, he embodies all the best things about America. Including our top-notch fighting abilities.

4. Iron Man

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I don’t like Iron Man for any of the same reasons I like my top three superheroes. In fact, it’s almost the opposite. Tony Stark is kind of a terrible person in many ways–he’s a womanizer, he’s a show-off, he lets his girlfriend do all the hard work–but there’s no denying that he is hilarious. And in a genre where the standards have been set by darker heroes like Batman, we need some comic relief once in a while. Besides, Iron Man can be as heroic as the best of them. Sometimes he just needs an extra “push.”

5. Wolverine

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This guy is just fun to watch. Wolverine has been through a lot, and he can’t remember most of it, but he always overcomes his many personal issues in time to save the day. He can be ferocious at times, but he has a soft heart underneath the adamantium. And he has one of the coolest superpowers around. Also–I love Hugh Jackman. I really, really love Hugh Jackman.

So that’s my list. Who are your favourite superheroes (or heroines–more on that later)?

Namarie!

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Fandom of the Month: Superheroes

Summer is the season for superheroes. Theatres are full of them, convention centers across the country are preparing to welcome thousands of their creators and fans, and they seem quite patriotic enough for the Fourth of July. So those caped crusaders are a fitting topic of discussion this month.

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I have to start off these fandom posts with a HUGE disclaimer: I am not a comic book fan.

I respect comics as an art form, but they’re one of the few nerdy things I have just never gotten into (anime is another). I was introduced to superheroes through their movies, and that’s still where I prefer to meet them. So if you’re a comic book purist, most of this month’s posts will not be for you.

But if you’re a fan of great stories, this month is totally for you. Whether they’re mutants, aliens from other worlds, humans who had accidents with mad scientists, or actual Norse gods, superheroes are the stars of modern mythology. Something about human nature has always compelled us to create fictional heroes who are more powerful than we are, who fight against evil, and who can still be vulnerable and make mistakes (because what kind of story would it be if they didn’t?). The ancient Greeks had Zeus and Poseidon. We have Superman and Batman. They’re just the latest creations in an ancient, time-honoured storytelling tradition.

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But personally, I like superheroes better than Greek gods. They tend to have a much better moral code, for one thing. In fact the superhero genre is practically the only one in today’s films that still allows clear, unambiguous lines between good and evil. The heroes in other movies are starting to look more and more like villains, but guys like Captain America still do the right thing without apologizing for it. And that’s always nice to see. Plus, superheroes have more fun than the Olympians. Zeus never got to wear a shiny suit and fly around blowing up tanks, now did he?

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Stay tuned this month for fun pictures, humor, movie reviews, etc. Namarie!

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