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Thoughts on Thor: The Dark World

Posted in Movies, Superhero with tags , on November 2, 2013 by Cara Marie

Spoilers below! Read more »

Pepper in the suit and other Iron Man 3 delights

Posted in Movies, Superhero with tags , , on April 24, 2013 by Cara Marie

I just want to say that Iron Man 3 is a beautiful movie. Read more »

The types I go for

Posted in Books, Fantasy, Movies, Superhero with tags , , on May 21, 2012 by Cara Marie

So I was thinking about the unlikely circumstance that movie!Loki got redeemed. ‘Well, he’d have to feel awful,’ I thought. ‘I can’t see it happening.’

And then I had a flashback to Ken weeping over Wormon in Digimon (back in the day) and suddenly it all became clear. Of course Loki is my favourite, because I have always had a massive thing for villains with a giant inferiority complex. (Ignoring that, well, Loki is my favourite in the myths too, because it’s not like they have a whole lot to do with one another.)

Usually it’s a clash of geniuses – Ken was smart but his brother was always smarter, Mello was but Near was always more so, Peter was, but Ender was the one they picked, wasn’t he?

Whereas Loki is smart and his brother is not so much – but still, it’s what Thor’s got that the family values, and Loki’s skills mean little next to that. In his mind, if not necessarily in fact. We know he tells his story the way he wants it.

Here’s another example, and it’s even got Vikings in it: Juliet Marillier’s Wolfskin. Two boys, blood-brothers (one’s a fosterling, and we can start with the inferiority there): Somerled, who is small and dark and bookish; and Eyvind, who is everything a warrior should be, one of Thor’s men, and a truly good person to boot. Whereas Somerled is full of frustrated ambition, and not so full of compunctions.

God, I loved that book. I should really reread it, but then, I have to be prepared to weep bitterly. I cry easily with my fiction, but that book is something else. It is worse than the saddest episode of Cold Case.

And at the end of the book, Somerled is exiled, set out in a small craft into the vastness of the ocean.

The parallels are kind of amazing.

And Somerled does get redeemed in the sequel, when we see him as an old man and he’s converted to Christianity.

(I did not like the sequel so much.)

Somehow I don’t see that as an option for Loki.

And when he was cast down (when he chose to fall) … well, I don’t think his experiences since have improved him any.

Avengers links

Posted in Movies with tags on May 18, 2012 by Cara Marie

I wanted to make a post linking some of the fantastic Avengers meta I’ve been reading, but I’ve lost track of it all since the tragic death of my hard drive.

But here are a couple of interesting posts on the costuming:

I don’t pay a lot of attention to costuming myself, but I find it fascinating to read the thoughts of those who do.

I also wanted to link this Black Widow vid: Comeback. It’s an action vid using source from both Iron Man II and Avengers, and I enjoyed it a lot. Because who doesn’t want to watch Natasha being awesome?

The man and the monster

Posted in Movies, Superhero with tags , on May 13, 2012 by Cara Marie

I’ve always been fond of the Hulk. And I quite enjoyed The Incredible Hulk – mainly because I think Edward Norton is excellent. So I was worried about what we were going to get in The Avengers.

I didn’t have to be. Mark Ruffalo is now my Bruce Banner for ever and ever.

Halfway through The Avengers, we have Hulk as the out-of-control monster; at the end, that rage is focused, and the monster becomes a weapon. And I know the sharpness of that change bothered some people.

But in The Incredible Hulk, we see that the monster is capable of recognising the woman Banner loves, of defending her. So the Hulk is not all rage and property damage all the time. He learns, and is capable of compassion. I haven’t read many Hulk comics, but that’s there in those I have.


You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.

When Bruce first Hulks out, he is angry. Natasha tries to talk him down, but she’s the thing he’s angry at. Maybe not the mind, but certainly the hand that dragged him into this mess. She’s lied to him, repeatedly. It’s just you and me. There’s no cage.

And Bruce stays calm, as if he’s okay with this, and he swallows her lies, because what’s his other option? Only the very thing he’s running from.

And if we take the Hulk as an amplification of Bruce’s anger: well, Natasha should be afraid.

But we know from The Incredible Hulk that anger is not the sum total of the Hulk’s emotional range. He protects Betty, whom Bruce loves.

So, if Tony is someone whom Bruce genuinely likes and connects with – it might be a very new connection, but Bruce has few enough friends these days – well, then it’s no surprise that the Hulk would then look out for him, and act from concern for him.

That’s not a leap. It’s not a sudden penchant for team-play that comes out of nowhere.

Now, the Hulk punches Thor in the final battle. To remind us that the Hulk is not entirely under control. Also, because it’s funny.

At this point, we know we don’t have to worry the Hulk might hurt Thor. Thor can hold his own. We know this, and if the Hulk remembers and learns, then he knows too.

So does Bruce. There is a moment, much earlier in the movie, when a comment is made that a whole town was levelled because of Thor.

And hang on, isn’t that something people throw at the Hulk? And Bruce gives Thor this look. Like, he’s not alone. Sometimes masses of property damage are inevitable.

Because of that moment, I have it in my head that the Hulk punching Thor is just the equivalent of a bro-fist. Thor can take it. He just needs to remember who’s boss, right?


So, if I accept that the Hulk has awareness of the relationships and people that matter to Bruce …

… and those that Bruce might never articulate to himself, because that might be to admit that he and the Hulk are one and the same

… and the Hulk has a protective streak

… why, then I don’t find it a stretch that the Hulk would fight alongside our heroes, for something Bruce believes is important – important enough that he would choose to be ‘the other guy’.

Bruce has to set aside his anger, to go back and fight alongside people who have used him. He could have got away clean.

But sometimes you need the Hulk. (And doesn’t Tony have faith that Bruce would be back?)

Bruce becomes the Hulk then because he has a purpose. And the Hulk’s purposes are Bruce’s.

Maybe Bruce wanted to die, at one point. But I don’t think that he and the Hulk are so separate that there wasn’t a part of Bruce that wanted to live.

Avengers Origins: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

Posted in Comics, Superhero with tags , , , , , , on December 6, 2011 by Cara Marie

Written by Sean McKeever, art by Mirco Perfederici, colours by Javier Tartaglia and Gerry Henderson

I picked this up mostly because I really like Scarlet Witch. For some fairly shallow reasons, admittedly. It’s not that I’ve read so much with her in it, but anyone who didn’t listen when their mother told them not to wear red and pink together is alright by me.

I’m fond of Quicksilver for more solid reasons. So I felt sad reading this, because he’s so young. He’s still earnest and right-minded. And as I’ve recently read Silent War, it was especially bittersweet to see him like that. (Silent War is an amazing comic – the artwork and especially the colours are stunning, but man, would I like it not to be canon. Not that Quicksilver hasn’t turned his life around since then, but it is painful.)

This was a satisfying story – not stand-out, but hey, at least it was optimistic. I’m not sure how long a time period it’s meant to be set over – it starts shortly before Magneto finds them, and ends with them joining the Avengers. But their time in the Brotherhood of Mutants is very skimmed over – enough to see, yes, Wanda has formed a relationship with Eric – strong enough that she calls him that, not Magneto – that she is willing to believe in him. But Pietro is discontented, questioning. Suspicious of Magneto’s motives around his sister. (Well, suspicious of everyone’s motives around his sister, not unjustifiably.)

(I wonder, when Pietro tells Wanda to put some clothes on, shall I take that as a reference to the X-Men: First Class movie? Because it’s not that he’s denying her pride in her mutanthood, it’s that no brother wants to see his sister naked. Ultimates notwithstanding.)

Despite Wanda’s name being first in the title, this is more Pietro’s story, told from his point of view. Wanda we only see through other people’s eyes, Pietro’s, or other men’s. Pietro we see through his own eyes (even literally, looking in a mirror). So I don’t really know Wanda any better at the end of this; it’s Pietro whose changes are most evident.

Well, and the changes in the whole Marvel universe. In this story, we see Pietro’s line in the sand come when Magneto expects him to kill. And there’s the sense of, gosh, what innocent days those were!

Now even the good guys can’t agree that children shouldn’t have to murder.

I think Wanda and Pietro have the right idea at the end of this. Going out and being in the world and of the world, like the rest of humanity.

Too bad for the present day status quo.

I will just pretend none of this ever happened

Posted in Comics, Superhero with tags , , , , on October 12, 2011 by Cara Marie

The next time I see anyone complain about a movie deviating from comic book canon, I am going to laugh and laugh probably till I cry because there is no such thing.

Ms Marvel and Bendis’s Avengers … irreconcilable. My brain cannot deal.

Speaking of which, what is Bendis’s deal with Carol’s weight? Why are the villains always making digs about it? It makes no sense!

Basically, Doom says, 'You're a fat piece of furniture I may need for trade! So shut your cow-mouth or I'll remove your face by hand before I stop your whore's heart!'And why did that panel take me so long to parse? I seriously stared at it trying to think who it was referring to. Was Doom calling Simon a whore? Why? How did Doom even know they were a couple? (In The Mighty  Avengers, they’re not in Ms Marvel even though it takes place concurrently.)

And then I figured out he was talking about Carol. My poor brain, it tries so hard not to be skeeved out.