marvel is disney’s forever cash cow! it appeals to children, teens, and sweaty adults! it’s all quite loud and colorful, with the same safe formula every time, but with different directors and tweaks to make it whatever the fuck memorable each time. plus the reliance on violence to push the plot will give them those dank US military checks until explosions go extinct. truly we live in horrific times but i don’t really care
thank u all for letting me know the military quit cutting checks for the MCU after Avengers because they got offended bc the fictional magic men are an alternative to the american military. i’m sorry i was misinformed but more importantly that’s really, really, really, really, really fucking funny
Really (about military)?😕 I am not even surprise because Captain America The Winter Soldier is lowkey critic of it.
They actually namedrop Operation Paperclip in Winter Soldier, which shocked me when I watched it the first time— when Zola talks about how the Nazi-analogue group Hydra survived in plain sight, with direct approval from the US government on top of its infiltration into the government itself.
Operation Paperclip irl was a (now declassified) government
ratlineprogram where the US selected notable Nazi scientists, engineers, etc., to sponsor for American immigration with new identities to protect & hide their old identities, sparing them from punishment for their war crimes so long as they continued their work here on behalf of the American government rather than the Third Reich.
I remember watching the film & going, “Ah, so that’s why there’s fewer government vehicles & military extras than is the standard for scenes of this scale, they gave up the DOD money.”
All of which—
- positioning Captain America in direct opposition to a fake government agency infiltrated by fake Nazis & saying that the Nazis corrupted everything so badly that he had to throw the whole agency away…
- and then that pissing off real government & military officials, who methinks doth protest too much;
- (because those military personnel were/are still touchy over public perception of what the US gov’t. actually did during & after WW2, versus the myth of American heroism pushed by mainstream media & public education in this country; the truth disrupts the status quo, even with make believe Nazis, and thus unacceptable)
- and who then decided to take away funds they had previously earmarked for this franchise back when they were happy to use it as positive propaganda/for recruitment & advertisement
—is, in fact, really, really, really, really, really fucking funny.
“did chris evans actually jump that high to grab onto that helicopter in civil war?”
friendly reminder that chris vaulted with ease over chris pratt after just telling him less than a minute before that he would be able to clear him if he only put his head down.
I want a Celebrity Obstacle Course show where all the pretty people can show off their hard stunt work for us and also occasionally eat it, because they need to be humbled sometimes. The judges would be career stunt people, to give them visibility, because they work even harder. Shirts optional.
You wouldn’t even finish the phrase “Celebrity Ninja Warrior” before Chris would start jumping up and doing yelling “Me! Me! Pick me!”
Anyone know how to contact Netflix about this?
friendly reminder Chris did most of his stunts bc the stunt guys couldn’t move like him.
“One thing we found, too, is Chris can run very fast. He also has a very unique run. It’s almost a dancer’s run. And when we tried to double him for running, there was nobody who could run like him. They just didn’t have the same dynamics or the way he moves. He had to end up doing most of his running.”
“What we also found, is that we had gymnasts come in to do things, and Chris could do the same stuff that they could do, but it would look like Chris Evans. When the body doubles or the gymnasts or the runners did it, it just didn’t look like him. He has such a unique way of moving, and he could pretty much do all of his own physical stuff that wasn’t dangerous. Like this shot right here, we had a gymnast do this, and Chris actually ended up doing it better. That’s Chris here. He hops up on a tank and over a 12-foot wall. It looks effortless but it’s not that easy!”
“Chris worked his butt off for four months doing gymnastics and stunt training so in a scene like this he could go toe-to-toe with Georges St-Pierre and make it look really credible. Once the helmet comes off, 95% of that is Chris, except obviously for that massive aerial kick that he does. I think he did a fantastic job.”
The really cool thing about Chris Evans is that he’s a super talented, athletic guy. He retains things amazingly well. I mean, I’m blown away. I can show him a 15-punch fight two times, and he’s got it. – Thomas Harper, Stunt Coordinator, CATWS
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gifs from @aguaman
Wait, is this…? I had never noticed this
realisation of Steve not needing his help anymore
was this really necessary
It’s also Bucky being more than a little upset that they turned his gentle, harmless friend—who Bucky wanted to PROTECT from the horrors of war—into a fighting machine.
was that really necessary
it’s also Bucky realizing that he can no longer protect his best friend no matter how hard he tries. he’s utterly helpless now, even after the war is over. they’ll always be wanting steve to fight this or that, and bucky won’t be able to do a darn thing to protect him.
It’s also Bucky taking the 5 seconds he has of Steve not paying attention to him so he can allow himself to process all these emotions without worrying Steve. If you watch Bucky through the movies, you’ll notice he always makes sure to look like he’s 100% fine if other people are looking at him. Fighting with Steve, but smiling at their dates. Recently tortured, but walking confidently by Steve’s side. Basically a mess, but all “Let’s hear it for Captain America!” It’s a pattern, really. Even in the flashback in CATWS, you can see he looks a lot less confident when Steve isn’t looking at him than when Steve is.
Also, Seb has mentioned that researching WW2, what left the deepest impression was how quickly everybody dies. You get attached to someone only to watch their heads being blown up in front of you the next day. I’m sure this influenced how he chose to act this scene. Because you can bet by the time this scene takes place, Bucky has seen many people – hell, maybe even friends – die, and recently, he’s had to see his whole unit be killed or captured by HYDRA. This certainly plays a role here. It’s not just a general sense of “I can’t protect Steve anymore,” it’s more like “I don’t know if Steve will live till next week.” It’s very real, very immediate. It’s a concrete prediction more than a vague fear. And if Steve’s survives, there’s still the fact Bucky knows what’s like to be changed by war, and Steve will be changed by it, which Bucky certainly hates. Either way, he loses the Steve he knew, even more than he’s already lost, with the whole “Steve Rogers is suddenly a super soldier” deal.
I’d say this scene is wartime Bucky in a nutshell. He handles the entire crowd and this whole Captain America propaganda thing without hesitation, he smiles at Steve and makes sure Steve enjoys the moment instead of pulling some “I did my duty” bullshit, and only then he allows himself to be overwhelmed by the fear that comes with being able to think 48923740 worst case scenarios in two seconds. If we can trust interviews with cast and crew, this eventually becomes his role in the war, basically – he thinks fast and does his job protecting Captain America and the missions, he takes care of Steve on a personal level by shielding him from the worst of the war as much as he can, and only then, if there’s time and Steve isn’t looking, he thinks about how the war is affecting him.
But anyway, overall, this scene is about overwhelming loss of everything Bucky knows, as well as an attempt to hide this as well as he can. And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that in the 4th and 5th gifs, Seb looks a lot like comics!Bucky does when he says goodbye to his younger sister, thinking he’ll never see her again and almost breaking down in tears, but unwilling to show her he’s scared. For your reference:
American Library Association’s Avengers READ posters. (x)
I always find things like this so ironic. I spent most of my childhood defending myself from adults who were trying to stop me from reading, and yet they pretend they want kids to read. They don’t. Kids who read will figure too much out.
Colonizers gone colonize. 😂😂
In December of 1940, America still hadn’t entered the war.
There were a lot of Americans – such as the 800,000 paying members of the America First Committee – who looked at fascists massacring their way through Europe and declared “that’s not our problem.”
Captain America was created by two poor Jewish Americans, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, with the specific intent of trying to convince Americans that entering the war was the right thing to do. It wasn’t easy – Kirby went far beyond what was expected of artists at the time, penciling the entire issue with a deadline that would have been difficult for a two-man crew to pull off.
Captain America punched Hitler right on the cover, at a time when a majority of Americans just didn’t feel like doing anything decisive against the Nazis.
Kirby and Simon faced considerable resistance for their creation, including steady hate mail and outright death threats.
Once, while Jack was in the Timely office, a call came from someone in the lobby. When Kirby answered, the caller threatened Jack with bodily harm if he showed his face. Kirby told the caller he would be right down, but by the time Jack reached street level, there was no one to be found.
Both creators enlisted after America entered the war. Kirby, as an artist, was called upon to do the extremely dangerous work of scouting ahead to draw maps. He also went on to co-create Black Panther in 1966.
They didn’t create Captain America to be an accurate depiction of America-As-It-Is. The character was meant to inspire and embolden, to show America-As-It-Should-Be.
The subject of where the Vibranium for the shield came from actually never came up for decades of comics, until it was finally addressed by Black Panther’s writer, Christopher Priest, in 2001. Priest never shied away from acknowledging America’s racism, but he also understood that Captain America represented an ideal, intended to inspire Americans to be better.
The story mixed together a “present day” discussion between Cap and T’Challa with flashbacks to when Cap met the Black Panther ruling Wakanda during World War II.
PRESENT -> FLASHBACK
The Vibranium was given, freely, by one good man to another good man.
It is right to rage against the injustices done by our governments. We must call them out, and we must fight for what’s right.
But if you can’t even stand to see the symbols created to inspire people to be better, and rail against those, then you’re just confusing cynicism for realism.
I was trying to think of what to do for a 3,000th post and watching Captain America: The First Avenger, and I wondered what happened to that kid afterward. So this came up.
Transcript of speech by Tim McAllister at the Memorial Day dedication
of the Brooklyn Captain Steven G. Rogers and Sergeant James B. Barnes statue.
I’m sure some of you are wondering why this young guy you’ve
never heard of is speaking at this dedication ceremony, especially when there
are so many people here today who actually served with Captain Rogers and
Sergeant Barnes or were among the family and friends they had growing up here.
To be honest, most people didn’t know I had a name at the time – to the rest of
the world, I was the Boy in the Water: the seven-year-old kid who was tossed in
the drink by the Nazi Hydra agent that Steve Rogers fought with that famous day
on Brooklyn’s Pier 13.
My mother and I had been on a Lady Liberty tour with my
aunt, who’d come to live with us when her husband was sent to the Pacific
theater. At first, when that agent picked me up to use as a hostage, I didn’t
even realize he had a gun to my head – I was too busy thrashing and trying to
get away. I wasn’t fully aware, either, that the captain – well, he wasn’t
Captain America just yet, but it’s hard to think of him now as anyone else – was
trying to rescue me, until the man pointed his gun at him and fired, then threw
me in the water when he realized he’d run out of bullets. When Captain Rogers
ran to save me, I told him, “Go get him! I can swim!” A number of bystanders
and my frantic mother rushed to help me out as the captain sprinted off to stop
the agent before he could get away.
Of course, most of you have seen the pictures that were in
all the papers in the following few days, and there was quite a fuss made over
both of us for a little while. Once he was identified and on stage as Captain America, Senator
Brandt’s office arranged to have me formally meet him at Radio City to have our
photo taken together. We all have an image of him now, from the newsreels and
the films and the recordings of some of those USO stage shows, but I remember him from
that night as a very quiet, thoughtful, humble man who was almost shy, really,
and despite his easy smile and stage presence was never comfortable in the spotlight. After his
heroic rescue of the Hydra prisoners of war in Austria, when he really, truly
became Captain America, he seemed to settle into it a bit more, but even as a
kid, I could tell he was more concerned with doing what was needed than what
would get attention or make him look good.
He told me to write to him, and I did: I never expected him
to answer, especially after he became so famous and was inundated with fan
mail, mash notes, and marriage proposals, but somehow the handful of letters I
wrote always got through, and he always answered. Miss Carter, who spoke
earlier, was kind enough to send my letters back to me after Captain Rogers
disappeared and they’re now in the museum’s hands. Seven-year-old boys don’t
have a lot of important things to say, but the captain always made me feel like
we were carrying on a very special correspondence of the utmost significance,
like I was somehow helping the war effort. And I never knew Sergeant Barnes, of
course, but I felt as though I did from the captain’s letters, because we were all kids from Brooklyn.
It inspired me to want to be like him. I think most kids of
our generation wanted to grow up to be like him, but that’s not an easy thing
to do, and I believe most of you here today who knew him or served with him
would agree with that. Because of him, I joined the army, went to OCS, and now
I’m in a military history detachment, and I hope that someday, maybe, I can
write a book about the exploits of Captain America and the Howling Commandos,
perhaps a more personal take than we usually see.
I’ve often wondered what path my life would have taken if we
hadn’t been at the pier that day and I hadn’t had that strange, slightly
terrifying chance encounter with Steve Rogers. I’m proud to be here today at
the unveiling of this memorial for him, one blue-eyed Brooklyn boy standing up
for another. He’d probably think it was far too much fuss made over someone who
was just doing what had to be done, but that’s what made him great enough to
deserve this sort of honor in the first place.
I just happened to remember the kid Captain America saved in the first movie, right after he got supered. The kid fell in the water and the baddie ran off without killing him, so Cap had saved him. Cap stepped to the edge of the water.
The little boy, treading water, assured him, “I can swim. Go get ‘im!”
I’ve always loved that moment. That little boy was so fucking proud of himself. The hero didn’t have to let the baddie get away to save him, he could look after himself until someone helped him get out of the water.
I figure that when Cap was thawed out, someone would’ve arranged for him to meet that little boy, who’d be in his 70s, I think. And I like to imagine what they would have said to each other. Steve would have thanked him for helping out by swimming.
The man would have said, “I used to brag about being the first person Captain America saved. And ever since your untimely ‘death’, I tried to be worthy of you saving me.”
“You don’t have to be worthy of that!”
“I know that. But it was the only way I could repay you.”
[If anyone’s written a fic about that little boy, please link me.]