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I’m going to just make out with my screen now.

I have missed this blog more than you have missed your extended family at Christmas.  I have missed this blog more than *my* extended family at Christmas.

What gives?

Well, the truth is, I am dating somebody.  While you have no business in knowing anything else, just know that blogging was really hard between school, two jobs (one seasonal, but getting another), a significant other, a dying cat (my cat died), and a fish tank that needed weekly changes.

Some things have changed.  My desire to blog, however, has not.  I wrote that bitchy post because I needed to break facade on why I haven’t been here.

Now.  I’m going to go month by month like last time and go through the movies.  I’m going to primarily focus on Superhero movies, but I may do a separate post for other movies.

DEADPOOL

Marvel is basically kicking off 2016 with Deadpool.  So many people, myself included, have been pining for the release of this movie back before it was even considered to be made.  Now, here we are, perhaps a little more than a month away from seeing Deadpool on the big screen, complete with Ryan Reynolds, breaking the 4th wall, and all the not-so-lovely (but lovely) things associated with Deadpool.  I’m not sure if I ever put this on my blog, but I really happened to like that Deadpool starts off sickly, and becoming Deadpool is his trade off to stay alive.  As a person who is chronically (though not terminally) ill, I can really appreciate the sick humor in this film.  For example, Captain America, who is sickly and just wants a chance to prove himself, becomes a goodie-two shoes.  Deadpool makes disturbing jokes from the beginning – as I often do about myself.  He doesn’t become a goodie-two-shoes. He becomes an antihero.  He doesn’t suddenly start trying to do right in the world like Captain America.  Nope.  He’s still sarcastic, still snarky, and perhaps a bit more brutal after all the events, and doesn’t become a villain.  And I like that.  Because just as doctors have a dark sense of humor because of the amount of awful crap they see, often times people who have health problems can also have a really dark, sick sense of humor.  The way he becomes Deadpool really appeals to that sense of humor (I have a very dark sense of humor).  I did not have such a dark sense of humor prior to my diagnoses.  After I got them, though, sarcasm literally became a second language, and I didn’t exactly hate everyone (aka, not like a villain).

I’ve been excited for Deadpool since Day 1.   After all the hoopla it’s experienced with being rated R, having sex scenes, breaking the 4th wall, and plot possibilities, I’d say this is going to be in the top 3 superhero films of 2016.  He sounds so much like the comic Deadpool and the fight for Reynolds to renew being Deadpool was well worth it.  And now, after all this time, we aren’t that far away from this Deadpool being the Deadpool to remember – not the Wolverine one.  Everything looks great – the acting, the character of Deadpool, the CGI.  I think this movie will be one of those where there’s lines everyone remembers.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

I want to apologize in advance.

I want to start by saying Wonder Woman has been horribly miscast.  I feel like the only reason they cast the person they did is because she was in the military and she’s skinny and cute.  Sorry – saying this from a perspective of a woman who works out quite a bit.  In fact, truthfully, I at one point had bigger biceps than the current actress.  I understand the rationale behind casting a woman who was in the military, but as someone who knows quite a bit about exercising and the human body, I can tell you being in the military five years ago might not mean much in terms of how fast someone deconditions.  Deconditioning is the gradual loss of muscle and ability of organs to perform (ie, running for 2 minutes or 20).  So while she may be disciplined to follow a rigorous exercise plan, that isn’t exactly the point of movies.  Movies don’t make men get buff, they just pick the muscles that make them look buff and exercise those, or just shape the muscles themselves without doing weight training (if anyone knows better than me, let me know, this is just what I know).  They exercise the biceps, the pectorals, and probably the trapezius on men.  Women don’t usually need to get buff for roles (let’s face it – Michael Bay is not doing women in action flicks any justice), so there might even be a lack of knowledge about how women gain muscle vs. how men gain muscle and how our physical anatomy might slightly differ.  This actress does not fit the role at all in my opinion, and her body type, in my opinion, does not match that of Wonder Woman’s.  And please do not say it’s because comics make people bigger than they realistically can be – which is true.  However:

 

 

The fact that I just posted three buff men on this blog is proving a bigger point than they’re all incredibly good looking.  Yes, the characters they portray are bigger than normal humans, but especially with Chris Evans in that photo, it wasn’t too hard for anybody to at least attempt getting as close as they could to an accurate physical representation.  Why am I arguing this?  Because I think Wonder Woman was cast for her looks, and not because she might resemble Wonder Woman.  There are physically better options out there, because Wonder Woman standing next to these three guys – she looks tiny and looks like she can’t hold her own.  Wonder Woman’s shoulders are broad, and her upper body torso is clearly toned by muscle/shape.  I’m sorry, but, the actress doesn’t have that.  And don’t tell me I’m being nitpicky or superficial or “just be happy a woman is involved”, because:

 

Unless you wanted Captain America to look like this the entire movie, too, you should stop talking.

Otherwise the movie looks very explosive, and I haven’t decided if that’s a good or bad thing.  Sometimes the CGI looks a little iffy, like a video game.  The plot looks like it’s two buff guys fighting to figure out who’s better than each other and the entire city is their schoolyard (ironically destroying things among the people who worship/hate them).  Maybe I am wrong.  Maybe I will be completely blown away (by everything other than Wonder Woman).  And please, don’t show us his parents dying again – please… please.

Because we already have enough characters in this.  Apparently, Cyborg, Aquaman, and of course Lex Luthor are all in this too.  It feels like they’re trying to plan for the Justice League while also trying to cash in on everyone who has ever said “What if Batman and Superman got into a fight?”.  I don’t particularly like Lex Luthor either, for many of the same reasons I don’t like Wonder Woman, but I’ll give him a pass on creative expression on part for the movie makers. For the record, I do like Affleck as a Batman (nobody will ever be Bale), I just think the circumstances he’s in isn’t ideal.  Also for the record I love Batman and somewhat prefer DC characters to Marvel characters, but just.. their movies.. someone fell asleep at the wheel…

Still one of the three in the top 3, though.

ONWARD!

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

At first, for this movie, I was concerned about it getting stuffed.  And it still is.  The problem is, it still has the Avengers 2.5 feel.

Give Cap his own movie.  You’ve managed to renew the love of Cap in the public sphere.  Why would you include that many people?  I mean, yes, it will make a good movie, and I’m going to say this is my second choice for the top 3 of 2016 of superhero movies.  But give Cap his own spotlight.  Bucky, Black Widow, Falcon, and even Iron Man all get a pass from me (although I don’t think BW is necessary).  But Cap should get his own movie without so many others stealing his spotlight.  I understand the plot mostly centers around what he refuses to do – hence it being a Cap movie – but what kind of screen time does he get?

If this were an Avengers movie, that complaint would not be there.  And that is a big complaint for such a little section.  A Captain America movie should be about Captain America.

Otherwise, everyone looks good.  The movie looks solid.

… And all like, 34 characters.  Still will be in the top 3.  I just think they will need to give us some Cap later on to compensate for this.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

 

What some might love about this movie – and some may hate – is Wolverine not being there.  I have to say this movie couldn’t have came at a better time as Hugh Jackman is getting ready to hang up his metal claws.  It’ll get us used to life without Wolverine for a little bit, because there’s no way he’s immediately going to be recasted right after Jackman retires.  It’ll spell it’s own failure, if they do, in my opinion, just because Jackman has become Wolverine.  He was even in a cameo in another movie as Wolverine (Believe it was a Night at the Museum).  When I see Hugh Jackman, I think Wolverine.  It’s going to take time and a good recasting to get me to think of another actor and see Wolverine in them.  That’s why this movie is such a breath of fresh air – we can reconnect with the other X-Men.  A lot of the X-Men movies have a heavy Wolverine presence.  Regardless if you love or hate it, Wolverine is going to go now.  It’s time for us to reconnect with the other X-Men.

And what better way to do that, is making them all young again without Wolverine?

I absolutely adore Michael Fassbender Magneto.  Ian McKellen is great, but Fassbender Magneto is a certain intensity I haven’t felt from a villain since The Joker in The Dark Knight.  He is electrifying.  Ian McKellen is very, very charismatic, while Fassbender makes you go “oh ****”.

I’m interested in seeing Cyclops and Jean Gray’s past as well as Magneto and Mystique if they touch on it, but I just hope it doesn’t overtake the film like another superhero movie I can recall…

This feels like the Civil War version of X-Men. But what I did like is that instead of hordes of armies like in Days of Future Past, we literally get natural disaster images that would, maybe, accompany the end of the world.  Apocalypse seems utterly terrifying, and evoking religious images or references would normally get a “guys, what the hell” sort of response.  But Egypt in itself is a nod to religion, and seeing him talk about religious references is a bit on the creepy side, as well as the dying worship he gets.  I don’t know too much about these characters otherwise, so this section might be short.  Either way I’m happy Apocalypse isn’t a big bumblefuck of CGI, and I’m happy they’re introducing us to different X-Men.  I’m also glad Magneto isn’t the main villain.

SUICIDE SQUAD

I, personally, am excited about this movie.  However, I know it’s going to receive flak for a lot of the characters looking a bit different than what we would consider traditional, especially since it has already.  What I originally said about this movie is coming true – the “villains” are technically the heroes, waiting to be the government’s scapegoat.  There isn’t totally too much to say about it other than I’m not yet impressed with the Joker, but I can’t judge yet because I haven’t seen him in action.  I remember somebody else by the name of Heath Ledger we wrote off, but I have a feeling about this guy that I won’t like him – and not because he’s not Heath Ledger. I understand people like the tattoos, but you don’t need tattoos to be a fucking maniac, so let’s see if they put as much detail into his personality as they have into his looks, regardless if you like it or not. Otherwise I’m excited for Harley probably the most.

 

Doctor Strange and Gambit will warrant their own post, I am slowly losing my sanity as I am trying to type this with two kittens who currently have the attention span of a squirrel.  No kittens were harmed in the making of this post, however, a cooling pad gave it’s life at the paws of kittens and my power adapter now is at 80% health.

Godspeed.

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This sort of just panned out this way.  I come back the same time I attend NYCC for the first time ever.  First, really, I want to say thanks.  My hell that is college is almost over (not the college part, the hell part).  I needed to take a semester or two away from this, which was depressing as anything.  I missed writing even as I’m taking enough writing classes to successfully make me sick of writing.  The upside to taking writing classes, though, is prepping for MR writing.  I get to practice as much as I possibly can before I embark on this.  I have a few storylines in mind, and although I draw I will need an artist because I barely have time to eat dinner nowadays.   (sidenote: if you’re unaware I have a character I want to write a comic book for).

I want to say something:  This blog is a hobby and a job.  In other words, I’d love to see it turn into a job.  But if it doesn’t, I will always come back to it.  I enjoy it too much to fully ever let it go, and I’ll probably do some form of professional writing whether it be a comic book, a novel, poetry, fictional/non-fiction essays, or anthology of short stories.  And you will know about it.  But mostly, I want people to just read it and have a good time with it as much as I do.

So where did I go besides comic con?  I’m a double major, first off, so naturally I’m double the strapped and stressed as you if you’re a liberal arts.  I’m half (sort of) science.  This doesn’t apply if you’re a biology/psychics/math/STEM related major: my apologies, but you shouldn’t be reading my blog and trying to eat, sleep, or shower.  I also was hiding out to avoid reviewing the new Shitastic Four movie so I didn’t need to attend anger management classes.

But onward to Comic Con.

First let me say I am lucky to live in the land of the second largest comic con in the United States.  At the same time, a New York Minute is no joke, and most days of my life lunch doesn’t exist.

My land, right here.

My land, right here.

Living here is part of why writing is so difficult.  My life never stops, its a never ending merry go round of shit to do. I’ve wanted to get back to this, I’ve wanted to write again both for myself and for Comic Frontline.  I’m going to strike a balance.  I’m considering some combination of movies and comic book arcs (I don’t do that cliffhanger stuff) and one post that is solely more like my Christine post perhaps once a week each.  Regardless, I went to Comic Con Saturday and Sunday.  I wanted to go on Friday, but that horrible queue system made it hard to do and slowly getting the tickets became The Hunger Games and the scalpers were Mr. Snow.

imageI still went despite the slightly traumatizing experience of getting the tickets.  I did not go to any panels, but I wish I went to writing panels.  Apparently there was information regarding publishing your own comic book, and that could’ve been useful.  I went for myself and for my blog.  I mean, honestly, it’s all kind of a blur to me.  I mostly went to booths and bought way too much shit and figured out who everyone was cosplaying as.  I did do a cosplay on Sunday, but not Saturday.  It was Jurassic Park related (duh).  Unfortunately nobody guessed what I was (or cared very much at all about what I was), but if you saw somebody in a pink shirt with a JP cap it was yours truly, you creeper.

My first thoughts upon going was, well, it’s just fucking crowded.  Really crowded.  I kind of wish they’d do something about that, but I don’t imagine what they could possibly do.  It just seems like a bit of a hazard to have hoards of people who are barely moving their feet.  The booths were rather interactive, and if nothing else, really interesting.

I'm set. I can leave NYCC now.

I’m set. I can leave NYCC now.  It’s coming with me, though.

While at NYCC, I honestly realized how poor I was.  I saw posters signed by celebrities (Ahem, Hayley Atwell) and Sideshow statues that I wish I had 400 bucks lying around to buy.  They featured Batman statues and an amazing Joker statue so amazing that the price was TBD.  It was that gorgeous that they couldn’t even decide on a price yet.  I went into NYCC with the mindset I wanted one thing related to a small group of people:  Batman, The Joker, Batgirl, Nightwing, Captain America/The Avengers, Peggy, and Catwoman.  I found Batman, Joker, Avengers, and Batgirl fairly easily.  Nightwing wasn’t too tough but it required some searching, same with Peggy.  Guess who’s still the only character I can find nothing for?

That's right.

That’s right.

Yep.  Catwoman.  I could find next to nothing Catwoman.  I found one mediocre t-shirt, this statue, and a few other things, but that’s basically it.  While the statue is a great mention, it’s not economically practical.  I mean, I blew over 100 bucks in this place.  I can’t just drop 400 bucks on a statue.  It was frustrating.  There were some amazing cosplayers, but I was undercover.  I wanted to take a photo of them and put them on here (like a top ten cosplayers type thing), but I was with people who I don’t want to see this blog because I’m intensely private that way.  Next year I will be doing that.  The ones that come to mind are the Hulk Buster, Ghost Busters, and the woman dressed as Claire from JW (or at least a JW scientist).

Speaking of JW.. how disappointing.

They’ve already announced another movie, and had a corner dedicated to the movie, but that’s it.  Now mind you, I liked Jurassic Park before it was cool.  I waited for JW for 14 years.  I scoured the floor for more JW related things, but nothing.  It was all superheroes and anime, and a bit of Pokemon but even that was lacking a bit.

imageThis was the extent of JW-related things.  I wish it wasn’t, but it was.  All the booths had impressive displays, don’t get me wrong – but if you want to keep the hype going for a movie (a JW sequel) that everyone is collectively like “what now?” at, I don’t know, any more merch would help out.  Buy something.  Limited edition something.  A bunch of guys in costumes is nice, but ship out some shit to sell.  I LOVED the amount of Civil War, Deadpool, and Avengers stuff around.  It was utterly everywhere.  And even Peggy got her share of time:

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Like some other people we know.

800 bucks.. that hurts.

Regardless, I was happy with my prints and my lithographs.  The booths, while expensive, were wonderful eye candy.  The murals might not have come home with me, but they were immersive nonetheless.  You really knew where you were.  You really felt the excitement for future movies and comics and games and whatever else.  It was very superhero heavy, and actually a good bit Star Wars heavy.  It being superhero heavy is why I lost as much money as I did. There were also exclusive Harry Potter statues and The Hunger Games – unfortunately I am not reporting on anime because I have no clue who anyone is.  Pokemon was lacking a bit, but I feel we’re in the age of superheroes – and with references to Civil War, Bat v Supes, and Deadpool utterly everywhere, NYCC didn’t disappoint.  For the JP nerds – they had old school JP toys from The Lost World and the original Jurassic Park in the box.  For sale.  There.  I wish.

Overall, I feel there could be more emphasis on female characters.  Tap into that reserve.  More Batgirl, Peggy, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy could prove useful.  You might even make a buck (or a couple hundred thousand).  It felt male character centric, with some extra emphasis on Wonder Woman.  I just want to see that happen.  Maybe Wonder Woman will help change it.

No Fantastic Four, though, of course.

As some Twitter followers may know (twitter.com/FictionalPlanet) I plan on releasing my own comic book.  This was posted on my blog while it was on Blogger.  I have decided to repost it here:

Without further adieu:

Q: so… What’s his name?
A: not going to give you that just yet!

Q: Give us something! What is his character like?
A: you are using how many social profiles right now? Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr?
This character is a play on the world we live in.  He’s a play on various aspects of society that are hotly debated (like SOPA).  He is a very political character and he is very relevant to society.

Q: hero or villain?
A: neither.

Q: anti hero or anti villain?
A: honestly, not even that is too clear cut but I’d lean on anti hero.

Q: so any other heroes?
A: what’s good about this character is that I don’t need to make him the only hero in whatever universe he is in.  Truthfully, no other heroes want to actually interact with him because they don’t trust him.  He isn’t innately bad or a villain.  He just makes you question morality, good and bad, the basics of what make us human.

Q: Did any work influence you?
A: George Orwell, 1984.

Q: how about villains?
A: you’ll fine out in time.

A good segway from Captain America.  A review on what is probably considered one of the best superhero movies to ever happen.  The Avengers.

I’ll admit when I first watched it (the reason this review is so late is because I insist upon watching a movie literally directly before I write a review – and I don’t watch it once, but twice in total, so the viewing before the blog post must be the second time) I was a little on the confused side in the beginning, but then things became clearer (the scenes particularly right before Loki got the tessaract).  You realize who Loki is, what the hell that glowing cube is, and why suddenly everyone is frantically driving away from a building.  Now, the film has a very stereotypical premise to me.  It’s about this guy who wants to take over the world and rule, and even gets compared to Hitler.  He’s an alien, but of course looks like a regular person, and then this team of mega-superheroes is called in to save the day.  At the end of the movie, they’re hailed as heroes despite destroying basically everything around them. Hooray, everything has been burned!

Despite the stereotypical nature, though, it works, also because if you had every character running everywhere you’d eventually lose track and just think Loki may as well be an Avenger too.  The reason why this film works (for me) is because as the movie goes on we are presented with the characters, their histories, and to some extent conflicting viewpoints on them.  Everyone knows Bruce Banner turns into a big green angry rage monster, but there he is, exiled and working with sick patients in India.  Of course, either way he might be exiled, but, that doesn’t mean he needs to do anything for anyone.  He’s soft spoken and helps the little girl with her dad.  I know the scenes drew criticism, but there is basically bad parts of every country.  The worst parts of the United States don’t represent the city, state, or country or even area as a whole because there is more to it than just what we see in a film or even documentary.  It is only up to the viewer to distinguish the difference.

Look guys!  Thor’s a man again!

Regardless of that controversy, it was just something I mentally noted about Banner.  It’s a stark contrast to his huge green angry form.  The other Avenger that stood out was Black Widow again, who acts as Fury’s personal assistant to some extent gathering all the Avengers.  We see everyone be introduced.  It should go smoothy, minus the part where Thor just decides to land on their plane with dangerous amounts of lightning around them.  That wasn’t such a good introduction.  Iron Man is perhaps most famous for his acceptance and welcoming attitude, though.

Yet again, I realize some people ragged the Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist and his divisive nature and how much of an asshole he is to the other Avengers, but the film wouldn’t work without Iron Man being an asshole.  Iron Man being condescending, constantly prodding people, believing he is better than everyone, is why this film works.  I already said it was mildly stereotypical of a plot, so for all the Avengers to be like Bob the Destroyer (see the amount of damage they did) and start chanting “Yes We Can!” it would’ve been so incredibly cheesy.  In fact, if you didn’t like that, you should just cut out a significant portion of the film, and jump right to the army of aliens toward the end.  You are throwing all different people who have never met before into one flying ship they don’t understand, and on a mission they don’t necessarily want to do.  They don’t even like each other, and somehow you expect everyone to get along like they were in Kindergarten?

It’s just not going to happen.

The ending feels so good because all of them manage to shut up and fight together even though they bicker as much as they do.  Speaking of that, I loved the end fight scene just because it felt so good, despite the confusing and tense beginning.  In the ending, Iron Man proves something to Captain America as well – he proves he is willing to risk his life, and suddenly the Old Man (aka Captain America) is really concerned about Iron Man (as long as he doesn’t kiss him, it’s all good).

But, things got a little bit clearer despite the tense beginnings, and as it turns out Marvel started The Conversation again.

Because if Fury just wanted windmills, this would’ve been a lot different.

(photo credit: Wikipedia)

The plot says Fury wants the Tessaract for renewable energy originally – just as Iron Man says he is working on renewable energy, surprise surprise.  Now, obviously, he also wants it to create a nuclear arsenal as mentioned by the intense bickering, but it does again bring a very political issue into the spotlight.  The Tessaract is from the middle of the ocean – before we see it, it was hanging with anglerfish, the Titanic, and dolphins – at least they’re cute.  It literally embodies what we do not understand and what environmentalists are trying to save or improve – the earth.  They don’t know how to operate it, but they try anyway, because I guess trial and error of a glowing cube that harnesses the power of earth isn’t at all dangerous.  The Tessaract seems to almost take on a character itself when one SHIELD worker notes it’s “misbehaving”.  It’s a glowing cube, and it’s misbehaving. Loki probably has a greater understanding of the Tessaract because he is from Asgard, but was the explosion the Tessaract misbehaving or Loki knowing how to use it?  He only just got his hands on it at that point, and it doesn’t come with a User’s Manual.  It’s practically it’s own character because nobody really truly gets it, and even Thor just wants it gone.  Thor doesn’t even like it, while his brother just wants to destroy things with it.

You know he was amused during this.

It is probably even more down to earth than the superheroes themselves in the beginning – Fury is a guy with an eyepatch who everyone realizes has ulterior motives (because SHIELD does not exist to save the ozone layer), all the superheroes are bickering, Loki and Thor fight over their childhoods, and Coulson has a heart attack because of Captain America.  They’re all pretty all over the damn place despite calling themselves a team, included with insults, to defeat Loki, who is standing there smirking, and you know he finds this funny.  I’ll admit it came off a little weird for them to be fighting and then suddenly Loki is captured, but he wanted to be captured, so I won’t rag on it too much. I mostly just find it strange three seasoned superheroes did not realize that was a possibility sooner.

And the mention of Loki brings me to my next point.

Loki is such a psychological character despite his “I want to rule you!” attitude.  He uses the Avengers’ powers against them.  He gets the Hulk to turn into “an enormous green rage monster” without needing the help of Tony Stark to get him to do it.  I consider him more psychological than brute power, because, well, he is a bit puny.  Loki was able to set the stage to bring all of these heroes together though, because you know if this much arguing happened during someone else who happens to be a villain, we’d all be dead.  Fairly quickly.

You can only imagine how that would go.

Until the end, Loki doesn’t really do much direct fighting and even when he does he’s using an army.  A lot of it is just turning the Avengers against each other while scaring Germany, and just bringing them together for the first time is enough to get them started.  Captain America and Iron Man bicker, Iron Man keeps poking “the other guy” (Hulk), Iron Man and Thor fight, Black Widow is nearly killed by Hulk,  Hawkeye is taken over by the Tessaract, and so on.  Just even putting them on the same flying ship is enough to amuse Loki, and even get Loki and Thor bickering.  Ah, yes, the battle of the Teenage Heart Throbs.  Despite all this, Good Guy Thor still looks after little bro Loki at the end.  Aww.

Loki’s psychological nature and utilizing power as opposed to possessing it set the perfect stage for the next film, and if I need to tell you what the next film is, you have been under a rock for the last week.  Loki turning Iron Man into an asshole sets the perfect stage of Age of Ultron, because Iron Man is sort of why Ultron even exists.  Way to go, Iron Man.

Iron Man is yet again the odd man out, and there’s not one set good or bad with what he was trying to do.  Ultron was created because SHIELD was destroyed.  He had good intentions.  Unlike Loki, it’s pretty apparent his motives are clear cut bad.  It’s debatable whether or not he should have attempted to do it, but either way his intentions were good, and I can imagine Iron Man is going to come under fire for being unable to control his own creation.  Still bickering to some extent, but over more serious matters than whether or not a worker is playing Galaga.

You can tell from the trailer that the Avengers are going to get pushed to their limit.  We see a broken Captain America shield, Hulk actually fighting something that is the size of him, and a severely beaten up Thor dropping the hammer.  Loki looks like child’s play and a guy who is just deluded, and it pretty much feels like Loki even happened just so that way Ultron could happen because of how inherently psychological he was.  He got the Avengers to work together before Ultron happened.  If anything, we should be thanking Loki.  We got a lighthearted, hilarious, fun film from him.  Now we’re going into a much darker realm with a robot even it’s creator does not understand.

I have had a terrible cold, hence the delay.  I am aiming from here on out to create a platform for a comic book I am also aiming to launch.

This movie is actually a move close to my heart, and I’m sure everyone and their mother (or Hydra) has seen a review of this movie.  And I just gave it away!

A little story for you first.  In the 7th grade, I needed to do a project to create my own superhero.  I chose a superhero by the name of “Miss America” to create.  Hilarious, because I’d become the biggest Captain America fangirl some amount of years later (hopefully this review won’t be too skewed).

Let me start off by saying I watched this movie without actually being into superheroes at the time.  I mean, I was, but I was only into Batman.  Captain America was still a corny blonde guy who was the epitome of The Man (TM) society has the perfect idea of.  Society has it’s ideas of what is right and wrong too, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier turned it on it’s head.

Without messing up that perfectly done blonde hair of his.

But let’s face it – this is a comic character that even a fan admitted to me has died in the comic books more than the amount of years he has been alive (in The Winter Soldier, he’s 98).  Things got dreary for Captain America.  Yeah, we get it, democracy.  Now shut up and let the big shots take over, kid from Brooklyn.

Then Joe Johnston came along and showed us how epic he could be in The First Avenger.  But, even that movie had a bit of a historical tone that overtook it.  It was sort of like Titanic – we all know Hitler happened, we all know World War II happened, and we all know science played some role in World War II (as evidenced by Einstein and the Manhattan project, although that is quite obviously not related to the Nazis quite as much).

I don’t blame Iron Man for not taking him seriously.

But then we met Bucky.  And the obvious political nature about The Winter Soldier, which very few movies do effectively.  A superhero commonly regarded as “Good Guy Cap” suddenly seemed to strike very political and dividing conversations once formerly in that ridiculous star-spangled suit of his.  Suddenly the dancing girls of The First Avenger became girls who you didn’t know and didn’t know where they stood.  Suddenly you started looking at Nick Fury and whoever Robert Redford’s character is named 5 different ways.  Everything seemed to have a double meaning, including Bucky.

Bucky, in every way, regardless of your opinion of him (hailing Hydra, and all that) is in itself a debate.  He is the perfect example of a good guy-gone-terrorist, regardless if you attribute that to Hydra taking him or not.  It’s a debate in Congress even now if we should allow people who have joined terrorist groups to remain citizens of the United States.  Although it had the obvious political tones of surveillance, that was a tone overlooked.  It was overlooked that Cap refused to kill Bucky, still believing he is inherently good, while Falcon seemed to basically question Cap’s sanity and if he was still experiencing brain freeze.  The same rings true for people who join such societies and groups.  Can they be like Bucky?  Or are they a Robert Redford? (hopefully not because Redford is hideous… and then they need an awesome Black Widow to knock them out).  Everyone noted the obvious political tone of surveillance – it really is not hard to catch.  But that is looking at the bigger picture of the terrorist – Hydra.  What about individuals?  What about Bucky?

Bucky in of himself is something I can respect, just like Cap did.  He treated Bucky as an individual.  Black Widow treated him as just some nut who hides in the shadows (like real life Slenderman), Falcon treated him like an actual nut, and Captain America treated him like a person.

But what about everyone else?  Everything else?

Now, remember, I went into this movie without even knowing who Bucky was because I did not see The First Avenger until after The Winter Soldier.   That said, the only real confusing part was when Cap just suddenly showed up and looked lovingly at a woman so much older than him, but then you realize that was his past love and it’s suddenly a little less weird.  Unlike many people, I don’t think that scene did Peggy any justice.  I don’t really know how you give a 90-something-year-old justice, but I just felt it was cheesy and it could’ve been executed better.  It felt as though Steve Rogers was visiting his grandma as opposed to his ex-lover, but then again, I don’t have any experience there (thankfully), so I wouldn’t know any more than you do.  But otherwise, the plot was obviously fantastic for a superhero newbie to follow it so effectively, aside from having a mild heart attack at the “Let’s-All-Slam-Into-Nick Fury’s-Car” scene (which as terrifying as it was, was awesome).

And I will admit, the violence and action was completely paced, in between the weaving of Captain America’s humanity.  Yeah, he was frozen and all, but oh my God, date the nurse!

I have watched superhero movies before and after this movie, and I will say, nothing has struck a cord like this one and how the Captain was portrayed.  I’ve seen both DC and Marvel, and never has anyone seemed so human about themselves and other people.  Batman was always trying to rescue people because he is the goddamn Batman.  Superman rescues people because he has super-senses and super-strength and does super-things.  Iron Man is cocky and Thor talks like Shakespeare, and the Hulk turns into the violent version of the Green Giant vegetable guy.  But Captain America came off like that kid from Brooklyn.  Captain America came off like that really awkward kid who doesn’t have much experience with girls.  Captain America came off as that guy who is so caught up in work, he forgets how to interact (despite his stellar good looks).

And dating the nurse brings me to my next point.

Yeah, so, I LOVE her now.

Marvel.

You did it.

At first, I thought Black Widow was a bit too much of a sidekick to Captain America and seemingly the very stereotypical second in command girl who occasionally needed the guy to save her ass.  But then I realized something.

Nick Fury admits she has her own mission when she goes with Steve Rogers.  They start off almost bickering (as a result of all that “compartmentalization”), and then eventually team up.  Black Widow uses her own set of superhero skills, and I don’t just mean being a master of martial arts.  She is cunning.  She makes up for Captain Awkwardness’ awkwardness.  He doesn’t know what to do when the corrupt SHIELD agents are in the mall, so Black Widow does the logical thing.

You know, kisses him, to make everyone uncomfortable.

She adds a certain aspect to the film that just is unmatched by any female role I have ever watched.  And to those who say that she needed to be rescued by Cap a good few times:  Well, she asks if he would trust her to save his life, and he says absolutely yes.  They are in every respect a team, and then she goes on her own way, knocking the crap out of Robert Redford, who on his own is a good enough villain without needing any powers to make you at least somewhat afraid of him.  He managed to infiltrate something meant to protect America.  He had The Winter Soldier in his house and asked him if he wanted milk.  Does he seem like the kind of guy who just want’s milk? I am just saying.  The score for The Winter Soldier is absolutely amazing, by the way, and it is good enough to give you chills when you see that metal arm come onto the screen, as with all of the soundtracks in general.  The movie quality itself was utterly fantastic, and it didn’t look cheap.

But then, you know, there’s that third team member… what is his name?

Oh yeah, that guy who had like, 4 minutes of screen time in his actual costume.

I kid Falcon’s screen time, but I do feel as though he was a bit underused in the main “Destroy ALL the Helicarriers!” main scene.  I think even when he went down they could have done him a bit more justice (although, he is funny).  I just.. I don’t know.  It felt lacking to me with Falcon.  I can only hope they use him a bit more in the next film (if at all), because he felt like a guy we just got to know, and then, oh shit… his wing is broken.  Well, there goes that.  Overall, though, he was an awesome addition to Captain America and thrusted a little known superhero into the national and international spotlight.

It’s filled with humanity, twists and turns, and starts the conversation in the present day.  Captain America finally takes us through real America and the real issues we face.  But the question remains: What would Cap do?

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