plot twist: santa actually brings you the naked celebrity you asked for and you have to awkwardly unwrap them in front of your entire family
Totally worth it.
"Loki, don’t cry, it was just a bad dream. You can take my blanket, it will protect you when you’re afraid and I can’t be here with you. Nothing will hurt you little brother, I promise…"
Which tattoo on each of you means the most to you and why?
I’m loving her expression.
Reinpug! Another MM cute!
Much has been said, and rightly so, about Katniss Everdeen and the way she challenges a lot of traditional narratives about girls. She carries a bow, she fights, she kills, she survives, she’s emotionally unavailable, she’d rather act than talk, and … did we mention she kills?
But one of the most unusual things about Katniss isn’t the way she defies typical gender roles for heroines, but the way Peeta, her arena partner and one of her two love interests, defies typical Hollywood versions of gender roles for boyfriends.
Consider the evidence: Peeta’s family runs a bakery. He can literally bake a cherry pie, as theold song says.
He is physically tough, but markedly less so than she is. He’s got a good firm spine, but he lacks her disconnected approach to killing. Over and over, she finds herself screaming “PEETA!”, not calling for help but going to help, and then running, because he’s gone and done some damn fool thing like gotten himself electrocuted.
Her larger mission — her war against the Capitol — often drifts out of focus behind her smaller, more immediate mission: saving Peeta. She lets others know that if it’s down to the two of them, he should be saved because of his goodness. She is unsurprised when she’s told she doesn’t deserve him.
He encourages her to talk about her feelings. He encourages her to share herself with others. He promises her, falsely but selflessly, that her indifference doesn’t hurt him and she owes him nothing. If she ever wants to come to her senses, come down from those fences, he’ll be there.
He’s better than she is, but softer. He’s less knowing than she is. He’s less cynical than she is. He’s just as tough and as brave as he can possibly be with the skill set he has, and she’s responsible for mopping up when that’s not enough. To fail to protect him is to betray her, because that may well be the only job she gives you.
She kisses him sometimes, but she keeps him on a need-to-know basis, and she decides what he needs to know.
He loves her as she is, while knowing he’ll never change her and parts of her will always be mysterious and out of reach.
Don’t get me wrong: In real life, we all know couples of all gender alignments who operate in this way and in lots of other ways, whether they’re male-female or two guys or two women or whatever; there’s absolutely nothing about baking, physical strength, or emotional accessibility that is inherently gendered in real life for real humans with any consistency. But the movies, or at least the big movies, are different. Going by the traditional Hollywood rules, make no mistake: Peeta is a Movie Girlfriend.
Peeta is Pepper Potts and Gwen Stacy, helping and helping and helping until the very end, when it’s time for the stakes, and the stakes are: NEEDS RESCUE. Peeta is Annie in Speed, who drives that bus like a champ right up until she winds up handcuffed to a pole covered with explosives. Peeta is Holly in Die Hard, who holds down the fort against the terrorists until John McClane can come and find her (and she can give back her maiden name).
In fact, you could argue that Katniss’ conflict between Peeta and Gale is effectively a choice between a traditional Movie Girlfriend and a traditional Movie Boyfriend. Gale, after all, is the one whose bed she winds up steadfastly sitting beside after she helps bind his wounds. Gale explains the revolution to her. She puts up a plan to run; Gale rebuffs it because he presumes himself to know better. Gale is jealous and brooding about his standing with her; Peeta is just sad and contemplative.
Gale works in the mines, not in a bakery. He’s a hunter. He grabs her and kisses her because he simply must. He’s taller. (Real talk: HE’S THOR’S BROTHER.)
There’s more to the unusual gender dynamics in these stories, in other words — particularly, I think, in the films — than the idea of a girl who fights. There’s also a rather delightful mishing and mashing of the ideas of what’s expected from young men in movies where everybody is running around shooting and bleeding. (via NPR)"
Now so far Black Widow doesn’t really have that problem I don’t think, (so far anyway). But I feel like because she is just a human, and we’ve seen her in several movies so far, she’s basically shown us all her tricks. I’m just not sure she can really show me anything new for me to get excited about. I’d rather see a female character with superpowers, or enhanced abilities doing something new, than Black Widow just doing a lot of stuff I’ve seen her and every other human female action lead do over and over again already.
I also have question on a story arc with her, I think really the only story I might be interested in seeing on the big screen is how she came to Shield, from whatever bad place she was, and maybe meeting Hawkeye. That would provide some interesting dramatic “stuff” and something for her to overcome emotionally/spiritually, giving more weight to her story. That’s better than just having her battle and defeat some bad guy because she’s a good guy and that’s what she’s supposed to do. I suppose they could come up with something from her past to compromise her a bit more, have her switch sides back to the bad guys even… although her switching sides, I don’t know how well that would go over in a stand alone movie. Usually they want to show the heroes triumphing, not giving into the evil.
Let me preface this by saying I’m a big fan of the blog, and I’m perfectly capable of disagreeing with someone without wanting to set them on fire, but I am going to disagree with you nonetheless.
I’d rather see a female character with superpowers, or enhanced abilities doing something new, than Black Widow just doing a lot of stuff I’ve seen her and every other human female action lead do over and over again already.
Because we’ve had so many female action heroes, right?
And the good old “she’s not as good as the other Avengers because she doesn’t have any superpowers” argument! It’s been almost three whole minutes since I’ve seen that one, so thanks for that.
The sad thing is that, if they would take from comic book canon (all 50 years of it, with many a varied tale that managed to show many different sides to this character who could’ve been another cardboard cut out of the Cold War femme fatale but instead developed into one of Marvel’s most deeply layered heroes) you would have a movie about an “enhanced” superhero. Natasha of the comics was born in the 1920s in Stalingrad. Yep, she’s as old as Captain America. How is that possible? She took (or was forced into taking, depending on the canon you follow) a version of the supersoldier serum that was given to Captain America. It makes her extremely long-lived and gives her enhanced agility, speed, and strength.
That also gives her an incredible amount of story to be mined. Orphaned during a fire, she was thrown out of a window by her mother in a last-ditch attempt to save her, where she was caught by a man named Ivan Petrovich. Ivan placed her in the Red Room when she was a child, where she was raised to be an assassin. (“Do they start that young?” “I did.”) Her life there was fairly hellish, and her memories were altered and erased and altered again and again in an effort to make her the perfect weapon (“Have you ever had someone take your brain and play? Take you out and stuff something else in? You know what it’s like to be unmade?” “You know I do.”), so that she began losing track of who she was, of what memories were real and which were constructs of the Red Room.
She was a ballerina with the Bolshoi, or at least was made to believe she was. She was on the battlefield during World War II as a teenager, pregnant and alone but for the soldiers beside her. She lost that baby. She met and fell in love with the Winter Soldier, carrying on a forbidden love affair with him while they were both under the yolk of the Soviets. She was brainwashed yet again into believing she was an ordinary Soviet housewife, married to a national hero in the form of the Red Guardian, only to have her former superiors fake his death. His death spurred Natasha to action (ha, a male death spurs a female character to action- Black Widow sees your gender tropes and laughs at them!), as she always knew in the back of her mind she was made for more than an ordinary life, so she demanded the Soviets put her in the field, to let her be useful to the cause even before she was able to remember that she wasn’t an ordinary housewife.
Eventually she would defect to the United States, and (aside from being recaptured by the Red Room and brainwashed again) has been fighting faithfully alongside her fellow heroes for many, many years now.
Now I don’t expect all or even most of this to make it into MCU canon, but you can’t deny that there is a plethora of material to be mined for inspiration.
That’s better than just having her battle and defeat some bad guy because she’s a good guy and that’s what she’s supposed to do.
You mean like Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Captain America, Thor, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers, and probably every other superhero movie out there?
That all you can come up with for a character who is working so hard on attaining their redemption is “turns evil” is a little sad, to be honest, and rather lacking in imagination.
My dream Black Widow movie would be based on The Name of The Rose. Favorite Natasha comic series ever. This is what first showed me the depth of her humanity (and awesomeness) and cemented her as my one true love. It weaves her past and her present together seamlessly, showcasing someone simultaneously tough as nails (she wakes up mid-surgery on the operating table and steadfastly pretends to be unconscious throughout the rest of the procedure), and incredibly vulnerable. It contains a squee-worthy scene where the male Avengers essentially fangirl all over her to the men that are trying to make them to turn on her and name her an enemy of the state. It also has some beautiful passages in it:
I discovered the writer, Leo Tolstoy, in a muddy ditch that held more blood than rain. One of the soldiers loved his words— and then, so did I. “All, everything that I understand,” he wrote, “I understand only because I love. That was so many years ago. But words on a page didn’t teach me that lesson. I learned it on my own. I learned it in trenches with bullets flying overhead; pressed back to back with grizzled starving men who would have laid down their lives for mine. I learned it from a ribbon tied around my ring finger. I learned it from a kick inside my belly. I learned it from death, and hardship, and brief acts of inexplicable kindness. I learned love from sacrifice. I learned love from living. And no matter where I’ve gone, or what I’ve done— all the dark things I do not regret, but will never speak of— that is the one part of me that I have always kept safe.
I can come up with several more that would work wonderfully as a standalone film if that doesn’t appeal. But wait! you cry, That’s not fair! How was I supposed to know Natasha had all this backstory?
You didn’t know because Marvel didn’t tell you. You didn’t know because they haven’t given us a damn Black Widow movie in which to tell of all this delicious backstory.
But you have an unfair advantage- you’ve read the comics!
I hadn’t read a single Black Widow comic (or Marvel comic, for that matter) before I saw Avengers. It’s due entirely to the tantalizing hints of deep backstory they gave us in the film that even bothered to pick up a comic to learn more about this woman who was clearly holding so much inside her. Her scene with Bruce that I quoted earlier was such a morsel. A child forced into the life of a spy? Tell me more, please! Her scene at the cage was another. Red in her ledger? A set of skills she didn’t care who she used them for or on? Sao Paulo, Drakov’s daughter, the hospital fire? Tell meeee! And then the scene with Barton? Someone had unmade her? And she was still standing, still striving for redemption? *incoherent squeals of pure want*
And last, but most definitely not least, you have this puny little human with (as of now) no superpowers and no metal suits, only two little guns and her own body, who has seen all of the “heroes” scatter to the wind and for all she knows won’t be coming back, and she says I’m going to fight. There might not be anyone beside me when I do, but I am going to stand up against an army of gods and monsters, and I am going to fight.
And that’s not a woman worthy of her own movie????