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A Controversial Theory About Women in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or, “I Love Hope Van Dyne”

If you recall from the Ant-Man post… There’s also the previously-mentioned Hope Van Dyne, who’s basically “Pepper Potts with a grudge and superpowers,” not that I’m complaining, but more about her in a later post. I promised, and now I shall deliver! This is a kind of thematic “part two” to that Ant-Man discussion linked…… Continue reading A Controversial Theory About Women in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or, “I Love Hope Van Dyne”

Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Ant-Man is the New Iron Man

I think it’s fair to say Iron Man launched a monumentally successful series of movies. It’s also fair to say Iron Man was a surprise hit in many ways, so Marvel didn’t exactly know where they were headed at the time. In the years since the rather unfortunate Iron Man 2, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has learned a valuable…… Continue reading Ant-Man is the New Iron Man

Comics · Queer

Review: “Loki: Agent of Asgard #10”

If you’re new to my Loki: Agent of Asgard reviews, I do them in the form of live reactions, paying particular attention to how Loki’s genderfluidity/assumed pansexuality is portrayed. I’m behind and trying to catch up. ____ In keeping with tradition: Yaay, Verity’s back! And it looks like she and Loki may be able to patch…… Continue reading Review: “Loki: Agent of Asgard #10”

Comics · Queer

Review: “Loki: Agent of Asgard #9”

If you’re new to my Loki: Agent of Asgard reviews, I do them in the form of live reactions, paying particular attention to how Loki’s genderfluidity/assumed pansexuality is portrayed. I’m behind and trying to catch up, currently mid-way through the Axis tie-in comics! As a reminder, in Axis, heroes are villains and villains are heroes. ____ Sigurd’s robbing a bank and…… Continue reading Review: “Loki: Agent of Asgard #9”

Comics · Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

No Apologies: Man of Steel, the MCU, and Flash Gordon

Today, we discuss three different kinds of comic book movies. The first kind will mostly be represented by Man of Steel, although that’s hardly the only example — there’s both Hulk movies, for instance. These are superhero movies that try to be realistic, which is cool and interesting, but these are also movies that downplay their comic book roots.…… Continue reading No Apologies: Man of Steel, the MCU, and Flash Gordon

Comics

Review: Ms. Marvel #15

This’ll be a short review, because there’s just so much I don’t want to spoil! Ms. Marvel #15 is a triumphant ending to the Kamala-crush arc. It’s everything I hoped it would be — Kamala realizes Kamran is a jerk, indeed a villain, but more importantly she realizes that it’s not her fault. Kamran tries…… Continue reading Review: Ms. Marvel #15

Comics · Queer

Review: “Loki: Agent of Asgard #8”

Okay folks, we’re back with Loki: Agent of Asgard #8, the AXIS tie-in. I’ve read AXIS in the intervening period. It’s an interesting event, but not a must-read and it doesn’t stand on its own as well as Original Sin. What you need to know is that heroes and villains were telepathically switched for a while, so the villains were the heroes and…… Continue reading Review: “Loki: Agent of Asgard #8”

Comics · Queer

A to Z: X-Men

The X-Men have long stood as a metaphor for the oppressed and outcast, from racial minorities to people with disabilities to, well, comic-book nerds. They work rather well as a representation of LGBT+ people, too, because of their “hidden in plain sight” quality. Some people have immediately visible mutations, like Nightcrawler with his blue skin…… Continue reading A to Z: X-Men

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A to Z: Victoria Hand

Spoilers for the character and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Victoria Hand is a lesbian S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who appeared in the Dark Avengers and New Avengers titles from 2010 to 2012. I’ve only read a few issues, but near as I can tell, she was kind of an idiot. Or maybe just a jerk. She also spent a lot of time…… Continue reading A to Z: Victoria Hand

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A to Z: Tim G-U-nn

A selected list of people I consider actual real additional parents of mine: Captain Picard, Amanda Grayson, Professor X, Harriet Cooper, and Tim Gunn. “That’s all well and good,” you may say, “but Tim Gunn is NOT a comic book character.” But as of Marvel’s 2009 Models, Inc. miniseries, he totally is. Booyah! (And I know, this is the…… Continue reading A to Z: Tim G-U-nn