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29th July 2014

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The Wall of Valor: Every S.H.I.E.L.D. facility has a memorial to the agents lost in the line of duty. S.H.I.E.L.D.’s history can be traced on walls like this. 

This genuinely makes me upset because S.H.I.E.L.D. didn’t exist at the time that Bucky died?? Like, the organization was created at least a year after his death.

Which means that Peggy Carter posthumously made Bucky a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in order to honour his sacrifice dON’T LOOK AT ME.

imageThe SSR emblem is all that’s used for the first few rows, and you can sort of tell how long someone was an agent, if the older sigils were used far down the line, i.e. the SSR emblem down on the last row of the 41-65 panel.
What I want to know is what they did with Cap’s seal when he came out of the ice…but kinda poetic that they got to be side-by-side for 60+ yrs in one sense.

Tagged: this.this is truthMarvelSHIELD; the Avengers; Torchwood: what's the difference?but it's still lovely to think that Peggy advocated that he deserved a place on the wallmeta

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27th July 2014

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Witches in secret pockets of Morocco who’ve been casting spells with ancient spices long before wands came about. Warlocks in Egypt who knew the double, magical, meaning behind hieroglyphics. A dead language? Latin and Ancient Greek have NOTHING on hieroglyphs. The veritable cacophany of ideas and spells and magic that the trading routes brought in. The Phoenecians with their many-striped sailboats proudly displayed Persian potion ingredients alongside spelled fishing nets woven by Palestinian wizards. Syrian magical folk meet Greek ones, and realize they can best communicate in the Ancient Greek all serious magical students learn. Curly heads bent over ancient spellbooks, and people stare as they converse in a language not spoken for hundreds of years.

Excuse you but can we not forget the jewish lore masters, poring over their tomes in hebrew and aramaic, preserved from their exiled homeland into the diaspora.

And the development of a syncretic magic in yiddish that mixes the subtle lore and subtle word power of the exiled levantines with the raw brute force of germanic magics. — how else did the golem?


jewish wizards offering house elves clothes in accordance with the slave laws

jewish wizards using golems as grunt labor



Yes to the Yiddish spells, too ;-)

Jewish wizards offering clothing to house elves and then constantly debating among themselves whether using a golem or other magically-created entity with some semblance of sentience for manual labor for years or decades is essentially the same thing as keeping a magical being for the same purpose.

See also: endless debates about whether one can use magic on Shabbat, and what sorts of magic qualify as “work”. Like, does it count if you enchant an object ahead of time?

Also debates over the extent to which Divination counts as the “witchcraft” detailed in the Tanach. Actually, I bet there’d be scholars compiling detailed tractates about which spells are kosher, using extensive biblical commentary.


Magic is a natural extension of the self; Therefore, one should be allowed to use magic on Shabbos. You might put restrictions on what kind of magic, and brewing potions (even ones that don’t require heat) and using wands…

I wrote a paper for a Harry Potter conference on foreign wizardry and how the systems of magic must have evolved to be completely separate entities that have very little in common. We’re only seen a TINY portion of the wizarding world and for the most part it’s Western European. I like to imagine Bill Weasley had to extensively train for cursebreaking in Egypt, because you can’t just waltz into a tomb, wave your wand, shout Latin and expect it to work.

I also love the idea of foreign magics being a bit wonky in a duel against each other because they’re not quite compatible. Like, it’s really hard to block a spell from a foreign wizard because you don’t understand exactly what you’re blocking against.

God, so many foreign wizard feels.

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26th July 2014

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On the last day, when Aslan drew her and Peter aside, she did not cry. Her throat closed up and her heart clanged so loudly in her ears that she missed half of what he said.

Too old to return to Narnia?

You shoved me back into this wretched unformed child’s body, lion-god, and made me a thousand years a widow, and now I am too old?

If Susan had been standing next to the White Witch, before the Stone Table, looking down at Aslan bound and muzzled, she would have asked to wield the knife.

Peter was keeping his chin up and saying all the right things. Susan sank her teeth into her lower lip and thought that she would have given everything she had not to come back to Narnia this time.

Aslan looked at her as he spoke. He knew what she was thinking, of course. He always did.

Susan didn’t care. If he was going to go around refusing to be a tame lion, he could hardly fault her for refusing to be a tame woman.

Lucy was coming up, with Edmund beside her. She gritted her teeth, and swallowed her rage. It would not do Lucy a great deal of good to see her god gut her sister with one of his gigantic paws. And she’d be damned if she cried in front of him. She had cried for him once already, cried and worked her fingers bloody prying a muzzle from his dead jaws, and this was how that vigil was repaid.

She would be glad to never see Narnia again. The languid erasing of her memories could not come quickly enough. There was nothing left for her here.

Elegant and Fine, Ursula Vernon (via spookysette)

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23rd July 2014

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That One Time I Saw Chris Evans’ Back Sweat, and also, Neuroscience


So a week or so ago when I was on the east coast, in a moment of extreme weakness, I went to see the Avengers exhibit at Times Square. It was awesome, I somehow charmed a really sweet employee — ahem, operative — into giving me their rad as hell SHIELD beret, I bought Ellen like sixteen souvenirs (okay, two) — but that is not what I’m here about. (Ask me about the Cap t-shirt I got. Please. Oh my god. Ask me.) 

What I’m here about is, unsurprisingly, the Captain America portion of exhibit.

The experience is immersive, all set up so you feel like you’re in SHIELD archives or the like. The Cap section includes the VitaRay (complete with a cameo by the salt stains from, you guessed it, Chris Evans’ back sweat), the rescuing-Bucky leather jacket, some seriously exclusive trading cards I Coulson’d all over, the Avengers uniform, and, endearingly, a section where you can test your strength against Steve’s. There’s also a little portion by the VitaRay that explains the changes Steve’s brain went through after they administered the serum. Being the massive bag of science trash that I am, this is where I spent most of my time.

The info graphic basically told me what we already know: that the serum enhances everything you had going for you before. So Steve’s brain is smarter and faster, the neurons have a longer life span, the hippocampus — that’s your memory storage — is nice and healthy; whatever. But then they said that the part of Steve’s brain that increased the most in mass and synaptogenesis was the amygdala. And I promptly lost all control over my feelings. 

Cut bc this is about to get really gnarly. It’s science time, kiddos.

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22nd July 2014

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Stealing Commas: The giant plot hole in the Avengers →


So, to recap, antagonist comes to Earth through a portal and kidnaps one of only two people on the planet to understand portals even a little. Given that information, what would you do if you were concerned with the fate of Earth.

You’d say, “Get me Jane Foster,” is what you’d do. As the only non-brainwashed portal scientist in existence, as one of the few non-brainwashed people to have first hand experience with portals, as someone who is at this very moment studying portals she is the person you want.

She’s got to be at the top of your list. There’s no other place for her to be.

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I’m just gonna copy the whole thing over, Mojo Jojo speak and all, because goddammit it DESERVES to be repeated ad nauseum. I mean yeah, yeah, there were practical IRL reasons, Jane and Thor weren’t allowed to see each other again until the non-crossover sequel, Natalie Portman was unavailable due to her pregnancy, bla bla bla, but fuck it, that doesn’t make the in-universe inconsistencies any less frustrating. The total lack of communication between Thor and Jane ended up making no fucking sense anyway, which the TDW prequel tie-in comic tried to address only to make it make even less sense, and the grumpy old male sidekick (one of FOUR male and SIX total sidekicks the first Thor film had, I might add) stealing the spotlight from the hot, smart and (sometimes hilariously) passionate female lead doesn’t seem like a particularly smart marketing strategy?? NOT TO MENTION a fictional male scientist being given all the narrative attention and recognition for a fictional female scientists’ achievements is all kinds of BAD DOG that just reinforces unfair practices and bias that harm real female scientists and girls who could have become scientists and given the world god knows what knowledge and wonder but didn’t because the scientific community is such a woman-hating shithole and has been since the dawn of fucking forever, and just. UGH.

They couldn’t have, I dunno, had a video conference scene where Jane A) doesn’t have to show any body parts below the shoulder, B) gives SHIELD all the help, information and pointers she can without examining the Tesseract and/or Loki’s staff in person, which was obviously impossible (that tidbit about low levels of gamma radiation and how “that can be dangerous”? she could’ve pointed that out looking at the data afterwards! she could’ve given SHIELD their non-green and rage-y reason to bring Bruce in in the first place AND given the audience another reason to believe that yes, these movies really are all happening in the same universe!), C) have Jane and SHIELD come to some kind of non-deceptive and mutually beneficial agreement to make her disappear for the forseeable future so Loki can’t get his hands on her as well, but SHIELD can keep providing her with the means to continue looking for some way to help and - in an emergency but not for frivolous reasons like romance, yadda yadda yadda - keep her posted on relevant developments on their end. And last but not least D) not have SHIELD put entirely unnecessary new strain on their professional relationship by lying to Jane’s face for no good reason. Because what was the point of that even, jfc, this is a grown woman you’re dealing with, not some horny teenager without a shred of sense in life-or-death situations… or Tony “Unmanageable Manchild” Stark, for that matter.

I mean I came up with that in five minutes fuelled by nothing but righteous nerd rage, imagine what a determined writer/director could’ve done in a whole year and on a bazzillion dollar budget, if only they gave half a damn.

Wow, I haven’t ranted about Jane in ages, I guess that wanted out real bad.

So I removed the copy of the linked post, because while the entirety of it is awesome, it is long and indeed Mojo-Jojo like in its repetitiveness and you should go and boost their pageviews.
But Jane’s absence is an annoying little omission.

I came into Avengers having watched exactly none of the other films and, aside from unsuccessfully googling Pepper Potts which turned up a lot of Natasha for some reason because a friend made a reference to her and knowing the Hulk films weren’t that good, knew absolutely nothing about any of the characters.
So I dismissed Erik as the poor science guy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Which definitely would’ve been solved if Jane had done a video conference with Fury about Erik’s kidnapping and what she can and can’t do to help. That could easily segue into “Gamma radiation is not my expertise, but Erik had a friend who did, though I’m not sure if you’re going to be able to find him…” which would then cut to Natasha picking up Bruce. Because why leave Easter eggs around if you’re not going to use them?
It doesn’t even really have to change the fact Thor and Jane don’t see each other. I wouldn’t put it past Fury to withhold knowledge of Jane’s help/location from Thor or the rest of the team just in case Loki manages to get to any of them. In fact it gives Jane even more reason not to be happy about SHIELD possibly getting involved in London – because they withheld information from her.

While I do understand that it would’ve been harder to fit more side characters in with actor’s contracts (and I believe Natalie Portman’s had to throw her weight around and strong arm with writers/directors/producers for a lot of Jane’s story as it stands in the movies) the Avengers was to establish the MCU as a singular universe. It’s super fun to see Bruce Banner and Tony Stark geek out over physics together or for Captain America giving a boost to Black Widow in battle, but it would add much more that’s it not just these main characters that are connected to each other.
Erik and Bruce are friends! Jane went to Culver university for a bit! Jane constructed all of her monitoring equipment, derivatives of which Tony and Bruce probably used to track the Tesseract down. Rhodey probably helped train the EXO-Falcon teams.
Tiny details like that really add depth to the universe and make fans super happy, possibly even happier than Tony and Steve snarking at each other.

Plus including Jane in the Avengers would mean I would be less tired about fandom (and Marvel, possibly) giving Erik credit for Jane’s work. Especially in Thor 2, Jane’s own movie. (I can’t remember if the novelization said that most of the equipment was Erik’s, but it’s definitely mentioned in fanfic and it annoys me so much.)

Basically if Jane had been in Avengers, even for a minute on Skype, it would fill a dozen little plot holes, make the audience recognise that Selvig isn’t just some poor science dude, give her recognition for her work, add depth to the MCU and not change a single plot point.

Tagged: JANE!metathis is truthI get that some people skipped Thor because it was 'bad' and 'unbelievable'while I am so into science fantasy/space shakespearealso I am forever in favour of recasting rather than writing out a characterespecially when it comes to Marvel movies(see Rene Russo see Gywneth Paltrow see possibly even Natalie Portman herself)


22nd July 2014

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So @TheCapitolPN tweeted this

which was promptly deleted. (G-Bb-A-D are the notes to Rue’s whistle.)

But if you had clicked inspect element before it was deleted


"You silence our voices, but we are still heard."

HOW COOL IS THIS MARKETING?!?! Like the rebels are hacking into the capitol’s twitter!!!!

(Thanks toastbabeis and mockingjaysource for noticing it and jenliamjosh for reblogging)

Tagged: not my fandombutmeta

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18th July 2014

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“The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a ‘feminist’ story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.” -Natalie Portman (x)

Tagged: Hayley Atwellgender politicsmetaAgent Carter

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16th July 2014

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When people dismiss concerns about diverse representation (the “best” examples in prominent media often still being less diverse than what should statistically be average) with language like “we’re not trying to cater to [a particular demographic]”, they’re revealing the fundamental truth that white heteronormative male-dominated stories are not something that “just happens”, they are not something that happens because “that’s how the story goes”, they are not the result of “hiring the best actors” or “giving the audience what they want”… or at least, not the whole audience.

The people who make these statements are in the business of serving up stories, and they make choices about what stories to serve and to whom they will be served.

They might not think about the fact that they’re catering to a select audience to begin with, but as soon as you propose that they shift their focus, this is the kind of language they find that best describes how they see such a shift.

Catering to.

Tagged: equality & stuffmetaequalseleventhirds

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14th July 2014

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As if anyone could really forget the most quoted line in “The Avengers” — “I’ve got red in my ledger; I’d like to wipe it out” — it helps to have that line fresh in your mind when deconstructing what Widow does in the final act of what’s billed as a Captain America movie. Black Widow doesn’t wipe out the red in her ledger. No, she blasts her ledger out to the world, like it was the grisliest email forward of all time. We know from her heart to heart with Hawkeye that the shame she feels about what she’s done is real, and she hesitates when she realizes that taking down the bad guys means revealing her secrets. But she does it anyway, because she’s not just a spy anymore; she’s a super hero, and she makes a super hero’s sacrifice. (x)

Tagged: metaNatasha Romanoffbest female character

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13th July 2014

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As much as people try to make Bucky a complete woobie post Zola torture, he’s NOT. Yes he’s messed up, but in his defense he’s had a LOT going on in his life. When it comes to actual fighting, you NEVER see him flinch, not before his capture (in the deleted scenes) and not after during all the Howling Commando missions. The closest you might get is when he’s pinned down and out of ammo and gives a facial expression that pretty much is steeling himself to be killed, but short of that Bucky is a natural soldier. He’s tough, he’s stubborn and he’s smart and there’s never any indication that he was second in command simply because he was Steve’s friend. Even in the deleted scenes he was taking leadership roles. Bucky has PTSD, there’s no doubt about that, but that doesn’t mean he’s nonfunctioning.

That’s why I take so much issue with everyone woobifying him after his stint as the Winter Soldier. Bucky has ALWAYS been resilient. He’s always clawed his way back from the brink. Yes, he could probably use a warm meal and a hug, but he doesn’t WANT that. If he did he would have tracked down Steve who he KNEW could give him answers. Bucky tends to crawl off and lick his wounds on his own. It’s a trait people tend to ignore that he’s a personality type that is so invested in taking care of people, he tends to resist being taken care of himself.

Tagged: metaBucky Barnestrigger warning: ptsd

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