The main reason I did Captain America was because I wanted to get out of my own head and stop taking my work so seriously. I’d had enough. I was like, “I want to train! I want to be a supergirl! I want a machine gun! I want to look fabulous and be surrounded by hunky bare-chested men! I want to make a movie that people come away from feeling amazing and invincible!
Amsterdam-based artist Cedric Laquieze (previously featured here) recently completed a fascinating new series of his exquisite taxidermy Fairies. These delicate sculptures are primarily composed of parts from many different insect species, but if you look closely you’ll notice bones, seeds and even a few scorpion parts as well.
Visit Cedric Laquieze’s blog for many additional images and to check out some of his other enchanting creations.
[via Cedric Laquieze]
there needs to be a movie about these creatures
Imagine Maria Hill/Akela Amador.
Imagine these two strong women, clashing personalities, joining SHIELD at around the same time. Imagine them both making a name for themselves, getting their own rumours among the other candidates. Imagine that despite their differences they’re…
cHRIS YOU UTTER LIAR
I SEE YOU LITERALLY TRYING NOT TO LAUGH
meanwhile stan is all
i thought the thing get it
So, here’s a thought:
The types of fandom that are most often considered traditional and acceptable, and which are often either male-dominated or coded as masculine, tend to be acquisitive, whether in terms of knowledge (obscure trivia) or merchandise (collectibles). Whereas, by contrast, the types of fandom most often considered insincere, non-serious or “unreal”, and which are often either female-dominated or coded as feminine, tend to be creative, such as making costumes, writing fanfic and drawing fanart.
Which is arguably an interesting expression of gender dynamics within fandom, in the sense of being a direct response to gender representation within the canon of particular franchises: namely, that because men, and particularly straight white cismen, are so ubiquitous within popular narrative(s), they have less need to create personal fan interpretations in order to see themselves represented, or to correct/ameliorate stereotypical portrayals; whereas women - and, indeed, members of any other group likely to suffer from poor representation - do.
Which isn’t to say that it’s impossible to be both an acquisitive and a creative fan - not by any stretch of the imagination. Nor am I trying to say that the only reason someone might be an acquisitive fan is because they’re complacent about issues of bias and representation, or that the only reason someone might be a creative fan is because they want to address an issue in the canon. Some people like to collect, some like to make, and some like both, or neither. It’s fine! But I do think that, when it comes to conversations about Fake Geek Girls and what being a “real fan” means - conversations which tend to be strongly gendered - the split between acquisition/creation tends to follow gender lines, too: that guys who know All The Facts and buy All The Merch are the REAL fans, whereas girls who just dress up and tell silly headcanon stories aren’t, and that maybe, there’s an interesting reason for why this might be.
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This is interesting. Especially because an extrapolation from that is that the ‘orthodox’, ‘traditional’ mode of interacting with a work - knowing, staying close to the first interpretation, valuing the refusal to budge from those first interpretations over being inclusive and fluid - is therefore masculine-coded, but it’s feminine-coded to be canonically fluid, intensely metacritical, artistically motivated, and to encourage creative deconstruction and reconstruction.
Which is probably a sliver of the backlash that grows into the Fake Geek Girl conversation - that people think the ‘text’ of their fandom ‘faith’ shouldn’t be tampered with or recontextualized, whereas other people insist that it has to evolve to meet the needs of the people who it serves?
I’m not sure how it accommodates for works like Welcome to Night Vale (a really good place, I think to discuss fandoms and their interactions with media), where the literalism of its canon is the establishment that blanks are required to be filled in by the audience. Fan-created artwork of any type, arguably, is as valuable a ‘history’ of Night Vale as Cecil’s radio show, because so many details are up in the air anyway, and have to be informed by the information you do still have (e.g. nothing says Cecil can’t be a blob, so what would it mean if he were a blob?).
This is absolutely fascinating to me now, and will surely make up a large part of actual notes I have about what I can now call ‘exegetical fandom theory’ and how people interact with and alter media.
Reblogging for commentary, and because the divide between literalism/exegesis is another fascinating lens through which to examine both fandom generally, and its gender dynamics.
Freaking READ THIS.
I am afraid my commentary cannot possibly match the excellence above, but I have to add, extensive knowledge of canon is required for transformative works. It’s not that non-acquisitive fans don’t know their stuff, which is a pretty common accusation (having to “back up” their creations with source material). It’s that acquisitive fans (or a subset of them) sometimes don’t seem to understand the urge to take “fact”/canon and expand upon it.
It has often seemed to me like some sort of context: who can take everything the most literally, and least critically?
This is why stars and creators who embrace fan creations fill me with such joy. These are people who understands that when the work is done, it belongs to the fans. Not in a mean financial sense, but in an overarching becoming part of their lives sense. I think some people have a hard time understanding the importance of that. I think some particularly difficult people know that some fans feel like they should be free to interact with the world on their own time and in their own freeform way, and they do not respect it at all. I used to be one of them.
Thankfully, I pulled my head out of my ass.
who is eli bradley? and why is he more suited to take on cap's mantle? hasn't sam become cap before, so it's easier for him to be cap again?
ok so first of all, to understand eli bradley you have to know about isaiah bradley, who was the original black captain america.
isaiah appears in the truth: red, white, and black, a really great mini that was based on the real life tuskegee syphilis experiments and that will make you cry so many tears. basically the gist of isaiah’s origins is that the US government experimented on black soldiers against their will to recreate the super soldier serum, and isaiah was the only survivor. he destroys a concentration camp wearing a stolen cap uniform, but is court-martialed for it instead of rewarded and imprisoned for nearly 20 years, although he’s eventually pardoned. also at one point, the government uses his DNA to create his “son,” josiah, who is also a super soldier and a hero in his own right. the black captain america become an urban legend among the african-american community of 616, although the rest of the world never knew about him.
so the thing is, there already WAS a black cap. and his legacy was eli bradley.
eli becomes a superhero when iron lad shows up to recruit his uncle, josiah, for the young avengers. josiah’s away, so they take eli instead, and eli becomes patriot, who dresses in red white and blue and carries a replica of captain america’s shield.
this is all relevant because eli’s whole arc is about struggling to come to terms with the history the US government has with his family and his race, and how calling himself “patriot” seems to him, at times, to be a massive hypocrisy. how can he be a patriot when not only is he a black kid but also when he lives with the knowledge that the US government kidnapped, tortured, and unfairly prosecuted and imprisoned his grandfather? it’s a subject that is directly explored in his young avengers presents issue, where he talks to bucky, who is at the time acting as captain america.
eli has a lot of anger issues, and a lot of it’s directed at captain america for the unfairness of his family’s treatment and his grandfather’s legacy, who was forgotten while steve is seen as an american hero. his time as patriot, though, as well as conversations with steve and bucky, helps him work through that, and he eventually comes to respect steve a lot. he was more visible as patriot than his grandfather was too, so every time he put on that costume it was his way of reminding the world that isaiah existed.
the thing is, eli’s career as a superhero ended in disgrace. he fucked up and long story short, quit the young avengers because he felt he didn’t deserve the job. and he hasn’t picked up the shield since. it was a shitty end for him, and he hasn’t appeared at all in anything since, because marvel is apparently against having more than one young black superhero in their books.
but anyways. eli becoming captain america would not only be a way for him to earn personal redemption as a hero and make up for what he believes are his own failings, but it would be eli’s next step in carrying on his family’s legacy, and would legitimize iasiah’s story too.
sam wilson has been cap before, yeah, for one issue, and in it, he encountered the stigma of being a black cap. but sam is comfortable with his place as a superhero. marvel hasn’t given him much to do in recent years besides being support for steve and bucky, but mighty avengers had just started showing him in his capacity as the falcon outside of the cap books. I don’t dispute that he can make a good cap (whether or not remender can WRITE him as a good cap is…another thing), but I think if they wanted to go with a Black Captain America, which was clearly the main reason they went with this, eli in the role would have had more weight.
eli has a much more complicated history, and his willingness to accept the role would be questioned literally every time he puts on the suit. like, not only do I think it’s more meaningful, I just think it’s more of an interesting story. eli would have major internal dilemmas over accepting the shield, and that makes a good conflict!!! he’d do it because it’s the right thing, but, like bucky, he would be reluctant to take up the mantle and then spend a lot of time struggling to come to terms with being captain america after he does.
plus, one of eli’s future selves actually is shown to be captain america, in the children’s crusade: young avengers one-shot. it’s a comic book future scene in one issue that is never referenced again, so obviously its status as canon is dubious, but it’s still out there.
he’s also married to sam’s daughter, and their son is named steve and wears the bucky costume, operating under the name patriot. which is ADORABLE and I definitely want to see more of that family but again, like all comic book future reveals, it’s probs never gonna happen.
like sam cap, to me, feels far more like a publicity stunt than major development for sam’s character. when brubaker killed steve to make bucky captain america, it was about bucky’s development and his way of finding redemption. sam’s personal story…doesn’t really factor in here. they never made a huge effort to push falcon as a big name hero until they put him in the cap suit, so we don’t really have a great handle on where sam is personally. and now this new title comes across as not being about sam’s character, but more about taking the nearest black guy (who happened to just show up in the VERY POPULAR MOVIE that came out recently) and shoving him in the role and then trotting it out on colbert like “cap’s black now!!!!”
like I said, this isn’t about me hating on sam as cap. I’d be excited to see sam take on steve’s role after being his partner for years if remender weren’t writing his story. but I feel that if marvel really really wanted to bring a character with a legacy into this role, eli bradley would have been a much better fit and should have been considered first.
I kinda feel this would be OK if a chunk of the storyline revolved around Sam Wilson seeking out Eli Bradley and helping him come to a better place re: his superhero identity, possibly setting him up to take up the reins after Sam.
I mean, I completely agree it makes much more sense for Eli Bradley to become the ‘black Captain America’ than Sam Wilson, but given where he is right now, he’s not in a good position to simply take up the mantle, whereas Sam, who has supported Steve and Bucky since forever and has been Captain America before, is.
But I hope that what this leads to is Sam looking to the legacy of Isaiah Bradley and seeking to make that right, and maybe taking Eli under his wing (pun unintentional, but preserved for hilarity). It would at least make up for Eli’s absence from the last Young Avengers run, which made me sad.
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