I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier for the third time this afternoon, and came out even more convinced that Jasper Sitwell is a triple agent and is, in fact, working for Fury rather than Hydra. These are my reasons.
1. He gives up everything he knows way too easily.
Okay, so Sitwell is a level 7 or 8 (I forget which) SHIELD agent, which means he is not some wimp, okay? He’s probably jumped out of planes before, and he’s certainly gone through training in dealing with interrogations. He has to know that, even if Steve doesn’t push him off the roof himself, he’s not actually going to let Sitwell die. And even if he doesn’t know that, if he’s really working for Hydra, wouldn’t he die rather than give up any secrets? We’ve seen multiple Hydra agents bite the poison tooth or whatever rather than be captured.
Instead, Sitwell tells them basically everything he knows that can help them. Even once they’re in the car, he’s still telling them stuff.
2. He’s a person of color, and Hydra is based on Nazi ideology. More than that, he’s the only Latino SHIELD agent we know about. People we know are really in Hydra, like Ward, Garrett, and Pierce, are all white, and Agents of SHIELD directly addresses the Nazi issue when Skye is talking to Ward about how much he disgusts her.
3. Sitwell is an excellent patsy, per the one-shot with him and Coulson in the diner.
4. The SHIELD pin that Sitwell is wearing in the scene with Gary Shandling as the Hydra senator is interesting, I think. The senator specifically comments on it, so we are meant to take notice. It is very similar to the SHIELD pin that either May or Coulson (I can’t remember which at the moment) wears in Ragtag—a pin that came from the early days of SHIELD and can be used for communications, possibly through UHF instead of standard radio, which would make it harder for Hydra to detect if they didn’t know to look for it. Sitwell could very well be transmitting everything he hears to someone on Fury’s side.
5. The reveal of Sitwell as a bad guy doesn’t make a lot of sense. When we found out Grant Ward and John Garrett were bad guys, that was a surprise, but it felt like it fit within the mythology of the series much more than this does. Granted, we don’t know Sitwell’s backstory the way we do Ward’s, but everything we do know about him indicates that he’s a good guy, right up until the time he starts telling everyone to try to take Cap down. Which, granted, he is the one giving out the orders there. But I think you could argue that there are moments where he takes just a little longer to tell people to do certain things, moments that could give Cap just a little more time to get out.
Of course, the biggest reasons I have for thinking of Sitwell as a triple agent is that I really like the character and really like Maximiliano Hernandez. Then again, the biggest reasons I had for not believing that Coulson was dead was that I really loved the character and how Clark Gregg portrayed him, so there you go.
I’m not sure how I’m gonna deal with how the Winter Soldier apparently throws Sitwell into the path of an oncoming truck, but there are certainly plenty of work-arounds for that, too.
I’m sure you could find some native Londoners to join you on the day of if we come up short.
"The London Donut Club" sounds like the title of a really great light novella.
Clearly you will need to join me on this epic adventure and write my memoirs when I die of a sugar coma. “Here lies Nakki, she was gonna do good shit for the space industry. But she instead chose to eat 100 donuts, even though she said she’d only eat 12. Ah her competitive spirit, driving her right to her grave! Oh cruel world!”
I am literally already working out how to budget time to write The London Donut Club.
The cover can be a donut from a 3/4 top view with the London skyline running along it out of glaze. I’m thinking blue background with a pink glaze on the donut and white text.
The cover will simply be the London ferris wheel replaced by a donut. 8)
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.
Here’s that post I couldn’t find! Thanks to killerzebras for finding it for me!
I'm sorry if you got asked this before, but did you read the Secret Avengers run from Marvel Now! and if so, would you recommend it?
I have been!
The first sequence of Secret Avengers was pretty awesome, but it did have a lot of confusing elements and it required a bit of comic knowledge to fully understand. Also, the last arc is kind of tough to get through, because it deals with Bobbi Morse and her past. It’s good, but a lot of the way that Bobbi has been written through the years, and the things done to her infuriate me, so… Yeah. 8)
The new ‘reboot’ that just recently started has most of the same characters, and builds a bit on the previous run, but it has a very different feel to it. There’s a lot of good lady interaction, I adore Nat and Jessica’s friendship, Clint is an epic troll, MODOK is living in SHIELD’s basement, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. Not for everyone, but at one point, salted caramel gelato saves the world.
I think we can agree this is a concept we can all get behind.
(Warning, the first run of SA in Avengers!Now gets VERY bloody and violent at time. Not horrifically so, but it’s really not pulling its punches. It’s not all happy fun times and orange pineapple scones, and there are some definite body consent issues in terms of mind control and lack of body autonomy)
Hey. Regarding the Funkos, I asked AgentM on Twitter how we can get a Falcon and he said we need to let Funko know we want it. They're the ones with the power on this. If everyone would please (politely) BOMBARD OriginalFunko (at Twitter and elsewhere) and ask for a Falcon Funko, we might be able to get one. If there's demand, they'll create it, like with Dancing Groot.
What, practical advice instead of internet whining? I’m disoriented by this! 8)
Those of you with Twitter accounts, consider contacting Funko. There’s a couple of different ways here:
Now I know you touched on the pole in Tonys jet in one of your mini fics, but I gotta ask out of the Avengers who can actually pole dance in your universe?
Natasha learned because she’s a dancer and its fun and she’s strong and flexible and graceful and it helps with undercover work.
Clint learned because he spends half of his life hanging upside down or in awkward positions anyway and besides, great core training. Also he wins so many bets in strip clubs, and the dancers adore him.
Tony only does it when he’s drunk. And then not particularly well. Steve finds it adorable anyway.
Steve spent way too long in a USO dance troupe, and Natasha’s moves impressed him, and he can do some pretty good tricks. (Shut up, acrobat Steve swinging from flagpoles is still my favorite 616 trope) He refuses to so much as touch a pole in Tony’s presence. Tony is unspeakably depressed by this.
Thor tried to join Darcy in a few lessons of pole dancing for exercise, because bonding! Darcy still regrets that she was laughing too hard to even get it on video.
Bruce prefers yoga for exercise and he refuses to get into this discussion.
I just don’t understand where this concept of ‘fake geek girls’ came from. Like, AT ALL.
Cus when I look for fandom related stuff like 90% of the fan art and the fanfiction and the meta, zines, comics, etc. Like 90% of the shit that I’ve seen is created by women & girls.
And all that stuff take’s a lot of work and research and critical analysis and staring at reference photos for hours.
We are literally the most well versed and invested group in the fandom. So, like, What the fuck boys? You mad you can’t keep up?
I saw an argument, and I can’t find it now, (edit! KILLERZEBRAS FOUND IT. Go read the original thoughts here: LINK)) but it totally made sense, that there’s a gender split in fandom. Male fandom tends to be a curator fandom; male fandom collects, organizes, and memorizes facts and figures. Male fandom tends to be KEEPERS of the canon; the fandom places great weight on those who have the biggest collection, the deepest knowledge of obscure subjects, the first appearances, creators, character interactions.
Female fandom is creative. Females create fanart, cosplay, fanwritings. Female fandom ALTERS canon, for the simple reason that canon does not serve female fandom. In order for it to fit the ‘outsider’ (female, queer, POC), the canon must be attacked and rebuilt, and that takes creation.
"Male" fandom devalues this contribution to fandom, because it is not the ‘right’ kind of fandom. "Girls only cosplay for attention, they’re not REAL fans!" "Fanfiction is full of stupid Mary Sues, girls only do it so they can make out with the main character!" "I, a male artist, have done this pin-up work and can put it in my portfolio! You, a female artist, have drawn stupid fanart, and it’s not appropriate to use as a professional reference!"
In the mind of people who decry the ‘fake geek girl,’ this fandom is not as worthy. It damages, or in their mind, destroys the canon. What is the point of memorizing every possible romantic entanglement of heterosexual white Danny Rand if someone turns around and creates a fanwork depicting him as a bisexual female of Asian descent (thus subverting Rand’s creepy ‘white savior’ origins)? When Danny Rand becomes Dani Rand, their power is lessened. What is important to them ceases to be the focus of the discussion. Creation and curatorship can work in tandom, but typically, in fandom, they are on opposite poles.
This is not to say that there aren’t brilliant male cosplayers or smashing female trivia experts, this is to say that the need of the individual fan is met with opposing concepts: In order for me to find myself in comics, I need to make that space for myself, and that is a creative force. Het white cis males are more likely to do anything possible to defend and preserve the canon because the canon is built to cater to them.
So, for those wondering about my current radio silence:
On Aug 22, the Cap-Iron Man BB tumblr posted a one month warning, reminding authors that their drafts were due in one month.
And my brain said, “You could totally write a whole new story in a month. It’s just 25K. You can do it.”
And I said, “Brain, you are stupid. We have prompts to finish, we have DJ fic that we’re in the middle of, we have like THREE fics that have been on hold for a month or more, we are not writing a BB fic.”
Brain said, “HAHAHAHAHAHHAAHA YES YOU ARE.”
Yes, I did.
Initial draft was just submitted, 46K+ and not quite finished. Needs a little more expository work, a little clean up as to who is where and the passage of time. But I did it.
In thirty days, I wrote a novel length story from scratch, posted 2 chapters of the Teen!DJ story, attended a con, worked 40+ hours a week, dealt with myriad bits of insanity, and tried to sleep on occasion.
My inbox is a mess, my posts are behind, fic is behind, everything is behind. I’m going to try to catch up as soon as I finish cleaning this nonsense up enough for some poor artist to see it, and then I am going to sleep like, forever.
Please be patient with me as I try to get everything caught up. Thank you, all, and I’m going to try to be actually responding to my inbox mails in the coming week, please forgive me for the delay. 8)
-I like cows. Just saying. Yes, that was a butter sculpture, more than 600 pounds of butter carved into the shape of two children washing a cow. As many of you pointed out, from that angle, it does look like they are cutting the cow in half. It is not a saw. It is a hose. It’s ART, DAMMIT. 8)
-We saw Biggie! He is the Big E mascot! He is a woodchuck or a beaver or I don’t even know, but he’s got a vest and spats and a straw boater. I wanted to get a picture taken with him, but my companions in Fairtime still haven’t forgiven me for that incident in the France pavillion of Disney World with the giant kitten. I idn’t push my luck. (For those unfamiliar with Biggie, you can see that he is a non-threatening fellow! Source because I did not get a picture and this one does not have anyone’s kids in it. 8) )
-The Yankee Candle shop did not have the Tumblr Famous “Mountain Lodge” scent. We actively spent time googling how far we were from the factory store. Like, Springfield. We’re almost to Deerfield, right? Then we realized we were stupid.
-There was a falconry group on the lawn of the New Hampshire building, and they had the PRETTIEST Harris Hawk. I wanted to take him home. This was frowned upon by my companions. Because of the nearby presence of a lot of State Police officers from six different states.
-About half of my posts did not get through. I may upload some more pictures later. 8)
-Ribbons won by friends of mine: 1 Blue Ribbon, best in her category! GO KIM YOU MAKE EXCELLENT KNITTY THINGS!
-Food products purchased and consumed by our merry band: Maine Baked Potatoes (3), Clam Fritters, Apple Cider Donut, Gyros (2), Veggie Gyro, Blueberry Pie a’la mode, bottles of water (2), soda (1), Apple, Honey Straws (3 plain, 1 green apple)
-Foods sampled: Tropical Coconut Pretzel, Maple Soda, Maple Candy, Maple Cotton Candy, Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, Summer Sausage, Pumpkin Seeds, Kettle Corn, various dips
-Food purchased and brought home: Kettle Corn (2 jumbo bags), Vidalia Onion and Dill cream dressing and Cream Puffs (3, 1 for Kate’s family,1 for me, 1 for my grandmother)
-Other things purchased: Cat toys (2), Pez dispensers (5), Postcards (various), beads (3 strands), Nail Polish Pens (Red, Blue, Gold, Green, and Glow in the Dark, ALL the Avengers Designs are coming sooooon), TOTALLY LEGIT Marvel products from the “Everything a Dollar!” tent (1 for me, one for Sam)
-Dinner tonight is a cup of miso soup and maybe later if I recover, leftover rice with more miso poured over it because I feel a little sick here people
"Fine, but I get one question, and you have to answer it," Lucy said, her arms folded on the edge of the workbench.
DJ blinked at her. “All right.”
Her lips pursed. “Why the hell haven’t your, um, your dads? Why haven’t they gotten married?” She spread her hands. “Seriously. Why?”
DJ smiled. “The pre-nup,” he said, eyes dancing. “Steve won’t get married without one, and Dad refuses to cooperate.” His nose wrinkled up. “He will not cooperate at all. He just gets up and leaves the room whenever it’s mentioned.”
Lucy stared at him. “You’re kidding me.”
"This has been going on for years," DJ said. "I think Steve’s wearing him down. Dad’s stubborn. But no one’s as stubborn as Steve."
”—From the upcoming chapter of “Fairy Tales and Clockwork Hearts,” where there is actually a discussion of the Stark/Rogers marital status. 8)
People keep leaving me comments on the Botverse that basically boil down to, “Why don’t Steve and Tony get married so that DJ will have legal protection?”
And my only thought is, “Oh, yeah, because these are two individuals who absolutely would not internalize and focus on the unending thought of ‘you only married me because of the kid,’ nooooooo not at all.”
I can imagine how that would go, and it would so not end well.
Now I kind of want to write that unending angstfest.
Cats are the BEST And ooooh I’ve been meaning to ask this for a while: what kind of cat is the Fluffy One? I’ve never seen one that large O.O
Link was a rescue cat. He was one of two surviving kittens from a litter of six. Either their mother died or deserted them, so Link and his brother were the only ones to make it to the local no-kill shelter.
So really, we have no idea what he is. He’s a fluffy monster, but he’s, uh, a solid lump of cat under that fluff. We figure he’s at least part Maine Coon, he’s got a lot of the markings, including the excess fur between the toes, the super thick rump fur and the extra long ear coverings.
One of the weird things about Maine Coons is that most cat breeds are fully grown by about one year of age. Maine Coons continue to grow for, uh, five years. Link just recently turned five, and he’s kinda big.
While I was out of town, he came over to my place to deal with some stuff, and as he was leaving, he spotted Link, my fluffy cat, wandering up the driveway. Furious that the cat had somehow gotten past him and out of the house, he spent the next half hour chasing the the cat around the neighborhood.
Giving up, and knowing the idiot comes back every time when he gets hungry and realizes that Science Diet Indoor Formula is not a naturally occurring substance, dad returned to my place to leave a note.
Found Link sleeping on the kitchen table.
Turns out he chased some other cat around the neighborhood for a good chunk of his afternoon. He’s pretty angry with the cat about this. I didn’t have the heart to inquire WHICH perfectly innocent cat he blamed for this situation.
Avengers Fic: DJ's Bad Day (Is Worse for Steve) pt. 2
((Again, warnings for childhood injury, and all the fun that comes with it. 8) ))
Clint sat quietly for as long as he was able. Which, for him, was only about ten minutes. “What’s the diagnosis, Doc?”
"It’s a very clean break, thank God." Bruce flipped the scan with a flick of his fingers. He gave Clint a reassuring smile. "Shouldn’t cause any problems, and it certainly doesn’t need any major intervention."
He sat down next to DJ on the couch. “See?” he said, pointing at the holographic display. “Right here.” DJ leaned against his arm, blinking at the image. “One of your bones got overstressed, and broke.” He zoomed in, magnifying the break. “That’s why your arm doesn’t work right. Why it hurts. Because you’ve got a broken bone.” DJ turned his stare to Bruce, his mouth turned down. Bruce smiled at him. “You’ve had broken parts before, right? That’s what this is, just a damaged componant.”
Clint is 100% guaranteed a AoU figure. No one has to worry about Clint not getting a figure. It’s Sam that we’re going to have to fight Funko for
oh well there you go all hawkeye people
Let’s put it this way. We have had so many Iron Man figures that I can’t count them. We’ve had multiple Caps. We got Winter Soldier with and WITHOUT goggles! We’ve had Loki Pops from Thor, Avengers, and Thor 2.
It took IM 2, Avengers, and Cap 2 before we got a Black Widow. There IS an Iron Patriot Pop and a War Machine, but we didn’t get either of them until IM3, along with the OH SO DESIRED “Space Armor Iron Man (not appearing in this film)”.
We still have not gotten Pepper, any of the Warriors Three, Sam, Peggy or any of the Howling Commandos. We’ve gotten Coulson (who I love) and not Clint. For their classic comic lines, getting women or non-white males is like pulling teeth. To my knowledge, there have been THREE female Marvel Pops, and two of them (Gamora and Natasha, because we don’t need anything but hardcore assassin women, remember) were released this summer. Before that, I think we had Pheonix. I want to say there was another X-Woman, but I can’t find any record online..
Right now, Sif, Heimdall and Odin (the Pop everyone has been waiting for!) are up for pre-order along with YET ANOTHER LOKI, and the newest X-Men line has two female figures, Mystique and Storm, who is, to my knowledge, the first woc in their line. But they’re also releasing Howard the Duck, meaning their non-human Pop figures will be at three (Rocket, Howard, and Groot) while they’re hovering at five women, and five characters of color (Fury, Storm, Heimdall, Electro from Spider-Man 2 but he’s blue here)
SILVER SURFER got a figure before Sam. Before Natasha. Before Captain Marvel or Black Cat or Rogue or Scarlet Witch and, yes, before Clint. I’m angry. So angry about all of it.
SO HEY. Did you guys know that AO3 requires me to approve connections from established works? I did! And then I forgot! Guess who just had to approve like FORTY related works?
THIS IDIOT. 8)
But in a moment of perfection, I currently have 69 related works (snicker) and 31 gift works. Making an even hundred. 8)
Also, you can now read my words in the following languages:
-And passable English
And listen to them in more than a dozen different podfics.
Thank you, so much, you guys, for all your amazing effort. I’m really humbled by it, and if there’s anyone who was like, wondering why I’d never bothered to acknowledge your work, it’s because I’m dumb.
Oh, oh, that is definitely not nearly enough Prohibition history. I've never before run across those analysis/critiques you mentioned, which is wild because it's one of my favorite eras to read about. You wouldn't happen to know whereabouts I could find more info on the historical context bits?
I can give you some starting places, but the opinions expressed in that post were an amalgam of a lot of different study, not all of which I have right to hand at this point :D
For the interactions between feminism and Prohibition, the Ken Burns documentary Prohibition is probably your best bet. It is very Ken Burns — lots of still images and soulful Appalachian Guitar — but it traces what we think of as Prohibition back to its roots in 19th century feminism, where women campaigned against alcohol not because it was “a sin” or “bad” but because they wanted to defend their sisters from men who would go straight from work to the bar and straight from the bar to assaulting their wives. When we’re taught about Prohibition we’re given these images of super-conservative middle-class hatchet-faced old broads trying to dictate morality to the rest of the country, but what was actually happening was a bunch of freethinking social rebels were desperate to stop men from constantly attacking and murdering their wives.
An examination of class and the way Prohibition interacted with it is harder to pin down because noooooooobody wants to talk about it, since it is deeply uncomfortably echoed in modern society. The modern war on drugs is a very thinly veiled War On People Of Color, just as Prohibition in the early 20th century was really Prohibition For The Working Class. (Boy did that backfire; booze lords were the noveau riche by the time Prohibition was repealed, and were of course one reason it was repealed: segments of the working class, including oh my god immigrants, were gaining too much power.)
The prohibition of marijuana in America, just to use the most talked-about example, was literally just a justification to attack a high-use population: blue-collar Mexican immigrants. (For more on this, see the excellent documentary “Grass: The History of Marijuana”.) There are statistics that go something like 14% of African-Americans are drug users, but they make up 37% of all individuals arrested for drug possession or use. Just recently, in Tennessee, they decided to drug test everyone receiving state aid, assuming they’d be able to cut a lot of aid by refusing to provide it for drug users. One person in 800 testees was positive. Oops. (Also, why the eff would we refuse aid to people who clearly need it the most, Jesus this country is so dysfunctional.)
Anyway the point is, we are living in an era of Prohibition in a social sense; our government is using the ban on drugs to attack a specific population, just like they did then. (They never stopped, really; it was communism for most of the mid-century, and when that stopped working, it became cocaine/crack in the 80s, and “terrorism” in the 21st century, where the Patriot Act is mainly used in drug busts.)
Googling terms like “war on drugs racism” or “prohibition racism” will probably get you on the path, though tread carefully, some of the sites that pop up are a bit more legit than others.
And all of this is the reason you can do a lot of reading about Prohibition in America and never hit this stuff — the narrative of Prohibition is carefully crafted to set it apart as a kind of fantasyland that has no bearing on modern prohibition. You get this weird situation where you’re not really taught why at that specific moment in time (two generations post-emancipation, ten years after a world war) the idea of a SUPER RESTRICTIVE FEDERAL LAW was so appealing. You’re not taught who the targets of the law were. 90% of what you get is the romanticised gangster: shootouts in Chicago, rum-running in New York’s harbors, funny stories about how sacramental wine imports (sacramental wine was exempt from Prohibition) shot up 200%.
And don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading about that; the number of gangster documentaries I’ve read is high. But Prohibition’s like a section of a Disney park, isolated and floating in its own little mythology, because if kids were actually taught about the social ramifications of it, they’d start asking some super-uncomfortable questions.