Incapable of Normalcy

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Current length:

104’ .5”

WOW! 100 feet down! Only …..5300 more to go. Oh boy. This might take a while.

im following this blog where this person is trying to knit a mile long scarf this is amazing and deserves more attention

not sure if this person is a whovian… also not sure if being a whovian would make said person more sane or not. 

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Don’t cry don’t cry DON’T CRY DON’T CRY DON’T—

Goddammit.

Yeah no but seriously. Read it.

Holy fuck that twist.

That is some fine writing.

Oh… OH wow.

Well, damn…

That was exceptional. 

Common Grounds was a pretty good 6 issue mini series written by Troy Hickman and published by Top Cow (under Image Comics) back in 2004. I bought the tradepaperback on a whim 8 or 9 years ago and was pleasantly surprised.

There are some superficial similarities to Astro City, but it was a good comic in it’s own right.

Edit: This excerpt is the first story is issue #4 of Common Grounds.

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so here’s the deal.

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joss whedon, where is my avengers musical. i know you’ve got it in you. and i know you want it just as bad as i do. i sincerely hope that was part of the contract you just signed. 

PUT THAT SHAWARMA BACK WHERE IT CAME FROM OR SO HELP ME

I HAVE TO REBLOG THIS AGAIN FOR THAT LINE OMG

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Masculinity in the MCU is coded like, well, like Nick Fury. Being a masculine guy means that you have the power to stop the bad guys, whether with a gun like Coulson or with your smarts like Tony or by way of gamma radiation like Bruce Banner. It’s rare in most any media to have a male character like Fitz, who’s unapologetic about his love for Simmons, his apparent fear of guns, his lack of field knowledge. A character like Fitz would normally be the butt of a joke, not the acclaimed hero, and yet S.H.I.E.L.D. goes out of its way to prove that the Wards of the world don’t always have to be the ideal when it comes to masculinity. With Ward and Fitz, S.H.I.E.L.D. asks us to consider what a weak man truly acts like, and concludes that physical strength and mental stoicism are not always the mark of a strong man. Strength is compassion, and compassion is badass.

Sexualized Saturdays: Ward, Fitz, and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ideal of Masculinity (source)

Fitz isn’t the only subversive take on masculinity in the MCU, either.  Think about it:  almost all the male heroes have some sort of vulnerability, some moment of “weakness”, that goes against the stereotype of what it is to be a tough, strong man, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t heroes.  Think about it:

- Tony Stark has a drinking problem and PTSD severe enough that it nearly wrecks his relationship with Pepper.

- Steve Rogers is chosen as Captain America for his compassion and intelligence. 

- Phil Coulson is a dweeby little bureaucrat in a tailored gray suit.

- Thor loves his brother so dearly that he pleads with him to come home even after Loki invades Earth.

- Bruce Banner despises the violence in his heart that allows him to become the Hulk, and becomes a freelance healer to compensate.

- Sam Wilson is a mental health counselor whose military service was in the pararescue corps, motto:  ”So others may live.”

- Nick Fury’s three chief lieutenants are two women (Natasha Romanoff, whom he treats almost as a daughter, and Maria Hill, whom he depends on to fake his death) and one man (Phil Coulson, whom he tasks with rebuilding SHIELD from the ground up).  

Almost all of these characters are seen crying or close to tears (especially Cap, who is on the verge of tears during the final combat in CA:TWS), all fight in ways that don’t have buckets of blood thrown at the screen, and all value and respect the women they love and fight beside.  The most notable exception is James Rhodes, an Air Force officer, but even he is shown taking care of Tony Stark, his best friend, more often than he’s shown firing a weapon.

I think this may be why the MCU is so popular among women: the men AREN’T the stereotypical strong, silent American hero.  They bleed, they cry, they let their guards down, and they treat their friends, regardless of gender, color, race, or religion, as equals.  This could not be more different from the blood-soaked ideals of masculinity that have dominated the screen over the last few decades (remember Rambo?), and it’s very, very good to see.

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Basically, these characters behave like actual human men; maybe the best of men, but still much more like the regular decent guys you may know in real life than fictional “Alpha Males”.

Which is probably why a certain section of men prefers gritty, grimdark anti-heroes: if Fitz and that SHIELD guy who refuses to launch Project Insight can stand up and do the right thing even when they’re terrified to the point of shaking and crying, if Antoine Triplett (in many ways, Ward’s counterpart) can be both a more “traditional” aggressive operative and quietly geeky, if Nick Fury - the ultimate pragmatist - can draw a line he’s not willing to cross, these men have no excuses left for their behaviour.

Because if these flawed characters can be decent human beings and heroes, then all men have the potential for being decent human beings and heroes. Even if not all men choose to follow that example.

(Additionally: their masculinity doesn’t depend on their ability to get a date, and the relationships are depicted as… complex. It’s almost as if these heroes saw their potential romantic partners as actual human beings with lives of their own - shocking, I know.)

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one of the best things about marvel is that they acknowledge that sometimes the heroes will develop things such as PTSD and severe anxiety due to things they’ve done to save people, but they also show that it doesn’t stop them from being good people, or stop them from being any less important, and that means a lot

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