MCU headcanon - Hydra

the-laughing-phoenix:

As much as Hydra left its marks on SHIELD, SHIELD left its marks on Hydra.  Peggy Carter fought heavily for non-discriminatory policies, and a fair few of them stuck.  Not as many as she would have liked, not by a long shot, but enough to lay the difference in SHIELD’s bones.

As a result, not only did SHIELD have a more diverse workforce than its sibling alphabet soup intelligence agencies, but it indirectly hauled Hydra along with it.  Membership still skews heavily white male, but more women and persons of color are working for Hydra in the early 21st century than would have been thinkable at its founding.

Red Skull would be spinning in his grave if he had one.

(via linguisticjubilee)

lizclimo:

happy easter 

lizclimo:

happy easter 

(via wilwheaton)

In fairy tales, monsters exist to be a manifestation of something that we need to understand, not only a problem we need to overcome, but also they need to represent, much like angels represent the beautiful, pure, eternal side of the human spirit, monsters need to represent a more tangible, more mortal side of being human: aging, decay, darkness and so forth. And I believe that monsters originally, when we were cavemen and you know, sitting around a fire, we needed to explain the birth of the sun and the death of the moon and the phases of the moon and rain and thunder. And we invented creatures that made sense of the world: a serpent that ate the sun, a creature that ate the moon, a man in the moon living there, things like that. And as we became more and more sophisticated and created sort of a social structure, the real enigmas started not to be outside. The rain and the thunder were logical now. But the real enigmas became social. All those impulses that we were repressing: cannibalism, murder, these things needed an explanation. The sex drive, the need to hunt, the need to kill, these things then became personified in monsters. Werewolves, vampires, ogres, this and that. I feel that monsters are here in our world to help us understand it. They are an essential part of a fable. — Guillermo Del Toro (via iwearthecheeseyo)

(via flatbear)

archwrites:

me: *reads fic description*

me: oh god that sounds APPALLING

me: *reads fic anyway*

me: …. I don’t know what I was expecting here.

(via scifigrl47)

a few thoughts on Susan Pevensie

ink-splotch:

Awhile back, someone sent me an ask about this drabble on Susan Pevensie, wondering if my little story was agreeing with JKR’s quote or disagreeing. I answered a bit then, but I wanted to talk a little more about it if that’s alright. 

There comes a point where Susan, who was the older girl, is lost to Narnia because she becomes interested in lipstick. She’s become irreligious basically because she found sex. I have a big problem with that.” - JK Rowling

So, here we go: yes, I agree with Rowling. I have a big problem with that. (I think I read it more as she discovered vanity, rather than sex, but same idea). 

Susan doesn’t show up in The Last Battle. She is not saved. That, alone, is fine— this is a story about faith, and having someone who loses faith is important to that story. 

BUT the way Lewis explains to us that Susan is lost is something along the lines of she started liking lipstick, nylons and invitations.

He gives us a couple of lines from people who are not Susan, and they sum up her existence as lost. Because lipstick. 

Let’s look a bit closer at this. There were so many choices here. She could have discovered Nietzsche, or atheism, or both. She could have told too many stories to her mother, who got her counseling and medication for her hallucinations. She could have gotten bullied at school until she bowed under the pressure. She could have gotten angry, gotten furious at being kicked out of a world she loved, at doing puberty twice, and shoved all of it away, lost faith as an act of retribution.

That would have made her a kind of vicious, sure, cutting off her nose to snub her face, but at least she would have been doing something. Here, other people tell her story. Here, “lipstick, nylons, and invitations” is used like it’s a complete thought.  

I don’t have a problem with Susan losing faith, but it bothers me that “faithlessness” is synonymous with these things, these stereotypical assets of a young woman. Oh lord, she cares about her appearance. How can she also believe in a magical land and the bravery of childhood and the faith of the innocent if she cares about her appearance

Susan is shamed for growing up. Now, there are a lot of ways to grow up as a woman, let alone a person, but this is the way we are told to grow up: a coming of age, boys and banter, giggles and lip gloss. We’re sold this brand of femininity. Susan embraces it and she is dismissed as a person for the crime of acting out the story they were selling her. 

She cares about her appearance, just as we tell women they should, so she is vain. She is vain, so she is silly, she is foolish, she is faithless. 

To be fair, this is a story they still tell about women. That caring what you look like makes you vain, and not caring makes you sloppy. We want beautiful girls. We want them to be all-natural. “You’re prettiest without makeup on,” they tell some girl who spent fifteen minutes this morning plucking her eyebrows and putting on invisible foundation to cover her blemishes. It makes sense why Lewis told this as Susan’s story and thought it was enough. I don’t think he did something wrong writing it. I think he did something ignorant, but that doesn’t make the story any better.

Or maybe this isn’t me being fair. Maybe this is me being furious: this is a story they still tell about women. 

(via dogmatix)

mistletease:

ohhaiguise:

sirscrewloose:

legendofsherlock:

notenjolras:

#can we please discuss the fact that this movie was made by Americans

#some of us might actually be self-aware

Nobody has to deal with americans more than other americans.

I am an american and I can verify that this is indeed true.

#everyone else gets to be annoyed by Americans from afar #while Americans have to be annoyed by other Americans loudly and up close

for extended periods of time

(via sideshow-ericka)

kaciart:

evankart:

Elsa and ice dragon
It’s a fabulous gift from pabu! After colored by pabu and I added some snow :) Pabu made Elsa and dragon look so gorgeous! +w+ Thank you!

OMG EVAN ahhhhh

Evan and Pabuuu, what a team!

gazzymouse:

arrafrost:

littlejehan:

I bet Clint was on a mission.

I bet halfway through he called for his extraction and his handler didn’t answer.

I bet he was stranded for days behind enemy lines with no backup and no way of reaching Nat.

I bet he finally crawled his way to somewhere with some kind of electricity and stole enough money to call someone only to find out that number after number was no longer in service.

I bet he finally went through every number and caved and called Tony.

I bet Tony, in his own way, was relieved to hear he wasn’t dead in the remains of HQ and was cracking ‘showing up 15min late’ jokes.

I bet he personally rushes there in his private jet and finds Clint covered in bruises and cuts and with fractured bones and almost hysterical because no one is reachable and there’s always /someone/

Tony having to gently break it to Clint that things went fucking tits up and that Steve and tasha were ok but SHIELD was fucked and that was probably a good thing

Clint having to redefine himself for the second time in two years because things keep tearing everything he knows apart.

first of all how dare you

*whispers* And Clint thinks Fury is dead *vanishes*

(via linguisticjubilee)

agent-hils-coulson:

"…if you’d look at how he related to everyone — Coulson loves projects. Here is a guy who didn’t have people skills. So Garrett says, can you help this guy Ward round off some of the rough edges? So he comes onto the team. Coulson is now vested, because he’s got a project. Who is Ward’s greatest threat? May. What does he do? He seduces her. Who is the one unknown on the team? Skye. He becomes her S.O. How do you get everyone rally around and trust you? You jump out of a plan trying to save someone else. Now, he had a parachute. Let’s say he failed to save Simmons, he would’ve been fine. Everything he’s done has solidified how people feel about him over the course of the season." 

"…what was the next thing he had to do after he saved Simmons? He had someone on the plane who was jealous of him: Fitz. And what did they do? They went on a mission together and they had a really good time together. And a bromance was started. And that took care of that." x

"…then in "Seeds," there’s a really nice moment where Skye is standing at the wall of valor, and we hear Coulson’s voice off-camera saying that the world is full of evil, pain, lies and death — and the camera pans and lands on Ward when he says "lies" and "evil."" x

This is the most painful AoS post I have ever seen

(via linguisticjubilee)