tocryabout: Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier (winter soldier)
I only recently (the other day) watched Captain America: The First Avenger. You get a really distorted view of the Marvel movies if you just absorb them by Tumblr osmosis, looking at gifsets and reading meta. Even fic leaves out a lot of stuff. I had this same feeling when I first watched Winter Soldier -- why was no one geeking out over how amazing Nick Fury was in that movie? I know people were mesmerised by the Steve/Bucky relationship, and so was I, but it was actually...a pretty small element of the whole thing?

it is the voice of nations, it is the thick voice of blood )
tocryabout: Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier (winter soldier)
Finally watched Wolverine: Origins or whatever the title is last night -- I'd been avoiding it because I'm really not a Wolverine fan. In fact, I tend to resent him for getting so much commercial attention and pulling the spotlight all the time, at the expense of other characters. But! I wanted to absorb as much of the "canon" Weapon X stuff as I can, and I do like Huge Ackman, so I put it on.

Dude. I was not expecting to like that as much as I did.

this got really long! )
tocryabout: Martin Tielli, cover of Poppy Salesman album (Default)
It confuses me greatly that the "Marvel Cinematic Universe" doesn't include the X-Men films. I mean, it doesn't confuse me because I understand that there are weird IP issues, but it confuses me in a sort of broader, fannish, existential way. The current X-men movieverse, such as it is, is a cinematic universe and it is Marvel, and the characters are connected, but even fans are pretty obedient about separating the two.

I understand, in theory, that it's probably very satisfying to write something that's totally canon-compliant, something that could have happened and that logically should belong there. I've just never been able to do it.

I actually haven't yet watched Days of Future Past, so maybe that'll be how I punish myself tonight.
tocryabout: Martin Tielli, cover of Poppy Salesman album (1602's Professor X)
I'm kind of just posting for the sake of my new Xavier icon. 1602 was disappointing storywise (I finally bought the hardcover version a few weeks ago and read it all for the first time), but the art made up for it so much. I showed it to my artist mother, who hates comics, and even she loved the look of it.

The story was a shame because the situation held so much promise. I often find when I'm reading something that I prefer the beginning to the end, the mystery to the resolution. Almost all endings disappoint me in some way, if only because it means there's now an answer to the questions the story first posed. Alias Grace was like that, because in some ways the ending is perfect: it seems to come out of nowhere but is actually perfectly in keeping with the themes and background of the whole novel. But I didn't want Grace to get out of the Warden's living-room, for her sessions with Dr. Jordan to end. I wanted the story to stay stuck in the beginning, just after the first complication is introduced.

Even Hamlet, my favourite play, has that sort of disappointing ending. Nobody likes the last scene. Nobody likes the last act -- I think the audience is happiest during the scenes after the Ghost reveals the truth but before Hamlet takes off for England. You couldn't make a whole story out of that, but it's the most enjoyable part of the play, the part that people really think of when they think of Hamlet.

Sometimes I wonder if this isn't just some function of us being ordinary people: we don't lead heroic lives, so the part of stories that we most believe is the beginning, when the problems introduce themselves. We can easily imagine the monster attacking the redshirts in the beginning, shrouded in mystery, but Beowulf actually going out to face Grendel is a bit harder to swallow.

Anyway, as I'm writing and making decisions towards the end, I find it comforting to think that even Shakespeare had to write the duel scene, and even he couldn't quite make it satisfying, but it doesn't ruin anything. The audience just stays in the first few acts, with Hamlet feigning madness and Ophelia still alive.

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