this is a really unimportant text post but whenever i see mark ruffalo’s name i always yell the ruffalo part in my head the same way they yelled ‘emelioooo’ in a night at the roxbury
isn’t cap britain supposed to Protect the multiverse, tho?
yeahhh but he’s also another Super Smart Dude so i think he could be convinced that he has to get rid of other universes because Blah Blah Science and i think he’s usually distrustful of the people in charge of the multiverse stuff?? but it’s been a while since i’ve read anything with him really in it so i might be remembering some excalibur stuff wrong.
man-thing volume 1!!
why doesn’t the illuminati go make captain britain join because like he has access to weird multiverse stuff and he would totally fit in with them and it would make blowing up other earths easier
i think i just uncovered why i sometimes get sad people only read modern comics
i want everyone to read old comics so we can gossip about what jerks the writers are, like everyone does for the new ones
there is so many shitty dudes writing old avengers stories. jim shooter, steve englehart, and john byrne can all go eat a fuck
steve englehart broke my heart because i loved his original avengers stuff (hellcat! avengers defenders war!!) and his doctor strange run was so good but then west coast avengers happened and i just didn’t understand how it was the same dude
while we’re on the topic of jim shooter i don’t know why but i’ve become increasingly aggravated by the ‘i know what we need! more girls!’ panel since he wrote it and he is just. such a total tool and i mean it’s true but it makes me so angry jim shooter wrote it
(Or: Why it is important to read more than one panel)
I have previously avoided making any post on this subject, as many of us in fandom have discussed it to death, but I have noticed an increase in the same old discussion recently, and would like to provide some literary analysis that has been missing in recent discourse. “That one panel” from Avengers #213 keeps being posted, and with it the question of whether Jim Shooter (the writer of that story) meant to have Hank purposefully hit Jan or not. He has said that it was not supposed to be purposeful:
In that story (issue 213, I think), there is a scene in which Hank is supposed to have accidentally struck Jan while throwing his hands up in despair and frustration—making a sort of “get away from me” gesture while not looking at her. Bob Hall, who had been taught by John Buscema to always go for the most extreme action, turned that into a right cross! There was no time to have it redrawn, which, to this day has caused the tragic story of Hank Pym to be known as the “wife-beater” story.
Now, I’m not necessarily here to say that Shooter is wrong about his own intentions (almost twenty years later) but I am here to advocate for the Death of the Author, which is the rather ominous name of my very favorite literary theory, which basically boils down to the reader dismissing the possible intentions of the author, and instead interpreting only what is given in the text.
I am also here to tell you about Avengers issue #212, for it is essential to understanding that one contentious panel in #213.
(Depictions and discussion of domestic abuse below the cut)