i was planning to do a marvel cinematic universe marathon because (1) i have a lot of free time right now and (2) i’ve only seen 2/3 of the feature films. and i wanted to do them in in-universe chronological order because, uh, why not?
looking at the mcu timeline on the mcu wiki, i came to the following realizations:
1. fuckkk i forgot about all the television tie-ins. i don’t think i have thatmuch free time.
2. am i finally going to make myself watch dr. strange andant-man? and if i decide to watch the tv series – iron fist as well?!
3. no, seriously, how many hours is this going to be in total if i went all-in? this redditor has it tallied to 6d, 15h, 41m. films only is about 30h.
this got significantly more complicated than expected.
i’m falling into an avengersspiral
iron man portal and his besties/caregivers/children
“This weapon is your life,” is a statement that, I believe, gets a lot of unwarranted criticism and is frequently misunderstood, particularly amongst the Western, Star Wars fandom. The general opinion that I have found on the subject is that it indicates that the Jedi are teaching people to think of themselves as weapons, and/or that it shows hypocrisy as Jedi are supposed to discourage “possession,” and/or that saying a weapon is your life, encourages or advocates violence. I am here as an apologist for that phrase, because for the reasons indicated below, I think that that phrase is awesome.
What one must first understand is that George Lucas took a lot of inspiration for Star Wars from eastern sources, Japan in particular. Darth Vader’s mask was based upon the Samurai mask, C-3P0 and R2-D2 were inspired by a Japanese movie told from the perspective of two slaves who are caught up in the conflict going around them, and the Sith and the Jedi were inspired by the notion of rival Samurai clans. As such, I feel the lightsabre, its value, its treatment, and its symbolism come from Bushido, the Samurai code, and the katana.
listen…thinking jyn and cassian were canonically in love isn’t “””heteronormative””” and just bc I made a post with a single line of text that got reblogged a fair amount about how I was surprised that people adamantly argued that it wasn’t canon when they died in each other’s arms doesn’t mean that’s the beginning and end of my argument that they’re canon
nothing about jyn and cassian’s relationship was platonic…you do not look at someone like this platonically. I don’t even need to talk about how the actors have said it’s romantic - it’s plain to see. that gifset by itself (which DOESN’T EVEN CONTAIN ALL THEIR MOMENTS TOGETHER) is proof enough. when they circle each other and look like they’re about to launch each other onto each other’s faces? when jyn touches his arm and they look like they’re about to kiss? you can’t make that shit platonic no matter how hard you try. I mean the list goes on and on - not to mention that elevator scene which clearly signified they were thinking about how they could be together. like I said, I don’t even need to invoke word of God (although I easily could) from the actors and associated parties to defend myself, nor is a sophisticated, detailed argument necessary - the film speaks for itself
it’s not like JUST dying in each other’s arms makes them canon…like that’s just one of 5 bazillion reasons…how in denial do you have to be
we know you don’t like jyn, becky, but you can’t change canon no matter how hard you try and you’ll just have to live with that. there are lots of canon ships I don’t like, but I don’t pretend they aren’t canon even if I disagree with them. that’s what fanon is for.
There is a lot of dismissal of romantic readings (when it’s not your ship, lol) as projecting audience desires onto the text. And that definitely happens, often! But platonic readings can be just as much projection as romantic ones. And that is absolutely the case here, when it’s established that it was intendedto be romantic and when so many scenes are so clearly framed that way. e.g.:
If we’re going to weigh canonicity by “do they kiss,” then Luke/Leia would be canon and Jyn/Cassian wouldn’t. Nonsense. The movie gives you enough wiggle room to ignore it if you want to, but nowhere near enough to pretend that it’s projection onto something platonic.