We are on the verge of Civil War…no, not the North vs. South kind…no, not the Dems vs. GOP kind. The Marvel-ous kind!! The #TeamCap vs. #TeamIronMan kind!! The kind that will have grown men and women crying in the aisles come Thursday, May 5th (for the early birds) and Friday, May 6th for the rest of the viewing public.
There are those who have already laid eyes on this highly anticipated entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the word is GOOOOOOOD!!!
So get ready for it…if you can. You’ll probably need lots and lots of tissues. Marvel has probably purchased stock in Kleenex cause they know we’re gonna need them!
To prepare for this journey I am watching the entire MCU in order starting today, Wednesday, April 27th and going all the way till the premier of Captain America: Civil War.
Join me over on Twitter every night for live tweets. But be warned…my gif game is hella strong, so if you choose to join…you better be ready to bring it!
We know where Spiderman stands…and Black Widow and Hawkeye and Ant-Man and Rhodey and The Winter Soldier himself. But where do you stand, nerd?? WHERE!
My feet are firmly planted in the #TeamCap camp!! But there is room for everyone in my nerdy family. (Even those who make bad choices…looking at you #TeamIronMan *wink…just kidding…i love ya…but seriously!)
I am baffled. I am disillusioned. I’m super confused. And there’s one word that can sum up all my feelings…TRUMP.
Someone please explain to me what the actual hell is happening in our country right now? How can anyone get behind the hate-mongering that Donald Trump has been spreading since the beginning of his campaign. Are we so desperate for something different that we’ll just accept the first racist, bigot that comes along and shouts…”Make America Great Again.” Sounds a lot like “Make America White Again” to me.
It’s true. America is a great nation. A nation of freedom and opportunity, where a person with a dream can come here and have a chance at seeing it realized. What will happen when we start erecting walls and kicking people out? What kind of dreams can we expect from a nation that is ruled by fear and hatred instead of dreams and aspirations.
I don’t like to get overly political in my blog posts. This is a happy place where I like to gush about Star Wars and Disney and Marvel and Jane Austen. A place where happy thoughts live. It’s hard to think happy thoughts when the prospect of a Trump presidency is even remotely possible.
The scene at his victory rally in South Carolina can be described as nothing short of scary. Trump shouts, “Mexico is killing us — absolutely. We’ll do the wall. Don’t worry. We’re going to do the wall. We’re going to do the wall and by the way, who’s going to pay for the wall?”
And the crowd shouts, “MEXICO!”
This scene conjures up the image of a young charismatic Adolph Hitler screaming about how the Jews were killing the Germans. That they needed to be eradicated. People adored Hitler and believed Hitler and were devoted to Hitler. The way people adore and believe and are devoted to Trump. They take his words as truth. And no matter what he says, they give him passes. They let the bar drop a little more every day. And no, I don’t think the comparison is undeserved or harsh. I think it’s spot on.
If you believe that Donald J. Trump is a follower of Christ, then I call into question your definition of a Christian. Christ spoke of peace. He spread words of love. He talked about loving God above all else and loving our neighbors second of all.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12: 30-31
No commandment greater than these. Guess who our neighbors are…
The thing about harkening back to the golden age when America was “great” and ISIS didn’t exist…America was not without troubles in the “golden age.” Women didn’t have rights, African American’s didn’t have rights. Anyone other than white males didn’t have rights. There was a Civil War. There was slavery. There were 2 World Wars. There were concentration camps on American soil for the Japanese. There were assassinations and an arms race with Russia. There was a war in Vietnam and a war in Korea. Let us not forget the struggles that America has gone through to get to where we are today. America will never be without troubles.
See, we live in a sinful world. Plain and simple. And as long as we are humans, that sin will remain. The best we can hope to do is confront that sin with understanding and love. Not anger and suspicion and hatred. That’s not the kind of country I want to be a part of. That’s not the country I love. When America becomes something unrecognizable, what will we do to change the tide? What will be required of it’s citizens to uphold the freedoms that all men and women deserve?
America was never without greatness…what America are you living in, Mr. Trump?
It is so darn good to be a nerd right now. And if you don’t consider yourself a nerd, let me go ahead and give you your very own, personal invitation. It is never too late to join our tribe.
We may come off a little strong at first, but we love when people come to the Dark Side (or the Light, if you’re into that sort of thing.) Don’t mistake our passion and zeal for anything other than just that.
Sure…there are trolls. But trust me when I say, we take care of our own! Here are 44 reasons why right now is the time to join us…and together we can rule the fandom!!!
1. STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS (tickets have been purchased!! Internets have been broken. This is the big leagues.) 2. Star Wars Episode VIII (ok we don’t know what it’s called yet, but the script is written and the funds are already designated!) 3. Star Wars Episode IX (we don’t even know who’s directing this one, but trust us…we’ll be there!) 4. Star Wars: Rogue One 5. Rumors of a young Han Solo film (rumors are our bread and butter. Get used to it.) 6.Star Wars Rebels (It’s only on season 2, plenty of time to catch up!) 7. Anything else Star Wars that is in the Disney pipeline. (If you aren’t sensing a trend then there may not be hope for your induction into our society.) 8. Ok…we do like some other things too…try Star Trek (anything with Star in it makes the short list!) 9.New Star Trek TV show in the works 10. Any and all things Marvel (ie: the next 14 items on the list) 11. Marvel’s Jessica Jones (this one premiers in 7 days so you better catch up and watch all of Daredevil on Netflix stat!) 12. Marvel’s Captain America Civil War (trailer will be dropping very soon.) 13. Marvel’s Doctor Strange 14. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 15. Marvel’s Spider-Man 16. Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok 17. Marvel’s Black Panther 18. Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 19. Marvel’s Ant Man and the Wasp 20. Marvel’s Captain Marvel 21. Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 22. Marvel’s Agents of Shield (currently in season 3 on ABC) 23. Marvel’s Agent Carter (season 2 starts in January) 24. Marvel’s Luke Cage and Iron Fist (both coming to Netflix along with season 2 of Daredevil.) 25. DC has a lot of exciting things coming to our eyeballs soon as well (they just haven’t all earned their own number slot in this nerd’s estimation, but some are worthy like…) 26. DC’s Suicide Squad 27. DC’s Justice League 28. DC’s Arrow (currently in season 3 on The CW) 29. DC’s The Flash (currently in season 2 also on The CW) 30. DC’s Supergirl (kicking major butt in it’s first season on CBS) 31. The Walking Dead 32. Once Upon a Time 33. Doctor Who 34. Game of Thrones 35. More Jurassic Park 36. Word of more Indiana Jones is in the ether. 37. A little thing called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (translation: more Harry Potter) 38. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (translation: even more Harry Potter) 39. Netflix and Hulu are making it easier than ever to catch up on your nerd. In my day you had to wait for DVD sets to be released and either rent from Blockbuster (yeah that was a thing) or just spend the $29.99 to own it. You’ve got no excuses anymore! LOST, Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Heroes, Supernatural, X-Files they can all be yours!) 40. Speaking of The X-Files, you better get started cause new X-Files is coming our way in January. Jump on it and believe! 41. Star Wars Battlefront (if you aren’t a gamer yet, why not let Battlefront pull you in!) 42. Any and all things Disney (they make things other than Star Wars and Marvel movies as well. I know…crazy!) 43. Oh, speaking of Star Wars…there is so much amazing expanded universe literature coming out. (Start reading! Reading is cool! There’s a lot to catch up on!) 44. There are plenty of other awesomely nerdy things coming out before and after and in between all that’s listed above. But I’m trying to think past December 17th, 2015 and I’m finding it very hard to do.
Well…you have a lot of homework to do so you better get started now. See you on the other side where I’ll be waiting with your Nerd membership card*. We will engage in an obligatory lightsaber battle and a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock. It’s what we do!
Today’s choice is from my second favorite movie of all time (after the entire Star Wars saga of course) Gone with the Wind.
Just like with Star Wars, I can’t tell you the first time I ever saw Gone with the Wind, but I do remember being obsessed with it as a kid. I always wanted to be Scarlett O’ Hara and live in the romantic Antibellum South as a child. The big frilly dresses, the attractive men in uniform, the imminent danger of war and famine and oh yeah… the horrible slavery.
So, maybe not! But I still love this movie.
This is the very start of the movie. When Scarlett is still young and frilly and idealistic. She still believes the world revolves around her and hasn’t had to face the hardships of war quite yet. She may be a bit of a… rhymes with snitch… but I can’t help but love her and wish that Rhett would just come back at the end of the movie. I wanted that happy ending so much that when the mini series, Scarlett came out in 1994 I was overjoyed that there may come a happy ending for our dear Scarlett. As usual the book Scarlett is far better than the mini series, but I still love it and watch it often. It’s right up there with North and South and The Thornbirds.
Anyways… long story short, here’s my Scarlett! I left my snitchey attitude at home. Though I’m definitely more of a Scarlett than a Melanie. There’s no doubt about that. Scarlett is what you might call a classic hurricane. While Melanie is most definitely a tree. And we all know which one I am.
In honor of all the big news coming out of Marvel Studios this week, I wanted to post about the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. If you don’t know what news I’m talking about then click here, or here, or here, orhere. But seriously… if you don’t know, then I suspect you’ve just emerged from that cave you’ve been living in and probably have many other shocking things to deal with like the fact that they no longer make Pepsi Clear and that Kimye is an actual word people say nowadays! I have many thoughts on this news and I will expound on it a little later after I’ve dissected it and assimilated the information. TOO MANY THOUGHTS… all of them amazing!!! (CAPTAIN FREAKIN MARVEL!)
A couple months ago I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the new Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit at Discovery Times Square, before it was fully up and running. And last weekend they invited me back to see it now that it’s completed.
It was cool before. It is awesome now!! Make sure to get tickets: Click Here!
You start your tour by getting issued your very own S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent badge with your name and your probationary agent status. As you start your tour you are debriefed by a fellow agent and given instructions about what to do. First Avenger up is Captain America (rightly so.) Test your strength and stats against Steve Rogers.
See if your Gamma radiation count is anywhere close to Bruce Banner’s. Explore the stars of the Nine Realms and the Rainbow Bridge of Asgard.
And experience the advanced technology of Stark Industry’s flight simulator. The technology in this part of the exhibit was particularly impressive! They track your body movements so that they can put the Ironman suit on you in virtual reality and then you can move around and manipulate the movements of the Ironman on the screen. Including firing at targets and simulated take off! Very fun!
It’s an immersive experience made for children and Marvel loving adults alike.
Thank you to the PR teams at DKC Public Relations and Discovery Times Square for setting up our tour!!