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but here's the thing: if everything was leaked, there's a not inconsiderable chance that tony now knows it wasn't an accident but an "accident" that killed his parents. thoughts?

gyzym:

ha ha ha HA HA HA HA, don’t mind me howling and rending my garments over here in the corner, this is totally normal, howling clears the lungs and these garments were due for a rending anyway, I AM TOTALLY FINE. but, okay:

i think, actually, that tony has suspected his parents were murdered since pretty much the day they died. at first it was because he was 17 and his entire family was abruptly gone and it was easier to think of it as foul play than as something senseless, a twist of fate that could’ve been changed by any one of a hundred thousand variables. i think he probably got drunk and slurred to a worried rhodey that he knew what’d happened, that someone’d killed them, that everyone would see in the morning when it was on every paper and television show: howard and maria stark, killed for their money. howard and maria stark, killed for their technology. howard and maria stark, killed by a disgruntled former employee, by a crazed fan, by some lunatic trying to impress jodie foster — by anything except an accident, a fucking car accident, like they were just any old regular people and not tony’s fucking parents, what the fuck. 

of course, the next morning came, and then the one after that, and then the one where tony stood between rhodey and obie at the funeral and tried to tell himself that he believed it, that he knew it, that someone had killed them and someday he’d find out how and why. that someday he’d avenge them, and prove to them — to himself — that he could do at least that much. 

(he didn’t believe it, but it was easier than the alternative. he didn’t believe it, but it was nicer to think about than anything else.) 

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starkwest:

Dear anon. Re: Tony Stark is nothing without Pepper.

In the words of the incomparable Jules Winnfield “allow me to retort “.

(original anon post here)

Why do I hate Iron Man 3?

There are too many reasons to mention. In a nutshell: The script/character improbability/continuity/destruction of the suits/the ridiculous ‘twist’/directorial style/the removal of the arc reactor.

"Pepper fixes him like she does everything in his life"

I received so many messages and comments on how Tony ‘dominates’ Pepper’s life. How she does ‘everything’ for him. How he doesn’t ‘appreciate’ her. That she has ‘no life of her own because of him’. Honestly, the woman is a grown-up. She’s apparently smart enough to helm a company that leads the world so I’m fairly sure that if she feels Tony is ruining her life she could make a clean break and leave the man. Instead, she decides. “Hey, this man that I’ve known for some many years now, this man that I am with daily, that I know full and well what kind of man he is going into this relationship? I’m honestly sick of his ‘distractions’ and his ‘machines’ and his not being there for me. I’m going to bitch and complain at him until he makes me his first priority. Even though he was explicitly clear that the suit and the mission are paramount in his life.” Fair enough, her emotions, her call. However, to take on this man, this man who is so very obviously complex and unique, a man who she knows has deep seated issues with trust and giving his love, and for very good reasons, and then to try and change him and make him feel there is something fundamentally wrong with him at a time when he is emotionally falling apart is wrong. Just wrong.

People hold these two up as a guiding light of relationships but all I see is toxicity. In the original Iron Man, they were cute and there was the start of a chemistry. Pepper resembled Pepper from the comics. In Iron Man 2 there isn’t even a shadow of the strong and capable woman Pepper is. She is shrill and manipulative. Her lines become throw away and barbed “Not everyone runs on batteries, Tony”? When Tony, the man whom she knows has a difficult time expressing himself intimately, is so obviously reaching out to her? It’s cold and difficult to watch. By IM3, Pepper is a caricature. I took a ration of shit over the post I made commenting that her walking out on him during his panic attack was wrong. A ton of shit. But I stand by it. I get that some people felt she felt unsafe and needed to remove herself from him. However, her man is in pain, he asks her, all but begs her not to leave, and I do understand that she was shaken, that she may have needed to put a room between them but to throw ”tinker with that” at him as she left? Cold beyond words.

Tony is a mess you say? He has issues? Let’s just examine those ‘issues’ shall we.

Anthony Stark is a genius. Seriously, the man is brilliant. And with that brilliance comes all it’s attendant issues. We’re not just talking ‘good grades’ smart here. He is the second smartest man in the world. Like off the chart brilliant. He doesn’t see the world as others do. He views, processes and follows through differently. Not because he’s a ’dick’ or ‘immature’, but because his brain is programmed that way. This man was taken from his home, from his admittedly small family, but family none the less and held prisoner for 3 months. During which he was given open heart surgery with no anesthetic. They physically tied him down and cut into him, broke apart his rib cage and rearrange his chest. All while he was awake. Then they tortured him. Yeah, he came out of that cave with issues all right. Yet this ‘immature man’ took that incident and built his way out. No tools. No computers. Just his hands and his mind. Then he gets home and the man he sees as his father, the man whose shoulder he cried on at his parent’s funeral, the man he who looked up to and loved, reaches into his chest and tries to kill him. Then he almost dies from heavy metal poisoning and THEN to top it all off, he flies a nuke into space. Let’s hear it again for Tony’s “self destructive issues’ shall we.

“His company would be nothing without her.”

Nothing could be further from the truth. Nothing. Tony Stark was left a company by his father that was worth millions. He took that company (at the age of twenty-one, a scant few years after the death of both his parents left him an orphan, barely out of his teens) and made it profitable to the tune of billions. That sprawling Malibu mansion? Tony designed, built and paid for it. All those cars? Tony paid for. The office complexes you see in the movie? Tony. Not Pepper. All of this was done years before she even entered the picture as his PA. He loses everything in 616 and rebuilds. Tony does, not Pepper. Tony is the intelligence, the resource and the driving force behind both Stark Industries and Stark Resilient. Pepper may ‘run’ his company, but every design, every decision, every plan goes over Tony’s desk. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. Pepper may schedule meetings for him but it is Tony that goes in there and owns the room. Tony was born for this, groomed for this. Tony is the one who learned to navigate the corporate world and all it’s sharks at a very young age. Learned it, breathed it and lived it until the language of business is his native tongue. It is in his blood.

Tony loves Pepper but he can and will survive without her. Don’t underestimate him. It takes more than a suit of armor to be Iron Man. It takes courage, intelligence, commitment and brute strength. No matter what you take from him, Tony will always come back. Toss him to the curb and he will get back up and beat the curb down. Help is always appreciated but he will do it alone if he has to. His company. His tech. His life. Pepper is his CEO not the savior of his world. He has been trodden down over and over, from the abuse he suffered at his father’s hand, through Stane’s own abuse and betrayal. Through kidnappings and beatings, Through stolen tech and the destruction of his family, his life and his company and it is Tony alone who has pulled it all back together.

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magenmagenmagen:

lemonsharks:

tereshkova2001:

vaspider:

letsgetdowney:

gearsinthephoenix:

No, but you don’t understand why I liked Iron Man 3 so much.

In all the other Avengers movies, we see characters going through pain and trauma and heartache.  We see Steve lose practically his whole world and still carry on.  We watch Bruce struggle with trying to figure out just how the Hulk fits into his life and his psyche; it is implied that he deals with depression and tries to end his life.  We hear Clint and Natasha and their angst about the “red in their ledgers”, the things they have done, and we watch as Thor essentially comes of age and deals with the pain of having his brother fall down deeper and deeper.  We KNOW the pain and the issues and the upset are there.

But Iron Man 3 is the first time we actually get to witness—REALLY witness—the aftermath of heroics.

In the first part of the movie we see Tony Stark dealing with real, honest-to-god PTSD.  He has panic attacks, he can’t sleep, he gets reckless and has a harder time taking care of himself, he obsessively spends hours working on suits so he can protect Pepper—even though in doing so he is unintentionally threatening their relationship. Rarely has such a thorough job been done in showing that all the flash-bang-let’s-save-the-world action would, in real life, have some serious psychological consequences.

Then, as the film progresses, we see him laid low.  REALLY low—we see him get taken apart piece by piece.  He loses his home, he loses contact with the people he cares about, he loses his suit—which means, in the context of the past few films, that he is in some ways dead.  “He is Iron Man”, after all, isn’t he?  The public sees him as one with the suit, and in a sense, so does he—a good deal of his self esteem, his sense of being able to defend people, is locked up in what he can do in the suit.  And now he’s stranded in the middle of nowhere—he can’t fly, he can’t fight much, he’s still suffering from PTSD, he’s being actively hunted by the few people who don’t think he’s dead.  All of his real ability is locked up in his brain, a place not everyone would think to look.  We see him almost completely broken down.

And then we watch him build himself back up again, but with one major difference: he does it without the suit.

In most of the second half of the film, in almost all of his major victories, Tony is not in the suit.  He breaks into Killian’s mansion essentially with odds and ends he’s cobbled together.  He saves the passengers from Air Force One with a suit he’s remotely controlling.  He wins the final battle with a whole bunch of suits that he is not in at all.  Rhodes saves the president, and Pepper kills the villain.  Not Tony.  And at the end of the day he blows up all the suits and tosses his mini arc reactor into the ocean.

Iron Man 3 is brilliant and underrated precisely because it lets the hero be a real man—a man, not a man in a suit.  A person who can still work wonders even when he’s at his very lowest, when he’s stranded and battling mental illness.  Someone who can’t operate completely alone, who lets other people have some victories as well—heck, who needs his friends and teammates to win.  And as he says at the end of the movie, while he may not always wear a suit, he will always be Iron Man. 

And personally, I think that is an A-freaking-plus storyline to bring into this franchise.

THANK YOU AND BLESS THIS POST

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I liked this part of IM3. I did not like the villain or his plot, and a lot of the stuff didn’t make sense, but I did love Tony’s character arc. And Pepper’s. And Rhodey.

As with Thor, I loved the characters more than the movie.

I actually really adore what they did with the Mandarin - because he’s a caricature, he’s everything Americans fear about terrorism, created by the corporate end of the military-industrial complex, and his entire character is a sham.  

And what they did was literally the only way they could have handled that character and that plot that could work.

Because the Mandarin isn’t the villain - the Mandarin is a boogeyman, he’s a falsehood created and directed by the people who want America/ns to fear what they think Islam is.  The villain is the guy propping that up, the guy selling a lie about “safety”, but doesn’t actually give half a damn about anything other than lining his own pocket and polishing the image of his own self-serving genius.

It is literally the only way they could have used the Mandarin and have had it work.

I got my degree in homeland security - they do not teach about the 3 billion Muslims who are the guy standing in front of you at the grocery store, or the girl in the Hello Kitty hijab.  They don’t touch the 80-90-some-odd-percent of terrorism in the US being perpetuated by right-wing Christians, because that doesn’t fit with the story that creates contacts, jobs, and rocket launchers. They teach about the spectre, the big scary idea of what a terrorist is supposed to looklike - they teach about the Mandarin.

Everyone that story right up, and that: that is downright terrifying.

Let us not forget that the Mandarin was originally a racist caricature of Cold War paranoia, pitting the evil and mysterious East against the brilliance and industrial might of the West. He may have cool rings, and writers have tried to make him formidable, but I personally don’t feel he’s a character that we should be proud of and keep rehashing. Take it or leave it, but all they did with the Mandarin in this film was update him for post 9/11 America, just like they did for Iron Man himself. And then they treated him exactly as he was: a racist caricature of Western paranoia.

wintergrey:

tramampoline:

the next star trek movie is just uhura punching jj abrahms in the face while sulu gives him a wedgie for the whole movie

in fact let’s go with both uhuras and both sulus, for effect

A+++. Would watch. 

survivor-trek:

bookspazz:

Star Trek Into Darkness Plot Twist: Halfway through the movie, Captain Kathryn Janeway marches on screen and punches JJ Abrams in the face.

i’d pay to see that movie

in the theatres

imax 3d

bigass tub of popcorn

take all my money

copperbadge:

Jeremy Brett was dying, and knew he was dying, in the last handful of episodes he filmed. According to his coworkers, near the end, he sank deeper and deeper into the character; being Sherlock Holmes seemed to be the only thing that gave him comfort. 
I read the books before I ever saw a film version, and you’d be hard-pressed to find an actor as Holmes I don’t like, but Jeremy Brett was my first, and he will always be my Holmes. 

copperbadge:

Jeremy Brett was dying, and knew he was dying, in the last handful of episodes he filmed. According to his coworkers, near the end, he sank deeper and deeper into the character; being Sherlock Holmes seemed to be the only thing that gave him comfort. 

I read the books before I ever saw a film version, and you’d be hard-pressed to find an actor as Holmes I don’t like, but Jeremy Brett was my first, and he will always be my Holmes. 

balphesian:

an·ti·he·ro also an·ti-he·ro
n. pl. an·ti·he·roes also an·ti-he·roes
A main character in a dramatic or narrative work who is characterized by a lack of traditional heroic qualities, such as idealism or courage.

#DID YOU MEAN ALL MY FAVORITES

the-unnatural-disaster:

you. in my bed. now.

the-unnatural-disaster:

you. in my bed. now.

"On the other hand, a lot of anti-makeup sentiment– particularly anything that starts talking about how “frivolous” and “shallow” makeup is– is also misogynistic and femmephobic. Makeup is a form of visual art. If making your face beautiful is shallow, so is making a canvas beautiful or a block of marble or a hunk of plastic. If you understand why someone would feel satisfied and happy when they make a gorgeous print, you understand why someone would feel satisfied and happy when their makeup looks perfect. I do not think it is accidental that the form of visual art almost entirely practiced by women is the one that gets accused of frivolity and where the talent exhibited by many of the artists is ignored or denigrated."
rdjinspiringlybeautiful:

Tony doesn’t do emotion well. He does public emotion not at all and Coulson’s death affects him. Hurts him on a raw level and he’s not sure what to do with that. You can see him as Fury tells him about Phil’s death, struggling so hard to process it all. He’s fighting to keep his expression neutral, his breathing is uneven and his hands are fidgeting almost without him knowing. He won’t fall apart and most definitely not in front of anyone. So he leaves. 
Steve is looking down at the cards through all this but he flinches when Tony leaves. Then he follows him. He follows the man he was just fighting with. Even after the scepter stops glowing, these two are still at each other’s throats, but Steve still follows him. And Tony, who rarely says what he means in an emotional situation and never to someone he doesn’t know, or apparently like, doesn’t shut him out. His body language is open and responsive and he listens to what Steve is saying.
This is why these two are so closely bonded. Their friendship/brotherhood/romance (insert your favorite label here…I prefer to apply all of those terms. Steve and Tony’s relationship is multi-leveled and deeply complex) is so intrinsic and organic that neither can explain it but both feel it. This is why their story is so alluring. They need and reach out for each other right from the beginning. They orbit each other like planets. Neither knowing why but both feeling the deep and abiding need of it.
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rdjinspiringlybeautiful:

Tony doesn’t do emotion well. He does public emotion not at all and Coulson’s death affects him. Hurts him on a raw level and he’s not sure what to do with that. You can see him as Fury tells him about Phil’s death, struggling so hard to process it all. He’s fighting to keep his expression neutral, his breathing is uneven and his hands are fidgeting almost without him knowing. He won’t fall apart and most definitely not in front of anyone. So he leaves. 

Steve is looking down at the cards through all this but he flinches when Tony leaves. Then he follows him. He follows the man he was just fighting with. Even after the scepter stops glowing, these two are still at each other’s throats, but Steve still follows him. And Tony, who rarely says what he means in an emotional situation and never to someone he doesn’t know, or apparently like, doesn’t shut him out. His body language is open and responsive and he listens to what Steve is saying.

This is why these two are so closely bonded. Their friendship/brotherhood/romance (insert your favorite label here…I prefer to apply all of those terms. Steve and Tony’s relationship is multi-leveled and deeply complex) is so intrinsic and organic that neither can explain it but both feel it. This is why their story is so alluring. They need and reach out for each other right from the beginning. They orbit each other like planets. Neither knowing why but both feeling the deep and abiding need of it.

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Marvel’s Civil War: It is brother against brother and the loss of a soulmate

rdjinspiringlybeautiful:

It is not a ‘divorce’. It is more than bk’s 1-7 and it is not foreplay for fan fiction:

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There is a reason the tag line for Marvel’s Civil War is “Whose Side Are You On?” War, be it between the peoples of opposing landmasses on a map, countrymen of the same nation or factions within a community is an act where it takes two entities to create chaos.

Tony Stark is not the villain in Marvel’s Civil War. He didn’t cause the disaster and loss of life in Stamford any more than he created or signed into law the SHRA. He was as much a pawn in the game of politics as anyone else. What he did do is what many men before him have done when faced with odds calculated to be overwhelming, he evaluated his options and acted on them. What many people forget is that Tony is a futurist. He maps and sees the future. As a businessman of high caliber he has his ear to the political ground. He saw and heard about this bill months before it hit the mainstream media. He knew it would pass, nothing and no-one could stop it. The only thing he could do was get on top of it and try and steer it’s path.

He knew, absolutely that his choice would tear his family apart but he did it anyway to protect them. He did what he has done his whole life, he threw himself in the path of the oncoming train to keep those he loved safe. What he couldn’t have foreseen was the losing of the one man he holds the most dear to the other side. BUT….he held to his belief and saw his ideals through. Don’t tell me that Tony lost nothing. That Peter moved to the other side but that Tony suffered no loss of life. That just shows me you really haven’t read anything other than the core books. He loses Happy to this war.

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Why then does that make him a villain and yet when Cap does the exact same thing he is a hero? Why is it okay for Steve to refuse to listen, to hold fast to his ideology but for that to make Tony an (quote from post in tags) ‘asshole’ or even worse ‘a traitor’? Many of these posts that I see are written by people who have only read the core seven books. The Civil War event is incredibly vast. Not reading the other books is completely your choice, but to post so stridently when you have only read CW 1-7 and none of the others is to do a disservice to the event and the fandom.

By leaping in with CW bk 1 you have no idea where Tony’s head is prior to Stamford. By not reading Front Line you have no clue what is going on underground with Namor and his crew or Ulrich and why he is so intent on following Parker. Or how and why Ulrich and Sally Floyd, in a brilliant allegory of the mindset of America, come to change their opinions and sides so radically. Nor are you able to see fully the impressive and superior way Marvel and their team tied the entire event to the political climate and emotional levels of post September 11, America. Quite simply: Patriot Act=SHRA. (Reference)

Both Tony and Steve have moments of absolute betrayal of their conscience in this war. Tony and Thor springs vividly to mind. Steve shooting first and refusing to listen at all on the helicarrier and purposely bring down that plane also occur. But no-one can convince me that the ultimate betrayal isn’t Steve refusing, completely refusing to listen to Tony. Then when he agrees, when Tony goes to shake his hand, Cap, while Tony is on a battlefield, disables the Iron Man armor, knowing that it is Tony’s only protection.

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Tony while in the suit can take Captain America but he doesn’t. He doesn’t want to fight with this man, he just wants to protect him. To Tony, Captain America is the symbol of everything good and just and pure in this world. A purity that Tony himself feels he can no longer claim as his own. Even when he is on his back (still in the suit, still in control of the repulsors) he simply lays there and commands Steve to ‘just end it’. Their meeting in the mansion only illustrates the level to which their mistrust has fallen. Neither of them shows up in street clothes. Neither no longer trusts the other to the point where they expect they other to strike.

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Individually the core book doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the depths of misery and confusion that both men experience at the loss of each other. Nor does it even begin to explore the sheer epic scale of disorientation the rest of the team, the other superheroes and the watching world feels as they see the relationship of these two men, men they love and admire; men who would die for each other, devolve so completely that they are trying to kill each other.

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Taking away the superficiality of shipping Tony and Steve as lovers, these men are inextricably tied to each other. They are soul mates, best friends, family where they have both lost so much. They are brothers. Without each other they are empty, dark mirrors of what they can be and without them to lead, the whole the team is incomplete. The tragedy of Civil War on a universe level is the devolution of a society. The tearing down of a curtain to reveal an uncertain future. On a personal level it is the loss of friendship and love and the ultimate price paid.

There is a reason that Tony is the first person Steve goes to when he wants to reform the Avengers. They need each other. Gravitate to each other and orbit each other with a depth of love and commitment rarely seen even in fiction. Steve is the team’s moral compass and leader, Tony is it’s heart and soul. Morality without heart is propaganda and leadership without a soul is a dictatorship.

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ALL OF THIS: THANK YOU

xshiromorix:

Just a reminder:

When Prophet Muhammad (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) was travelling on the road with his cousin, Al-Fadl ibn Abbas, a woman stopped him to ask him a question.  The woman was very beautiful, and Al-Fadl couldn’t help but stare at her.

Seeing this, Prophet Muhammad reached out his hand and turned his cousin’s face away.

He didn’t tell the woman to cover her face.

He didn’t tell her to change her clothing.

He didn’t tell her that her appearance was too tempting or indecent.

He averted his cousin’s impolite stare.

"If you’re calling someone out as a fake fan, what’s your victory condition? Preventing someone else from liking things you like? When your plan is “prevent people from enjoying Superman,” you’re a Hostess snack cake villain, and even more irrelevant to the modern world. When someone appoints himself the World’s Greatest Thor Fan, he needs to understand that Asgardians don’t require defense against cooties. Those new fans aren’t Skrulls. For a superhero, battling imposters isn’t a problem, it’s a Tuesday. And if you think the greatest Thor fan in the world is male, wow, you’ve been using a different Internet from me."
nogutsnoglory:

i think everytime an angry fan post shows up on my dash, i feel more and more compelled to draw slash even tho I don’t even ship them… 
what’s this about respect for the creators and blah blah when these people don’t even respect the fan artists drawing what they like and feel entitled to reblog or express their rude and unwarranted opinion on ‘shit’ like this and feel ‘personally attacked/offended’ by a drawing. Personally, I feel offended and attacked when someone devalues my artwork to ‘fandom shit’ and myself to a ‘fangirl that ruins everything’.
remember when we were 9 years old and our batman figurines were married to barbies and sometimes had flings with GI Joe and frat parties with ninja turtles but still managed to be cool and fight crime on the side? i mean it didn’t matter then what we interpreted, why does it matter now? are relationships and sexual preference that critical to how cool/badass a superhero is…
superheroes are icons, and if people want to interpret them in ways that make them feel closer to home, who is anyone to say otherwise…
excuse my rant

nogutsnoglory:

i think everytime an angry fan post shows up on my dash, i feel more and more compelled to draw slash even tho I don’t even ship them… 

what’s this about respect for the creators and blah blah when these people don’t even respect the fan artists drawing what they like and feel entitled to reblog or express their rude and unwarranted opinion on ‘shit’ like this and feel ‘personally attacked/offended’ by a drawing. Personally, I feel offended and attacked when someone devalues my artwork to ‘fandom shit’ and myself to a ‘fangirl that ruins everything’.

remember when we were 9 years old and our batman figurines were married to barbies and sometimes had flings with GI Joe and frat parties with ninja turtles but still managed to be cool and fight crime on the side? i mean it didn’t matter then what we interpreted, why does it matter now? are relationships and sexual preference that critical to how cool/badass a superhero is…

superheroes are icons, and if people want to interpret them in ways that make them feel closer to home, who is anyone to say otherwise…

excuse my rant