Captain America: The Winter Soldier + scenery (in order of appearance).

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The Concept and Representation of Villainy in Iron Man


I’ve been thinking about Marvel Cinematic Universe a lot lately (‘No!’, I hear you cry, ‘We never would have guessed!’) and because my BA in English will otherwise just gather dust, I’ve decided to do a series of essays on the films. Because goodness knows I don’t write enough as it is.

The first film I will look at is Iron Man, and the representation of villainy as portrayed in the film.

Iron Man was released in 2008, by which point the USA had already been involved for several years in the second Gulf War in as many decades. Words like terrorist, weapons of mass destruction, and insurgent are now part of the American vocabulary in a way they weren’t before 2001. The Middle East has been front and centre of news reports on and off since then.

In the opening scenes of Iron Man, we are dropped into a scenario which we are expected to recognise and understand: an unnamed middle eastern country (you can tell because of the desert landscape and the random peasant with a goat by the roadside) with US military operations ongoing and armoured vehicles. And we do. This is the place where the terrorists come from, according to all the news reports, and this is where the war on terror is being fought.

So far, so clean-cut.

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A laptop, a digital watch, a cell phone, the pneumatic actuator from your bazooka over there, a map of town, a big spring, and a tuna fish sandwich.

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Original character commish for Kaedegirl.

Original character commish for Kaedegirl.



"what’s the worst that could happen? I’ll be TOO cool?" I say as I strap the rocket blasters to my heelys

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Don’t do this to me, Nick.

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#gotg movie spoilers

Ok so we all know how badass Gamora is but can we also talk about how kind she is?

Can we talk about a woman who has endured terrible abuse for the vast majority of her life, who still wants to save a world that has taken so much from her? 

Can we talk about her betraying her abuser, the most powerful being in the universe, because she couldn’t bear the thought of being party to any more death?

Can we talk about Gamora who forgives her sister for trying to kill her because they share the same scars, reaching out for her hand and asking her to join them?

Can we talk about Gamora, the first to share the pain of the infinity stone with Peter Quill, who will not let him suffer alone, who was willing to risk death for the slimmest chance that she can still save others?

Can we talk about Gamora who has no reason to trust anyone, who has lost so much, willing to risk her life?

Can we talk about Gamora who is so kind and so good?

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