Reed Richards, Sociopath

therobotmonster:

websnark:

A few days ago, I asked a question on Twitter. Essentially, I asked if Marvel had any actual superintelligent characters who were decent, well adjusted, and stable, because setting aside Amadeus Cho (who gets an age exemption) I couldn’t think of any.

Note that by superintellect, I don’t mean ‘ubertech-engineer.’ Tony Stark doesn’t make this particular cut, for example. He’s brilliant, but he’s following a different character archetype.

There were some good points raised as it was batted back and forth, but then then almost simultaneously Jonathan Lennox and Ben Hutchins raised the same question.

What about Reed Richards?

Oh. I have opinions about Reed Richards.

The following is how it played out in real time, collected by Heather Meadows. My old friend Chris Meadows also did a Storify at almost the same time. His version includes all the wild, anarchic discussion that comes up in these things, and folks may prefer that. I kind of do myself — it was…

Amazingly spontaneous.

Yes, I ranted (and looked up facts desperately in other windows). And people jumped in, and brought stuff up, and… yeah.

However, it actually makes for a hard-to-follow thesis, and there is a degree to which you had to be there. But here it is, for folks who want the whole chaotic thing.

Heather’s version is focused in specifically on my tweets on the subject, which outside of the context of Twitter makes for more of a point.

As stated, this was real time. None of these have been edited. If I made mistakes then, they’re here now.

I hope folks enjoy.

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Would Doc Sampson count? For some reason he isn’t generally thought of as a genius type character when he very clearly is (if you have both an MD and a physics degree you’re a genius, or at the very least a member of GI Joe). 

I’m not sure, but probably not — in some weird way, being a specialist disqualifies you. So, Reed Richards is a supergenius even though Don Blake wasn’t.

Reed Richards, Sociopath

websnark:

A few days ago, I asked a question on Twitter. Essentially, I asked if Marvel had any actual superintelligent characters who were decent, well adjusted, and stable, because setting aside Amadeus Cho (who gets an age exemption) I couldn’t think of any.

Note that by superintellect, I don’t mean ‘ubertech-engineer.’ Tony Stark doesn’t make this particular cut, for example. He’s brilliant, but he’s following a different character archetype.

There were some good points raised as it was batted back and forth, but then then almost simultaneously Jonathan Lennox and Ben Hutchins raised the same question.

What about Reed Richards?

Oh. I have opinions about Reed Richards.

The following is how it played out in real time, collected by Heather Meadows. My old friend Chris Meadows also did a Storify at almost the same time. His version includes all the wild, anarchic discussion that comes up in these things, and folks may prefer that. I kind of do myself — it was…

Amazingly spontaneous.

Yes, I ranted (and looked up facts desperately in other windows). And people jumped in, and brought stuff up, and… yeah.

However, it actually makes for a hard-to-follow thesis, and there is a degree to which you had to be there. But here it is, for folks who want the whole chaotic thing.

Heather’s version is focused in specifically on my tweets on the subject, which outside of the context of Twitter makes for more of a point.

As stated, this was real time. None of these have been edited. If I made mistakes then, they’re here now.

I hope folks enjoy.

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freyarule:

Tadaaaaah! My photos of Amazi-girl from LFCC have surfaced!

This was actually a really comfortable costume, except for inside the hall when it was like an oven…

I am hoping to do another shoot with Amazi-girl on a uni campus with help from a friend, watch this space!

My cosplay page/Photographer

(via dumbingofage)

atmidnightcc:

Apparently robot-prostitutes are using Tinder to scam men into signing up for shady dating sites. Respond to this with your own Tinder pick-up line as a sexy robot, and your answer might appear on tomorrow’s show!

If I told you you had a beautiful body, would you exchange chassis information with me so I could budget appropriate upgrades during the next hardware revision cycle, assuming you don’t require water cooling? Seriously, I’m not into internal tubes.

atmidnightcc:

Apparently robot-prostitutes are using Tinder to scam men into signing up for shady dating sites. Respond to this with your own Tinder pick-up line as a sexy robot, and your answer might appear on tomorrow’s show!

If I told you you had a beautiful body, would you exchange chassis information with me so I could budget appropriate upgrades during the next hardware revision cycle, assuming you don’t require water cooling? Seriously, I’m not into internal tubes.

lacigreen:

mach712:

jon-snow:

god bless sdcc

MWAHAHAHAHAHA

*casually forwards to vidcon*

(via itswalky)

skyliting:

dorianthewellendowed:

marvelwomenofcolor:

aliluveya:

Marvel took two Jewish-Romani characters and made them volunteer for experimentation by Nazi scientists

That’s it. There’s no justifying or excuses or story work arounds to be had. It doesn’t matter they aren’t Magneto’s children in the MCU. It doesn’t matter that they aren’t mutants. It doesn’t matter what reasons Agents of SHIELD or Cap 2 or Avengers 2 gives to try and distance Hydra from the Nazi party. It doesn’t matter what Pietro and Wanda Maximoff say or do in Age of Ultron.

Marvel made Jewish-Roman characters agree to be experimented on by Nazi scientists

That is an insult to every Jewish or Romani writer to ever work on a Marvel book, to every Jewish or Romani fan of comics who saw themselves in the Maximoffs, to every single survivor’s memory who walked away from the Holocaust to then have popular culture throw that narrative back at them and implicate the victim in the perpetrator’s scheme

I don’t even want to hear what excuses you or Marvel have to justify it

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Please tell me that this is lies :.(

no lies, both aaron and elizabeth confirmed they volunteered, and aaron also used the g slur to identify the maximoffs

Wow.  I am a Make Mine Marvel Maniac from way back but this is … unconscionable.  

There’s no way to shine this up nice without redoing the whole MCU, which they’re not gonna do.   Way to put a horrible stain on something I’ve been looking forward to since childhood.  *wallheads forever*

Well, bear in mind what we do not yet know.

We do not yet know that the Maximoffs understand Hydra’s Nazism.

We do not yet know that the Maximoffs know they were volunteering for Hydra.

We do not yet know the Maximoffs’ feelings about or connection to their heritage in this universe and story.

We do not yet know the Maximoffs’ motivations for volunteering.

We do not yet know.

I find the concept of Jewish-Romani characters working with Nazis in any way — especially experimentation — abhorrent, as I think most do. But one of the strengths — not weaknesses, strengths — of Marvel in general and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in specific is their willingness to allow their characters do flawed, stupid things, especially when they’re young.

If this is done callously, or as a story point never mentioned again, or even without context being put into place, I’ll be very upset. But if part of the point is that they make a terrible mistake, or learn just who and what they’ve given themselves over to, or otherwise acknowledge just how terrible this was… then okay.

And if upon making this discovery they dedicate themselves to redemption… then that’s actually the most basic Marvel comics story of them all. “I was self-centered and insular, and as a result I made a horrible mistake that I must atone for. Uncle Ben is dead, and I can’t bring him back to life, so I have to live every day remembering my responsibility to the world. I built terrible, destructive weapons, and learned they have been given to terrorists and murderers, and I must make myself a weapon to get them back. I disregarded my friend Ben Grimm’s warnings, and now he is horribly disfigured, and now I must somehow make this into a good thing for Ben and for the world.” (Though admittedly I don’t buy into the last one.)

I volunteered for experiments hoping to get [we don’t actually know what], but discovered I was aiding and abetting the very people who experimented on and slaughtered both sides of my heritage. I can’t take that back, but I can stop them and make the world a better place for the Romani and the Jews alike. 

Sometimes, a terrible thing is just plain terrible. But sometimes, a terrible thing is the best way to highlight why it is terrible, and teach the audience something in the process.

Or, I may be giving them too much credit. It’s been known to happen. A lot.

jamezarvee said: Really though, doesn't Firestorm deserve a better costume?

twentypercentcooler:

Firestorm’s costume is amazing and you think otherwise you need to re-evaluate your life and get right with Jesus.

flatbear:

missmollypond:

GUYS GUYS GUYS

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY WAS LITERALLY WRITTEN BY A FEMALE ROCKET SCIENTIST

SHE’S THE FIRST WOMAN TO EVER WRITE A MARVEL MOVIE

WHY IS THIS NOT GETTING TALKED ABOUT

i mean we know why this isn’t being talked about but WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT IT!

(via academicchris)

"Exposure to a shocking thing is not equivalent to promotion of that thing. If that were so, then The Iliad would be a promotion of violence and destruction, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn would be a promotion of racism, Beloved would be a promotion of infanticide, and Lord of the Flies would be a promotion of savagery."

— Josh Corman, English Teacher

(Source: bookriot.com)

It’s an animal pal woot!

It’s an animal pal woot!

gwox:

Fairly Wicked Tales

Alright, alright, I know it’s been far too long. And I’ve got a blog entry that explains everything, along with where those scratch marks on the sofa came from and why the basement smells like quicklime. But for now, I just wanted to show you all the cover of Fairly Wicked Tales,…

mandopony:

arewefadingout:

videohall:

Wait a second, am I tripping balls?

HELP I CANNOT STOP LAUGHING

Sometimes life is just beautiful.

(via direhuman)

itswalky:

montypla:

itswalky:

Transformers: How YOU Doin’?

Why do they have eyebrows? They’re robots they don’t need eyebrows.
That’s weird.

Look, if we’re trying to be super serious about this, eyebrows are the least of our concerns.  They’re robots.  They don’t need FACES.  They could instead just be little boxes who send little radio signals back and forth signalling to each other how they felt in unintelligible alien code.
Somehow I feel like that children’s cartoon wouldn’t be terribly compelling.

If we assume that they were originally designed by someone or something — say, the Quintessons, and I have no idea if that’s still a thing or not — then their eyebrows would have been included for the same reason our automobiles are suggestive of either smiling or aggressive faces right now. People anthropomorphize naturally, and industrial design of consumer goods that panders to that inclination does better.
In other words, they have eyebrows so the beings that had access to these things for whatever the current pravda is as to their creation would be more ready to purchase them.
(If, on the other hand, they were spawned forth from the mighty orifice of Primus, then they have eyebrows because Primus wanted them to have eyebrows/he made them in His Image/Aaron Archer.)  

itswalky:

montypla:

itswalky:

Transformers: How YOU Doin’?

Why do they have eyebrows? They’re robots they don’t need eyebrows.

That’s weird.

Look, if we’re trying to be super serious about this, eyebrows are the least of our concerns.  They’re robots.  They don’t need FACES.  They could instead just be little boxes who send little radio signals back and forth signalling to each other how they felt in unintelligible alien code.

Somehow I feel like that children’s cartoon wouldn’t be terribly compelling.

If we assume that they were originally designed by someone or something — say, the Quintessons, and I have no idea if that’s still a thing or not — then their eyebrows would have been included for the same reason our automobiles are suggestive of either smiling or aggressive faces right now. People anthropomorphize naturally, and industrial design of consumer goods that panders to that inclination does better.

In other words, they have eyebrows so the beings that had access to these things for whatever the current pravda is as to their creation would be more ready to purchase them.

(If, on the other hand, they were spawned forth from the mighty orifice of Primus, then they have eyebrows because Primus wanted them to have eyebrows/he made them in His Image/Aaron Archer.)