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For some things I feel like cisswaps don't make much difference except as a way to put more girls in the canon -- which, don't get me wrong, I totally love the idea of things i love being exactly the same except with more ladies, but it feels kind of . . . shallow? or something.

And then with other things it makes a HUGE, world-shaking-important difference in my ability to connect with things and enjoy them. Like, take Captain America. Quite plainly, I don't care about the story of Captain America -- I can understand why other people love it, and there's some great fic out there, but overall I am not very invested. But switch Steve for Stella, and suddenly I am ALL OVER it. Because the story of Stella is fundamentally different than the story of Steve, even with every other aspect of her origin story the same.

Just about every aspect of Steve Rogers/Captain America has been analyzed and over-analyzed by people much more invested than me, so I'll leave that where it is. But the story of Stella Rogers/Captain America can go in basically one of two ways: Either you have Stella Rogers waking up into the 21st century and SURPRISE EVERYONE the model of American masculinity was a lady this whole time, or the public face of America's fighting forces in World War 2 is a woman in battle dress. (And either way you have the possibility of super-soldier super-girlfriends, so there's really no angle to lose from.)


... like, i dunno, i'm more interested in stories WITH GENDER STUFF than i am in just stories period. more on this as the story develops.
esmenet: Little!Anthy with swords (Default)
so i finally actually watched cap 2! thoughts:

anthony mackie oh my goodness how is he so lovely, i need to watch more things of his, all those gifsets were NOT ENOUGH, what a darling

i have been reading analysis of this movie ever since it came out, because i am fearless when it comes to spoilers, and it’s nice to sit down and be able to pick out all the things i wouldn’t have noticed if other people hadn’t taken the time to write about them

natasha was wonderful, i feel like we got a real sense of her personality in this movie, which we didn’t get in iron man 2 (though i love her there) and i haven’t seen in the bits of avengers that made it to my corner of the internet

i know we are supposed to be feeling really sad about bucky, and i kind of am, but mostly i just want to make out with his arm (i’m SORRY i just really like robots and cyborgs okay)

…it turns out that i am really, really attracted to violence? if that’s the right word. i like a lot of other stuff, but well-done action is just so visceral it goes straight to the ‘yes’ and ‘hell yes’ bits of my brain without bothering to stop by any of the consideration centers first. and while cap 2 does not have the all-around best action scenes of any movie, or even any superhero movie (ghost rider: spirit of vengeance, and i will fight you on this) it has enough good ones that I really noticed. and maybe this was enhanced by watching it with my family, who don’t seem to react the same way. (when i was younger i thought i didn’t like fight scenes! MAKE BETTER FIGHT SCENES, EVERYONE)

wow, that sure was a lot of scenes of bucky picking up the shield relative to his screentime! pretty sure we’re getting bucky!cap in the mcu. (also pretty sure we’re not getting sam!cap, which makes me very disappointed. booo)

overall i think i liked this one better than cap 1, and while i can’t speak to avengers as i haven’t seen it (joss whedon allergy) i do hope the directors come back for other films. they did well by the characters.

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it was a decent movie but not amazing* and i think that's my overall experience. like, what do you want from me here. i'm not the kind who's gonna analyze every twinkle in bucky barnes' eye when half the internet has already done the heavy lifting there.


*EXCEPT FOR THE CHASE SCENE WHEN EVERYONE WAS TRYING TO KILL FURY. THAT WAS GREAT. THIS IS WHAT I NEED FROM MOVIES, ALL MOVIES: MORE CHASE SCENES WHERE WE'RE ROOTING FOR THE BLACK FUGITIVE.
esmenet: Anthy, with swords (pink!Anthy w/swords)
Even if you, like me, are not really in Avengers/MCU fandom, you should absolutely definitely read this fic. Identity stuff! Genderqueer main character! Non-linear storytelling! PERFECTION.

Not joking around; take my name and just let me be is one of those gorgeous, gorgeous things that make me think: yes, this is what writing is for.

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