#RoadToInfinityWar Week 6: The Avengers!!!!!!

Guest Post by the Dynamic Mary Mordrake Cosplay.  She has seen the Marvel Movies quite a few times, and is rewatching them all again because of something coming up called Avengers Infinity War!  And SPOILERS for any Marvel Movie you have not seen!!!

 

Week 6:  The Avengers (2012)

Loki doesn’t seem like he’s ready to rule a world. He’s pale, dark circles under his eyes, and looks like he needs to lie down and sweat out a bad fever. He’s relying on the humans whose hearts he’s infected to steal the Tesseract and escape. Less than ten minutes in, and it’s blatantly obvious that the Chitauri are using Loki to instigate their own invasion. Actually, it reminds me a bit of Silver Surfer and Galactus, if Silver Surfer was a power-hungry god who cared more about revenge schemes than his own personal well-being.

Cut to: Natasha’s introductory scene. Have I mentioned lately how much we need a Black Widow movie? Because we need a Black Widow movie, costarring Hawkeye, please. I love that Coulson just stays on hold while she takes down her captors, as though he’s absolutely used to it (and he probably is). I love that Natasha uses her femininity to her advantage, not only in her interrogation style (see also: her conversation with Loki), but in physical combat. It’s easy to catch elements of her style that play to her strengths – use of elbows, fists, feet, and head as weapons (muay thai), as well as the legs (capoeira), and quickly targeting the most vulnerable spots on an opponent (krav maga).

This movie has some of my favourite dialogue. From Natasha and Bruce’s conversation and his “I’m sorry, that was mean”, to Pepper’s comment about having 12% of a moment and her interest in Coulson’s love life, all of these little moments help to create a bigger picture of where each character stands mentally and emotionally without dragging down the plot. Words and dialogue are so important and so good in this movie, I just want to sit here and pick apart absolutely every conversation (Side note, if you also want to do that with me please like my Facebook page Mary Mordrake Cosplay and message me). Tony uses language and humour as a defence mechanism. Steve is still learning how the 21st century works, and gets excited when he finally understands a pop culture reference. Thor would rather fight than talk, and both Natasha and Loki wield their words as weapons. Meanwhile, Hawkeye sits in his “nest”, watching, listening, and when he speaks, he sees what others don’t. I still love that he is the only one to realize that the disruptions with the Tesseract, a doorway to other realms, must be coming from the other side.

As I write this, Hawkeye is infiltrating the Helicarrier. He’s starting to look just as sickly as Loki is after being infected and manipulated by the Tesseract for an extended period of time. The Hulk is loose, and Thor is the one to fight him. I can see now why he was so excited for a rematch in Ragnarok. Plus, Hulk himself has improved greatly since his standalone movie, both in animation and character. I love Hulk’s facial expressions, the way his stomach folds over his shorts when he kneels or leans forward, the way he supports his weights on his knuckles when he’s on his knees. And yes, I love Mark Ruffalo. He’s got this perfect balance of resignation and residual despair, and that ongoing desire to just be left alone to do his work and keep the “other guy” pacified. Sometimes I feel like I can relate the most to Bruce Banner – no, I don’t have his genius level IQ, but I do prefer to keep to myself, manage my emotions, stay away from conflict and drama, and focus on the task at hand, especially in the workplace. One of my favourite Bruce moments is when Tony tries to include him in uncovering SHIELD’s plans for the Tesseract and his answer is “uhhh I just want to finish my work here…”

If we’re talking about Bruce, I need to mention the way others react to him as well. You’ve got Steve telling Bruce he only cares about the help he can provide, not the monster he thinks he is, while Tony is excited for a new science friend to play with that can also turn into a “big green rage monster”. Steve sees only the good in people, while Tony sees every part of Bruce and embraces all of them. I would argue that these initial impressions help to shape Hulk’s reactions during the Chitauri battle, because once again, Steve focuses on Hulk’s strengths and the good he can do by giving him the order to “smash”. Later, Hulk is the one to catch Tony when he falls, unconscious, from space, and I like to think that he remembers Tony not only be the first to readily accept both sides of him, but also was willing to joke with Bruce, work by his side, and treat Bruce like a friend and an equal.

And I made it to the end of the film! This was almost entirely liveblogged, as I’m sure you can tell, and while I wrote this I also threw some Random Thoughts down below for later:

A)  “Let me know if real power wants a magazine or something.”

B)  Tony’s pop culture nicknames for everyone.

C)  “He’s my brother.” “He killed 80 people in two days.” “He’s adopted.”

D)  The earth is under siege and there’s a SHIELD agent in the corner playing Galaga.

E)  I will never stop getting excited when the Helicarrier rises from the sea.

F)  The shawarma post-credit scene, where Steve’s face is hidden because Chris Evans didn’t bother to shave for less than ten seconds of screen time and Tony looks like he’s regretting his food choices but he’ll eat the whole thing out of sheer principle.

G)  I’ve always called Nick Fury’s bosses the Board of Shadowy Figures after their Clone High counterparts.

 

I was so pumped to watch Avengers again that I haven’t even checked what next week’s movie is…. and it’s Iron Man 3. Why am I not surprised? Next week: More Tony Stark, more Iron Man helmet selfies from yours truly, and Black Panther birthday shenanigans! Follow me on instagram @marymordrakecosplay and tag me in your #RoadToInfinityWar adventures!

Mary Mordrake

Mary is a walking talking living encyclopedia of X-Men and Batman, an avid cosplayer, and obsessive reader. She’s dreamed of living in the X-Mansion and Batcave since she was eight years old, which is almost as long as she’s wanted to be a Sailor Scout.  And Quicksilver is her Patronus.  Oh, she may have watched a Marvel Movie or two along the way as well.  You can check out her cosplay at http://www.facebook.com/marymordrake and instagram Mary Mordrake Cosplay and her fanfiction at http://archiveofourown.org/users/Harleydoll/works .  Her twitter is @magnetictrifles and her Pinterest is Mary Mordrake.

Scoop here: When I first met Mary years ago, I found out she is a X-Men and Batman fan. Within a half hour, I found out she is an absolute X-Men and Batman fanatic of colossal degree who has read EVERY FREAKING SINGLE X-MEN AND BATMAN COMIC FOR THE LAST TWENTY YEARS. We both also really really really really really really really like The Avengers movie!!!!

 

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#RoadToInfinityWar Week 5: Captain America The First Avenger!!!!!

Guest Post by the Dynamic Mary Mordrake Cosplay.  She has seen the Marvel Movies quite a few times, and is rewatching them all again because of something coming up called Avengers Infinity War!  And SPOILERS for any Marvel Movie you have not seen!!!

 

Week 5:  Captain America The First Avenger (2011)

I haven’t been writing this during the movie, like I usually do. Granted, I’ve jotted down a few notes to remind me what I wanted to talk about, but mostly I’ve been watching it just as attentively as if this was the first time around.

That being said, this is absolutely nothing like watching Captain America for the first time, because those first few minutes that Steve Rogers was onscreen gave me a massive case of nostalgia for his smaller, pre-super soldier self. Here’s this scrawny, asthmatic kid from Brooklyn with a laundry list of health problems, standing up to bullies in alleyways and throwing himself onto a grenade to protect his fellow soldiers. He’s not attempting to enlist 5 times over because he has some ill-gotten fantasy of dying like a martyr, but because he believes fighting alongside his fellow men and standing against tyranny are the right things to do. He’d be the very model of the American way if he didn’t have a body that looked like you could snap it like a twig– oh, wait. And by the way, I can’t be the only one who felt more than a little nostalgic for Bucky Barnes. Look at him – young, hopeful, clean cut, and he has no idea what’s in store for him after the war. Even being kidnapped and held by Hydra couldn’t break him the way becoming the Winter Soldier would (spoilers, that’ll come later).

Normally, I get bored by characters that don’t seem to be morally flawed. Superman, for example. But honestly, after watching the trainwreck that is Tony Stark, it’s kind of refreshing to see someone with a firm set of values, and a desire to look out for the little guy, because at one time he was the little guy. I appreciate that Steve is still awkward and apologetic, and that he literally has to figure out how his body works in the middle of a car chase. He’s not suddenly, miraculously amazing at everything. He tumbles through windows and trips over his own feet, because inside that brand new super-soldier body is the same kid he was before he stepped into that machine. And speaking of Stark, what a great time to see the MCU come together, decades before the Avengers are even conceived of. We’ve got Howard Stark, bringing innovations to the World’s Fair and lending a helping hand in the creation of Captain America (side note: If he can create a super-soldier, why can’t he make a flying car? Is he sacrificing his genius to maintain the billionaire playboy facade or is the technology simply not there yet?). And we have references to the gods, and Yggdrasil the world tree, in Red Skull’s hunt for the Tesseract (another side note: I love that Red Skull echoes Jane Foster’s sentiments of magic as science that hasn’t yet been explained. Two people, across time, with similar beliefs and very, very different motivations).

I can’t talk about Captain America without mentioning Peggy Carter.

Peggy Carter feels like the culmination of multiple trial and error attempts at a strong supporting female character. She’s a woman in a man’s world, and she owns it. Sure, she’s a love interest, but she’s an SSR (later SHIELD) agent with her own goals and agenda. And her relationship with Steve isn’t forced, nor does she suddenly become interested in him when he steps out of Howard’s machine larger, stronger, and (yes I’ll say it) arguably more attractive. In a world where men are arrogant, womanizing, and probably continually attempted to bring her down in her quest to become an SSR agent, Steve is refreshingly different. Peggy, too, is unique to Steve, considering the fact that he’s probably used to the blushing, giggling girls that fawn over his best friend and not the kind that fire a gun at him (albeit while he’s holding a shield) when she’s been slighted. I may have to rewatch the Agent Carter television series once Road to Infinity War is done… in the meantime, here are some more Random Thoughts:

A)  Steve retrieving the flag by dropping the entire flagpole.

 

B)  “Do you…fondue?”

 

C)  Peggy Carter is a damn good shot.

 

D)  The hyper-realistic contrast between Captain American performing his stage show for the public, who have never seen the war up close, and the soldiers that experience pain and loss and terror every single day.

 

E)  I will never tire of watching Red Skull rip his face off. Also, I love the subtle imperfections in his face before that– the tightness of the skin near his ears, the seams beginning to split.

 

My mom says that “I had a date” is the most heartbreaking, but mine is “I’m gonna need a rain check on that dance”

Next week: The Avengers assemble for the very first time, and I show off my vintage Captain America trading cards! How is your #RoadToInfinityWar going? Tag me @marymordrakecosplay on Instagram and show me your progress!

Mary Mordrake

Mary is a walking talking living encyclopedia of X-Men and Batman, an avid cosplayer, and obsessive reader. She’s dreamed of living in the X-Mansion and Batcave since she was eight years old, which is almost as long as she’s wanted to be a Sailor Scout.  And Quicksilver is her Patronus.  Oh, she may have watched a Marvel Movie or two along the way as well.  You can check out her cosplay at http://www.facebook.com/marymordrake and instagram Mary Mordrake Cosplay and her fanfiction at http://archiveofourown.org/users/Harleydoll/works .  Her twitter is @magnetictrifles and her Pinterest is Mary Mordrake.

Scoop here: When I first met Mary years ago, I found out she is a X-Men and Batman fan. Within a half hour, I found out she is an absolute X-Men and Batman fanatic of colossal degree who has read EVERY FREAKING SINGLE X-MEN AND BATMAN COMIC FOR THE LAST TWENTY YEARS. And she made me cry again because she mentioned Peggy being owned a dance by Steve.

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#RoadToInfinityWar Week 4: Thor!!!!

Guest Post by the Dynamic Mary Mordrake Cosplay.  She has seen the Marvel Movies quite a few times, and is rewatching them all again because of something coming up called Avengers Infinity War!  And SPOILERS for any Marvel Movie you have not seen!!!

 Week 4:  Thor (2011)

I’ve been waiting for this one.

You know I love talking about my Marvel ladies, and Jane and Darcy just might be two of my favourites. My absolute favourite thing about Jane Foster is that, unlike Pepper and Betty, her purpose moves beyond that of a supporting character or love interest. The best part about her is that, yes, she is a secondary character in a Thor story, but Thor is also a secondary character in hers. Jane is a scientist, first and foremost, and is in fact credited as one of the world’s leading astrophysicists. To Jane, Thor is a scientific curiosity. He’s the key to her research. He’s introducing her to new realms of science and magic, and when her work is confiscated by SHIELD, he is a means of continuing her research. But (there’s always a but) the romance sub-plot is still there. It’s not forced, it’s not the main reason Jane gets screen time, and they treat each other as equals and I love it. When Jane tells him that if he’s staying to help when the Destroyer comes, then she is too, he agrees with her. They are both essentially human, at this point, and they are both capable of evacuating civilians, and although he wants to protect her, he respects that.

It also helps that Thor has spent most of his life fighting alongside the Lady Sif, that he grew up hearing tales of the elite female warriors, the Valkyrie (spoilers for Ragnarok, I guess), and that his mother, Frigga, is a powerful warrior in her own right (spoiler for the Dark World, maybe?). Honestly, Thor has always been the least interesting thing about Thor. I don’t care about some arrogant, loudmouthed god that needs to learn how to talk first and punch later. I never have. What I care about is how Jane Foster is trying to unlock the secrets of the universe. I care about Sif, and the Warriors Three, and the mythos of the Nine Realms. And of course, I care about Loki.

Loki is literally known as the father of lies and deceit, and he holds true to his name right from the beginning. Besides the fact that his entire existence is a lie (an irony that I’m sure is not lost on him), he manipulates Thor from the beginning, using words as weapons to further his own interests. It only takes a few of those words to send Thor to Jotunheim, inciting a war and banishing Thor to Earth. It takes a few more to convince Thor that Odin is dead, and that he must remain banished to keep the peace, and a few more after that to bring Laufey to Asgard so that Loki can kill him and take the credit for saving Asgard. I actually envy his ability to spin stories and manipulate others so easily. It’s a skill he’s probably polished over centuries of playing second-best to Thor, learning at an early age to watch and listen, while his brother is the louder, more brash of the pair.

We get to see Loki play by Thor’s rules instead of his own, when he confronts Odin about his heritage. “I’m nothing more than a stolen relic,” he says. “I’m the monster parents tell their children about at night.” When Odin calls him out on his wordplay, that is when he loses his temper. You can almost see the wheels turning in his head when he decides that maybe the only way his father will listen to him is if he loses his temper the way Thor did after the Frost Giant attack. He looked at Thor with such disdain in that moment, but now he’s doing the exact same thing in order to get what he wants. Will the man he called father respect him more if he does what Thor did – yell, lose his temper, incite a war, eliminate the Frost Giants altogether – Loki’s actions are all for Odin, and they are all echoes of Thor, the oldest, the heir. As Loki tells Thor at the rainbow bridge, “I only ever wanted to be your equal.”

Nuanced relationships, strong supporting female characters, and a whole new realm of science and magic and mythology? Yes, please. I might not be a fan of Thor, but like I said, he’s the least interesting part of the story. Here’s a few more Random Thoughts I love about this movie:

A)  Loki’s face while Thor and Odin argue about whether to go after the Frost Giants gets me every time.

 

B)  “This drink, I like it. Another!”

 

C)  I completely forgot there was a Hawkeye cameo in this movie.

 

D)  Heimdall is flawless in every aspect. I love his stoicism and how he just walks away from his post when the Sif and Warriors Three want to go and save Thor, which leads me to my next point:

 

E)  Honestly Heimdall, as if anyone will believe you, of all people, when they ask where Sif and the Warriors Three went and you just shrug and say you didn’t see anything.

 

F)  Did I mention Heimdall is the absolute best?

And the Tesseract teaser at the end reminds me that we’re only 2 short weeks away from completing Phase One of the MCU, and three weeks from Black Panther in theatres! Are you keeping up with me on the #RoadToInfinityWar? Let me know in the comments and @marymordrakecsoplay on Instagram!

Mary Mordrake

Mary is a walking talking living encyclopedia of X-Men and Batman, an avid cosplayer, and obsessive reader. She’s dreamed of living in the X-Mansion and Batcave since she was eight years old, which is almost as long as she’s wanted to be a Sailor Scout.  And Quicksilver is her Patronus.  Oh, she may have watched a Marvel Movie or two along the way as well.  You can check out her cosplay at http://www.facebook.com/marymordrake and instagram Mary Mordrake Cosplay and her fanfiction at http://archiveofourown.org/users/Harleydoll/works .  Her twitter is @magnetictrifles and her Pinterest is Mary Mordrake.

Scoop here: When I first met Mary years ago, I found out she is a X-Men and Batman fan. Within a half hour, I found out she is an absolute X-Men and Batman fanatic of colossal degree who has read EVERY FREAKING SINGLE X-MEN AND BATMAN COMIC FOR THE LAST TWENTY YEARS. She also does a sideline dressing as someone named Stevonnie.  Maybe.

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#RoadToInfinityWar Week 3: Iron Man 2!!!

Guest Post by the Dynamic Mary Mordrake Cosplay.  She has seen the Marvel Movies quite a few times, and is rewatching them all again because of something coming up called Avengers Infinity War!  And SPOILERS for any Marvel Movie you have not seen!!!

Week 3:  Iron Man 2 (2010)

The first time I watched Iron Man 2, I fell asleep. I think I fell asleep the second time as well, sometime after Mickey Rourke’s heavily accented “I want my bird”. For some reason, that’s the part that always sticks out in my mind. It’s not a particularly important moment, but I suppose there’s something to be said for a villain with a one track mind.

I’m watching Iron Man 2 now, in the middle of the afternoon, while my mom sits next to me, pointing out just how arrogant and conceited the opening of the Stark Expo is. Barely dressed dancers, a dramatic entrance, and of course a speech about how much better the world is without Iron Man in it. And you know, I am generally the first person to defend Tony Stark, to tell you that confidence and conceit are the masks he wears to hide his insecurities. I’ll tell you that he talks fast to hide that he’s thinking faster and here comes that familiar pit of self loathing again but hey, let’s remind everyone that as Iron Man, Tony has actually done good things, and the love of the people will replace it.

However. Being broken inside doesn’t validate or excuse any of Tony’s behaviour, especially not in this movie. I just want to grab him and shake him because for God’s sake Tony, if you had just talked to Pepper and Rhodey instead of shutting them out, at least half of this self-destructive, self-hating behaviour could have been avoided. Yes, we get it. You’re dying. You’re dying, and you’d rather drive race cars, bequeath Pepper your entire company with no explanation, and constantly check your blood toxicity when you’re alone instead of talking to the people who love you, or actively seeking a solution. Instead, we have Tony, making bad decision after bad decision until he finally slows down for a minute, and we have one quiet moment in a plane where he asks Pepper to go away with him to Venice instead of going home. I used to despise Pepper in this moment, for being blind to his indirect cry for help, for not seeing what we, the audience, can see happening. But Pepper’s just been handed a multi-million dollar company, and to her, this is only one more in a long line of Tony’s rash, thoughtless requests.

It almost hurts, watching Tony devolve into a complete and utter trainwreck while his friends try desperately to hang on to some semblance of control. Also, I’d like to personally thank Nick Fury for running damage control, and Coulson for forcibly confining Tony so that he could rebuild his heart, both literally and metaphorically. And, by the way, can we talk about Pepper for a minute? You know I love my Marvel ladies. Pepper adjusts remarkably well for someone who was forcibly thrown into the position of CEO and has to run an entire multi-million dollar company. I love that she and Natasha (excuse me – Natalie) make such an excellent team. I love that we can finally see that she is highly qualified, and entirely capable of her new position. I love that when Justin Hammer calls her honey and asks her not to call the police, she is firm and authoritative when she tells him to step aside. And when she finally begins to break down, when she tells Tony that she can’t do it anymore, I understand why. I can see the enormous amount of stress she’s under, by the new workload, by Tony showing up and trying to distract her with trips to Italy and fresh strawberries, by news reports assaulting her character and questioning her fitness as CEO, and I can see that she’s just plain done.

Once more, with feeling, a few more Random Thoughts for the road:

A)  Black Widow is a badass and deserves her own movie. How many times has this been said? Not enough, apparently. Every scene she’s in is the best scene. In fact, the moment where Natasha and Pepper are walking up the stairs to watch Hammer’s presentation is one of my favourites. Sometimes it really is the little things.

 

B)  Justin Hammer is a weasel. I’ve always called him a weasel and I will never change my mind. Senator Stern is also a weasel. This movie’s villains are such trash, sorry not sorry.

 

C)  That being said, Mickey Rourke’s Russian accent is a highlight of the movie for me. I love it so much, and I can’t explain why.

 

D)  And I’m pretty sure the main villain in Tony’s story is himself. What’s that I said last Iron Man blog about Tony being one bad day from becoming the bad guy?

 

E)  That post-credits scene – a glimpse of Mjolnir and the sound of thunder cracking – to remind me what I have to look forward to next week!

As always, tag me on Instagram @marymordrakecosplay if you’re doing something cool this week for #RoadToInfinityWar and tell me what you think of Iron Man 2!

Mary Mordrake

Mary is a walking talking living encyclopedia of X-Men and Batman, an avid cosplayer, and obsessive reader. She’s dreamed of living in the X-Mansion and Batcave since she was eight years old, which is almost as long as she’s wanted to be a Sailor Scout.  And Quicksilver is her Patronus.  Oh, she may have watched a Marvel Movie or two along the way as well.  You can check out her cosplay at http://www.facebook.com/marymordrake and instagram Mary Mordrake Cosplay and her fanfiction at http://archiveofourown.org/users/Harleydoll/works .  Her twitter is @magnetictrifles and her Pinterest is Mary Mordrake.

Scoop here: When I first met Mary years ago, I found out she is a X-Men and Batman fan. Within a half hour, I found out she is an absolute X-Men and Batman fanatic of colossal degree who has read EVERY FREAKING SINGLE X-MEN AND BATMAN COMIC FOR THE LAST TWENTY YEARS. She also does a sideline dressing as someone named Stevonnie.  Maybe.

 

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Books Read 2017!!

2017 was yet another great year for book reading, with 19 volumes entering my mind.

Comics and comics and comics, some being read and some being reread, was pretty big for me this year, followed by several Star Trek’s, and a few Judy Blume’s. And you will notice Buffy and Angel comics are popping up, because I finally got into that area of that fandom.

I am hoping to keep ploughing through the Superman comics, and eventually beam back into Star Trek as well.

My reading for 2017 was:

 

Double Fudge by Judy Blume

Star Trek Deep Space Nine The Siege by Peter David

Iggie’s House by Judy Blume

Distant Early Warning by Elizabeth Hirst

Wonder Woman by George Perez

 

Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka

Buffy season eight by Joss Whedon

Buffy season nine by Joss Whedon

Buffy season ten by Joss Whedon

Angel Faith season nine by Joss Whedon

 

Angel season ten by Joss Whedon

Star Trek Captain’s Peril by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Steven and William Shatner

Star Trek Voyager Violations by Susan Wright

Superman Kryptonite Nevermore by Dennis O’Neil

Justice League Darkseid War by Geoff Johns

 

Death of Superman by Various

Superman: Funeral for a Funeral by Various

Superman: Reign of the Superman by Various

Superman comics from 1995 by Various

 

My absolute favourite book for 2017 was Iggie’s House by Judy Blume. A great book unfortunately still relevant today.

My second favourite book for 2017 was Star Trek Deep Space Nine The Siege by Peter David. Awesome thriller by a master.

 

Hope everyone have excellent reading in 2018!!!

Scoopriches

…is currently reading Superman comics from 1996 by Various.

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#RoadToInfinityWar Week 2: The Incredible Hulk!!

Guest Post by the Dynamic Mary Mordrake Cosplay.  She has seen the Marvel Movies quite a few times, and is rewatching them all again because of something coming up called Avengers Infinity War!  And SPOILERS for any Marvel Movie you have not seen!!!

Disclosure:  Mary’s dvd copy of The Incredible Hulk did not work for the last ten minutes of the movie, so she did NOT see the ending.

Week 2:  The Incredible Hulk (2008)

I barely remember watching The Incredible Hulk the first time around. I do remember appreciating that Marvel decided to limit the origin story to an artful opening credits sequence, where we get the gist of the Hulk’s inception and why his host is now living in self-imposed exile. Watching the film now, I think the only reason there are so many negative opinions about it is because, with Mark Ruffalo taking over in Avengers, this movie became essentially irrelevant. It’s true that it doesn’t really feel connected to the rest of the MCU because of the casting change, but as a standalone Hulk film? It actually holds up pretty well. First off, it has a fantastic cast – while I do prefer Ruffalo in the role, Edward Norton does make a great Banner. And Liv Tyler, William Hurt, and Tim Roth filling out the rest of the cast? Yes please.

There’s nothing quite like watching the Hulk stomp around your own city. Much of the film was shot in Toronto, with Bruce and Betty Ross spending some time at U of T (playing the part of Culver University) and one major fight scene taking place on campus. The Torontoist provides a full list of locations for anyone interested. And speaking of Betty Ross, I would really love to have seen her as developed beyond a tool used to humanize the Hulk and take care of Bruce. We might get a glimpse of her in her element as a scientist, but beyond that she’s there to prove that the Hulk has a heart by saving her in the middle of the university quad, or to support Bruce in his quest for a cure. I want to know who Betty Ross is as a person, not only as she is defined by her relationship with Bruce. I don’t want half her lines to be calling Bruce’s name with varying levels of concern. And please, someone explain to me why, when Bruce gestures to the contents of her purse and tells her they can’t use any of it (meaning the credit cards and ID), her first response is, “Well, I need my watch and glasses.” This is such a pointless display of ignorance, as if the writers were trying to dumb down someone that is already getting ripped off for decent dialogue or character development.

I’m starting to sense a growing theme here, of women playing accessories to male superheroes – Pepper Potts and Betty Ross both play support systems to the male leads in their respective films. And when I watch Thor next week, I’m betting I’ll be able to say the same thing about Jane Foster. What I’d really like to see is a team-up between all the supporting ladies of Marvel – Pepper as Rescue, Betty as Red She-Hulk, and Jane as Thor.

We could also really use a Netflix She-Hulk series, where Jennifer Walters and Matt Murdock are on opposite sides of a court case, not knowing each other’s alter ego, Mark Ruffalo gets a guest appearance or two, and Jen and Jessica get a team-up, both in the office as attorney/investigator, and on the streets kicking ass and taking names.

Lets finish this off the same as the last one, with a couple of Random Thoughts (I sense a tradition forming):

A)  I may have fangirled a little (a lot) over Peter Mensah’s thirty seconds of screen time.

B)  The “Days Without Incident” count appeared intermittently and dropped to one after Bruce Hulked out the first time.

C)  General Ross’ moustache (you have to appreciate the little things).

D)  Mr. Blue: “It could be….an Abomination.” Me: HE SAID THE THING.

E)  Hulk trying to fight the sky because he felt personally attacked

Did you laugh at Abomination’s animation like I did? Did you notice the guy from Modern Family in his small supporting role? Can you fill me in on how this movie ends, because my DVD copy is stuttering so hard while I write this I don’t think it’ll make it? Comment below, use #RoadToInfinityWar, or tag my Instagram @marymordrakecosplay in your MCU rewatch posts!

Mary Mordrake

Mary is a walking talking living encyclopedia of X-Men and Batman, an avid cosplayer, and obsessive reader. She’s dreamed of living in the X-Mansion and Batcave since she was eight years old, which is almost as long as she’s wanted to be a Sailor Scout.  And Quicksilver is her Patronus.  Oh, she may have watched a Marvel Movie or two along the way as well.  You can check out her cosplay at http://www.facebook.com/marymordrake and instagram Mary Mordrake Cosplay and her fanfiction at http://archiveofourown.org/users/Harleydoll/works .  Her twitter is @magnetictrifles and her Pinterest is Mary Mordrake.

Scoop here: When I first met Mary years ago, I found out she is a X-Men and Batman fan. Within a half hour, I found out she is an absolute X-Men and Batman fanatic of colossal degree who has read EVERY FREAKING SINGLE X-MEN AND BATMAN COMIC FOR THE LAST TWENTY YEARS. She also does a sideline dressing as someone named Spider Jerusalem.  I think that is some character that Mary might have made up.  😉

P.S.  The ending of The Incredible Hulk was Professor X asking Bruce Banner “What’s the last thing you remember?”

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