Agent Carter

Hey guys! I apologize for not posting here for what seems like forever, I’ve been a bit busy, and right as I was writing a new post, I came down with a cold. But hopefully I can come back full time.

As I said before, I was going to review Captain America: Winter Soldier. I’ve decided against that, considering Agent Carter has just aired a week ago and has been the center of my attention.

I won’t say I was sure that Agent Carter was going to be amazing, that it was going to do Peggy justice, that she wouldn’t be made into just another “strong female character” who had more than two lines and said things like “Man up,” and “You hit like a girl”. I was fairly nervous at first, but I was overjoyed to find out that I had underestimated Marvel’s writing team.

Agent Carter is absolutely amazing, and her fighting skills are a dead giveaway that if they had given her the Super Soldier Serum, she would have taken down Hydra in two days. Her fighting techniques are completely brutal. She does not fight like Natasha/Black Widow does, which is more acrobatic, graceful and, in a way, more feminine. Peggy absolutely dominates her opponents and obstacles she faces, throwing them out windows, stabbing them in the hand against a truck, knocking them out with a stapler, pointing a gun at a man and threatening both their lives, and most importantly, threatens to kill them for being misogynistic. And not just the new show put that in light, in the first Captain America movie, she punched the first man to question his authority and charged into the final battle against the Red Skull, guns blazing. She even almost shot Steve when he made out with a random woman. She is brutal, and she is unapologetic about it, which I absolutely adore.

Peggy has been absolutely amazing, and if she was a man, she would be everyone’s favorite character. She’s shown weakness but has not become sniveling, she’s very human and I’m so glad to see that. I am so glad that she has her own show. I was fairly upset that Black Widow was not getting a movie, and Agent Carter is a good way to fix what they cannot fix with a relatively progressive show. (We certainly do need to set our standards highers though, we needs shows like this but in a modern setting. The 40’s were a long time ago, but we need shows that present the complicity of sexist acts nowadays, and women overcoming them.) I definitely want to see more female agents working with her, being just as great.  It would really say something, but I understand that it could be hard to write.

The writing of the characters on this show is absolutely fantastic. All characters have caught my attention, and this last episode, showing the blonde woman being removed from the Griffith, I wanted to know more about her. Even the antagonists are interesting.

The cinematography is beautiful, and the clothing/set design couldn’t be any more perfect than it already is. It looks more like the 40’s than the actually 40’s looked like. Marvel always lives up to the standards they’ve set with their past movies, and they just keep getting better and better. Agent Carter has definitely reassured me that the shows coming out on Netflix are going to be fantastic.

I can only hope Agent Carter either stays amazing or gets better.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Hey guys! This week, I’ll be reviewing Captain America: The First Avenger.

I love Captain America: The First Avenger. While my favorite comic book character is Spider-Man/Peter Parker, this is my favorite film adaption of any character.

I like Johann Schmidt, I appreciate the motive without pity. The ruthlessness of his character is intriguing, and how Hugo Weaving played the Red Skull was fantastic, although I think it would have been much more interesting to make the Red Skull look more burned and scarred, but I understand that there is a fine line between intimidating and frightening.

I don’t just love Captain America, I love Steve Rogers.

In the comic books, his mother and father, Sarah and Joseph, are two poor Irish immigrants, moved to New York, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Joseph died when Steve was only a child, and Sarah died of pneumonia while Steve was a teenager. Before America’s entry into World War II, Rogers is a small scrawny fine arts student, specializing in illustration, and is also a comic book artist and writer.

I love that they did acknowledge his art career in the movie, if briefly. I also enjoy the brief mention of his parents, it’s enough to give him back story without delving into it. When he transforms into Captain America, I enjoy that he’s still intelligent. He doesn’t just become a big hunk of muscle.

My opinion on the man in the movie theater, the one that beat Steve up, was actually pretty interesting. How he was used in places throughout the entire film was pretty cool. I also find the woman crying in the theater to be much more meaningful than it was meant to be.

I just love James Buchanan ‘Bucky’ Barnes. In the original comics, he’s only just a little kid, but then he was revived as The Winter Soldier and was obviously much older. I like how in the movies he’s an adult, because a kid fighting in the war is pretty obscure. How he’s cocky but has a heart of gold is what me makes love him so much. How Bucky is there for Steve when he’s getting beaten up, and how he looks over to him to see if he’s still there during the Stark Expo, you can really see that Bucky, at times, was Steve’s caretaker. Steve Rogers had asthma, heart troubles, palpitations (an abnormality of heartbeat characterized by simultaneous awareness of one’s pulse and discomfort), sinusitis, and at one time Scarlet Fever and Rheumatic Fever. With both his parents gone, it would only make sense for Bucky, Steve’s best friend, to have taken care of Steve in the past. You can tell that they love each other too. And take it however you want, but they do love each other.

My feelings on Doctor Arnim Zola is that he’s even more interesting than the Red Skull. While they merely sort of allude to him having a more detailed back story, I appreciate that.

Margaret “Peggy” Carter was fantastic. She was a strong woman, who didn’t need anyone to support her. She wasn’t just a love interest for Steve, she was her own character, and I adore that.

As always with Marvel films, the CGI was outstanding. The Costume Department and Prop Department outdid themselves, too. It seemed like they time traveled back to the 40’s, it looks so amazing. And I really respect Marvel for not making their movies so extremely dark. Just because adults are watching the movie, it doesn’t mean it has to have death around every corner.

Captain America, in my opinion, means  that even though you can always change and grow, you’re always gonna be who you truly are.

Next week, I’ll be reviewing Thor. Have a Marvelous weekend.