teatime-brutality asked: It's from a critically-awesome-but-narratively-terrible back up story in this week's Daredevil in which Waid heavy-handedly spells out his reasonable thoughts on the relation of superheroes to real life problems.
Wooo, thank you! I may have to pick it up even though I’m offended by narratively-terrible things. I’m not opposed to that sort of storytelling, but it mostly makes me vomit because I think about Civil War.
gammacazador asked: But i don't think he is being replaced though? Like i don't see how Sam is replacing Rhodey. Sam is Steve's best friend anyway and hopefully we'll see that in the show.
Sam’s put in the position of ‘Tony’s super BFF’ in the first episode, though. He’s the guy that Tony calls when he wants to assemble the Avengers in the wake of Cap’s ‘death’. He doesn’t call Rhodey - who’s been War Machining for about as long as Tony’s been Iron Manning (in EMH canon) - he calls a completely noob SHIELD recruit, and that SHIELD recruit is offered up the War Machine armor. By all rights, that character should have been Rhodey, and yet the part is played by Sam. My thought is that pretty much screams ‘replacement’, especially since Sam is someone else’s ‘Black BFF’ in the comics.
Sam isn’t Steve’s friend in this, he just hero worships the guy; Tony is his inspiration/mentor. It’s fundamentally altering the core relationships from a few variations in the canon. It would be like waking up and discovering that in this universe Hank Pym is now married to Sue Storm, because one married woman is very much like another.
I’m all for playing around with these relationships, but by playing around so heavily with Sam, with no answer as to why Rhodey - Tony’s BFF - is not mentioned as a potential Avenger, is troubling.
Man, my shop had like… no books in stock today, major shipping failure according to the owner. I did get Avengers #12, and then threw my entire Ianfic out the window (sarcasm) at the hilariousness that is uncle Tony, alright?!
gammacazador asked: The scene with Falcon being offered the War Machine armor was a reference to the fact his voice actor voiced Rhodey in the last show.
I think the issue is that all of the potential cuteness is undermined by the fact that Rhodey is Tony’s friend, and within the canon of the Iron Man comics themselves, Tony’s BEST friend. To make a joke about how, basically, one black character (Rhodey) has been replaced with another (Sam, who has NEVER even been much of a friend to Tony, much less a BFF) is pretty tactless. It smacks of some sort of editorial decision that says they only need one black superhero (or only one female superhero, see Natasha).
Now if it turns out that Rhodey’s gone off to have a real life, and Tony is just grasping at a way to bring ‘Rhodey’ back by replacing him with Sam, that’s sad, and speaks badly of Tony, but at least would be some decent character motivation. But this is a cartoon on Disney XD, so my guess is that it’s just the law of conservation of black bffs at work, and that’s kinda offensive.
Thaaanks for starting up the PVP so late that I won’t be able to participate before rollover. Assholes.
Urge to drop some cash on Ian picture commissions is not inconsiderable. What is my life?
omggggg this fic
*rolls around on the floor*
When Steve and Tony are taken down in the heart of Avengers Tower by alternate versions of themselves, their counterparts reveal a threat to both the foundations of the multiverse and to the foundations of Steve and Tony’s friendship.
it’s 616 Steve/Tony set in Hickman’s New Avengers omgggg it’s so good i can’t even begin to explain omfg
I totally helped beta this, and everyone needs to go read it because it is 616 and NOW! and fan-fucking-tastic. Go, right now.