owlmoose: (avengers - captain america)
Title: Public Service Announcement
Fandom: MCU (The Avengers / Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Rating: Gen
Wordcount: 588
Characters: Steve Rogers
Spoilers: Minor spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming (no plot spoilers). Set about two months after The Avengers.
Notes: My inspiration for this story is a bit spoilery for Homecoming, so I'll put my notes behind the cut.

Here are the spoilers )

Summary: Next time, Steve Rogers will be more careful when he agrees to lend his name and likeness to a project.

Also on AO3

Several hours into filming, Steve Rogers had to admit that this job wasn't the worst he'd ever done. )


Jun. 21st, 2016 05:59 pm
owlmoose: (marvel - steve profile)
I went on a special episode of [tumblr.com profile] fangirlhappyhour to talk Captain America: Civil War and display my ignorance of Marvel comics characters. Give it a listen!
owlmoose: (marvel - steve profile)
I suppose it's no surprise that Captain America: Civil War has provoked a lot of debate on the Internet. As a card-carrying member of #TeamItsComplicated, I've found all kinds of food for thought on all sides of the issue, and so I share some of my favorites here. Expect spoilers from this point forward, in both the links themselves and my commentary on them.

Spoilers and linkspam behind the cut. )
owlmoose: (marvel - steve profile)
Captain America: Civil War was an excellent Avengers movie -- much better, certainly, than Age of Ultron. It was also a great Iron Man movie and a pretty good Winter Solider movie. It was even, as some have pointed out, a much better Batman vs. Superman movie than the one we actually got. But was it a good Captain America movie? On that question, I feel like the jury is still out.

Cut for spoilers. )
owlmoose: (marvel - steve profile)
I love this movie, okay? Just pure fangirl squeeish love. Marvel might have been able to make a more perfect follow up to Cap 1 and The Avengers in terms of what I wanted as a Steve Rogers fangirl, but I have a hard time imagining what it might have been. So I have a hard time being objective. Also, I've written about this film before, both right after I first saw it and on my second viewing, in the context of a smaller rewatch (TFA, Avengers, and the first two post-TWS episodes).

I took exactly two notes as I was watching, one about how seamlessly Steve and Natasha work together, despite their contrasts in personality and style, and one about Jasper Sitwell. A few thoughts on Sitwell. )

As for the rest, well, what can I say? The character development of Steve, Natasha, and Nick Fury follow just right from the rest of the series. Pierce and HYDRA make for the best MCU antagonists so far (except for Loki, of course). Sam is exactly the right new character at the right time -- someone outside all the power structures we already know, able to bring a fresh new perspective and be a friend to Steve. The business with Bucky carries the perfect amount of emotional punch. Cut for future movie speculation. )

And so this project takes a pause in the same place it began, with fangirling over a Captain America movie. Appropriate, I think. :) There's more to rewatch, and I think I probably will continue, but for now I have tickets to Age of Ultron tomorrow at 10pm. See you on the other side.
owlmoose: (marvel - steve profile)
I've been thinking for awhile that I wanted to rewatch the MCU, see where it hangs together as a single story -- and where it falls apart. With the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron looming fast upon us, I decided I'd better get started if I wanted to finish before May 1st. Bearing all that in mind, April 1st seemed as good a time to start as any. So here goes!

Rather than release order, I'm going to go in story chronology order, which means starting with Captain America: The First Avenger, then Agent Carter, then Iron Man. I suppose, if I were super strict about it, I'd have started with the prologues to Thor 2 and Thor, then skipped the beginning of TFA with Steve being found in the ice, but that's more work than I wanted to deal with. Also more than I want to deal with: watching an entire season and a half of Agents of SHIELD. I'm up for rewatching all of AoS Season One at some point, but not crammed in the space of a month along with several movies and a mini-series. I'll probably limit myself to a few episodes, maybe the post-Winter Soldier arc. I'll probably also skip Guardians of the Galaxy, because I don't own it and word is that it doesn't really tie in with AoU. (I suspect it'll become more relevant once we get to Inhumans.) But maybe I'll watch it if I have time.

Naturally, projects like this are more fun if you share them with other people, which is why I plan to write it all up as I go. Also, if anyone would like to join in (at whatever level and pace you find comfortable), feel free! I'd love to hear what other people's thoughts are on the series as a series.

Okay, now that we've set the scene, on to Captain America!

Ramblings, musings, and a little bit of squee behind the cut. Also spoilers for everything. )
owlmoose: (marvel - steve profile)
Title: Faith
Fandom: MCU (Captain America: TWS)
Rating: G
Wordcount: 1,550
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson
Spoilers: Nothing that isn't clear from the trailers
Notes: While talking with [personal profile] justira a couple of days ago, I was bowled over by the image of Steve walking in to a church. This fic was the result. Unlike Steve Rogers, I'm not Catholic, so although I did some research, it's entirely possible that I got some of the details wrong. Apologies for any errors (and I'd be happy to take corrections if there's anything truly egregious).

On AO3
owlmoose: (da - flemeth)
1. My Tumblr dash is over half blocked posts. Must be new DA:I content! From the things that have slipped through (gaaah people why must things slip through), it sounds like a new trailer, which I would actually be interested in watching (just not dissecting in intense detail), so I'll have to check it out when I'm on a better Internet connection.

2. Speaking of Dragon Age, I'm still in need of a beta read for my Dragon Age Big Bang story. Any takers? At this point, given that it's due in less than a week, I'd be happy just for a quick read-through to look for egregious problems. Let me know.

3. I saw Winter Soldier again last week. It definitely holds up. I need to see it again. I posted my thoughts to Tumblr. Note, the entry also contains a significant spoiler for the two post CA:TWS Agents of SHIELD episodes. (Although it's the kind of spoiler that might actually lure some people into watching.)

4. We have another guest conductor this quarter. In some ways, he's as brilliant and as difficult as the guy we had in the Fall, but he has a way of communicating that makes him much easier to work with. The repertoire (church music by Holst and Vaughan Williams) is quite challenging -- so challenging that he actually pulled one work and substituted a much simpler one. It's a little disappointing to put three weeks of work into a piece and then not perform it, but it was absolutely the right choice, because now we can concentrate on making the rest of the concert amazing rather than struggling just to put it all together.

5. DOINK! I have my assignments and know which one I want to do. Now I just have to decide how I want to approach it. And see if I can manage to avoid all the shiny Steve Rogers distractions that the movie has put into my head.
owlmoose: (avengers - assemble)
Title: You Have 76 New Messages
Fandom: MCU (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
Rating: PG (for language)
Wordcount: 574
Characters: Clint Barton, shades of Clint/Natasha
Spoilers: Major spoilers for CA:TWS.
Notes: Inspired by a conversation with [personal profile] renay, so if you're looking for someone to blame, I point you in her direction. ;) I mentioned this story offhand in my post about Cap 2; this is the final, AO3-posted version.

Clint Barton is out on assignment, bored to tears, and trying to get in touch with Natasha. First he gets annoyed. Then he gets worried.

On AO3
owlmoose: (avengers - captain america)
I have been waiting two years for this movie, and it did not disappoint. Some rambling spoilery thoughts behind the cut, cross-posted from Tumblr:

Spoilers yes these are spoilers )

Also, [personal profile] renay fed me a plot bunny and I wrote a quick fic, entitled "You Have 76 New Messages." Major, major spoilers.
owlmoose: (avengers - captain america)
Title: Late
Fandom: Captain American (2011 movie), Avengers (2012 movie)
Rating: PG
Wordcount: ~800
Characters: Steve Rogers. Steve Rogers/Peggy Carter
Spoilers: Yes, for both movies.
Notes: I guess this makes it official. Although who knows if I will ever write another one, but so far this is how it starts: one OTP-related bunny bites hard, so I write it down, and others follow in their wake. So we'll see. This one was inspired by my rewatch of Captain America, and then Joss Whedon dropping hints about Steve/Peggy content that was cut from The Avengers (grabby hands give it now give it now), and also this article about Cap's costuming, of all things.

Crossposted to AO3. (Where, after less than 12 hours, it is already among my top 20 most-read stories. Welcome to a large, new, active fandom. Wow.)

After doing his part to help save the world, Steve Rogers finally keeps a long-delayed date. )
owlmoose: (avengers - assemble)
So I was talking with people on Tumblr about The Avengers the other day, as you do when you've found a new source to obsess over and a bunch of people who share that obsession, and one of the things that resulted was a long post on my thoughts on Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, aka my new not-so-secret character crush. Not entirely new, mind you -- this has been going on since his movie, last year -- but The Avengers served to made my love grow even more.

I have to admit, I side-eyed the idea of a Captain America movie at first. I didn’t know that much about the character — have never really read superhero comics, so most of what I know about the Marvelverse comes from movies, cartoons, and pop culture osmosis — but patriotism and jingoism never sit well with me, and the Captain America concept seemed laden with the potential for both. But good reviews and an interest in the Avengers franchise got me in the door, and once there, I was lost to the sweet earnestness of one Captain Steve Rogers.

More thoughts, with spoilers for Captain America but none really for Avengers. )

In the end, for all these reasons, Steve Rogers is, against all expectations, my favorite Avenger. Instead of being too straightforward, too goody-goody, it turns out that he is just exactly the right amount of both. And I love him for it.

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