Anonymous asked: Weighing in on the X-bigotry: That it exists totally makes sense. But the quantity of bigots in the Marvel Universe has never made sense to me. It's 2014 and still, everywhere the X-Men go there's always people, usually crowds, openly shouting slurs at them. New York, Rome, Washington, people calling them "muties" in public. Maybe I'm being naive, but I just don't think that prejudice on that scale makes sense in 2014.
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You don’t think modern people use slurs?
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two jewish guys made up a blond, blue-eyed ubermensch who REALLY HATED NAZIS and went overseas to kick the shit out of hitler. because FDR wouldn’t. that’s what captain america is about.
when watergate happened, captain america was about watergate. captain america is always about patriotism as a potential force for change — ‘we can make this country better than it is.’ it’s never about blind patriotism
i get that he’s called captain america and he wears a flagsuit and whatnot but that character has always, always, ALWAYS been about what america could be, not what it is
that book and that character have always been critical of the u.s. when we’re fucking up
like. he was created by two jewish guys who were appalled that the united states wouldn’t lift a finger to stop hitler. it’s coded right into the character’s very inception.
"[Marvel] said they wanted to make a political thriller," Joe Russo, who directed the film with his brother Anthony, tells Mother Jones. "So we said if you want to make a political thriller, all the great political thrillers have very current issues in them that reflect the anxiety of the audience…That gives it an immediacy, it makes it relevant. So [Anthony] and I just looked at the issues that were causing anxiety for us, because we read a lot and are politically inclined. And a lot of that stuff had to do with civil liberties issues, drone strikes, the president’s kill list, preemptive technology"—all themes they worked into the film, working closely with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
In The Winter Soldier, Captain America and the rest of the heroes (played by Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, and so on) confront the government program Project Insight, which involves three Helicarriers (gigantic autonomous killer drones, basically) that are fed large amounts of data and intel. The Helicarriers process the data to identify and preemptively eliminate potential threats to national and global security. And though the film’s topical parts were all crafted prior to the NSA revelations, the directors say it’s no accident that data mining is a key element of the plot: “It was all leading up to Snowden,” Joe says. “It was all in the ether [already], it was all part of the zeitgeist. The Snowden stuff actually happened while we were shooting.””