Captain America Civil War Book Tag

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In light of the fact that I saw Civil War a week ago, and Deanna @A Novel Glimpse tagged for for this awesome book tag, I thought it was only fitting if I did it :D. This tag was created by  by Jennifer @Wonderland Review. Also, check out my take on the Captain America: Civil War movie.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you. – Thank you Deanna!!!
  • Tag anyone and everyone you want!

Disclaimer: Jennifer’s pretty sure about the actual teams for this movie but she could be wrong! You never know! Also, she’s very much Team Cap so this might be a little biased. – No worries, I’m #TeamCap too!


Team Captain America:

Captain America: Name a character who always does the right thing. (If you aren’t team Cap I guess you can change this to ‘a character who always thinks he does the right thing’)

  

I’m #TeamCap, so I’m choosing Dean Holder from Hopeless, because he always does the right thing, at least for Sky.

Falcon: A loyal character

  

I’m going with Iko from The Lunar Chronicles for this one. She’s super loyal to Cinder, and she’s just overall the best!

Hawkeye: A character that is extremely good at something very specific (Like Hawkeye with his bow)

  

Eheh, this works well! Shahrzad from The Wrath and the Dawn is extremely skilled with the bow and arrows as well.

Ant-Man: A character that’s just happy to tag along

 

I love Ant-Man! For this one I’m choosing Taco from Anything You Want. He’s the definition of a guy who would just be happy to tag along whenever, wherever with whoever.

Agent 13: A character you’re super nervous about (not going to say why, but I have my reasons)

 

I actually liked Sharon Carter in Civil War :), I hope she appears in the next installments, because I’m eager to see how her relationship with Steve goes from here. So… I was and still am a bit nervous about a few characters in Lady Midnight… such as Kit, Mark and Kieran…

Winter Soldier: A character with really great positive character growth

 

I’m not sure I would consider what Bucky went through “character growth”, but I’ll roll with it. I think both Simon and Baz grew up a lot during Carry On. 🙂

Scarlet Witch: A character that started out on the wrong side but ended up joining the team

  

Jacin Clay from The Lunar Chronicles. It was tough to find one that didn’t feel like a huge a spoiler!

Bonus: Winter Soldier & Captain America: Two characters that have been friends for a long time:

  

Look at them! So cute! I just finished Adorkable a couple of hours ago, and I thought it was the perfect book to use. Becks and Sally have been friends since they were 7! That’s a long time… 😉


Team Iron Man:

Iron Man: A character that doesn’t seem to learn from their mistakes (*Fine. If you’re team Iron Man you can change this question to, ‘a character willing to stand up to his friends for what he believes in’)

  

I’m going with a characters that doesn’t seem to learn from their mistakes, because as much as I love Tony, he has a huge problem with that… on that note, Emmy from Loud is How I Love You takes way too long repeating the same mistake, over and over again.

War Machine: A character that’s always showing off his “big guns.”

  

This one seems appropriate, because Dean Di-Laurentis from The Score has a general problem with clothes, and loves to show off his big guns 😉 .

Black Widow: Badass female character that also has a soft side

        

For this one I’m choosing Penryn, from the Penryn and The End of Days trilogy. She’s most definitly a badass, one of my favorites, and she’s also soft and caring and just amazing.

Black Panther: A character out for revenge

  

Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series is most definitly out for revenge, the whole scope of it is not known right from the start though.

Vision: A character you are unsure about

  

This question seems similar to one of those above, but I’m gonna let this go. I’m actually not unsure about The Vision at all, but I am unsure about Drew, a childhood friend of Candy’s, from Like Candy. There’s just something not quite right with him.

Spider Man: A character you were afraid just wasn’t going to fit in

  

Actually I was unsure about the whole cast of characters in The Girl From Everywhere, but just like Spidey, they fit together super well.

Pepper Potts (pretty sure she isn’t in this movie but whatever): A character who uses their intelligence

  

Pepper Potts is not in the movie, and she’s actually a sore subject… I’m not sure I like where they went with that… anywho… I’m picking Kady from Illuminae, because she definitly uses her brain skills to be amazing throughout this book.

Bonus: Captain America vs. Iron Man: You pick: Name two characters that started off as friends and are now enemies OR Name two characters that are on opposing sides that you want to work together

  

Well, Laia and Elias from An Amber in the Ashes were never enemies, but they were definitly on opposing sides of things. And I want them working (and not working) together *wink wink*.


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Movie of the Week: Captain America – Civil War

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captain_america_civil_war_1By now you guys all know that I’m a huge Marvel fan, right? And also, I’m a HUGE Captain Americaand Chris Evans – fan, but when the trailers for Civil War started coming out, I saw myself siding with #TeamIronMan, and I honestly felt like I was cheating on Steve Rogers or something… I felt bad. Still, there I was, totally convinced that Iron Man was in the right on this one… until I saw the movie last week.

I’m now firmly #TeamCap and the only thing I can say is that the trailers lied!

OMFG!!!! This movie is excellent!

Because the ensemble cast is so huge, I was a little worried that some characters would get lost in the jumble, but that doesn’t happen at all. Every single one of these superheroes gets their time on screen and their chance to shine, and shine they do. The reasoning behind why each of them chooses one side or the other is clear, and it mostly fits with what we know of the characters. And despite what it looks like, not everything is black and white – or red and blue – and there are more than enough reasons for some wavers.

The action sequences were freaking amazing. The movie opens with an Avengers sting, and I swear to you that I could spend hours just watching Cap and Black Widow fighting. The stunts choreography is spectacular. The acting is out of this world! Having so many stars sharing one screen is bonkers, and they all bring it.

I really liked the plot. I love how this movie doesn’t focus that much on the villain – though he gets his screen time and the story is developed well – and instead focus on the internal struggles of each of these superheroes and their battle between doing what everyone says it’s right and what they feel is right.

I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, but I want to talk about a few specific characters. I thought the integration of the Black Panther was very organic, he not only belonged there, but he made sense. Also, I’m so freaking excited for his movie, because he was just awesome!

I was a little scared when they announced that Tom Holland was playing the new Spider Man, but boy, did that kid impress me! I loved the way they introduced him, without having to go into an origins story, but with him still being pretty new to the superhero game. I wasn’t a particular fan of how Tony recruited him, because I felt that from all the players duking it out there, Spidey was the only one that didn’t know all the stakes, and I felt that if he did know them, he wouldn’t be siding with #TeamIronMan. The suit looks amazing though, and he was a delight to see on screen!

I loved seeing Steve, Bucky and Sam together, with the later two competing a bit in the role of BFF/sidekick. Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie play well off each other, and that chemistry was amazing.

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I was super excited about seeing Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man join the team. He was so freaking excited to just be there, and I thought he integrated himself quite nicely with the other #TeamCap superheroes.

If there was one character I wasn’t a fan of on this movie it was James Rhodes. I always loved Rhodey, but he was a little too entitles in this movie, and somehow he really pissed me off. And somehow that annoying thing passed to Tony too, and that’s bad, because I love Iron Man.

I thought it was amazing how they showed The Vision‘s vulnerability, with him struggling to understand his role, his existence and his emotions. At the same time that they showed him building a relationship with Wanda, which I felt was important for both of them.

Ultimatly I’m a little scared for what this movie means for the MCU, because several characters are not in the greatest position at the end of it, and I have no clue how that will play out in their future movies. The two post-credits scenes do an amazing job setting up the Black Panther and Spider Man movies though. I’m excited 😀 !

(I had to share this one… come on… that’s arm porn!)

Captain America: Civil War New Trailer

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OMG people!!! I’m freaking out over here! The latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War just came out and wow, just wow.It feels awful and it looks so good!

We see sides being chosen, Scarlet Witch bringing The Vision to his knees, which is super sad given their history. Bucky shooting Tony. Tony fighting Steve. More destruction.

And I think I’m siding with Tony here and I feel like I’m betraying my baby Steve!

Also, SPIDER MAN!!!! And now it’s official: he’s #TeamIronMan!

Captain America: Civil War #TeamIronMan

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After getting the posters for #TeamCap a few days ago, today we get the #TeamIronMan character posters for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.

                                

    

So, #TeamIronMan is composed of: IronMan, Black Widow, War Machine, Black Panther and The Vision. While #TeamCap is composed of: Captain America (obviously), Winter Soldier, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man and Hawkeye.

Captain America: Civil War #TeamCap

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I’m so excited for this!!! The character posters from #TeamCap for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War came out, and they look awesome. So check them out below.

  

  

So, #TeamCap is composed of: Captain America (obviously), Winter Soldier, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man and Hawkeye.

Captain America: Civil War trailer and posters

What better way to wake up when you’re sick and have a tweet with the new Captain America trailer?! (Thank you Kat!!!)

This trailer hurts me, it’s seriously hard to watch my two favorite babies fighting against each other. And I like to see Bucky all good and all, but seeing Cap against Tony is way too hard! And when Cap says “but he’s my friend.” and then “so was I”, I swear, I’m so sad I want to cry! Check out the trailer below:

Movie of the Week – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Wow, I hadn’t posted about a movie in a while… oh well, here it is… When I got back to Portugal, after my trip to Brazil, I managed to include a visit to the Movie Theatre with my friend, to watch (by then, very late) the new Avengers movie.

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Let me start of by saying that I loved the movie. Granted, I wasn’t as surprised and excited as the first one. It wasn’t as good story wise as Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But nonetheless, it was AWESOME! And for the life of me, I can’t understand all the hating towards it. Warning, there will be SPOILERS!

What I loved:

  • This movie was a Clint Barton fest and I was delighted by it. Hawkeye hasn’t been the center of attention in none of the other movies because he doesn’t have powers or lots of money, but here we see how much the team needs him and it’s glorious. Jeremy Renner was amazing.
  • The Vision is from now my favorite new Avenger, yup, no doubt about it. He’s like an upgraded version of JARVIS, he flies and he can create clothes… what’s not to love? Paul Bettany, who was present from the beginning of the MCU as JARVIS, was absolutely amazing as Vision and I can’t wait to see more of him.
  • Speaking of JARVIS, I will miss him most of all…
  • Thor and Tony comparing their wives (girlfriends, whatever), in a game of who’s better and more accomplished was hella cute and such a break from the usual system.
  • I really loved that Sam and Rhodes were at the party and I was really glad when War Machined showed up to fight. It would have been nice however to see Falcon there as well, given the wings and the fact that they were in the air… it would have helped.
  • Oh Captain America, poor baby, my heart breaks each time that he has a scene with Peggy Carter…
  • Pietro and Wanda Maximoff were pretty great. I was a bit wary about Quicksilver, given than just last year we saw a version of this character in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but I have to say, that even though Evan Peters’ Quicksilver was amazing and lots of fun, I kind of liked Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s version a bit more. I think they made Quicksilver more human, which makes sense, given that he was never without his sister.
  • Bromances all around! I love the Bruce/Tony bromance, but my heart gave a little jolt when Thor sided with Tony!!!
  • There were some amazing fight scenes!!! =D
  • The New Avengers!!! Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, The Vision, Scarlet Witch and Falcon! Can’t wait to see them in action on Civil War!!
  • I really loved that Natasha was made Clint’s BFF and that his kids call her Aunt Nat… It was adorable…

What I wasn’t especially fond of:

  • The plot was really complex, which made the story seem confuse at times. I don’t know what they could have done differently to fix it… everything was important.
  • I wanted to slap Bruce Banner really hard… First, I don’t think they should have gone there with Natasha and Bruce, yeah they have some kind of weird chemistry, but they shouldn’t have implied that she would abandon everything to be at peace with him, I don’t think that’s in character for her, and it really bothered me.
  • Nick Fury. What the hell was he doing there? They did not need him, his lines could have been said by Maria Hill and his named dropped and that would be ok… no need to bring him there (especially because he’s supposedly dead!).
  • There weren’t enough outside shots of Iron Man. Most of Iron Man scenes were done inside the suit and I felt that the suit did not see much action.
  • Oh, yeah, Pietro dying?! Not OK people… not OK at all!!!

I guess this is it, I need to watch it a second time though 😀 !!!

Farewell Marvel’s Agent Carter, I hope I see you again next year!

Marvel’s Agent Carter’s last episode of the first season aired just a few days ago and I already miss it.

I don’t need a congressional honor. I don’t need Agent Thompson’s approval or the president’s. I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.

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To sum things up quickly, Peggy fought Dottie and barely won, then she had to convince an hypnotized Howard Stark to turn his plane around, because he wasn’t on a mission to recover Steve, and so, she had to let go of Steve (twice)… (Tears…), then Sousa saved Thompson (amazingly, might I add) and they arrested Ivchenko. Jarvis gave Peggy the vial of Steve’s blood (that Howard had stolen again from the SSR), thus showing his loyalty to her. Howard Stark lent his house (one of them) to Peggy and Angie to live in – given that their living arrangements and work conditions were shredded thanks to him… to which Angie was super happy about (I could see them having a fling in the future, if they eventually meet). Back at the SSR, Peggy finally gets the recognition she deserves, but Thompson (to my great disappointment) get all the credit for the mission, not even mentioning the fact that it was Peggy who saved the day… Sousa is outraged, but Carter assures him that she needs no one’s approval, she knows what she’s worth! Poor Sousa then asks her out for a drink, to which she says no, she has something to do, but her smile when he’s not looking tells me that he might just have hope and that leaves me super HAPPY!!! I ship them, haven’t I mentioned it before?!

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(Doesn’t she look nice?! With the shield and everything?!)

Hayley Atwell was magnificent during this 8 episodes. The range of emotions and abilities that she displayed was amazing. The last scene where she finally lets go of Steve Rogers broke my heart (and tears came again…).

Dominic Cooper is just perfect as Howard Stark! He makes Howard impossible to hate – no matter how much you know you should! One of my favorite moments in this episode was Thompson speech about Stark, where Stark just says the most outrageous things and you can’t help but totally swoon over him… Like father, like son!

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It has been 8 weeks of watching James D’Arcy in completely different shows and roles. Man, that guy can act! Whether he’s playing murderous and creepy Lee (Broadchurch) or nice, funny and loyal Jarvis (Marvel’s Agent Carter), he’s just amazing! Jarvis is definitely one of my favorite characters in TV.

I absolutely loved this show, there was not a bad or dull episode, and the story was interesting and kept me hooked. Given that they joined now Ivchenko with Zola, I hope they show what that collaboration might lead.

I desperately want a second season! I think a short season of 8-12 episodes would be ideal, since they still have much to tell between this point and the establishment of SHIELD. ABC, please, please, please, bring Agent Carter back!