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27 July 2014 @ 03:51 pm
Marvel at Marvel  
The San Diego Comic Con was this weekend so that means the Internet is awash with new interviews and gifs of various Marvel franchise actors. The biggest anticipated movie being Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.

I had completely forgotten that Robert Downey Jr. and James Spader are old 80s movies buddies. It's nice that after all they've done in their respective careers, they're now reunited. Also, the origins of Ultron further proves this point. Starks: Geniuses Who Are Never Right.

I've also decided that Mark Ruffalo is my new favorite Marvel interviewee. He's so funny in a laid back sort of way. I almost want the Marvel press tours to go on forever so he could keep being interviewed. Or I can just wish he'd be an actor forever so he just keeps giving interviews in general. He doesn't have to keep being Banner. Although I have a new found appreciation for Banner and Stark being science bros. And it's nice to see the Chrises reunited, being all parallel and stuff. Now Evans doesn't have to admire Hemsworth from afar anymore. In fact, many of the actors can admire Hemsworth and his god-like arms.

The Avengers SDCC panel can be viewed HERE.

There was also an Agent Carter panel where Hayley Atwell was mercifully asked at least one pretty good question. And she gave a very good response. It also sounds a bit like there some discrepancy about whether or not Dominic Cooper will be making an appearance as Howard Stark. It would be a shame if he didn't. I still harbor intense feelings of Carter and Stark being Work Spouse OTP. I'm still writing my fic about it but it's so slow going because by the nature of their jobs, the story has to be a bit action/espionage oriented and if there's one thing I truly suck at writing, it's espionage.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 27th, 2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
Huzzah for links! And I can watch most of the video clips! Yay! I haven't watched the full panel yet (are the questions bad? I sometimes get embarrassed by what they get asked). Paul Bettany looks a little like he's not sure either why he's there, or what the fuck is going on.

Chris Evans seems to be on the right medication now. He's neither too mellow nor as jumpy as I've seen him.

I've always really liked Mark Ruffalo's quiet, mellow drawl. Considering what the man has been through, I suspect being mellow has not been easy for him.

I am very happy that all my Science Bros hopes have been realized. The characters getting to build up dynamics and relationships over several movies is very cool, and I'm glad Marvel's been so good about keeping the flow between films and making it all connect.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 27th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
Chris Evans seems to be on the right medication now. He's neither too mellow nor as jumpy as I've seen him.

It does seem like he's found a balance between doing these particular press tours and being interviewed in general. There's a photo of him somewhere about to sign a Snowpiercer poster and he looks so happy. He must be so glad to be talking about a movie that isn't Marvel. It's very sweet.

I am very happy that all my Science Bros hopes have been realized.

I always liked Stark and Banner's friendship as a theory but for whatever reason when I was watching the actors be interviewed together, their personality styles seemed very complementary. I'm all aboard their Science BFF train now.

I haven't watched the full panel yet (are the questions bad? I sometimes get embarrassed by what they get asked).

I actually haven't watched it myself. I linked it in case people wanted to watch it asap but I'm going to just live in my little world where journalists are decent and the actors aren't cringing inside.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 27th, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
There's a photo of him somewhere about to sign a Snowpiercer poster and he looks so happy. He must be so glad to be talking about a movie that isn't Marvel. It's very sweet.

Amalie and Adam saw Snowpiercer recently. Ama said it was awesome, immediately followed by 'you should never see it!'. She said he was unrecognizable in it, and she didn't know it was him until Adam commented how much it didn't look like him.

I always liked Stark and Banner's friendship as a theory but for whatever reason when I was watching the actors be interviewed together, their personality styles seemed very complementary.

I find Robert isn't quite as bombastic when he's with Mark, like he tones himself down a little, and works to keep Mark in the conversation, like you would for a shy friend. I know Mark was very insecure about playing the part (he apparently told Joss Whedon every day for the first week of filming that it wasn't too late to replace him), and that Robert sort of was like 'come on, it'll be fun'.





Edited at 2014-07-27 10:23 pm (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 27th, 2014 10:31 pm (UTC)
Ama said it was awesome, immediately followed by 'you should never see it!'.

It's a very depressing movie. And there's lots of action sequences that are pretty jerky so any potential viewers who are migraine-sensitive should probably stay away. Or watch on a small screen.

She said he was unrecognizable in it,

The role is SUPER different from Steve Rogers. It's funny because Curtis (Evans) is propped up as the hero of the story given that he's leading the rebellion and ostensibly making his way through the train to rescue his people but when you find out more about him, it's really, REALLY bad.

like he tones himself down a little, and works to keep Mark in the conversation, like you would for a shy friend.

Awwww! My head is still in daemon-land so I obviously saw Demira trying to include Nemi in all the conversations.

I know Mark was very insecure about playing the part (he apparently told Joss Whedon every day for the first week of filming that it wasn't too late to replace him)

Yeah, this probably didn't help
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 27th, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
Awwww! My head is still in daemon-land so I obviously saw Demira trying to include Nemi in all the conversations.

Mim: This is my friend, Nemi. Say hi, Nemi.
Nemi: Issie knows me, Mim.
Mim: Say hi!
Nemi: Hi.
Issie: Hi there!

Yeah, this probably didn't help

Oh God, Hollywood is the worst. How frigging soul-destroying would it be for that car not to be there? Mark Ruffalo deserves all the hugs.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 27th, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
Mim: This is my friend, Nemi. Say hi, Nemi.
Nemi: Issie knows me, Mim.
Mim: Say hi!
Nemi: Hi.
Issie: Hi there!


Aww. Issie is a good daemon for following along on this one.

Oh God, Hollywood is the worst. How frigging soul-destroying would it be for that car not to be there?

Why does it have to be like this?? I mean, do they really think the odds of the casting leaking by making a phone call telling Ruffalo yes or no is greater than sending a secret car over at the crack of dawn? Even if the casting is last minute, it wouldn't be so down to the wire that someone couldn't make a phone call. There's something about "Look outside to see if you have been accepted or rejected" that's a hundred times worse than a phone call saying "Yay!" or "Sorry."
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 27th, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
Aww. Issie is a good daemon for following along on this one.

Issie probably spends most of the time not knowing what's going on, so she's very good at going with the flow.

Even if the casting is last minute, it wouldn't be so down to the wire that someone couldn't make a phone call.

I know! They had to have known before they sent the fucking car, why not even call at two or three in the morning to let him know? I doubt he was asleep.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 27th, 2014 10:59 pm (UTC)
Issie probably spends most of the time not knowing what's going on, so she's very good at going with the flow.

When I first read about the Avengers party game being Who Can Lift Mjolnir? I pictured Issie grabbing it by its leather strap and tugging and everyone else laughing at the sight. Until the hammer moved a centimeter. Then everyone promptly went O_O

I know! They had to have known before they sent the fucking car, why not even call at two or three in the morning to let him know? I doubt he was asleep.

It all feels like some ridiculous hazing ritual. If everyone else can keep a lid on plot spoilers while filming the Marvel movies, I'm pretty sure Ruffalo can keep the casting decision to himself for two hours.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 27th, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
Then everyone promptly went O_O

Hahaha!

Svana: *excited solidarity head butt*
Issie: *flies across the room*


For some reason now I am picturing Thor casually hanging Mjolnir off of one of Svana's horns when he needs to put it down for a second.


It all feels like some ridiculous hazing ritual.


Makes me wonder what they did to the rest of the cast when they were first chosen for their parts.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 27th, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)

Svana: *excited solidarity head butt*
Issie: *flies across the room*


Bahahaha!!

For some reason now I am picturing Thor casually hanging Mjolnir off of one of Svana's horns when he needs to put it down for a second.

I can see him doing this a lot. Especially during pre-Thor 1 when he was more casual about everything. Odin and Brynja probably gave them both major side eye for it.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 27th, 2014 11:44 pm (UTC)
Odin and Brynja probably gave them both major side eye for it.

Brynja: Maybe you should have given it to Loki.
Odin: Maybe I should have had a daughter.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 28th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
Brynja: Maybe you should have given it to Loki.
Odin: Maybe I should have had a daughter.


Brynja: Maybe you should have been a better father in general.

Odin: Maybe you don't know what you're talking about.

Brynja: Maybe YOU don't know what you're talking about!

Uh...somehow Odin became 7.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 28th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
I love the idea of Odin being this childish with his daemon! I've been trying to hash them out a little for a couple of scenes in my fic, and Brynja won't develop any personality at all. I keep forgetting she's there. The most she's done so far is cuff Svana for being an idiot and be vaguely disapproving in Loki's earshot.

But, you know, that's Odin I suppose.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 28th, 2014 01:01 am (UTC)
But, you know, that's Odin I suppose.

Yeah, Odin is a dark horse. He plays things very close to the vest so it's hard to discern if he's genuinely cold or if he's reserved. I found Odin of Thor 1 having more feeling toward Loki with some genuine regrets but Thor 2's version sort of blew that out of the water.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 28th, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
I don't think it's out of character for him to have gone through a phase of 'perhaps I did something wrong' and then right into 'no, I didn't! It's his fault. I gave him everything! I'll show him!'

He plays things very close to the vest so it's hard to discern if he's genuinely cold or if he's reserved.

I keep having to dial the coldness back a bit, because I can't see Loki being so upset about not being his son if he didn't feel some love from him as a child. There must have been some good times.

I think not only was Loki at a disadvantage being adopted and perhaps not having the same love from Odin as Thor did, but also essentially being the 'artist' son, who Odin never really understood. Not necessarily disliked, but didn't know how to interact with. Maybe tried too hard to get him interested in sports instead of learning about painting to bond with him, if you get the metaphor. Whereas Frigga nurtured the artist and had a much stronger bond with him as a result.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 28th, 2014 01:19 am (UTC)
'perhaps I did something wrong' and then right into 'no, I didn't! It's his fault. I gave him everything! I'll show him!'

MINUS 100 PARENT POINTS!

but also essentially being the 'artist' son, who Odin never really understood.

Yup, totally agree. Apart from Frigga, I don't think anyone in Asgard really "got" Loki. I always think about that deleted scene in Thor 1 when the servant brings the wine and laughs at Thor's joke at Loki's expense. For all intents and purposes, Loki is a prince of Asgard and yet a servant felt like it was okay to laugh at him. To me that suggested there's some sort of unspoken societal standard that Loki is weird and it's okay to make fun of him.

Meanwhile, in daemon-related news, here's Dejeni exploring bubble wrap.

Her hand movements are just as I imagined they'd be when she's building things alongside Howard.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 28th, 2014 01:41 am (UTC)
To me that suggested there's some sort of unspoken societal standard that Loki is weird and it's okay to make fun of him

It's funny, because when I started writing my fic, Sif and Loki just instantly became allies as children, and then it occurred to me that they are the two outcasts, not doing what's expected of them, so they get each a bit more than the others would. They both have something to prove.

Meanwhile, in daemon-related news, here's Dejeni exploring bubble wrap.

*high pitched girly noises* Look at his wee paws!

I really hope you have baby!Demira and Tony playing with bubble wrap left over from some parts that came for Howard or something. Because that would be cute.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 28th, 2014 01:46 am (UTC)
It's funny, because when I started writing my fic, Sif and Loki just instantly became allies as children

Actually, this makes a lot of sense. I think it's the same thinking that had people shipping the characters. It probably also helped that Jaimie Alexander and Tom Hiddleston were interviewed together a lot in the beginning.

I really hope you have baby!Demira and Tony playing with bubble wrap

Well, I will now. I can imagine the two of them playing around with Tony wrapping Mim up in the bubble wrap and then having her jump off a table to see if it protects her.

Here's a question: do daemons call the daemons of their parents 'mom' and 'dad' or do they call them by name?
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 28th, 2014 01:59 am (UTC)
It probably also helped that Jaimie Alexander and Tom Hiddleston were interviewed together a lot in the beginning

And Tom Hiddleston has chemistry with inanimate objects, which is why he tends to get shipped with everyone he meets or has a conversation with. It doesn't help that he's so tall that whenever he listens to anyone, he tends to look like he's staring down their shirt.

Well, I will now. I can imagine the two of them playing around with Tony wrapping Mim up in the bubble wrap and then having her jump off a table to see if it protects her.

Awww!

Mim: I think this is dangerous. Better put two layers on.

Here's a question: do daemons call the daemons of their parents 'mom' and 'dad' or do they call them by name?

No one in the Golden Compass has parents, so it's hard to know. I'd say I wouldn't think it was wrong if you wanted to do that, but my instinct would be that the daemons think of themselves belonging to their humans, and not having being born from parents. Pan definitely calls Stelmaria by Stelmaria and not Aunt Stelmaria, in relation to Lyra calling Asriel, 'Uncle Asriel', and no one seems to apply titles like Mr or Mrs to daemons, so would guess they don't have that same level of respect.

But it's up to you.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 28th, 2014 02:03 am (UTC)
Okay, thanks for the daemon info! That makes a lot of sense. I'll probably just go with daemons just calling each other by name.

Mim: I think this is dangerous. Better put two layers on.

Hee!

In my head I can see Dejeni worrying a bit about whatever it is Mim and Tony are doing. And probably leaving whatever thing she's working on to take a look. But Howard would always call her back and that would be that.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 28th, 2014 02:33 am (UTC)
I'll probably just go with daemons just calling each other by name.

Your other option would be some sort of affectionate nickname or shortening or babyfied version of the name to show the relationship. Like, maybe Mim couldn't say 'Dejeni', so she called her 'NiNi' or 'Deja' or something, and she still calls her that as a title sort of thing.

But Howard would always call her back and that would be that.

Hee! I totally picture Siger Holmes using his daemon as a baby-sitter. 'You care, I'll think, no one will die'. Until Hermia gets distracted by the work and Sherlock and Tzo blow something up.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 28th, 2014 02:40 am (UTC)
I had in mind Mim calling Maria's daemon by a nickname but keeping it sort of formal-ish with Howard's. I completely Frankenstein'd Howard and Maria's relationship from the various comic versions that are floating out there. Since the MCU-verse has yet to tell us anything, I'll just assume it's okay.

Until Hermia gets distracted by the work and Sherlock and Tzo blow something up.

Hahaha!

Hermia: *watching, watching, watching, wa- oooh, shiny thing*

*BOOM*
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 28th, 2014 02:46 am (UTC)
I completely Frankenstein'd Howard and Maria's relationship from the various comic versions that are floating out there. Since the MCU-verse has yet to tell us anything, I'll just assume it's okay.

If it's out there, you might as well use it. I'm basically doing the same for my Loki and Thor story, in terms of background characters.

I had in mind Mim calling Maria's daemon by a nickname but keeping it sort of formal-ish with Howard's.

Makes sense. It's similar to how the Brothers Holmes call Dora 'Mummy' but Siger 'Father'.


Hermia: *watching, watching, watching, wa- oooh, shiny thing*

*BOOM*


Hermia: TZOPHIYA, TELL SHERLOCK TO PUT THAT--no, that's an R, Siger, it's an R--FIRE OUT IMMEDIATELY!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 28th, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
Hermia: TZOPHIYA, TELL SHERLOCK TO PUT THAT--no, that's an R, Siger, it's an R--FIRE OUT IMMEDIATELY!

Multi-tasking!
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 28th, 2014 03:58 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 28th, 2014 04:01 am (UTC)
Again, I am so impressed that you find photos of animals who seem to share their humans' expressions. Bond's daemon is totally thinking, "Is he old enough to be a quartermaster? He looks 12."
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 28th, 2014 04:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! I tweaked her expression a bit, she was a bit too sassypants for that moment in time. But it's hard to find a bobcat looking in the right direction and not in mid-gallop. They tend to look right at any cameras watching them in a super creepy manner
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 28th, 2014 04:12 am (UTC)
That second bobcat is totally turning the tables on the camera. The stalker is now the stalked.