Marvel Believes It Can Do Whatever It Wants

Marvel Believes It Can Do Whatever It Wants

...And we'll buy it.

If you have any interest in comics, and maybe even if you don’t since Marvel is in the public eye so much recently, you’ve probably heard about “Captain America: Steve Rogers #1,” or rather you’ve probably heard about the twist coming up in that story. And that twist is that Steve Rogers has always secretly been working for HYDRA. Now, if this sounds like a completely insane idea, one that doesn’t really seem to have any logical basis behind it, then that’s because that is exactly what it is.

The idea is so obviously being used for shock value and to sell a comic that there is really no way to defend it. It doesn’t add anything to the character; in fact, it actually takes everything away from him. With perhaps the exception of Superman, Captain America is the most symbolic of all superheroes, representing America’s ideals, or the ideals America should be striving for, and taking away all of that is a cheap trick to grab readers. The thing is, I’m not even surprised, or sad, because another staple of comics, or rather Marvel and DC comics, is that changes like this last for three months.

It’s that aspect that bothers me the most. No one really cares about this change. No one thinks this is good for the character. That’s not the reason behind this “twist.” And it’s rarely the reason behind any big twist in comics. It’s money, that’s the reason.

That doesn’t mean that every twist is done just for shock value, or every big event is a poorly written gimmick, but the vast majority are.

Judging by the outcry from all sides, there was very little actual thought given to how people would respond to this development, which means there must be an incredible level of hubris going on with these executives. They believe that readers will buy anything they put out. They can do whatever they want with little thought of the consequences. It’s a sad thought, but a remind of just how much the comic book industry is built on revenue.

These stunts rarely last, but they are a reminder that your money is more important than any level of quality. You’d think that this would mean that companies would focus on quality storytelling, which would lead more people to buy their product, but that’s not the case. This is because by and large people will buy anything; people aren’t really voting with their money.

And as shown here, companies believe they can put out whatever product they want, whatever will get the biggest reaction out of people, because in the end people will buy anything.

What’s the lesson to take away here? That Marvel is evil? No, more like it’s a business like every other company. The only real way to have any chance of changing a business’ practices, and this does indeed work, is to really be strict with where you spend your money. That means boycotting this comic in particular is the way to let Marvel know you’re unhappy with what they’ve done; sending in letters won’t hurt either. The point being that we can’t just consume blindly, because that is how companies get to this level of hubris.

Companies will never see us as more than a way to make money, but that doesn’t mean we can’t use that to make change.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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