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Once Upon a Time S4E6 – “The Snow Queen” PLUS Another Reference to Marvel?

I'm way more concerned about Ingrid than the kidnapper, frankly. That bitch crazy.

I’m way more concerned about Ingrid than the kidnapper, frankly. That bitch crazy.

 

The episode opens with a young trio of sisters (Ingrid, et cetera) frolicking about a lush hillside, chasing a kite, which gets caught in a tree and torn. A man suddenly decides to kidnap and ransom them, but young Ingrid’s powers manifest in that moment and she accidentally kills the man. As she freaks out, her sisters still take her side and decide to keep her secret. They split the ribbon of the broken kite and claim it as a symbol of their sisterhood. Also, super crazy about young Ingrid being that little psycho Lizzy from “The Walking Dead.”

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Expands PLUS First Look at “Infinity War”

Whoo-boy, has it been a big couple of days for Marvel movie announcements!

First, we get the news that Dr. Strange has been cast as none other than Benedict Cumberbatch…

And that's how Marvel just won.

And that’s how Marvel just won.

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Podcast #001 Is Up NOW!

Hola!

We know you’ll be as thrilled as we are to check out the first episode of The Fangirl Perspective Podcast! Listen to us discuss the women of “Thor: the Dark World” HERE!

Harro.

Harro.

Leave us any comments below! OPINIONS!

 

 

Jane Foster VS Sif

Sif and Jane Foster

Sif and Jane Foster

Ever since the Thor: The Dark World came out many people have been divided on whom Thor should be with.  I thought I would compare these lovely ladies to see who might be better suited for Thor.

First, let us look at Jane Foster since she is the main love interest.

Jane Foster: the main love interest.

Jane Foster: the main love interest.

What does Jane have going for her?  Well she is smart; she is an astrophysist, (yes I know it is different then the comics where she is a nurse) who does not love a smart woman.   From what I have seen from both movies, she seems like a nice person.  Both Erik and Darcy love her dearly and are extremely loyal to her.  Jane is also very strong willed and determined.  Which can be a very good trait to have, sometimes is has been for her.

While she has some really great qualities most people cannot get over the fact how weak she is.  Thor always has to save her, but that is what most superheros have to do when it comes to their love interests.  How many times has Superman had to save Lois because her curiosity, strong will, and determination has gotten her into trouble?  Just about every episode of a Superman cartoon, live action show and movie.

Superman catching Lois, yet again.

Superman catching Lois, yet again.

Granted Lois is the daughter of a general (depending on the lore) so she is not completely useless.  The point is that she still needs to be saved most of the time.  Superman is not the only superhero who has to save his or her love interest: Aquaman, the Green Lanterns, Flash, Wonder Woman, and even Batman.  Jane is just one of many superhero love interest who need to be save by their hero.  She does have some fight to her because she does slap Thor and Loki in Thor: The Dark World.

(Spoiler Alert)

I know people have issues with the fact that an alien artifact infected her.  Because of that fact, she had to be taken to Asgard, which caused the Dark Elves to come to Asgard.  Many people have issue with the fact that she hid away while Figga, Thors mother fought off the Dark Elf thus getting Figga killed.  I will admit, I did not like Figga dying and really wished it did not happen.  At the same time, Figga did tell Jane to follow everything that she tells her.  Figga knew that they were after Jane and knew that Jane had to be protected.  While I really wish they did not kill Frigga, Jane might have actually been following orders.   Yes, she was somewhat useless for a bit there when they were escaping, but it had been said that she would not survive being a host.  I figured by that part it was taking a toll on her, I can deal with that.

Figga protecting Jane.

Figga protecting Jane.

Jane was the one who did figure out how to get them back to earth when she discovered the shoes, keys, and cans from the abandoned building.  She was a huge help during the final battle when she was shifting the dark elves and their leader through the portal.  This was one of those moments where her intelligence was useful.  She obviously loves Thor because she tried to save him from the falling ship.  You have to give her points for actually having feelings for the hero.

Now lets look at Sif, many think she is a much more suitable choice for Thor.

Sif: Goddess of War

Sif: Goddess of War

One of those reasons being because she is of the same race.  Since Asgardian’s can live for thousands of years, she would be a much better choice then Jane who is human and will die much sooner.  (We will just ignore that in the comics they did grant Jane immortality and powers at one point to be with Thor.)  Obviously, Sif would be a much better choice because her and Thor could have a long life together.  Another reason is that Sif is a warrior just like Thor.  They have fought and won many battles together.  Fighting in battle with someone does forge a connection and bond.  Sif will have achieved a level of trust that Jane will never be able to obtain.

Sif in battle.

Sif in battle.

It is obvious that Sif still has feelings for Thor; in both movies, she was concerned about him.  In the first movie she worried about him getting hurt when he was sent to Earth.

(Slight Spoiler)

In the most recent movie she definitely tried to convince him join her in having some fun after restoring peace in one of the realms.  Sif, knows that Thor’s has strong feelings for Jane, which is why she helps him sneak out of the castle.

In some ways, I cannot help comparing Sif and Thor to Katniss and Gale.  They just seem to be too much a like with a similar fire.  Having a similar fire can sometimes be very bad causing more issues then anything.  While in many ways Sif does seem like the better choice, she just seems to much like the logical choice.  Another way Sif and Thor are like Katniss and Gale, everyone just assumes they will be together.

Katniss & Gale: They have the same fire - just to similar.

Katniss & Gale: They have the same fire – just to similar.

It is mainly because of this reason why I am slightly Team Thor and Jane.  With that being said, I would not be traumatized if Thor chooses Sif.  There is no amazingly strong connection between Jane and Thor in the movies.  I am sure the connection and bond between is much stronger in the comics since it has time to build and flourish.  In the movies, Sif is such a minor character that I do not feel we know enough about her.  I know much more about Jane then Sif, so it is hard to fully be able to decide which one because in some ways it is skewed towards Jane.  That does make sense since she is the primarily love interest in the comics.  When Thor goes back to Asgard he does date Sif and eventually becoming betrothed to her in the comics.  Both women do play a huge role in Thor’s life and love life.

I am curious what you all have to say on the topic. Are you Team Jane or Team Sif, let us know why.

– Christena

How to Be a Hero, as Told by “Thor: the Dark World” (and other sources)

Howdy, nerds!

Last night, the Fangirls and Friends went to go see Thor: the Dark World. We loved it, universally. There was some dissention in the ranks with respect to the romance (Kizer and I are on Team Jane-Foster-Is-Boring-And-Useless-And-Thor-Could-Do-Better-And-By-The-Way-I’m-Watiting), plus you can pretty much tell the scenes which were tweaked by Joss Whedon when they flew him in to fix things, but the movie’s final fight scene was arguably the BEST fight scene I’ve ever seen in a live-action movie. There was also a cameo even greater than a certain surly Canadian in X-Men First Class. Also, Chris Hemsworth is a sexy lion.

"RAWR."

“RAWR.”

RAWR.

Ahem.

Anywho, the film itself is a good time, but it’s opened up a topic which has always been a concern of mine.

"Turn back if ye be afeared."

“Turn back if ye be afeared.”

Earlier that afternoon, Kizer and I had stopped by our local comic shop to pick-up our dwindling numbers of monthly comics (my feelings towards the New 52 are a topic for another day), and among my usual picks is Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. Miles Morales is an interesting character, and I wholly appreciate the lingering presence of Peter Parker’s supporting characters in the new Spider-Man’s life and exploits. Confused, Kizer asked why I still read the book.

You see, months ago, Miles’ mother was killed in crossfire between Venom and the NYPD. She died in her son’s (costumed) arms. Understandably, Miles didn’t take it well.

Fucking BULLSHIT.

I took it worse.

Whatever your favourite hero’s origin, there is one common theme in all of their lives. They may come from privilege or they may have had to fight their way up from the bottom. They might have unparalleled moral fortitude or they could be straddling the line between light and dark. Their powers may stem from their genes, from another world, from margicks of the old world, or from the heights of modern technology. No matter these differences, they will almost always be the product of this one simple truth.

APPARENTLY… You can’t be a superhero if you have both of your parents.

Batman. Superman. BOTH Spider-Men. And now, because in this movie, where his mom is a bad bitch but ends up biting it pretty early, Thor.

An intruder is in the palace, Thor’s mother fights him off. She is AMAZING. This is after a scene where you see her visiting Loki (via hologram) in his prison cell, which she has had swankified in an effort to comfort him. She still loves Loki, but is honest with him in a blunt-yet-gentle kind of way. He, in turn, is a dick to her. Then she dies in a fight… WHILE NATALIE PORTMAN IS AROUND THE CORNER BEING USELESS.

Sif wouldn't'a let that shit happen. Hell, DARCY would've at least TAZED a bitch!

Sif wouldn’t’a let that shit happen. Hell, DARCY would’ve at least TAZED a bitch!

But I digress (as you’ll find I often do).

She is tremendously talented, but ultimately outmatched because her foe is nigh unstoppable. Thor, of course, comes in just a moment too late. Just in time for a little extra traumatization. This leads Thor to release his brother and the two embark on a mission to save Jane (long story short, she’s bad at EVERYTHING) and stop a villain from gaining a terrible power (which they pretty much fail at).

I don’t know if you, dear reader, have also seen “Man of Steel,” a movie whose only saving grace was Henry Cavill’s glorious build, but you might recall the scene wherein Jonathan Kent dies. You know the one. The one where there is no reason for him to die? Yeah, that one.

Thor’s mom didn’t need to die. Jon Kent didn’t need to die. Xavier didn’t need to die in X-Men: the Last Stand (that FUCKING movie). These… These are plot devices. Cliches. That’s just bad writing. But this doesn’t upset me too terribly; my standards have forcibly been lowered by years of crap movies and comics…

No. The issue I take with this pattern is… How am I going to be Batman now?!

*sniff*

Since I was a child, and to this day, I have held on to the goal of, some day, being Batman. Minus the “Man” part, yes, but that’s hardly the point. I want to be a bajillionaire who spends her evenings beating the snot out of assholes. Doesn’t that sound like the life?

I save my money. I’ve studied hard. I workout. I’m a great shot and my throwing knives fly true. I make nifty gadgets in my spare time. I do it all! I’m so close. But I can’t get that brass batarang.

Because I don’t come from a broken home.

She's crying now, but some day she'll be in the JLA!

She’s crying now, but some day she’ll be in the JLA!

Well… Fuck.

Now, I love my parents. I do. I don’t have any plans that involve shoving them off of cliffs or dropping anvils on them or anything… But… According to DC and Marvel, if I want to suit up, they’ve gotta go.

In the real world, we know that this isn’t a necessity– Oh, wait. Jon Stewart had Malcolm Gladwell on the Daily Show and they talked about his new book and how many of the most successful world leaders were once kids who had lost a parent at a young age…

Dream killer... Or future arch-nemesis?

Dream killer… Or future arch-nemesis?

Well… FUCK.

So, my Bat-Boat may have sailed. Or, because I am a CHILD, this might just be my great sense of loss that launches me into a life in the shadows, verbally abusing people who argue over expired coupons and shooting jay-walkers with paintballs guns and such.

Mmmmmyyyeeeeeesssss… That’ll do. For now.

Meanwhile, as I retreat into the darkness to struggle my way into a latex catsuit and recall the original point of this post, I and the rest of my Fangirls HIGHLY recommend going to see Thor. See it 3D. See it in 2D. See it in Imax. I don’t care. Just go and make sure that they make the bank to keep on rolling out these movies. If nothing else, think of all of the people on the set of this movie who need your support. Writers, directors, gaffers, actors, editors, craft services, stuntmen, set designers…

"Two Thors?! YES! Now KISS!"

“Two Thors?! YES! Now KISS!”

Until next time, I’m off to the Bat-Cave/my Mom’s basement!

Toodles.

–Patty.