Captain Americas Shield

We’re All Puppets – Part Two

Isn’t Marvel wonderful?

Marvel has just released the “Official Extended Trailer #2” for Avengers: Age of Ultron. So basically, they released another trailer. 😛

So I’ll be able to extend these posts longer than I thought. Yay! 😀

There’s a very distracting scene in that montage. You may or may not have noticed it, but there’s a group of… ballerinas?

Yeah. Ballerinas. Um… what? Marvel, you feeling okay?

One of the explanations I’ve heard (really the only one I’ve heard) is that that is actually a flashback scene for Natasha Romanoff!!! That would be really, really cool. *Captain America: The Winter Soldier spoilers* And before that we see her standing in an empty room from the former Shield headquarters. *end spoilers*

And speaking of flashback scenes… *wiggles eyebrows* Did you notice the awesome Captain America flashback scene?  That’s supposedly a flashback scene as well! If you pause the video during that scene, you just might be able to spot Peggy’s red dress…

And if you didn’t notice the look on Hawkeye’s face during the part when Ultron comes out at their little party, go back and watch it. Made me laugh. 😉

What’s next? Got a little off track… Oh, yes, the Maximoff twins. If you have no idea who the girl wearing red and the guy wearing bluish-gray is, let me enlighten you now. They’re twins: Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. Apparently Pietro, aka Quicksilver, has already appeared in X-men or something like that, and there’s a whole big argument between Marvel and Fox… But anyway. They’re pretty cool, and there’s a lot more about them that I don’t have room for if I’m to get to my point… whatever that is…

Speaking of arguments over rights and characters, if you’ve only watched the movies (and haven’t read the comic books), you might remember that Captain America’s shield is made of vibranium. I haven’t read the comics, but I learned that Captain America’s shield was originally made of adamantium, just like Wolverine’s skeleton. But of course, they had to change it due to legal rights.

Did you know that Ultron’s robot body is (at least, as far as we know) going to be made out of adamantium? Which would definitely explain Cap’s broken shield at the end of the trailer.

Aaaaand speaking of trailers… there’s a reason I included the new extended trailer in this post instead of the old one. Why?

Because we hear Ultron saying some new, possibly even more threatening things. In fact, we learn some of his motives, although we’re still left with more questions than answers.

“You want to protect the world, but you don’t want it to change. There’s only one path to peace. Your extinction.”

So we see that Ultron, a robot originally designed to help the Avengers bring peace to the world and help clean out the Hydra bases (Did you know Hydra is a monster from mythology, Greek I believe?) just wants to bring peace to the world. And he believes the Avengers are in the way.

I’m still not sure how his line “I’m gonna show you something beautiful. The world. Screaming. For mercy.” fits into this point of view. I’m working on that.

But see, no matter how good your motives may be, the wrong thing is still the wrong thing. Wrong is wrong, no matter what.

Next week: Age of Ultron trailer part three – The Hulkbuster, the mystery woman, and… Bruce Banner and Natasha??? And of course, more Ultron!

 

The Flaming Arrows

In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.

-Ephesians 6:16

So what are the fiery arrows of the devil?

Temptations.

I talked quite a bit about temptation in another post, but after yesterday’s post, with faith as our shield, I thought it would be nice to add a little to our allegory-ish thing with the fiery arrows of temptation.

When you think Marvel, “the shield” normally makes you think of Captain America’s shield (or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D…), and “arrows” normally make you think of Hawkeye. (Quick note: Everything I know about Hawkeye comes from watching the Avengers, and my friends talking about him. So… don’t judge.)

So, when Hawkeye shoots one of his explosive arrows, what normally happens afterwards?hawkeye1

Yep. Ka-poof. That’s what happens when we give in to temptation. Now, maybe it doesn’t get that bad, but consequences always follow sin. Even if it doesn’t seem like anyone will ever find out.

So use your shield of faith to block the arrows of temptation. Cuz the devil won’t mind if you blow up.

If you want to read more about temptation, check out my previous post about it.

Nerdiness

Recently, I had the idea to try and make the Captain America shield on an online graphing calculator.  I liked the way it turned out, but, unfortunately, I couldn’t save the graph on the graphing calculator, so the best I have for you is a screen shot. If anyone knows how to graph a flat donut shape, please let me know! I had to do individual circles to fill in the red parts. 😛

CaptainAmerica'sShield-Graph