Spider-Man with a New York accent. (Any New York-based hero, really, but I like Spider-Man best.) Here’s the thing though: People in academia or intellectual professions tend to speak more precisely with formal English, so Peter Parker’s accent might…
ok im really only reblogging for the first one the rest are great but that first one is super fantastic changes in body language are a …I wish I could come up with something other than ‘storytelling kink’ but I can’t so changes in body language are a storytelling kink of mine plus it’s spider man
Come frolic with me in a land where Spider-Man becomes more sassy and physically expressive while Peter Parker gets quieter and more reserved. A land where you can tell there’s an emergency budding because Tony Stark stops being fluid and laconic and moves in sharp, precise patterns you usually only see in armor. It is a land where you would never dream Mr. Kent played football in high school because he’s so quiet and meek, and you never see him standing up straight, to the point where you wonder if he was abused as a child because how can a guy that big be so small.
People can recognize each other from a distance in clothes and hairstyles they’ve never seen before after years of not seeing each other. A voice, a hand gesture, or even a distinctive laugh can blow a secret identity. Domino masks will not cut it in this world. People that think it does are quickly discovered and shut down. The ones who hang on long-term are the ones who learn to separate out what makes their hero self from their civilian self. Maybe some do it on purpose, like Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent. Maybe others don’t. Maybe it’s gradual, like a performer building up a stage persona until they don’t seem like the same person any more. Maybe it’s the lifestyle change that throws people off, like Matt Murdoch being a blind advocate of the law, whereas Daredevil is completely confident of everything around him and hands out street justice left and right. Maybe it’s just the spirit of the thing. It’s hard to think of someone doing backflips off skyscrapers while cracking jokes, and then trudging along downtown worrying about rent.
tl;dr: I dream of a world where supers put on more than a costume.
Things I want in comics and/or comic movies
Spider-Man with a New York accent. (Any New York-based hero, really, but I like Spider-Man best.) Here’s the thing though: People in academia or intellectual professions tend to speak more precisely with formal English, so Peter Parker’s accent might be more faded or under control. But Spider-Man? He talks like a stereotypical New York cabbie. He didn’t at first, he had a slightly softer Queens accent, but spending time bouncing around the city, especially the tougher parts, gave him a broader range, and now when he opens his mouth pure New York comes out. It’s very disconcerting to other heroes when he starts talking about science or technical things because his voice completely changes (possibly along with his posture and body language, particularly hand gestures.) (I’m a big fan of long-term heroes unintentionally establishing different personalities from their civilian selves.)
Modern Riddler being a pop-culture junkie. I know comics take place in a timeless world which is always somehow current to us no matter when the story arc started, and that including pop culture references inevitably dates the comic to its ultimate detriment, but hush. Imagine with me, for a moment, a Riddler that grew up in the 90s. Increasingly frustrated and thwarted by the advent of the internet and search engines rendering his clever riddles easy-to-solve, he throws himself into both the cutting-edge and the obscure. Basically becomes the ultimate fanboy of modern media, things too new to have been analyzed and cataloged to death. He might understand he’s crazy or he might love the insanely complex, but either way he’s driven to create something to difficult for anyone to ever solve, ever with the obsessive attention to detail he sees in both Batman and the fanbase. Because this IS modern Riddler, and like us he grew up on television, and shares our embrace of nostalgia. The fanbases are, in their own ways, his benchmark. If he can stump xXxNarutoLuvrxXx and MayTheForthBeWithYou in obscure, trivial details, then Batman will NEVER be able to decipher this one! The end result is everyone in the Bat Family has to marathon all tv shows, listen to all the latest music, and troll all the popular websites. And woe upon them if they turn to google for help! For Riddler has mastered the art of the red herring and puts his own puzzles through a rigorous search engine testing before deeming them ready.
Daredevil not realizing his costume’s fading. Pretty much what it says on the tin. I have no idea how he tells colors apart than maybe smelling the dyes used, but if it’s sturdy and functional then I can’t see him caring much about the exact shade used. Frequent washings for sweat and bloodstains leave patchy bits in the color, especially the gloves. If you saw him up close in good lighting you might be tempted to comment in the brownish or pinkish hues of certain places, but since he does most of his work in dark alleys and the only people close wind up unconscious, nobody tells him.
Spider-Man being poor. Wait, this is canon. And I love it. Let’s kick it up a notch.
[READING A GREAT FIC (Fanfic Flamingo) AUTHOR KEEPS INTERRUPTING WITH PERSONAL COMMENTARY]
The Princess Bride does this a lot! It took me years to figure out the truth of that book.