groot is probs assumed to be male but tbh i figure groot is a lil genderless being. who needs the gender binary when you’re a celestial tree creature. riddle me that.
"Are you a boy, or a girl?"
"I am Groot."
Tree sex and gender are actually a fascinatingly complex topic.
From a reproductive perspective, it all comes down to flowers. Like most animals, trees reproduce using “eggs” and “sperm” - in this case, egg cells and pollen - which are both manufactured by flowers. A given flower may produce pollen, egg cells, or both. A flower that produces only pollen is known as “staminate”; one that produces only egg cells, “carpellate”, and one that produces both pollen and egg cells, “perfect” or “bisexual”. This, in turn, yields three possible configurations:
- All of the tree’s flowers are perfect.
- Some flowers on the tree are carpellate, and some flowers on the tree are staminate (possibly with some perfect flowers mixed in).
- The tree has only carpellate flowers, or only staminate flowers.
These three configurations in turn yield numerous permutations. For example, some trees produce mostly or exclusively staminate flowers in the Spring, a mixture of staminate and carpellate flowers in the Summer, and mostly or exclusively carpellate flowers in the Fall. Other trees produce only staminate flowers when young, and gradually transition as they grow until the largest, oldest trees produce only carpellate flowers.
Given such a complicated reproductive dynamic, it’s possible that Groot’s people would have no gender roles - but it’s also possible that they’d have a set of gender roles just as complicated and dynamic as their reproductive roles.
I now have soo many Groot feels. Even more than I already had.
And let’s not talk about how Rocket clutches and keeps that twig of Groot (because I cry and get all emotional). How he just can’t deal with loosing Groot. And it winds up that he didn’t in fact loose Groot.
Instead, let’s talk about how the Officer probably also took a twig or twelve to try growing as well as other survivors who saw Rocket tending to the stick with such grief, and there are dozens and dozens if not hundreds of Groots growing up on the planet that Groot died to save.
That each of them is Groot, and each of them is their own self. That We are Groot. And I am Groot. At the same time.
That they only grow, learn, change, over time. And maybe Groot is the last of it’s species. Or once was.
But, because of it’s sacrifice, it now is many.
And it now can start to thrive as a species again, instead of just a single being.
I’m standing too. Now we’re all standing. We’re 5 jackasses standing in a circle
"Peter, I know these last few months have been hard for you. But I’m going to a better place and I will be okay, and I will always be with you. You are the light my life. My precious son. My little Star-Lord.”
New Avengers: Age of Ultron pictures from Entertainment Weekly.
/casually screams at Caps suit
Admit it we were all a little bummed out that the old lady didn’t actually all that badass fighting in this scene
I WAS DEVASTATED
#literally everyone in the theatre gasped when this lady started fucking shit up#mouths dropped gasps were heard#and then there was a sort of ‘oh’ that dropped over the crowd#we’re ready for it marvel#we’re ready for a squad of old ladies kicking butt#give it to us (stuffimgogingtohellfor)
I choose to believe that before the Alzheimer’s really set in Peggy and a bunch of the other retired ladies of SHIELD used to tell their families they were going out for bingo nights and then drive into the roughest parts of the city to bring some sweet vigilante justice. Nobody ever heard about it because none of the criminals were ever willing to admit they got their asses kicked by a bunch of grandmas, but there was a sudden drop in crimes against the elderly in DC.
It got better
I really wish the movie were out on DVD.
As it is, I hope everyone reblogging this has bought an actual ticket to see the movie, or plans to rent/watch it through a service that tracks views like netflix. Only by supporting movies can we hope to encourage such acting and directorial choices (Platonic Steve/Nat, slight Ho Yay and Bi Steve hints).
Watch in HD + Headphones.
That one time Tony stopped Hydra from getting the Iron Man suit
yeah adds WHOLE NOTHER MEANING TO THE MOVIE NOW FOLKS
I actually thought of this very scene the first time I saw the senator in CA2
*presented without further comment*
This hit me only today and I’m kicking myself for not seeing it sooner, but I’m also wondering why I haven’t seen anyone else scream about this? I guess it could be because I’m looking in the wrong places but I feel like this should be echoing all over fandom.
Bucky remembered Steve. Wait, no, not Bucky, the Winter Soldier remembered Steve.
'The man on the bridge' suddenly takes on a double meaning. The Winter Soldier isn't only talking about the man he saw that day on the bridge in DC; he's also asking about the man he saw in a memory flash, on a speeding train in the Alps. They look the same, they sound the same, they both called him Bucky. They must be the same.
I also think that it’s extraordinary that the Winter Soldier still has access to those memories. He remembers the last few seconds before a massive trauma, which is astonishing.
Another thing that hits me like a punch in the gut is how the Winter Soldier remembers Steve. He remembers the panicked shout and then how Steve desperately tries to reach him while hanging onto the railing. Steve is frantic and horrified, and it’s obvious that it’s because of the Winter Soldier. For some reason the Winter Soldier at one point in time inspired such an emotional response in another human being. Someone cared that much for him.
No wonder the Winter Soldier is so hung up on the man on the bridge. Not only do they have a history he can’t remember, but he also loved the Winter Soldier, which is an entirely new concept for the human-turned-weapon. And yet it feels right, it feels true.
But I knew him.
(gif source: trollux)
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