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Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected – Just a Kid from Brooklyn: Captain America, American Memories of World War II, and the MCU, Part II

 

Splash page from The Ultimates #1, 2002. Script by Mark Millar, art by Bryan Hitch.

Splash page from The Ultimates #1, 2002. Script by Mark Millar, art by Bryan Hitch.

In the first part of this essay, I briefly sketched the construction of American memories of World War II that began slightly before the war and continue into the 21st century. In many ways the war has become a defining part of American identity, and the dominant, triumphal memory narrative we have created about it serves to elevate American participation in the war almost to the level of the sacred, and certainly to the realm of the simple black and white, good v. evil duality that is much more comforting than any messy and contradictory reality might be. The character of Steve Rogers/Captain America is one of the more perfect cultural artifacts to illustrate this process of memory construction, and the ways in which counter-memories, which challenge the dominant narrative, inevitably influence the national mythology.

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Marvel’s Agent Carter S01 E01: Now Is Not the End

While “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is on hiatus, we’re getting “Agent Carter,” a flashback-prequel companion series that will be telling some of the stories that fill in background and hopefully secrets going on in the background this season. A lot of folks are excited about this series, especially people who aren’t watching “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” so hopefully this will refuel the viewership. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on the pilot episode of “Agent Carter.”

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01 E12: Seeds

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Just as last week’s episode promised answers about Agent Coulson’s secrets, this week’s claims the same about super-hacker Skye. We’ll see if it actually delivers, or it just whets out appetites for more with even more mysteries. And oh yeah, special bonus tonight – the Marvel Cinematic Universe debut of Iron Man super-villain, the Blizzard! Meet me after the jump for more of my thoughts on “Seeds.”

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Avengers Assemble S01 E06: Super-Adaptoid

av1Okay, after weeks of complaining about the Avengers in the “Avengers Assemble” animated series fighting everyone except the traditional foes of the Avengers, they have thrown me a bone. As today’s episode indicates, it features the Super-Adaptoid. I’m psyched, and I hope you are too. Meet me after the jump for my review of the series’ sixth episode, “Super-Adaptoid!”

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