The Story of Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter
It’s been a long, long time since the world spoke favorably of a female, let alone a female agent, one they never wanted to believe deserved her rank solely on the basis of her sex. Margaret “Peggy” Carter wasn’t always catching bad guys on the streets of New York rocking 1946 “Red Velvet” lipstick, but it would appear as though she was often placed in situations where she needed to prove her worth. A task she managed to do so by believing in herself, fighting the good fight, and taking her wit where it was appreciated all while falling in love with a man who was seemingly destined to never be hers. Or so that’s how it would appear in one timeline. She became an exemplar for women everywhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when she authenticated the fact that the right to choose for ourselves could be the key to living a dignified life. You can be all. You can be as you want just as long as you learn your value.
“The story of Captain America is one of honor, bravery, and sacrifice.” A kid from Brooklyn, a hero — the story of a man who could never give up fighting. A man who’d tirelessly choose the selfless path in life. The path that’d lead others towards victory while often leaving him bruised, broken, and alone. This is the story of a hero who’s so good, it’s almost unbearable to think of his tale without the enveloping sadness that follows. Steve Rogers is a son, a friend, a soldier, an ally, a lost love, a hero — an Avenger. A man who’s always fought for a freedom he himself could never find. A man out of time. But what happens when the fight is over and you can finally choose for yourself? You get to do the one thing people have gotten tired of telling you, too — you get to live. And as cliché as it may be, you get to love.
Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter’s story is perhaps one of the most tragic arcs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the perseverance and the seemingly never-ending quest to stop bullies is what’s made them both so noble. And as it would appear, a story that’s been prophesied from the beginning, making it that much more riveting when reading between the lines — full circle if you will. “I might, even when this is all over, go dancing.” And that they did.
Marvelous Geeks Podcast Episode 10: Christopher Robin Review
Disney’s Christopher Robin was one of the most darling films of the year — a time for celebration for any of us who’ve grown up with the noteworthy stories of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. It was a film about the struggles in life and the most significant part of it, love. It was a film meant to inspire in every way, shape or form. And it did, it definitely did where my own life is concerned so be sure to check out our brand new podcast to hear more.
In the words of Edwin Jarvis: ABORT.
Episode Summary: Chadwick turns Whitney in to the council, but it backfires when she absorbs him and a few other men. Dottie escapes after helping Peggy. Wilkes was taken captive. Daniel’s been beaten then later demoted. Vernon can’t be trusted. Thompson’s still terrible. And the ever so sweet Ana Jarvis has been drastically injured after being shot by Whitney.
Review | Analysis: As all episodes of Agent Carter, tonight’s two hour special was an absolute adventure — a roller coaster of way too many feelings I have no idea how to work through. “Life of the Party” and “Monsters” played with a variety of noted spy drama tropes, but what they’ve done most phenomenally, is given each of the female characters an opportunity to shine. Both episodes also did a great job of exhibiting the fact that despite the fear that resides in us, we’re all far more courageous than we think, and sometimes, a single step is all it takes to showcase that bravery.
Before we get into the episode, I feel it’s important to acknowledge that this series is filled with some of the most talented actors and actresses. They’re not only incredibly fun to watch, but when things need to take an emotional turn, they’re as evocative as can be delivering some of the most incredible performances. Again, why aren’t more people watching this show?
I was certain I’d enjoy Agent Carter because of how much I loved Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel as a whole, but I never expected it to become a series that’d mean a great deal to me as a woman. When I often recommend a series to someone, I make sure it’s something they’re bound to like; therefore, not every series I watch, no matter how wonderful I believe it to be is something I’d recommend to everyone — except for Agent Carter. Marvel’s Agent Carter is doubtlessly the only series I would encourage everyone to watch, especially women because of the gorgeously evocative way it can resonate with its viewers. We’ve got espionage, badass females, genius performances, heart, humor, history, and outstanding writing. So without further ado, I’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons why I fervently believe those who aren’t watching, should. I could’ve gone for more than 10, but we don’t want to spoil too much now do we?
- Queen Peggy Carter
Peggy Carter is a woman most of us were introduced to in Captain America: The First Avenger, and while we were able to quickly care for her character then, we get to know and understand her in a whole new light on Agent Carter. It pains to admit that when I was young, there weren’t many women to look up to in the media. And if we had a woman like Peggy Carter gracing our screens then, I truly believe we’d love ourselves a bit more. The 1940s wasn’t an easy time for women, and this is a series that inspires us to care so deeply for integrity and fairness in all the right ways. Peggy’s choices effortlessly serve as an inspiration to us all and though we don’t exactly participate in espionage, we’ve all experienced some sort of mistreatment in our lives. Peggy beautifully shines light to significant issues we deal with in our day-to-day lives while brilliantly revolutionizing the fact that we must focus on our own perceptions of ourselves rather than another’s.
Serious question: is cloning possible because I’d like an Edwin Jarvis (do not ruin my dreams by saying it’s impossible because he’s “fictional”).
Episode Summary: Howard Stark returns to put his brain to use and with a new gadget we’re able to see that the reason things are strangely floating around Peggy is due to the fact that Dr. Wilkes isn’t dead but invisible. Whitney Frost is actually an alias for Agnes Cully and she too is experiencing strange things happening to her body. Unsurprisingly she feels threatened by Peggy and tells her husband she wants her out of the equation — except he fails because let’s be real who can bring down Peggy? Thompson resurfaces, stirs things up, makes unnecessary comments and thankfully doesn’t make his stay in Los Angeles permanent.
Review | Analysis: I didn’t have many complaints about this series last year, and I don’t really have any this year, but the only thing I desperately wished for is that we’d keep the “supernatural” elements that are commonly present on S.H.I.E.L.D. far, far away. Strange but realistic gadgets are perfectly fine, but this zero matter shenanigans isn’t exactly my cup of tea. But oh well, I’d watch a lot more ridiculousness as long as Peggy Carter was the center of it. That said, tonight’s episode, though more plot heavy, set a lot of fantastic things for the future in motion and gave us what’s undoubtedly another inspirational life motto: “that’s why I trust my instincts. They’re more reliable than what I’m told to believe.”
Film: Cinderella (2015)
Written By: Chris Weitz
Directed By: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Nonso Anozie, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger and Hayley Atwell
More so than any other story, Cinderella takes the crown (pun intended) as the quintessential rags-to-riches fairytale, having been told and retold through a number of mediums (books, plays, Broadway, film, etc.) for centuries. Perhaps the version that continues to capture the hearts of viewers remains to be Walt Disney’s animated classic. 65 years later, Walt Disney Pictures took on the colossal challenge of creating the live action adaptation. And boy, did they rise to the challenge and truly deliver the magic we all expected.
Cinderella is the tale of innocence– a magical film signifying the vitality of kindness and courage.
Inspiring Female Character II:
Peggy Carter (Agent Carter) | Hayley Atwell
There are countless reasons why Agent Carter should be on the list of show’s you are all watching, but the greatest reason is the superlative message the show’s revolutionizing through this statement: “I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.” The quote represents the faultless message that for each and every individual, there’s nothing more significant than our own perceptions of who we are. Peggy Carter’s character authenticates that no matter how many people form their own visions of who we are, nothing can taint our own views if we are confident with the truth. For young women everywhere who suffer with the agonizing and belittling fact that the world is continuously judging their actions, Peggy Carter is an icon whose actions should be analyzed and thoroughly understood in order to find self-love. Feminism is necessary because the world still has a difficult time understanding that equality is something we desperately need in order to create a safer, healthier environment for the younger generations. Instead of being taught that there’s a norm which everyone should strive to achieve, younger generations need the encouragement to recognize that the choices they make in order to live a happy life are all that matter. Agent Carter teaches its viewers that regardless of how superior someone’s place in society is, the only opinion that matters is one’s own — there is no right or wrong path everyone must robotically follow, for self respect is the key to success. At the end of the day, each and every human being needs to be taught how to properly love themselves and how vital it is that they follow their dreams.
As a series, Agent Carter does a magnificent job of showcasing women as complex figures. The series allows us to see that while Peggy Carter is fiercely independent and physically strong, she’s someone who often allows her heart to do the talking. She gives in to vulnerability, she cries, she gets angry, she laughs, she fights and she loves. Peggy Carter corroborates that she’s a woman who will do anything in her power to earn the respect she knows she deserves and if that’s not inspiring, then we don’t know what is. There is nothing more treasurable than self-love.
Hayley Atwell is a gift — truly, I’m dumbfounded by the lack of words in the English dictionary to describe her masterful performances. Peggy Carter was faced with numerous challenges this season and each time, Atwell delivered her scenes in an incomparably indescribable manner – evoking profound emotions into the hearts of viewers during all eight episodes.
As always and unsurprisingly at this point, I’m left speechless over the beauty and grace of this series.
Episode Summary: After hearing about all the chaos that has erupted because of his doings, Howard Stark returns to come clean about everything. SSR agents accompanied by Howard and Jarvis attempt to put an end to Ivchenko’s and Dottie’s schemes.
Review | Analysis: I could not have been more pleased with the end of the first season.It did a great job of wrapping everything up in an elegantly scrambled bow andthat’s exactly what was necessary. When (hopefully) the series resumes for its second season, I’m looking forward to exploring both new and old elements because if there’s one thing we know about the Marvel universe, it’s that things aren’t always what they seem. Topped with wonderful performances by each cast member and exceptional cinematography – the episode receives a solid A+ from us.
“Snafu” | Agent Carter
“Snafu” was literally an emotional andphysical roller-coaster and I kindly ask that you bear with me as I attempt toarticulately review the intense hour of TV’s greatest Marvel establishment so far.
Episode Summary: SSR agents attempt to learn the truth behind Peggy’s “betrayal” but Jarvis comes tothe rescue with a forged document signed by Howard Stark. Dr. Ivchenkocontinues to hypnotize Chief Dooley then uses one of Stark’s inventions to murder him while he escapes with Dottie. Peggy Carter later comes forward with the truth allowing everyone to see where her loyalties have always been. And the episode ends with one of Stark’s inventions trigger what looked much like the “the Spell of Shattered Sight” (sort of, but not really).
Review | Analysis: Imagining the bareness in the world of television without this show after next week isn’t pleasant. “Snafu” is without question a narrative genius – it isn’t easy to tell a story this innately excellent but Agent Carter writers, cast, and crew succeeded in ways I presume will be discussed for years to come. Also, just six minutes in I paused because I couldn’t cooperate with how astounding Hayley Atwell’s performance was, and throughout the rest of the episode I was left with a form of speechlessness I’m still attempting to pull through from.