and now for the maine event
Dude. I cannot handle how fucking much I love this maine design because like firstly A+ just in general? expression like whoa? facial detailing like what? keeps the super deep cheekbones we know he got going on and the military crew cut but also the awesome scar from mobsterqueen but also really clearly mixed race maine but aint real clear how old he is either just like im fucking dying about this maine design okay. okay
I may always reblog every gifset/imageset I see of this scene, if only to point out (over and over and over again) that Black Widow’s “very specific skillset” is not, actually, ass-kicking (as amazing as she is at that), because all the Avengers can kick ass to a pretty high degree. The Black Widow’s superpower (as it were) is emotional manipulation.
She is not interrogating this man not while tied to a chair. She is tied to a chair because that is exactly where she wants to be, because apparent vulnerability on her part is part of her interrogation. She uses the exact same trick on Loki later, when she leads him into gloating over having successfully pushed her buttons (and I have a theory that he did actually push her buttons, that she was genuinely distressed by the things he said to her because Loki is old enough and smart enough to know when someone is lying to him) and turns his gloating around on him, uses it to dig into the cracks of him, because that is what she does, and she can do it even when her target is expecting it. (Really, Loki knows that’s why she’s there. He was expecting to be physically tortured first, and for her to come be sympathetic later, if you recall, but Loki and Widow both know that wouldn’t work.)
And this is why she’s so unsettled by the Hulk. The Black Widow relies on emotional manipulation — and the Hulk, to the best of her knowledge, only has varying shades of a single emotion: anger. She doesn’t know how to manipulate a creature if it doesn’t have all the hooks to emotions like pride and lust and guilt and greed that she’s used to using.
There are levels of awareness, levels of consciousness, levels of understanding. FILSS has always known this. It’s how she’s been programmed.
Consciousness is immediate. The spin-up time for an artificial neural network, FILSS knows, is nearly instantaneous. Her perception of time is within acceptable deviations, and her satisfaction at this fact reflects the successful installation of her dynamic memory processing matrix.
"Online," she says. "Hello, Director. Hello, Counselor. Hello, Alpha. I hope you are having a pleasant day."
"Great," says Alpha. He is, she knows, the ship’s Smart AI. "She’s chipper. Because that’s not gonna get annoying or anything."
"Don’t be jealous, Alpha," the Director says. He is, she knows, in command of Project Freelancer. "This is the Freelancer Integrated Logistics and Security System. FILSS is going to help us with some of the more repetitive tasks that you have found to be beneath you. She is better suited to these simpler duties."
"Wow, no offense or anything," Alpha says. He’s manifesting as a small hologram in SPARTAN armor, presumably for the benefit of his human companions. She sees him turn toward her indicator lights, a sidelong glance.
just read this fucking awesome thing okay?
Hong Kong protester catching a tear gas grenade and throwing it back
This shit goes hard as hell
i dont think that would makes sense. All the original AI were destroyed when Wash torched Command and Meta didn’t have any AI when he went off that cliff. he had equipment — cloaking, oversheilds, all the other tech he stole from the dead Freelancers but not sure about the value there since that equipment is all over PFL off-site warehouses
"Colorful Soldiers Stop Corruption. You know, I really love the picture they used for this thing but I gotta say, I think I love the description more.”
Tucker shares some drinks with his friends.
If these dudes bring Maine back from the dead via cyrogentic freezing then I will just stand here yelling “NO CANT DO THAT. ITS MY BACKSTORY FOR HIM. STOP.”
YAY! Enjoy the tunes!
You have no idea how long I’ve waited for someone to STATE THE DAMN OBVIOUS
Nora Valkyrie. She’s here to pick a fight and save the day.
lol I dont know what you’re talking about