Fanfiction Fridays: let the girl go by dirgewithoutmusic

Her mother taught her about missing birthdays, recitals, and graduations. Her mother taught her about driving 500 miles on the request of a single phone call and no explanation. When Melinda applied for SHIELD after her bachelor’s no one was surprised.

She got a BA in a little local college, History with an emphasis on 1900s espionage and warfare. She read and wrote about SHIELD’s formation, about the Howling Commandos and the long days of the war. She stopped wanting to grow up to be Steve Rogers. She started wanting to grow up to be Peggy Carter.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had a rough first season, but even though the plot was often nothing to write home about, the show did slowly develop some static characters into some very well-written ones, people with depth and backstory and personality. One of these characters is Agent Melinda May, the star of today’s Fanfiction Friday.

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Sexualized Saturdays: Ward, Fitz, and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ideal of Masculinity

ward fitz the hubWe’ve talked about Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. previously on this blog, but never very positively. Although S.H.I.E.L.D. got off to a rocky start, the show undeniably got a lot better after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Sometimes you have to destroy a franchise in order to create it anew, and in this, S.H.I.E.L.D. did an admirable job. The characters of Ward and Fitz in particular serve to illustrate a view of masculinity which is rarely seen on television.

Spoilers for all of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 below.

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