anthonyholden

anthonyholden:

Happy Father’s Day!

In many ways this is the best day of the year for me. My life has been made so much richer because of my dear wife an children, so today I would like to celebrate them.

My family writes the best comics dialogue. When I have time, I like to animate the comics, but sometimes there’s just too much funny stuff happening everyday so it’s quicker to capture it this way. I hope that years from now my kids will look back on this time in their lives and have a good laugh.

If you’re on the fence about getting married or having kids, I can’t recommend it highly enough. There’s nothing else in the world that compares.

nudityandnerdery
nudityandnerdery:

mizstorge:

  
I always wondered about that penultimate scene of Marvel’s The Avengers, when the team arrives with the Tesseract to send Thor and Loki back to Asgard.
Loki is wearing a muzzle.
The film does not explain this.
We’ve now had a sequel and a season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I think it’s time to reconsider the muzzle.
Where did it come from?
It doesn’t appear to be of Asgardian construction. The Asgardian Collar seen in the “Yes Men” episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  is a much more graceful device. 
It’s not standard police equipment anywhere in the United States, nor is it usual to muzzle prisoners of war, so it was either something S.H.I.E.L.D. kept around ,just in case, for “those people who can’t be matched”, or it was made by Tony. Since it appears crude for Tony’s standards,  I’m going with  S.H.I.E.L.D.  Also, I give Tony too much credit to cooperate in putting a muzzle on anyone - at least without a damn good reason.

Why muzzle Loki?
There’s no indication of the amount of time that passed between, “If it’s all the same to you, I’ll have that drink now,” and the scenes in Central Park. One would think that inquiring minds would have tried to prise information of various sorts from Loki in the meantime. On the helicarrier, Nick Fury was willing to use torture to do so. What compelling reason would there be to prevent Loki from speaking?
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. provided a believable explanation for the Asgardian Collar to be placed on Lorelei : her voice is the source of her power to enthrall. However, there’s no evidence that Loki uses his voice for magic.
It wasn’t because of his snark or sass, either. There are far too many other characters in The Avengers who possess the kind of snark that burns. Maria Hill is positively insubordinate, and her commanding officer didn’t even bat an eye. 
It could  have been intended as a throw-away reference to mythology - and the short-run Marvel comics series The Trials of Loki -in which Loki’s lips were sewn shut.
The only valid in-universe explanation I can think of is that it could have been a precaution to prevent Loki from trying to persuade anyone to help him escape. I think that’s a stretch, but at least it makes sense. 
Objectively, it prevents the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. from finding out about Thanos before the MCU is good and ready.
From a meta standpoint, there’s a connection between Loki being muzzled in the Avengers, and his family’s disinterest in what happened to him after he fell from the Bifrost. In The Avengers, the muzzle prevented Loki from explaining his actions. In TDW, no one wanted to hear Loki’s explanation. Odin was satisfied with what he presumed to be Loki’s motivation for attacking Midgard, while Thor and Frigga weren’t even curious. Again, the MCU doesn’t want to spoil the big reveal about Thanos, but it doesn’t make sense that the ruling family of Asgard wouldn’t make an attempt to at least find out about that scepter, maybe decide that it belongs in Odin’s Treasury with othe WMDs? But then, someone might realize that it looked to be  powered by something that looks like the Mind Gem…which seems to be missing from its place on the Infinity Gauntlet…which comes back to a number of issues that MCU writers understandibly wish to avoid at this point. 

That muzzle looks like it has much more in common with the Winter Soldier’s arm than with the Asgardian collar used for Lorelei. Someone wanted to keep Loki silent and was prepared for the possibility. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a Hydra influence behind it, because they knew they wouldn’t be able to get Loki away from the Avengers, and offered the muzzle to keep him from giving away secrets to wild cards they knew they couldn’t control.

nudityandnerdery:

mizstorge:


I always wondered about that penultimate scene of Marvel’s The Avengers, when the team arrives with the Tesseract to send Thor and Loki back to Asgard.

Loki is wearing a muzzle.

The film does not explain this.

We’ve now had a sequel and a season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I think it’s time to reconsider the muzzle.

Where did it come from?

It doesn’t appear to be of Asgardian construction. The Asgardian Collar seen in the “Yes Men” episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a much more graceful device.

It’s not standard police equipment anywhere in the United States, nor is it usual to muzzle prisoners of war, so it was either something S.H.I.E.L.D. kept around ,just in case, for “those people who can’t be matched”, or it was made by Tony. Since it appears crude for Tony’s standards, I’m going with S.H.I.E.L.D. Also, I give Tony too much credit to cooperate in putting a muzzle on anyone - at least without a damn good reason.

Why muzzle Loki?

There’s no indication of the amount of time that passed between, “If it’s all the same to you, I’ll have that drink now,” and the scenes in Central Park. One would think that inquiring minds would have tried to prise information of various sorts from Loki in the meantime. On the helicarrier, Nick Fury was willing to use torture to do so. What compelling reason would there be to prevent Loki from speaking?

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. provided a believable explanation for the Asgardian Collar to be placed on Lorelei : her voice is the source of her power to enthrall. However, there’s no evidence that Loki uses his voice for magic.

It wasn’t because of his snark or sass, either. There are far too many other characters in The Avengers who possess the kind of snark that burns. Maria Hill is positively insubordinate, and her commanding officer didn’t even bat an eye.

It could have been intended as a throw-away reference to mythology - and the short-run Marvel comics series The Trials of Loki -in which Loki’s lips were sewn shut.

The only valid in-universe explanation I can think of is that it could have been a precaution to prevent Loki from trying to persuade anyone to help him escape. I think that’s a stretch, but at least it makes sense.

Objectively, it prevents the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. from finding out about Thanos before the MCU is good and ready.

From a meta standpoint, there’s a connection between Loki being muzzled in the Avengers, and his family’s disinterest in what happened to him after he fell from the Bifrost. In The Avengers, the muzzle prevented Loki from explaining his actions. In TDW, no one wanted to hear Loki’s explanation. Odin was satisfied with what he presumed to be Loki’s motivation for attacking Midgard, while Thor and Frigga weren’t even curious. Again, the MCU doesn’t want to spoil the big reveal about Thanos, but it doesn’t make sense that the ruling family of Asgard wouldn’t make an attempt to at least find out about that scepter, maybe decide that it belongs in Odin’s Treasury with othe WMDs? But then, someone might realize that it looked to be powered by something that looks like the Mind Gem…which seems to be missing from its place on the Infinity Gauntlet…which comes back to a number of issues that MCU writers understandibly wish to avoid at this point.

That muzzle looks like it has much more in common with the Winter Soldier’s arm than with the Asgardian collar used for Lorelei. Someone wanted to keep Loki silent and was prepared for the possibility. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a Hydra influence behind it, because they knew they wouldn’t be able to get Loki away from the Avengers, and offered the muzzle to keep him from giving away secrets to wild cards they knew they couldn’t control.