- don’t eat less, eat right
- don’t hold it in, it’s okay to cry
- don’t hurt yourself, there is always an alternative
- don’t shut yourself away, speak up
- don’t be your own bully, be your own hero
- don’t give up, because you’re worth so much more than you think
My asked me if I wanted to leave the group we’re all in instead of asking why I was unhappy and seeing maybe if we could improve anything. I would have appreciated at least trying, not this sad attempt at faking compassion. That’s just offensive to me. Do they really think I’m this stupid?
So, the above is awesome, that a mainstream media outlet acknowledges the difficulties of mental illness and the things you cannot do to “fix” it. But I am also blown away by the fact that Hank Pym has bipolar disorder. Apparently he was diagnosed in some plotline in 2007 that I hadn’t read, so it’s not recent news, but it’s news to me and I’m kind of…impressed? I think?
And confused about how to treat it. Narratively, it’s a brilliant retcon, because it explains 99% of Hank’s erratic behavior (and boy is he erratic; even Magneto makes more sense than Hank Pym). It’s also nice to see major characters struggling with these issues, challenges not derived from action or experience but from wonky brain chemistry.
It has been a problem for me that I have really liked what they’ve done with Hank recently, especially in Avengers AI. Because one of Hank’s defining characteristics, in the minds of fans, has been that he assaulted his wife. (He punched Janet in the face in the process of building a giant killer robot to attack the Avengers so that he could swoop in and save them and prove he was still Avengers material.) The assault was a major plotline and, for the era, extremely well-done — none of the other Avengers dismiss the abuse as anything but abuse, they all rally around Janet, and Hank is divorced and imprisoned for it.
But if you introduce the idea of undiagnosed mental illness, then the whole thing gets murkier. Because there’s no pattern of abuse, at least not in the 616 (in Ults there is a definite pattern). He hits her, once — and once is too many times, don’t get me wrong. It is 100% never appropriate to hit your partner, and it rarely stops at “once”. But the reaction to the assault makes it clear that this is anomalous behavior for Hank. And if he’s mentally ill, the fact that he lacks a pattern of abuse means that his mental illness is likely a major factor in his behavior. Jan still did exactly right, getting out and getting a divorce, but it still means re-evaluating Hank Pym’s place in the pantheon of superheroes.
So I don’t know if this is a weird apologia, if this somehow lessens the impact of that story. Or it could be a brilliant retcon that allows us to actually like Hank Pym again. I really want it to be the latter, because I want to like Hank, but I also don’t want this to be just a reason to invalidate Jan’s experience. I don’t know that it does, in that it all still happened and she still had to deal with it; it’s just that now we know Hank was operating with diminished capacity for self-control. So I don’t know.
Either way, it’s really interesting.
[From Avengers AI #5, 2013.]
AvX: Science Battle!
Awesome! This is my dream.
Hank Pym’s struggle with his ‘son’ Ultron is one of the greatest psychologically grounded rivalries to come out of Marvel comics.
It’s a dramatic and intricate break down of Hank’s inferiority complex and bi-polar depression, coupled with an extravagant and threatening android personification of megalomania with an Oedipus Complex.
And Joss Whedon thinks that having one of Tony Stark’s Iron Man suits (with JARVIS controlling it?) go out of control and evil is a fitting replacement?
Joss has already expressed his interest in Ultron by stating that he loves how he’s just "really pissed off". Truly he understands this deep and complex character. So glad he gets to bring him to film.
Thanks, Mr Whedon, for denying Hank, a founding Avenger (as well as creator of alternate universes and Scientist Supreme) of one of his greatest achievements and greatest failures - the crux of his character.
And thank you further for unloading it on a character that has already seen the most emphasis in the MCU - you might as well re-name the Avengers “Iron Man and Friends”.
Joss, I’m sincere when I say this: Go fuck yourself, buddy.
Wanna see how many there are.
If by self taught you mean years of doodles, crying over your pathetic art, tearing up thousands of drawings and then finally drawing something you’re proud of… ONLY TO HATE IT 5 DAYS LATER
Then yes. I am self taught.
when kai fagerström happened upon an old cottage in rural suomusjärvi, finland, abandoned decades ago, he began to document its new residents.
there were badger cubs born under the floorboards, who now used the fireplace as an entrance. there was a raccoon dog pup who would drop in every night at the same time. there was a pygmy owl who would try to catch the home’s voles. there were red squirrels who had built their dreys inside the house. and there was a fox pup, seen peeking out from a cat door, that had taken up in the dilapidated shed.
"there’s consolation in the idea that nature is reclaiming the places it has lent to people," he says, adding that when he enters the house “it’s like stepping back in time. the past lingers in the corners.” it’s not just the animals that interest him, but the people no longer there. “who were they? what was their daily life like?” he asks.
to get his shots of these human wary animals, fagerström typically envisions an image first and then plans it out. he’ll set his camera at the perfect angle, throw out peanuts as bait, and wait patiently for wildlife to wander into the picture frame. “sometimes you get lucky, but often it takes all night,” he says. “every so often a shot is pure happenstance.”