Marauders #23 variant cover - Stepford Cuckoos by Marc Aspinall *
immonen on secret identity is so distinct from how he usually looks these days that its really throwing me off
Comics know what they’re doing when they hire good artists for shitty writers because people will gravitate towards pretty art and excuse terrible writing
Meanwhile some actually good stories will get the ugliest art known to man and I simply think this should be illegal
what do you think could lead jean to permanently break ties with xavier (to whatever extent that’s possible in superhero comics)
( to whatever extent that’s possible in superhero comics) << lol. yeah.
the problem here is that jean is very very aware of xavier’s hypocrisies and xavier’s secrets. so you don’t have the same easy disillusionment arc that you can get from someone like scott, who tries (needs) very badly to see the good in xavier, so that he can see the good in himself (or punish himself). jean has found out many a terrible thing about xavier and still stood alongside him bc a) she doesn’t like to acknowledge thought crimes and b) she believes in him and the x-men more broadly. i think there are a couple of ways jean can clash with xavier.
one is through scott: post-the twelve arc, charles worries that he and jean may split entirely over scott’s death. if scott dies, and jean really, truly believes it to be xavier’s fault, that might be enough to cause an initial break. another way to approach this might be jean’s feelings about her understanding of scott. jean and charles both believe they get scott in a way other people don’t, they understand him. i think a lot of the time their interpretations line up. however, i can see a scenario where charles does something based on his understanding of scott that jean fundamentally disagrees with. because she is so invested in her take on scott being correct, i think this could really upset her, and might cause a division.
another way is by a breach of confidence. charles has, relatively often, used jean as a confidant in ways he has not used others. bc of this, jean is somewhat used to be being included, and more importantly, believes she knows xavier extremely well. there are no secrets between us, and so on and so forth. when this xavier-knowledge is challenged (as it is with onslaught) she is extremely shaken. if jean became aware of a machination of charles’, that she both disagreed with and was intentionally hidden from her, i think that might be enough to cause a bit of a schism (fun fact: this was all i wanted from jean being on the quiet council >:( ) this is the conflict i, personally, would find the most compelling.
some more things that i think are worth considering her but can’t coalesce into a scenario: jean really values her own agency, and charles is not always willing to respect that feeling among the x-men. i think jean and charles have slightly different ideas about how it is okay to use your telepathy. and jean is aware of how her life as an x-men included being shaped by charles.
thank you for asking! 💛 i love talking about jean, and jean and charles. like i said up top, i think jean’s relationship with charles means breaking ties between the two of them is a little more complicated than scott’s disillusionment arc. there’s a lot of conflict that could develop between the two of them that jean could bounce back from.
have now seen multiple posts abt cancelling streaming subscriptions in support of iatse, but also have seen multiple posts with conflicting information about when to cancel them, how long to cancel them, which sites specifically, etc etc
now, i am not an iatse member (fingers crossed for the future tho lol), but it sorta… didn’t seem like the ppl making those posts were either. the lack of unity in the message, among other things.
so i looked up the iatse strike and specifically for announcements and news articles wrt cancelling streaming subscriptions:
as of right now (round about 12:30 am est, 10/15/21) the main action they are asking for is to sign the petition. also, to actively spread the word and show support on social media (seems mainly angled toward twitter so may not be usable here but still good to have, and oh look they also have a twitter where you can keep up with the latest news, like the bullshit happening in response to the strike)
does this mean don’t cancel any of your subscriptions? not necessarily! some iatse members, independently, have decided to cancel their own subscriptions, so you’re most likely not hurting the movement if you do, and you might even help! (might i suggest making it very clear to the website you’re cancelling your subscription to about why you are cancelling it? fill out the ‘why are you leaving us’ questionnaire. send an email. that is only a suggestion as an individual tho, again this is not something the union has requested, this is mostly me being paranoid bcos u kno how companies like to come up with reasons they lost membership lol.)
but mmmmmaybe uh. maybe prioritize the things the union has asked people to do. bcos most of those posts i saw didn’t even mention the petition, and not one linked to the official iatse toolkit with the like, official hashtags they’re using to draw attention to this.
wasting the hours 8am-12pm: a philosopher’s morning. wisely savors the ephemeral relaxation of the long day’s beginning. wise men take note and follow suit.
wasting the hours 12pm-4pm: the psychopath’s deed. no true means of redemption, but the barest start is 50 lashes self-flagellated. guarantees both failure in this life and damnation in the next.
Here we go… IATSE has officially set a strike date of Monday, October 18 @ 12:01 AM.
Which means if an agreement is not reached by then, 60,000 union members will initiate a strike.
- 10 hour turn around between shifts for all workers (i.e. you’re off the clock for 10 full hours before you have to be back to work, allowing for commutes home and a full 8 hours of rest - but even still, think about that. If you have to drive 45 mins - 1hr home, a common commute in areas like LA, Atlanta, and New York, then you have EXACTLY 8 hours to eat, sleep, and see your family)
- 54 hour turn around on the weekends (film work frequently bleeds over into Saturdays “Fraturdays” - leaving even less time for a personal life).
- Increased meal penalties (productions currently can pay extra to skip stopping for lunch breaks and they’d often rather do that, so the hope is that forcing them to pay more money will incentivize them to actually do lunch breaks). Imagine having to work 14+ hours with no break for a meal because production would rather just pay extra money than stop filming.
- Better pay - the contracts currently in negotiation include what is currently categorized as “new media” - think streaming channels like Netflix & Hulu. When these contracts were originally made, streaming WAS new and nobody was sure what it’s profits would look like so IATSE agreed to let these shows pay less to workers. But they are now the major form of media and HIGHLY profitable so wages should be upgraded to reflect this.
Still waiting to hear from my union (OPEIU - clerks working alongside production) how we’re going to be handling this. They’ve only said vaguely “don’t cross the picket line” without explaining what that means when your job site (a major motion picture studio) is likely to be picketed.
At any rate, I’m in full support of IATSE - people need regulated work hours & turn around times and better pay. For every 12-14 hour day I worked just as background, that meant many other people were working 14-16 hour days - which is just crazy because that doesn’t account for any commute (anywhere from 15 mins to 2 hours drive time some days). There are so many missed life moments and family time for film people. On top of that, just pure exhaustion - there have been countless stories of people falling asleep at the wheel and being hurt or dying because of film work commutes.
Entertainment is costing people their lives literally and metaphorically - and it’s just not worth that.
Stay tuned for what you can do to support the strike.
Are there any writers you'd like to write Jean Grey
not that i can think of! i’m not very good at keeping track of what writers i like, or what i think their strengths are, or applying either of those things to different scenarios/characters/stories.
jean and scott have different ideas about when murder is ok, and they mostly manage to ignore this bc, on the whole, neither of them is trying to commit a lot of murders. but it is a pretty significant difference in their personal beliefs.
the difference is between retaliatory murder (jean) vs preventative murder (scott).