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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Identity

Who are you?  I am not asking how you view yourself or what you think your identity is, but who are you really?  Why do we love the characters we love?  For many it is that they know who they are.  The Doctor knows exactly who he is.  Sure, he still finds limits he didn't realize he had (or does not admit that he has).  But he never questions who he is.  Think about the difference in Clark in "Man of Steel".  He begins not knowing who he is.  He knows he has powers but he doesn't know exactly why.  Many of the flashbacks really are about him finding his identity.

When Loki is talking with his adopted mother in "Thor:The Dark World" she comments that he is "so perceptive about everyone but yourself".  Have you ever felt like that?  Do you see who everyone else is?

Right now identity is a big deal.  Many people are finding their identity in so many things.  Nerds try to find it in our hobbies and in our community.  But should our identity be in what we do?  I think for many of us it is not just in the hobbies themselves, but in the persona equated with the community around it.  We enjoy the community so much that we think our identity is all in this just because we enjoy this and feel safe there.

Genesis says that God looked at the first human he created and said "It is very good."  Then, later, after man fell, after many tried to gain something which could make him more like God, this same God stayed with us.  He loved us enough to send His son into the world to experience death on a cross solely to save us.  So, who are you?  Don't lie about it.  Be honest. 

Your identity is not in your hobbies or your actions or your relationships.  You might be tempted to think that it is in your sins and faults.  Although I encourage you to be honest in these, God sees much more in you! 

You are a child of God.  Simple as that.  As Kalel came from Jorel and the Doctor came from Gallifrey, we come from GOD!  Find yourself in Him. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Theory about an MCU Character

Normally I do not talk only about fandom here on Nerd Chapel.  I like to keep Jesus in the front as He has been amazingly good to me.  Today I had a fun idea that I wanted to share with you.

I just had a thought about casting for an Marvel Cinematic Universe roll that I think is amazing but might be a bit unconventional and I would love to hear your opinion about this.  This is just a theory and may be fully wrong, so take this with a grain of salt. 

A few things we know about the MCU:

1.  Many new properties are being talked about, including Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and multiple others. 
2.  We know that they are willing to take many episodes on Agents of SHIELD to build up to a comic book character (take Deathlock as an instance).
3.  We know that they have a lot of time to lay ground work in Agents of SHIELD for phase 3 as well as for Avengers: The Age of Ultron.

Now, one of the surprises in the Agents of SHIELD that all the Whedonites loved was the casting of Ron Glass as a doctor in SHIELD ranks.  Ron played "Shepard Booker" on Firefly/Serenity, a character who became a mentor figure on the show.

SPOILER:

In the most recent episode of Agents of SHIELD Dr. Strange got name-dropped by Simmons while calling for help in taking care of Skye, but later she mentioned not Strange but Streiton (Ron Glass) while reporting to Agent Coulson.

WHAT IF......

the name "Dr. Strange" is a nickname or codename amongst SHIELD science staff for Dr. Streiton, who is played by Ron Glass and Ron Glass is actually cast as Dr. Strange?! 

To my knowledge this would be a different route than anyone is expecting.  I think it could work.  We have seen how frustrated Streiton is with medical technology and SHIELD's use of it from his conversation with Coulson a few episodes ago.  Maybe this is the beginning of his interest in other possibilities for helping people.  And he was involved with "T.A.H.I.T.I. the Magical Place". 

What do you guys think?  Am I off on this?  Do you like this idea or hate it or just not care?