|Posted on March 14, 2018 at 1:00 AM|
Alrighty. Moving right along. In the last entry, using the Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie trailer I've related what I knew I was getting into with publicly advocating for mental health awareness and having to accept the dense responsibility of it beforehand. When this next Marvel film's movie trailer hit the internet during early 2015, I faced a similar situation as I do now. Although back then, I still had not begun any advocating neither did I accept my mental health as the struggle it has been for me. I did face a rather difficult time which I felt I might not overcome. Here is what stood out for me with this movie trailer's dialogue.
"Here we all are with nothing but our wit and our will (to save the world). So stand and fight." -Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Fury.
"No way we all get through this." -Robert Downey Jr., Tony Stark.
"I got no plans tomorrow night." -Chris Evans, Steve Rogers (Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer).
[With the following background movie trailer music: Twelve Titans Music - Artifice]
Samuel L. Jackson's line speaks to all of us when we happen to face our darkest of times mental health or otherwise. No matter how inadequate or unprepared we may feel, we still have what it takes to beat the odds. We can still stand and fight against the sociopolitical stigmas running rampant in society today. And yes, I do mean political stigma as well particularly in this country. It doesn't matter who you are, what you look like on the outside, or how you feel on the inside. To borrow a line from the Christopher Nolan film, Batman Begins:
"It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me." -Christian Bale, Bruce Wayne.
In fact, while writing this I just added that movie quote to my Words Of Wisdom page. Amen. With nothing but our wit and our will we can save this world from the darkness amongst us. Whether you are of color, gender identity, straight, homosexual, etc. You've got this. We've got this. Let's build the future, together (I love when I get this positive). The sentiment is really a call to activism as well as individual bravery. Not just a group of people standing tall but each and every one of us. Actor Robert Downey Jr.'s line reflects how a realist such as myself would sometimes feel. Behind me a dark past; beneath me the wolves gnawing at my heels. Am I going to make it through all of this? Yet, here I am. Still.
I would probably say exactly what Chris Evans' character, Steve Rogers, said next that he has no plans tomorrow night. Personally, I have seen hope all throughout two thirds of my life come and go. Just fade away as the sunlight does each day. I do not have the luxury of easy self-assurance that I will make it in life, let alone two years from now. I am no one special in this diverse, contentious melting pot that is the United States of America. Yet, I have no goals more important to me than sticking myself out there on the line to help others.
I intend to fight for as many as I can. Believe it. I don't care that I am a straight, white male with mental health diagnoses amidst a society becoming more confrontational and hostile towards one another by the week. [What I do defines me]. Bring the bull. I will grab him by the horns and I'll hang on for long as I can. I am in this to the end. Speaking of such fiery determination...
"Is that the best you can do?!" -Chris Hemsworth, Thor.
Well said, Thor. Well said. To which with polished sarcasm the reply was...
"You had to ask." -Chris Evans, Steve Rogers.
The Marvel superheroes did manage to defeat Ultron but little did they know a few years later what would be in store for them. Not to mention just how much they would tear themselves apart in the next film trailer I'll talk about. Something I hope this country never sees itself through ever again.
A Civil War.
March 15th, 2018: