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I like superheroes, I do. However, I like Superheroes best when the are representative of the goodness of the average person. When they realize that it's not their powers or abilities or mutations that make them "super" but rather it's the desire to remain a good human being despite all these "super" powers they have.

I also love spies. One of my favorite shows is Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Once again, full of characters who are trying to remain good human beings despite all that goes on around them -- and things they have to do themselves.

It's no surprise, then, that one of my favorite comics is the six issue mini-series Nick Fury vs S.H.I.E.L.D.. Absolutely love it. In fact, the first moment Coulson appeared in Iron Man being so very, wonderfully, Coulson, I knew they understood exactly what S.H.I.E.L.D. was all about, and Coulson was the quintessential S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.

Now, I know that Coulson isn't in the movie (or if he is, it's one hell of a secret), but all the previews lead me to believe that something big is happening and it's happening with S.H.I.E.L.D. I am especially happy with the pairing of Cap and Black Widow: Captain -- the life-long honorable man and good guy who wants to stay that way-- is a wonderful match for Black Widow -- the life-long, amoral assassin who wants to be on the side the good and honorable, even if she isn't sure it exists. A perfect dichotomy for a movie that (I hope) will lead us to discover that big (and newly dystopian) S.H.I.E.L.D. has corruption in it -- probably something to do with how S.H.I.E.L.D. knows everything and is chugging along toward a totalitarian rule over all those who don't fit into their world view.

It's a really good theme in this political and social climate we have going on right now.

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