She jerked away from his punch, only just catching his fist in a light tap, “Maybe, but who’s to say I can’t find another dumb hero to take to bed?”
"Your pillow talk sucks, just…you know…for future reference.", he pulled his hand away and stretched out in bed, eying her for a moment. "You staying the night?"
"I gotta find my class…we’re leaving tomorrow night.", he yawned and curled into her, burrowing under the blankets. "Where will you go?"
“I’ve got a plan— or part of a plan. I probably won’t go too far. But I’ll lay low, at least until the time is right.” He didn’t needs to know her plans for revenge.
"Just…be safe, you know?", it’s all he really wanted from her…to be safe and to live the life she wanted…she deserved that much. He cuddled closer, closing his eyes as he nuzzled her shoulder. "You should get some sleep."
"You are going to have to get comfortable with it," she stated flatly. "Unless you want dad to torture you. Tell me, Terran, how long do you think you will last against Thanos and his scientists?" Nebula looked him over with a cold, appraising look. "My father will pry that disgusting little parasite from your body cell by cell if he must. And when he is finished, there will not be enough of you to send back to your team in a match box. I suggest you get used to the idea of taking orders. You are a soldier, after all. Might as well fight for the winning side."
"…Rude.", he grumbled, pressing his forehead against the bars, eying the blue cyborg warily. "I might be a soldier, but I have loyalty to my team. Don’t you know what that’s like? You must, right? Lemme ask you something…what happens if you fail to deliver me to your dear old dad?"
On the 324th episode of the Spider-Man Crawlspace podcast today one of the pundits referred to a storyline involving Flash Thompson’s alcohol problems.
Listen to the episode yourself but ostensibly directly/in directly referred to Flash (in terms of his alcoholism) as “stupid people doing stupid things of thier own damn fault.”
I find this highly insensitive to many people who are alcoholics, especially those in Flash’s case. For those who don’t know Flash grew up with his policeman father getting drunk every other day to the point where Flash as a little kid had to get him out of the bar, back home and with the help of his mother and sister make his father respectable enough to go out on his beat as an officer.
Oh…and his dad hit him…a lot.
Flash also had a dose of cruel reality in his post High School life as the fame and prestige he enjoyed as a football star in school didn’t translate too well to the real world. Between that, his not so great college education, his drifting from job to job, his mess of a love life and the feelings of jealousy and resentment over how ‘Puny Parker’ from High School wound up with the kind of life Flash envied, Flash began drinking.
Now…maybe I’m being too narrowminded about this so I invite people to point me straight but…I don’t see how all of that is inherently Flash’s own damn fault. I mean yes some of it was but….Flash clearly had severe issues from his childhood as do a lot of people raised the kind of environment I mentioned above.
Parental influence is an incredibly important factor in the development of any person and often for boys they do tend to follow the example of their dominant male role model. In this case the abused Flash turned to alcohol like his father. Not a shock really.
Basically….Flash was ill. Flash had a problem that got out of hand. Brushing it off as him being a ‘stupid person doing stupid things through no fault but they’re own’ is (based upon my understanding of alcoholism) incredibly narrow minded and disingenuous. The pundit in question later made a comment that he knew what he was talking about, but you know what not every case is the same.
I should note that this is the same pundit who also in an earlier episode made some highly erroneous and frankly stupid comments about criminals with mental illnesses which I discusses in detail here:
He’s also displayed a genuine Dirty Harry/Punisher mentality to the criminal element, i.e. we should just kill all criminals and then that’d solve our problem (yeah, sure it will).
With this in mind I don’t particularly place a tremendous amount of faith in this man’s ability to chalk up an illness or societal problem, even if in some way he knows ‘what the FUCK’ he’s talking about (yes he really said that). Again, one case isn’t the same for ALL cases.
I respect this fan’s knowledge when it comes to Spider-Man but seriously…I wish he’d lay off of the social/political commentary.
P.S. for the record Flash’s alcoholism storyline was really good and I recommend people check it out as it somewhat informed Flash’s character in both the 2002 “A Death in the Family” storyline as well as Flash’s Agent Venom series (at least early on).
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