Monday, October 8, 2018

"No, you move."

I saw this montage on YouTube today and was immediately reminded of my favorite quote from any comic book movie.

From 2016's Captain America: Civil War:

"Compromise when you can. Where you can't, don't. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move. It is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye and say, 'No, you move'"

Of course, this was said in the MCU movie by Sharon Carter as she was speaking about Peggy Carter at her funeral. I see it as a pep talk to Steve Rogers.

Originally Steve Rogers said a variation of this to Peter Parker when Spidey was figuring out the Superhero/Superhuman Registration Act and how to deal with the pressure that happens when one challenges government authority in The Amazing Spider-Man Volume # 1, 537. Peter asks Cap how he handles it and Cap begins with a story about how he remembered the first time he learned what it was to be a patriot by reading Mark Twain as a young boy. After quoting Twain, he says this to Peter:

"Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or consequences.
When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth and tell the whole world: 
 No, you move."

Amazing Spider-Man, Volume # 1, 537

Iconic. This is more relevant than ever.

Don't be afraid to challenge authority.

Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself or for others.


The music in the video above is Bad Wolves cover of Cranberries' Zombie. If you don't know Bad Wolves, go look them up. Fantastic heavy metal band. Their newest album, Disobey, can be found pretty much anywhere.

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