☛ S.H.I.E.L.D. 101: Everything to Know About Marvel's Spy Agency
"It goes to show how bureaucratic the Post Office was in late Victorian times. They needed cats to handle the mice problem, and they ended up ‘hiring’ them and giving them employee numbers. The cats were given a salary and pensioned off when they retired," Huskisson explains. The last active cat employee came out of service in the 1970s; "Tibbs the Great" (see gallery) served for 15 years.
☛ With His New Film, Elysium, Director Neil Blomkamp Delivers a Hellish Vision of Paradise | Underwire | Wired.com
"The comic book version of S.H.I.E.L.D. has a particularly tortured history, even by superhero comic standards. Originally an international peace-keeping organization founded by Fury in the aftermath of World War II, it was later revealed that the organization has actually been under the control of its sworn enemy, the evil spy organization HYDRA, since the very start. Of course, that was before it was retconned again into the latest incarnation of a secret society dedicated to defending humanity, founded by the Egyptian Imhotep with members that included Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei and Nikola Tesla." - Both of those twists were Jonathan Hickman’s, iirc.
☛ Inside the Battle of Hoth: The Empire Strikes Out | Danger Room | Wired.com
"He’s still highly resistant to the idea of adapting someone else’s work—particularly a beloved franchise with high expectations to live up to—but he won’t rule it out entirely. So far, though, Blomkamp has held his ground: He turned down the possibility of working on a new Star Wars movie after the subject was “gingerly” broached by Elysium producer and close friend Simon Kinberg, who’s deeply involved in the revitalized franchise."
"When Vader enters the Hoth System with the Imperial Fleet, he’s holding a winning hand. What follows next is a reminder of two military truths that apply in our own time and in our own galaxy: Don’t place unaccountable religious fanatics in wartime command, and never underestimate a hegemonic power’s ability to miscalculate against an insurgency."