Today is the 4th of July. Other nations have a fourth day in July, but for the United States today is our Independence Day. The Declaration of Independence was signed on this day 241 years ago paving the way for the United States of America. I am not entirely thrilled with the state of our country right now, but I still love the U.S.A. It’s my hope that we can cling to the ideals that made our nation great and the beacon of light for all of the huddled masses.
241 years ago our nation’s founding fathers declared their independence and began a war to fight for their freedom. In honor of America’s birthday, here are some of my favorite nerdy freedom fighters.
I’ve written before about how I never really liked Captain America. I thought he was an overgrown Boy Scout and his shield was stupid. After actually seeing that shield in action in the hands of Chris Evans, though, I am on board with Cap. Evans’ Steve Rogers is my favorite hero in the MCU. I love how he was always a hero, he just needed his body to catch up to his heart. Once his transformation took place, he was ready to fight for and defend the freedom of anyone in need. I know there’s some crazy storylines happening with Captain America right now in the comics, but I’m just excited to see him take up his shield again in Infinity War.
“Oh, the General? To me, she is royalty.”
I’m still saddened by the death of Carrie Fisher. Seeing her in the trailer for The Last Jedi reminded me that we’ll see her last performance in December. As I wrote after her death, Princess Leia was everything to my young self. I liked Princess Leia before I knew I liked girls. Leia wasn’t just royalty, but she was one of the best freedom fighters in the Rebel Alliance. She was smart, tough and didn’t take anybody’s crap. If I needed someone to lead my rebellion or form my resistance, she would definitely be at the top of the list.
John Carter is a tremendously underrated movie. It’s not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s got a solid story, great visual effects and Taylor Kitsch has plenty of charisma as the lead. Carter fights for the Green Martians to end their oppression. I know John Carter gets a really bad rap, but it’s not bad; I’ve watched it a few times and have enjoyed it every single time. It wasn’t marketed well and Disney never should have changed the name from John Carter of Mars. If you haven’t seen it, I definitely suggest checking it out.
For those of you in the United States, I hope you have a great holiday and enjoy time with friends and family. For those of you outside the United States, I promise some of us want our country to be better.
Who are some of your favorite nerdy freedom fighters?