So I’ve started putting together images and captions connecting Avengers and Autism $peaks’ annual trolling for contributions. I’m going to add
one every day them occasionally through the month of April. I won’t be making these separate blogs, just updating this one accordingly.
Off we go, then.
(Wondering why Autism $peaks is bad? Don’t take my word for it. Check this out instead.)
And Steed was all, “VACCINES. DO. NOT. CAUSE. AUTISM.”
This is the third installment in a three-part blog. Please refer to Part 1 for the premise of my argument and important background information. You can read Part 2 here.
So now we arrive at the pièce de résistance: Neurodivergent Steed. For some time now, I have had a headcanon that Steed is neurodivergent, albeit not autistic. Specifically, I think he has attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). Although the word “disorder” is incorporated into these diagnoses, it’s important to keep in mind that these are forms of neurodivergence, and therefore some of the many kinds of variation in the human neurotype: they are not mental illnesses.
This is the second installment in a three-part blog. Please refer to Part 1 for the premise of my argument and important background information.
Someone has been scaling the walls of very tall buildings, breaking windows, and then shredding to death the people they find in the rooms they invade. Steed and Mrs Peel follow a chain of clues that lead them to one Professor Poole (played by Jack MacGowran), an inventor whose work may have made those murders possible. They drive out to the professor’s country house in order to interview him, but noone answers the doorbell. This is because the professor is out on the grounds jumping around and flapping a large set of what look like bat wings. He bounds towards the house as Steed and Mrs Peel look on.
The Avengers is a quirky show full of quirky characters. Many of these are common-or-garden eccentrics, people who unabashedly love what they love and don’t care what anyone else thinks about either them or their hobby. But a few of these characters exhibit additional traits strongly suggesting that their behavior might have its origins in something beyond being a little odd or having a passion for a particular activity. Two in particular, Hickey in “Hour That Never Was” and Professor Poole in “Winged Avenger” behave in ways that indicate (to me, at least) that these characters might be neurodivergent in some way. There are also hints dropped throughout the series that Steed might himself be neurodivergent.