Call of Duty: Awards & Honours of Captain Viktor Reznov

Captain Viktor Reznov was the deuteragonist that appeared originally in Call of Duty: World at War, and later as a single-level playable character in Call of Duty: Black Ops, with a role as a key plot element in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

The character himself is notably popular in part to the charismatic and bombastic performance of his voice actor, Gary Oldman. Effectively embodying Oldman’s infamous villainous roles from the 90s, perhaps most notably the Radek loyalist Ivan Korshunov in Air Force One (1997), only this time as a hero. Thus it is not surprising to see a recurrent interest in the character, one key area that can be addressed is Reznov’s military accolades. Famously monikered as “The Wolf” and the “Hero of Berlin”, much speculation abounds about the recognition Reznov would have received from the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union, as no dress uniform was shown nor were any decorations mentioned. So, assumptions can only be made on his actions and renown, in light to what awards were available at the time.

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Awards & Honours of Captain America

Captain Steven “Steve” Rogers of the United States Army is best known as the superhero Captain America, but it should not be forgotten that he is still an active member of the United States Armed Forces and thus would have been awarded a number of both civilian and military awards and decorations for his notably service during World War II.

It has never been firmly established within the comic universe precisely what decorations Capt. America has been awarded, however with the release of the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger we can get an idea of some of his decorations and we can also make some assumptions based on both his actions in the comic books and by drawing parallels to other famous World War II American veterans, notably such as First Lieutenant Audie Murphy; one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, receiving every military combat award for valour available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Wrong: Thor’s Mjölnir & Metallic Hydrogen

“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” – King Odin Borson of Asgard

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Mjölnir (Norse: “that which smashes”) is the mystical hammer of Thor the Norse God of Thunder and Lightning[0]. Depicted as one of the most fearsome weapons, capable of levelling mountains; it is comparable to King Arthur’s Excalibur and the Christian Crucifix in terms of its cultural significance, more so with the cinematic success of Marvel Comics adaptation of the hammer and its wielder.

Resulting in many variations of this mythological weapon (however for this article the focus will be on the Primary Continuity’s version):

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Primary Continuity (Earth-616)
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Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)
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Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610)

Thus it is not surprising to see much debate and discussion of this now item of popular culture, and herein we come across its most (in)famous misconception.

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