And birth, like death, comes only through great pain. Does it matter enough to you to serve humanity? To breathe the air again? To live again? Are you, at last, tired of death? And willing to find that which gave your life meaning?
It broke my heart to watch this argument unfold on screen. Steve, who just woke up from the ice not long ago, meets the famous Tony Stark - Howard’s son. All he knows about this man are from the files that SHIELD gave him - and no doubt that Agent Romanoff’s assessment of Stark is included, due to the fact that the personality profiles were a part of the Avengers Initiative recruitment. So when Steve meets this man, what he read was reaffirmed - a narcissistic, volatile, self-obsessed man, because Tony Stark always has that persona on at all times.
But he wasn’t there when Tony came back from Afghanistan - after being tortured, manipulated and used. After seeing how his Fortune 500 company was, quite literally, destroying the world. He wasn’t there at the conference when Tony shocked the world by announcing that Stark Industries was going to stop weapons manufacturing, the thing that they were renowned for. So when Steve made the assumption that Tony would be “neck deep” in helping SHIELD manufacture weapons, at that moment, I felt so sorry for Tony. How is this about him, Steve? How dare you make that assumption?
And that’s why watching their scenes unfold further on in the movie have such a big impact on their relationship - you see how they change around each other, how they start to break down the walls and in the end, even fight together. So Steve’s smile, when he sees that Tony was alive, is so important - files don’t make a man. The handshake right at the end was more than a “nice working with you”. It was also a greeting.
Oh, what an utter crock.
Tony was and continues to be an ego driven narcissist. That he’s aware that he’s all this and tries, sometimes in faltering baby steps clad in rocket boots, to check himself is what makes Tony a hero. It’s that growth and that acknowledgement that yeah, he isn’t perfect, he does have something to learn from people not as rich, not as powerful, not as “brilliant” as him.
That’s what makes Tony a hero. Not people realizing how they’ve done Tony wrong by taking Tony exactly at his word.
(and don’t even get me started on how TONY let his company sell weapons because Tony was bad at his job at running his company. That didn’t happen to Tony. All that Obie did, he could do because Tony simply didn’t care because he was rich, brilliant and never, ever had to.)
(Which is to say, Steve gave Tony a whole hell of a lot of chances, he tried to work with him, he tried to seek out his opinion on the situation with Loki, and Tony rebuffed him with sarcasm and condescension at every turn.
Hell, I think it says a whole hell of a lot that it takes Loki’s staff to draw out Steve’s opinion of the guy, because up until that moment, Steve sure as fuck is trying. Despite Tony calling him useless, dismissing the very real concerns about the Hulk on a ship full of soft squishy people, despite all of that, Steve listens to Tony’s hunch, follows it through, and brings the evidence back to Tony so they can figure out what they’ll do next.
Meanwhile, Tony didn’t need the staff to be a condescending, dismissive ass. Dude was there ages back.)
(How dare Steve make that assumption? Because up until that point, Tony:
-Hijacked SHIELD tech in the middle of taking down a demi-god to play his self chosen THEME song.
-Refused to coordinate a back up plan to take down two demi-gods despite the fact that it took the two of them to take down one mere moments before.
-Poked a man that has the potential to turn into a RAGE MONSTER in an enclosed space full of a lot of innocent people just doing their jobs, to satisfy his own personal curiosity.
I mean, really, it’s practically a DSM-IV entry, ffs.)
“Jarvis’s holographic keyboard designs were replete with exotic symbols and undefined characters. Meinerding adapted keyboard characters from sources as diverse as mythology and electrical engineering figures…The net result of such subtleties reinforces that the mind of Tony Stark is so advanced that he and Jarvis are essentially speaking to each other in a language uniquely their own.” - The Art of Iron Man
Suddenly, overwhelmed by feels.
How did I miss this.
Time to start crying, again.
Oh… oh wow. ;___;
Scarlett Johansson on Natasha, Pepper, and kicking ass and taking names. (x)
Ladies of Asgard :)
Most famously known as the Ninth Doctor on Doctor Who, Eccleston would play Malekith the Accursed, ruler of the Dark Elves of the realm of Svartalfheim, and occasional ally of Loki.
pardon me but why is the ship name for bruce/clint “hulkeye” when it could have been “angry birds”