Peggy Carter asking to see the recruitment sheets for SHIELD as soon as she’s in charge and some lower down saying “she doesn’t need to” and Peggy INSISTING.
Peggy asking why SHIELD recruits 99.9% men.
Peggy getting bullshit responses like “women just aren’t interested” or “women don’t have the necessary skills”.
Peggy Carter personally going to universities and high schools and handpicking female agents for their test scores, for their can do attitude, fuck sometimes even because they look at her the wrong way.
Peggy Carter coming down like a tonne of bricks on sexual harassment complaints and educating the fuck out of male SHIELD agents.
one of my favorite character moments is when steve rogers says “the stars and stripes? arent they a little old fashioned?” because that line just crystalized for me that mcu steve isnt about america, he’s never been about america, he’s always been about ideals not nations, always been about actions, not symbols, always been about freedom, not patriotism. the stars and stripes from the very beginning are a joke—first they represent his status as performing monkey, then at the hydra facility, he turns the captain america into a literal punchline. and even bucky recognizes the farce of it when he says ‘let’s hear it for captain america!’ it’s not america that saved those men. america left those ment to rot. it’s steve who saved them—steve, who is fighting not for “his country” but for people of all counties.who’s fighting not against america’s enemy, but the enemy of all countries and all the ideals he stands for. he’s further self-deprecating about the persona of captain america when he asks bucky whether he’d follow cap into the jaws of death. and bucky very deliberately makes the distinction again—captain america? nah. steve? yes.
steve lives and dies in first avenger—for his code, not his country. his country just happens to be aligned with his principles, but i have no doubt that if they weren’t, steve would’ve found a way to volunteer for another country’s supersoldier experiment. that fighting for america isnt the imperative for him, but fighting for what’s right is.
and this doesnt change in winter’s soldier, either. what we see time and again is that the politics, the nationalism, the patriotism, all of that gums up the works—it clouds steve’s sense of purpose, becomes downright insidious. what is clear, and what is worth fighting for by the end, is something simple: freedom. it’s the word that is clear as a bell at the end of the film, when all else is dead (shield) or dying (the wsc) or messy beyond the telling of it (the government?????)
and yeah, freedom is often (erroneously) used as a synonym for america. americans are all about saying things like “freedom fries lol” or “where at least we know we’re free” (smh toby keith) but i think what’s great about the movies is they set steve up to be steve first and captain america second. so when we see steve exemplify fighting for freedom and righteousness and doing the hard thing way before he becomes captain america, we understand a little that these concepts arent exclusive to a country. they dont embody a country. theyre human ideals. because steve is a very human superhero.
in the end, i think the uniform has always been a symbol for others more than it has been for steve. i think steve wears it in winter soldier more as a way to remember who he was as a person when he first wore it rather than to connect with ~true blue american ideals~ and i think that while others look at the uniform and think “freedom” and “honor” and connect it to america, steve looks at the uniform and thinks “freedom” and “honor” and connects it to the men from many different countries whom he fought alongside. others look at the uniform and remember a country, steve looks at the uniform and remembers his self, his story.
and i can see steve being pragmatic about the need to give the american people a beacon to pin their hopes on, and that’s why he wore the uniform through war in the first place. and force of habit turned it into an identity now so he continues to go by that persona. but i dont think he’s the gung ho patriot who loves america so much he wears star spangled underwear, like everyone pretends he is. i think he’s a good man first and foremost, and an idealist next, and a brooklyn-bred boy third, and ~america’s champion last.
This meta is so important to me. I’m not American, and for a long time I avoided Captain America because I associated it with a very specific brand of exclusionary cultural chauvinism which equated freedom and morality with being american as though ONLY americans could believe in all these universal positive values. But Steve Rogers isn’t exclusionary at all. He puts on the Captain America regalia, but he doesn’t put on blind patriotism with it - he stays true to his own ideals. Nick Fury shows him Project Insight, and at that point in the narrative it would be perfectly understandable for Captain America to see the helicarriers as the only way to protect ~*~AMERICA~*~. Steve looks at Insight and sees invasion, and he sees a threat. Steve Rogers doesn’t think about America as much as he thinks about humanity, to me. It’s almost odd that he accepts a role as symbolic of a post-Cold War mentality as the one being Captain America would require him to be, a mentality of American exceptionalism which would not necessarily be part of his own ideals. Steve Rogers is not a perfect soldier. He is a good man. I don’t understand Captain America, but I understand Steve Rogers. Steve is someone any person can look up to as a hero, no matter their nationality, because what he represents isn’t where stars and stripes and eagles fly so much as freedom, truth and justice in their best possible forms, for everyone. These are American values, but they’re not ONLY American values, and Steve Rogers is able to express that as a universal symbol and hero, not an American one.
the internet’s ship name for James and Lily may be Jily
but deep in my soul I know that Remus, Sirius, and Peter called them ‘Lames’
Fun fact of the day: it is the law that mountains on Saturn’s moon Titan must be named after mountains from Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
There’s the Misty Montes, the Taniquetil Montes, the Mithrim Montes, the Echoriath Montes, and a Mons Doom.
I: 'So you enjoyed donning the wings, and the suit?'
#headcanon that when stark restarts shield#and brings nick back in#he sets up nick’s computer access so it follows his good eye#and whatever pops does so in front of him#wherever he’s looking#and also takes into account any depth perception issues due to only having the one eye#and tony just does it because he sort of makes for easier user access because he imagines no one else gets as much done as he does#he does the same thing for bruce’s computer access at the tower#doing research and eliminating triggers and flashing things from the interface#and generally subtly eliminating stress-inducing material#i just really like my headcanon that tony knows his friends have disabilities and works to accommodate them#and also sometimes he sends pepper in to give bruce a hug#because bruce needs hugs#and pepper is very good at them
I am all about Bucky thinking that Captain America is a goddamn joke
and that it’s an even funnier joke when he finds out Cap is Steve
Because he knows Steve SO WELL he knows ALL THE WAYS he at once fits the persona perfectly and all the ways he doesn’t fit it at all. Steve is the perfect man for the job and he’s the WORST man for the job and whenever they’re winding down Bucky just glances at Steve and starts cracking up into his drink
Steve loses count of how many times he asks ‘what’ and Bucky’s reply is ‘Captain America’ in the most strained, amused voice ever
I am all about people making assumptions about Steve’s character based on the Cap persona and Bucky just SNORTS SO LOUD
BUT DO YOU REALIZE WHAT THIS MEANS
HARRY POTTER HAD SO MUCH RESPECT FOR THAT AMAZING WOMAN THAT THE MOMENT SHE WAS DISRESPECTED HE WAS FILLED WITH SUCH A POTENT RAGE HE WAS ABLE TO CAST AN UNFORGIVABLE CURSE
Okay, but like—
What if when Bucky comes back, instead of Steve having to protect and kind of gently usher Bucky back into the world, Bucky leaps right back into protecting Steve.
Tony calls Steve “spangly” one too many times and Bucky uncurls his fingers real slow and says “My arm’s pretty spangly now too, Stark, whatsit to you?”
Thor and Steve spar and Bucky is so horrified when he happens upon them beating the crap out of each other that he plucks Mjolnir from where Thor’s tossed it and he points it at Steve accusatorily and is like, “A hammer? You’re letting hammers beat on you now? Over my dead body, pal—” and he’s the only one who doesn’t get it that he just picked up Mjolnir holy shit because he’s so busy waving Mjolnir around and lecturing Steve
Fox News calls Steve an anti-patriot one too many times so Bucky makes Natasha help him hack their Facebook page and leave hundreds of vaguely threatening messages which are ostensibly from different people except all of them have the same profile picture which is just the Cap star painted on a bionic fucking arm as a symbol of undying loyalty
Bucky keeps beating up villains before Steve can even get to them, like at this point even Doom has noticed so he tries to avoid even looking at Steve because that’d pretty much guarantee getting a couple of his nicest Doombots ripped the fuck apart without any ceremony at all and Steve wouldn’t mind except last battle against the Wrecking Crew, Bucky was benched because he had hurt himself and even then he managed to co-op the comms with helpful “suggestions” that were actually thinly veiled orders to flank Steve instead of, you know, fight the bad guy
The Quinjet gets retrofitted with a “Cap-net” because Bucky is fed up with Steve jumping out of fucking planes
Just—give me all the “Bucky, I’m 95 not nine” and “Well if you’re so fucking old, stop acting like a kid, wear a goddamned coat in the rain, Steve—“
“While I was growing up, she tried to keep our lives simple in the midst of what was going on, tried to let us have a real life…I just saw her as my mother. She wasn’t really a disciplinarian or a taskmaster…She had a lot of old fashioned values that she got from her mother. My parents always said there’s a lot more to life than how much money you have or how to impress people…We were really very close in those later years, we were able to say everything we needed to say to each other. All along she said, ‘What is important in life is to be happy and enjoy your life and have a good relationship with somebody.’ She wanted to have a happy life. She did the best she could.”
- Desi Arnaz, Jr. on his mother
i really like the idea of bruce being the one the avengers send out of the tower on milk runs and stuff because no one ever recognizes him and he always grumbles about it until one day he’s coming back home to the tower and this little kid just spots him and let’s out this tiny gasp and goes “mom it’s the HULK!!” and their mother just rolls their eyes and pulls the kid along but before they turn away bruce makes a little “grrr!” face and the kid lets out an excited squeal and bruce goes home feeling like one of the heroes
I USED TO DO SHAKESPEARE