Peggy is the one to get stuck in ice in and survive the century. Pepper doesn’t get rid of Extremis and becomes Rescue. Bruce Banner stays under the radar leaving Betty as the authority in gamma radiation. Jane retains some of the Aether’s powers. Thor is busy ruling Asgard, therefore Sif is the one tasked to retrieve the Tesseract. Director Fury rounds them all up along with Black Widow for his Avengers Initiative and, Barton being compromised, Maria Hill steps up as the marksman of the team.
OK, normally I don’t put anything here because less people reblog and such, and feel free to delete this, but every time I watch this part I think the same thing so allow to expound upon it, please.
Look at this guy. Tony “Mr. just-not-the-hero-type” Stark. NOPE. Tony, you lying son of a bitch. This freak with the arc reactor powered whips, he just used them to fucking cut through cars. Cars. Tony Stark is not a car. He doesn’t even have his armor at this point in time. He’s just a man, and a dying man at that. He is not healthy, and so not up to par. And yet. He doesn’t run, he doesn’t hide. He doesn’t even try to go get the armor. That guy is hurting people and so Tony tries to stop him. With a car door. And he is unsuccessful. But he tries.
And sorry Captain Rogers, but every time I watch The Avengers, the part where Steve tells Tony to stop pretending to be a hero? Back the fuck up. He’s not pretending. He is a hero. You clearly haven’t seen all the footage, Steve-o, because this right here? Yeah. You know there are cameras. Even without everything that happened, it’s still a grand prix, and Tony Fucking Stark is driving in it. There are cameras. People see this. It’s on tape, Tony taking on this psychopath who just cut through cars and blew them up without his armor. Because you know what? The Iron Man armor doesn’t make Tony a hero. Iron Man is just a bunch of metal. The real hero is guy inside the armor, putting his life on the line to save other people. And even at his absolute most vulnerable, dying, without his suit, he’s still willing to step up and be a hero. Iron Man isn’t the superhero, Tony Stark is.
i usually don’t take it upon myself to defend cap because other people do it way better, but i’ll give it a try here.
i think at the beginning of the film the two are at cross purposes entirely - steve has just woken up from a seventy year sleep and lost all his friends and family and especially bucky, whereas tony is at the top of the world. when steve references watching the footage - provided, probably, by shield but also of his own searches beyond what is strictly protocol, you have to remember that a shaky cam footage would not be the top of the list. especially not after the media backlash after the stint in monaco - the top searches in the mcu when you search tony stark would be news coverage of his return from afghanistan, it would be his embarrassing naked videos on youtube, it would be the speech from the stark expo, but most importantly, the video you would find would be him in the united states senate room claiming that he has just privatized world peace.
tony is a hero, yes, but you have to remember that cap doesn’t know him the way the audience does. he doesn’t know that tony was dying, he doesn’t know about all the nitty gritty daddy issues tony has, or what happened to him with obie or in afghanistan or pepper finally having had enough. what he does know is that he’s a big guy in shiny armor, who claims to have privatized world peace, which in itself isn’t really anything bad - but remember that steve has been disillusioned because in tangent with seeing the footage, he has also read up on the last seventy years of american history. he knows about the military industry, he knows about america’s wars and mccarthyism and the vietnam war and he knows about what is happening right now in the middle east. more than that, he knows that his old friend howard stark who flew him into enemy territory because it was the right thing to do is also the mastermind behind hiroshima and nagasaki. he knows. to steve it’s not a joke - to steve, to the kid who lost bucky and the howling commandos going on suicide missions and having to throw away everything he loved because it was the right thing to do, having tony here isn’t just having tony here. having tony here and saying these things is like watching the corruption of not just howard stark, but everything he had fought for in the forties, and the realization that none of it was real. i think we tend to forget that steve isn’t just a symbol - he’s a disillusioned man who found out, in the space of weeks, exactly what ‘we lost’.