Let us ruminate on this for a second. this is related to my earlier reblog of someone’s glorious, fabulous, BRILLIANT musing on the lines that came right before this one.
To sum up, she posted her anger at steve being WAY out of line for what he said about Tony’s character, and pointed out how upset it made Tony. Honestly, as a soldier, if anyone should understand PSTD, it SHOULD BE STEVE. but no. He’s vain and petty enough to rip on Tony without even really knowing him.
But Tony KNOWS STEVE. His father, who never showed any emotion but contempt for little Tony, held steve on a pedestal and talked incessantly about him. Yeah, Tony knows steve and he is NOT impressed. He knows he’s not a conventional good guy, and he knows all of his flaws. He’s as self-hating as a hero gets. Almost everything Tony Stark’s done for two movies was self-destructive, Iron Man 2 in particular. But he’s risen above that for the most part and saved the day. Yeah, steve’s this great legendary hero, but he didn’t work for it. he didn’t earn it. he was chosen because he was goody-goodier than any of the other soldiers. What did Steve have to suffer? Oh, boo hoo, bucky died. Poor baby. have a cluster of shrapnel in your chest for a few years and then come talk to Tony about suffering.
(just to clarify, I do like steve :( I really do)
But if I may dip into the shipping pool for a second, notice how right before steve says “always a way out”, he looks at banner? what the hell was that about? I don’t know, and I’d love to hear your theories, but I have a hunch that Tony would’ve just left it as his “cut the wire” comment if Steve hadn’t pulled that. it’s canon that Tony is protective of Banner, and holds him in high regard. Steve has done nothing but see Bruce as a potential threat, and that had already rubbed Tony the wrong way, but this was the final straw. he brought the hammer down on Steve with this much fury because really, how DARE this star spangled idiot bring Bruce into it? and steve can’t even come up with a good retort beyond suggesting they fight.
“By not trying to [top it]. By being smaller. More personal, more painful. By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself. I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight — and ultimately, what makes them awesome. I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches.”—
Joss Whedon on what he would do if he were to direct the sequel to The Avengers