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,…
I want everyone who still thinks that captain america series is about American patriotic chauvinism/imperialism (yes some people still can’t look past the “captain america” even after the winter soldier, but then some people are slower) to read the original post and helen’s addition to it because holy hell I can’t be as coherent as them but I agree with this wholeheartedly
Fox News has no idea how to handle it because he’s Captain America and he’s literally from the 40’s like how do that handle that
He refuses to go on half of the news shows because they lie
Mostly ends up on the Daily Show, the Colbert Report, and the Young Turks
Starts charities that focus on kids and the poor
Donations to veterans charities go through the roof
Treatment for PTSD in veterans suddenly gets addressed after he admits to being diagnosised with it
Steve Rogers starting a twitter specifically for linking people to horrible news stories and calling news stations out on their lies and scare tactics
Using his twitter to complain about the state of public news and how it should be a space of change and value and honesty for the American public, and how he’s so ashamed of it all
He accidentally becomes like public face for the new generation of politically savvy people
They make of shirts like WWCD “what would Cap do?”
Tony is thrilled and proud and hires of team of lawyers exclusively to handle the news stations screaming about Steve
Fox news gets slapped with so many libel fines and law suits
No, but really. This is a Steve characterization that actually makes sense.
Steve who finds himself 70 years later surrounded by so many of the same politicals fights he remembers from his youth, Steve who finds that the country has lost ground in terms of progressive policies from the days of the WPA, who finds that the SSA is weaker, who finds labor unions that have been rendered toothless or are themselves stumbling blocks to worker’s rights, who — well, Steven Atwell covered Steve’s progressivism p well a while ago. He’s not gonna be some caricature of mid-20th C. “my country is always right/my country right or wrong” patriotism. He’s gonna be from the Sen. Schurz school of thought: “Our country: when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.”
in the movie a little boy recognises steve at the captain america exhibit. it’s my headcanon that a little girl recognises bucky when he goes to the smithsonian exhibit to find out who he really is
because little girls have heroes too
"You should tie your hair back," a little girl with pitch-black hair says to the Winter Soldier. He stares down at her, silent, but she continues undeterred. "Mommy says that we need to have our hair tied back or we’ll trip over things because we can’t see. She makes me wear these—" She displays her wrist, which is encircled by a rainbow of different hair bands. "—because mine keep falling out. You can’t fight evil if you can’t see it. I want to be a police officer when I grow up. Are you a…"
She trails off, her eyes steadily getting bigger. They dart to the large digital image of James Buchanan Barnes, then back to his face. The Winter Soldier’s eyes dart, too, over the exits and the crowd and the girl’s distracted mother—attempting to corral three other black-haired children—before landing back on the girl’s face, where an improbable grin has begun to grow.
"I knew it," she whispers.
The Winter Soldier blinks down at her, thrown off by the delight in her expression. No one is ever happy to see the Soldier.
The girl reins in her wide grin and does her own scan of the crowd. “Don’t worry, I won’t tell. People can’t handle the truth. But I can.” She turns her shining eyes back to the Soldier.
Slowly, very slowly, the Soldier reaches out with hands that have broken, maimed, strangled, shot, stabbed, and ripped apart human flesh. His voice creaks out of him, rusty with disuse. “Can I have a hair tie?”
Without taking her eyes off him, the girl rolls a light blue one out of the rainbow and hands it over.