#he’s too pretty and too smart in this scene#its overwhelming
REBLOGGING FOR TAGS: #and Steve is never really surprised by how shitty people can be#just disappointed#very disappointed#Captain America is very disappointed
*now has many thinky thoughts about Steve Rogers and Night Watch and Young Sam Vimes*
The third gif is what keeps getting me.
He sees all these people getting on preparing to attack him, and they are all the faces of men he has worked with over the last few weeks and months, maybe years. Men he’s trusted. Lives he’s saved. Comrades in arms. His team, as much as he’s had one.
That is the look of bleakness, as someone else gets on and Steve thinks, “You? I liked you. I thought you were better than this. Oh god, don’t make me do this.”
(Sometimes the person that you’d take a bullet for is behind the trigger)
But these aren’t people he’ll lie down for. This is a fight he’ll pick his shield up after. There’s nobody in this elevator he loves enough.
MCU!Steve is absolutely bebe!Vimes, except he’s a bebe!Vimes who actually got handed the ability to DO SOMETHING about all the shit he saw and hated as a young man, instead of having his hands tied and having nowhere to go but the bottle or the grave for thirty years.
There’s also interesting meta in reflecting on these men in the elevator, vs the Commandos, vs Sam and Nat and Maria and even Fury by the end. Way back at the beginning, Steve Rogers flatly turned down an attempt to pick him “the best men” and held firm on choosing the ones he thought were the best.
These men in the elevator? They were assigned to him. They were the “handpicked best men” he refused however long before.
But the people who actually had his back and made him able to do what he did? Another unpredictable band met by chance and chosen because he knew them and knew who and what they were.
Cap2 is really all about Steve remembering that actually he’s a stubborn unpredictable maverick force that never met an order he actually obeyed out of Basic, not a cog - even an important cog - in the big grinding machine. He’s the guy in the costume who wasn’t even supposed to be there who ran a racially integrated unit that also held two guys not even from the US Army and NONE of whom deigned to wear uniforms. He forgot that for a bit. Then he remembered.