(thank u for the bday wishes and yes oh my god steve and tony were p gay but)
i SCREAMED i literally SCREAMED SILENTLY (for anyone else, look to these two posts)
OH MY G OD NICK’S “i care about you” to tony oh my god. tony showing vulnerability in front of NICK FURY.
everything about that scene was so paternal and god this was tony stripped to his very core. tony had no walls or defenses up he was beaten and tired and scared. scared for his friends, his family, his Avengers. that he would let them down, get them killed and let down all of Earth. (HENCE=ULTRON)
and u know what. people say its egotistical of tony. to think that he can save the world with his big brains thinking he’s so smart. he’s so full of himself what a dictator. (thor:” you meddled with powers you do not understand”
but the thing is, tony acts and believes the world is his weight to bear, because everyone else kinda enables him to think that too (thor:”tony is right”)
tony is so so smart. whatever personality defects he has, you can’t deny that he is one of the smartest ppl on earth in MCU rn. the final fight, steve literally tells tony “this is your job, to stop a giant chunk of city about to fall to earth and cause extinction of the human race.” the rest of the avengers as just as vital as tony (and vision mentions how they are all needed as a united team bless his robot/android/cyborg heart) but seriously.tony is the brains of the avengers he (and bruce in the lab) figures out SOLUTIONS to the problems that require more than punching into submission.
if tony had fucked up if he didnt figure out how to stop the city from falling the world wouldve ended. and yes ultron was built by tony AND bruce so they kinda created the mess int he first place, but consider this: tony’s stress of constantly need to be better to protect the Earth is only constantly reinforced every time they go into the field+ wanda amplifying the stress and fears
(it is my personal hc that if the AVENGERS AS A FAMILY UNIT with them being a tighter knit group supporting/loving each other, tony wouldnt feel so alone in trying to bear this fear of earth being so vulnerable but whatever whedon)
NICK FURY who has probably known of/knows tony the longest out of all the people alive in the mcu rn. fury knows this. knows how vital tony is to the avengers initiative, for his money, his brains, and most importantly, his heart. he knows how much tony cares (all tony really cares about ARE THE ONES HE LOVES wandas vision proves that. it shows tony failing to save the people he cares about, and the billions of lives on earth). Fury needs tony to stay on his game, but fury also cares for tony too, and despite all the snarking and eye rolling, NICK FURY CARES FOR TONY STARK and tony, TONY RESPECTS and TRUSTS fury enough to be honest with fury, and tell him his fears i lvoe it so much ;_;