captain marvel (2012)

I just love the thought of Nat being the one to stand up for Tony in a lot of situations. Like, when he has to leave rooms without warning, doesn’t sleep, won’t eat anything, is snappy and unsociable following the battle of New York, Nat is the one who placates the team. She tells Steve to back off, distracts Thor from going down there to find out what’s going on, and keeps Bruce from heading to the workshop when Tony is in a particularly bad mood. She knows Tony better than most of them, and everyone wonders how and why, until Clint remembers her being assigned to him whilst he was dealing with Vanko, Hammer and the palladium poisoning. Nat knows how Tony deals with everything silently and alone, she knows how he hates people seeing him weak and thats why he’s down at the workshop more and more, shutting everyone else out. Her initial assessment of him was more to protect him from getting involved, because she knew that if something happened to the team or himself, he would take it really badly and isolate himself again, which is what is happening right now. She helps with some of his anxiety attacks and slowly gets him back to the team. he doesn’t trust her, not at all, but she knows this and doesn’t even try to pretend he does. He respects that. She’s already seen him at his worst, at his most self destructive, so he knows he can let her see this because this is nowhere near as bad. I just really love Nat and Tony protecting each other and being the really unlikely friendship duo