“Would you stop with that already? How many years ago was that?”
“He didn’t even turn around and he caught the frictkin’ arrow!”
I adore everything about this sequence, the flashback is adorable, Roy’s reaction and the fact that years later he’s still mortified by it despite how much he’s seen and done on his own by this point in his life, it’s great comedy.
And I love how nonchalant Dick brushes it all off. It’s great.
Okay, but I saw Wonder Woman yesterday for the first time and I keep thinking about the development of Diana’s team of ragtag WWI misfits. I wish the Howling Commandos had gotten the same depth and attention in The First Avenger. The Howlies had a montage and a few very forgettable side scenes that were eclipsed by the larger story. Diana’s team all had very distinct, memorable personalities and they were all given at least one meaningful conversation with Diana to make their connection to her that much more personal and grounded and real.
Seeing her with her team showed me we could have had so much more with Steve (Rogers) and his own band of misfits.
Just imagine how much more personal it would have made Captain America’s bond with his team if we’d had: a campfire conversation where Gabe talked about how hard it was to give up his education to fight in the war (especially since he’d fought tooth and nail just to be able to take classes). Or Steve learning French (and explosives) from Dernier (sometimes at the same time, and sometimes with near-disastrous consequences (Hydra found them more than once due to accidental explosions)). What if Falsworth and Steve bantered back and forth about their taste in art (Van Gogh is the only one they both agree is any good)? Or what if Dum-Dum cooked them all something awful and Steve tried to choke it down for the sake of morale (only to find out Dum-Dum knew it was bad and just wanted to see how far Steve would go)? What if Steve found out Morita had family back at home who were in internment camps (also known as the night Steve almost called off the assault on Hydra to go back home and tear down the US internment camps with his bare hands (that’s also when he starts to realize the government of the good ol’ US of A can’t always be trusted)? Imagine if we saw the team relieved to find out Bucky was still alive after Zola took him away in Azzano—and imagine if we saw them grieving with Steve after Bucky’s fall from the train.
Wonder Woman showed us you don’t need much—just a brief exchange here and there. A spark, a glimpse, a suggestion. If Captain America had that depth of connection to his first team, imagine how much more powerful it would be seeing him having to adapt to a new team in the future. Maybe it would be difficult for him, or maybe it would explain why Steve is actually so good at falling into a leadership position with the Avengers. We’d have seen how capable he is at uniting his first team.
I don’t know. In either case, I can’t stop thinking about what we missed.
Happy Pride weekend babes!! I skipped out on the DC party because I’m on vacation 🌈☀️🌊 but I’m still celebrating by spending tons of time with my love at my favorite place! Sending love to all my queer followers 💖