I rewatched Winter Soldier last night (because literally what else am I supposed to do the night before I see Civil War)
And it was still great. Obviously. But you know what the best scene is?
None of the awesome action scenes. None of the Stucky fanfic fuel. None of the scenes with Falcon (somehow? Falcon’s so freaking awesome, I can’t believe I just said that he’s not the best part of a thing he’s in).
The best scene is this one:
Remember this? Basically, Cap just told everyone over the intercom about Hydra infiltrating Shield, and how, if you’re not Hydra, trust no one, and fight back if you can.
In the speech, Cap acknowledges that “If I stand alone” (that is, if no one wants to step up, because, fun fact, guns are really scary), then so be it.
And then Hydra’s resident Mr. McMuscle Man Brock Rumlow up there walks up to this lowly Launch Technician (Cameron Klein is his name, played by Aaron Himelstein) and orders him to launch Project Insight (aka Hydra’s evil plans).
Five minutes ago, Cameron had one job, and it was to press a few keys and launch this thing. Sure, he’d heard about Cap becoming a fugitive, and that was weird (and sounded kinda sketchy), but hey, he works for the good guys, right?
But now the game has changed. Launching this thing is a bad idea.
Cameron pauses as Rumlow demands him to start it up. And Cameron refuses.
Rumlow pulls out a gun and points it straight at Cameron’s head. And Cameron panics; heck, he’s practically holding back tears already. But he still says no. “Captain’s orders,” he explains.
You know why this is the best scene in the movie? Because Cameron reminds me of someone. Someone that people watching the movie are already pretty familiar with.
Cameron is the guy who may not have the muscle or the skills to be a soldier or a spy, but he wanted to help make the world a better place, so he did what he could. He got a job at Shield, he followed the orders of people he thought he could trust, and when he realized the truth, he stood his ground and did the right thing. He hasn’t gone through any training, he has no powers or skills or suits of armor. He didn’t even know Sharon Carter was armed and would be able to get him out of harm’s way. He thought he was about to die. But he wasn’t going to stand by and let evil triumph.
And that’s despite the fact that Cap had EXPLICITLY given him permission to do so. That’s what he meant by “If I stand alone.” Cap was saying that if there’s a gun pointed to your head, it’s not cowardly to give up. That’s okay. It doesn’t make you a bad person. If a grenade gets tossed your way, you’re allowed to run away.
But Cameron chose to jump on top of the grenade instead.
I’ve heard people say “Steve Rogers is a hero with or without the serum,” and other people say that’s kind of a cheesy thing to say, but if you want proof of that statement, Cameron is it. In a 90-second or so scene, this movie perfectly emulated what it means to be a hero even if you have a desk job. Even if you don’t look like you take steroids. Even if nothing eventful has ever happened to you until one moment when everything in your life changes, YOU CAN STILL BE A HERO.
I don’t care if that sounds cheesy or hokey. This scene is incredible. Cameron Klein is incredible - so incredible, in fact, that he got a cameo in Age of Ultron on Fury’s Helicarrier.
Yeah, someone (I’m guessing Sharon) was so freaking impressed at his bravery that they recommended him to serve on Fury’s staff (and, after Winter Soldier, the amount of people Fury trusted could probably be counted on one hand). And he’s in charge of the evacuation - which was LITERALLY THE REASON Fury shows up at all. Not military backup, not surveillance. Evacuation of civilians. And Fury gave Cameron that responsibility.
Because that guy up there may be the face of a nerd, or a gofer, or a desk clerk.
But it’s also the face of a person who won’t back down. Even when his world is being turned upside down, even when his life is on the line, this is the face of a man who will always do the right thing.
This is the face of a hero.
Now, Marvel’s Damage Control is an upcoming TV show about the normal folks. The ones without powers who always seem to be in the background but may have a lot more depth than they let on.
And I’m gonna try not to be too upset if I don’t see this guy’s name in the cast list, but man I’m hoping I do, because Cameron Klein is a hero.
Word Count: 1.3K Pairing: Peter Parker x Reader (No gender specified) Summary: After Peter recounts the events of his fight with Captain America and his team, confessions are made. Warnings: None. A/N: I wrote this today because I wanted to take my mind off of the other things I’m writing that have backstories and more complicated plots– which means that this is fluff and a lil angst and then fluff again.
You’re sitting cross-legged on Peter’s bed, running your fingers through his hair while he rests his head on your lap. He’s talking animatedly, and from the faraway look in his eyes you can see that he’s lost in his own memories.
“And Bucky Barnes had this super cool metal arm and I touched it! And the Falcon had this awesome drone that threw me out the window and there was this man that Mr. Stark said was called Ant-Man who was like, super tiny.”
“Like an ant?” You ask, straining your face muscles to stop yourself from smiling. He stops talking and gives you an unamused look.
“Yes, obviously. Anyway–” He moves to sit up and you take your hands off his hair. “Spread your legs.” Your eyes widen in surprise and you laugh out loud.
“Damn, chivalry sure is dead.” You say in amusement– but the joke takes a couple of seconds to land on Peter. Once it does, his eyes widen and he blushes furiously– jerking back and lifting his hands up, shaking his head.
“I didn’t mean it like that! I– I just wanted to sit between your legs!” You fall back against his pillow, laughing heartily.
“I know, babe. Come here.” You manage to say once you’ve controlled yourself. You sit back and spread your legs, opening your arms for him. He covers his face and sighs exaggeratedly before moving at a snail’s pace towards you until he’s finally sitting in front of you, leaning back against your chest.
I had a ton of fun hawking in Arizona over the last few days and visiting my friend who moved there over the summer. She got some great pictures of Kai (more to come) and we met some awesome new falconers! Kai racked up a total of 5 bunnies and one pheasant during the trip - 4 were in AZ and two on the way home. I already want to go back!
I reblog and write mostly Bucky, but honestly, my love for Sam Wilson is so strong that when I watched Age of Ultron the other day with the fam and Sam showed up at the party, my daughter said, “There’s your other boy, Mom.”
Meet the three Barn Owl sisters, in order, Doodlebug, Ruby, and Scarlett!
These lovely birds will be a year old in July, and I remember when they were just fluffy clouds of feather! These girls are so calm and so content around people, Ruby is always prone to falling asleep if you gently pet her head! All three are awesome birds and are always popular with the visitors!
This is Tilly, one of our few birds that really enjoys a long hug!
Tilly is a European Eagle Owl and is slowly being brought back as one of our main display birds. We recently renovated multiple aviaries and so our main priority then was letting her settle into her new home. Now she’s regained her confidence and has been out in the display ring almost everyday and is enjoying being the centre of attention ((which leads to lots of snuggles!))
She’s so lovely and calm around the volunteers and is comfortable being perched on a strangers arms ((even if they can’t easily hold her whopping 5-6 pound weight!))
I’ve started my work experience for college at Puxton Park’s falconry centre!
I went there last year for different work experience and couldn’t give up the opportunity to go there again! They have so many amazing, calm and sassy birds you can’t help but fall in love :)
The first bird pictured ((top left)) is named Rogue and she’s a hybrid falcon. She is mixed between the largest, a Gyr Falcon, and the smallest UK falcon a Merlin Falcon. This makes her a Gyrlin Falcon! She’s amazing on the lure!
The next ((top right)) is Miller the Harris Hawk. Miller is around 18 years old and one of the best Harris Hawks I’ve ever met! He’s super sweet, super clever and has an amazing personality! He’s taught me a lot about public displays and I enjoy every second with him!
Finally, the last bird ((bottom center)) is Raphael the Bateleur Eagle! He’s super majestic and absolutely full of personality. He’s amazing during the display and keeps us entertained during the rest of the day. He has his stroppy diva moment every now and then, but, don’t we all?
Target now has a marvel water bottle with Falcon, Black Widow, Daredevil, and Cap. Which is amazing because REPRESENTATION. This is how I decided to explain this to my mom: “You don’t understand. The representation here is awesome. Falcon is black, Black Widow is a woman, Daredevil is blind, and Captain America is a dorito.”