i know steampunk and dieselpunk, but what exactly defines atompunk as a subculture?
Many derivatives of cyberpunk are retro-futuristic, based either on the futuristic visions of past eras, especially from the first and second revolution technological-eras, or more recent extrapolations or exaggerations of the actual technology of those eras.
Atompunk relates to the pre-digital period of 1945-1965, including mid-century Modernism, the Atomic Age and Space Age, Communism and concern about it exaggerated as paranoia in the USA along with Neo-Soviet styling, underground cinema, Googie architecture, the Sputnik programme, superhero fiction, the rise of the US military/industrial powers and the fall-out of Chernobyl. Its aesthetic tends toward Populuxe and Raygun Gothic, which describe a retro-futuristic vision of the world.
Captain America is the “man
out of time.” This is maxim is at
the core of who Steve Rogers is, and over the course of ca:tfa, ca:tws, and the
two Avengers films, the inherent conflict between the past and the present has
steadily been building. In ca:tfa and
the Avengers, we see Steve struggling with culture shock and ptsd. In ca:tws, he’s attempting to adjust to the
present world, but then Bucky shows up and everything goes to shit. I’ll admit that I’m a little hesitant to
include aou, because I’m pretty sure Joss Whedon just decided to ignore the
rest of the films in Phase Two, but even Steve’s Wanda-induced vision firmly
reinforces how much he misses the past.
“We stand now at the turning point between two eras. Behind us is a past to which we can never return. The coming of the rocket brought to an end a million years of isolation. The childhood of our race was over and history as we know it began.” — Arthur C. Clarke