When she wasn’t telling her godson bedtime stories about Captain America, she was pulling him out of his depression when his parents were killed. Either way, Tony Stark is the son she never had and Peggy is the loving guardian that Tony always deserved.
(this is my headcanon and I’m sticking to it. Also, yes, that is baby RDJ)
<b>peggy:</b> [in a crowd and can't find angie]<p/><b>peggy:</b> [using hands as a megaphone] PEGGY CARTER SUCKS<p/><b>angie:</b> [running in her direction] EXCUSE ME BUT HOW DARE YOU<p/><b>steve:</b> [unfreezing] FIGHT THE SHIT OUT OF ME<p/><b>howard and jarvis:</b> [screaming]<p/><b>peggy:</b> what the holy fuck<p/></p>
‘I’m Peggy Carter. During the war I fought side by side with Captain America.’
2nd Photoset from my Agent Carter photoshoot! Too many nice photos I can’t choose! I love Peggy’s blue outfit. Oomph. She’s so strong~ ;__; <3 I was ecstatic when my friend Gigi told me she was definitely up for cosplaying another Stark :D THANKYOU!!!
I’ll hopefully make time to sew one more outfit of hers (the dark purple dress UGH IT’S SO NICE!) for one more Agent Carter shoot! :3
Fandom: MARVEL Agent Carter Peggy Carter - Christie Cosplay @ Facebook - Deviantart Howard Stark - Gigi @ Deviantart Costumes made by said cosplayers :3 Thank you Mel for lending me your wig and Jill for shooshing it up :D <3 THESE COLLARS WERE SUCH A PAIN TO PATTERN LIKE OHMYGOD. Photos & Edits by Rayfy. Thank you so much ray! These are fantabulous!!
Howard and Peggy travel to the future and meet the Avengers (Manip)
When Howard’s newest invention goes haywire in the middle of New York, both Peggy and Howard are thrown into the future. Peggy is surprised by how much she is loved. Howard is surprised by the opposite.
I grew up on the lower east side. My father sold fruit. My mother sewed shirt-waists for a factory. Let me tell you, you don’t get to climb the American ladder without picking up some bad habits on the way. There’s a ceiling for certain types of people, based on how much money your parents have, your social class, your religion, your sex.
This scene in Agent Carter took my fairly placid interest in MCU Howard Stark and it was like pouring petrol on a flame. I don’t know if it was intentional, but we have just been given practically canonical Jewish Howard Stark. I’ve been doing some reading up on the history of the Jewish population of New York, and I’m pretty much sure these choices were deliberate.
First off, the lower east side - this was a hugely popular migrant area. In the early 1900s, it was predominantly Irish Catholics, but with the influx of Jewish people from Eastern Europe, fleeing the pogroms and persecution, by the time Howard was a kid, it would have been a predominantly Jewish area, with a Jewish population of up to 400,000 people. It was also one of the most densely inhabited parts of the city, with families crammed in tight into tenement blocks.
Then we have the jobs his parents have - because of restrictions placed on Jewish people, whether by their own religion or by anti-semitic rules of society, the majority of Jewish people were limited to working in trade, ie. selling produce. His mother “sewed shirtwaists”. Basically, this means she was working in the New York version of a sweat shop, infamously filled with migrants, to mass produce clothes. There was a tragic fire in a shirt-waist factory in NYC in the early 1900s, where dozens of women were killed because they had no way out. The majority of the women were Jewish. Of course, any ethnicity and/or class of people could work, but given their location and the jobs they have, it seems pretty clean-cut.
And then he says “the American Ladder”. These three little words distance him from his identity as a card-carrying white American. He’s talking about what he’s had to do to climb ‘their’ ladder. Not 'our’ ladder. This confirms that not only is he of migrant descent (see his place of residence), but is of an ethnicity not entirely welcomed in the country and that he may only be a first- or second- generation migrant.
I find this especially interesting given some of the comments in earlier episodes. He called Peggy and Jarvis “my two favourite foreigners”, which is intriguing given that he’s now pretty much raised a flag saying “I am not entirely as American as people think”.
And he saved Anna. So he’d known Jarvis? So they always got along. Yes. And? It’s one man. Howard knows lots of people. What possible reason could Howard Stark have for saving a Jewish woman and the man who tried to save her? It’s not just because he knew Jarvis. Oh no. Yes, that helped. Yes, he liked Jarvis. But Howard grew up surrounded by Eastern European Jewish families. He knew how bad it could get for them, and I would almost bet money on him knowing first-hand as well. And this man he knew risked his life to save a Jewish woman. That’s why Howard stepped in.
Now, I hear comments that the name Stark isn’t Jewish. I beg to differ, my friends! There are still Jewish Starks in New York to this day. And even if Stark didn’t originally start out as a Jewish name, unfortunately for a lot of Jewish families, it was easier to assimilate into the culture by hiding their Jewish origins, and the easiest way to do this was by changing their names. Often, it was done by changing it to something that sounded similar or something that sounded especially not-Jewish. And given that Stark is a German name that means Strong, hmm, I wonder why that might have been picked.
And as a gracenote, the final bit of Howard’s speech, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he talks first about money, religion, and social class. He came from the dumping ground for migrants. He lived where they were pretty much forced, by poverty and the need for cheap accommodation.
In summary: He was not from a wealthy family. He was not from a socially-accepted religion. He was not from a good social class. And every one of those things, he learned to hide, and he did it by lying. “The only way to break through that ceiling is to lie. So that’s my natural instinct: to lie”.
He hid behind his acquired name. He hid behind his hand-built reputation. He hid behind the wealth he garnered. He made himself the embodiment of the American dream, and given that everyone idolises him, they clearly don’t know where he came from, and he makes damn sure they don’t find out, because he doesn’t want to slip back down the American ladder.
This is not a slam dunk for bisexual representation. Absolutely not. In our climate of overwhelming heteronormativity and blatant bisexual erasure, nothing short of the B word itself really CAN be. That much is fact.
The simple fact is that nothing short of the B word it self is TRULY indisputable representation. Obstinate heteronormativity and biphobia will give leverage for people to deny the blatantly obvious and narratively clear.
And that’s very sad.
Because Agent Carter gave us some pretty damn clear narrative parallels here. No one denies that Peggy’s love for Steve is romantic. No one denies that Howard has romantic interest in women. Both Peggy and Howard draw direct, clear, and deliberate parallels between Peggy’s love for Steve and Howard’s love for Steve. In a culture and climate that was truly open and equal, Howard’s bisexuality would be accepted without question (except, maybe, with the caveat of perhaps pansexuality.)
I will argue night and day that Bisexual Howard Stark is canon. If this were two women talking about their shared love for one man, there would be no question. If this were two men talking about their shared love for one woman, there would be no question. If these scenes played out in a way that maintained heteronormativity, it would be no question.
Despite the problems with Agent Carter, I do hope it will get a second season. I hope that second season will see major PoC characters, and I hope it will see explicit and undeniable confirmation of Bisexual Howard Stark.
“…as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold - everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment - an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by - I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, ‘Can you see anything?’ it was all I could do to get out the words: Yes, wonderful things.”