alright FUCKOS, sit your asses down, cause’ i’m about to tell you all about the two most IMPORTANT scenes in CA:CW and why they were so good and great and significant.
the first one is when tony is talking to peter in his bedroom, and peter begins to tell tony about his powers and why he does what he does. he says to tony, “when you can do what i can, but don’t, when the bad things happen - they happen cause’ of you.”
peter is saying that if he were to do nothing with his powers, he’d be responsible for the things he didn’t stop, but could’ve. this is SO FUCKING IMPORTANT because that ideology is a huge part of cap’s stance on the accords. steve stands firmly by the idea that if he’s able to help someone, he has to - or else he has failed in doing what he’s meant to do. tony knows that peter has a point, and at the same time, thinks that peter would agree with cap much more than himself.
you can SEE IT on his face.
the second scene is when steve and bucky are flying out to siberia, and they begin to talk about bucky’s actions as the winter soldier. bucky is adamant that he’s a murderer, even though he knows it was out of his power to do anything when he was being controlled by hydra. steve tries to tell bucky that he’s not a murderer, because he had no control over any of the things he did. bucky agrees - but in the end, he realizes that he still killed people. even if it wasn’t intentional, even if he wasn’t able to stop himself, he was ultimately the one who murdered innocents.
‘ you didn’t have a choice. ‘ “i know, but i still did it.”
AGAIN, YOU CAN SEE THE REALIZATION ON STEVE’S FACE.
he’s quiet after bucky tells him as much because what bucky said is familiar - earlier, tony had tried to make it clear that, even though the avengers want nothing more than to protect people, their battles still cause casualties, and they still are responsible for the damage they caused in the process. steve tried to tell tony that they saved so many people, and THAT’S what’s important, and that the avengers in no way meant to kill those people. but tony’s point remains: regardless of how or why, they were responsible for innocent civilians being killed. and there was no way back from that.
THESE TWO SCENES ARE CRUCIAL.
even if they seem arbitrary and small compared to the rest of the film, they do so much for both tony and steve. they allow a moment for each character to come face-to-face with what they’re battling, and force them to understand what each side is fighting for. even though it doesn’t change their minds, they both gain insight on the others stance, and it makes the process of fighting one another all the more difficult.
ANYWAY, THIS IS PAINFUL AND I FUCKING LOVED CIVIL WAR. THAT IS ALL.
Cassandra had an inkling that’s what this evening was leading into. It had been so romantic– a long, candlelit path to a hammock, where she laid against her lover as he read poetry in a quiet, soothing voice. Rose petals were scattered all over the ground, touched by the breeze of the twilight hour. Finally, he opened the page to her favorite poem, and hidden inside the pages was a drawing of a ring. She looked up to him as he pulled it out of his pocket, her cheeks flushing red. Tears slipped down her eyes as she could only squeak out “yes” repeatedly.
Iron Bull shrugged when the Inquisitor suggested marriage. Marriage wasn’t a thing under the Qun, but since he was no longer under it… The hopeful look in his Kadan’s eyes was enough for him to smile and consent, though he wasn’t particularly excited about it. However, come the actual day of the ceremony, he actually cries tears of joy. Bull cries the most out of anyone at the wedding. He hadn’t imagined he’d feel like this, but it was good.
Blackwall sputtered in utter disbelief– she would marry him? After all that he’s done, all that’s happened, and… after asking if they’re sure, it takes every ounce of willpower to not start crying as he accepts their proposal. The man begins imagining their future far more often after that– a log cabin house built by his own hands, a mabari or two, at least two, maybe three, children with scraped knees and happy smiles running about their yard. And he’d finally be happy.
Sera repeatedly calls her lover a loony, in greater and greater glee and excitement, squealing as she accepted. She actually tackles them to the ground with kisses, and as soon as they get back up, she and the Inquisitor giggle all the way up to the tower that the Herald lives in. Later, as Sera lays awake in the middle of the night while her fiancée slumbers, holding up the ring the Herald gave her for her proposal in her fingers, imagining their life together. She means it. She loves her, and Sera’s never been happier in her life.
Solas’s greatest fear is dying alone. His vhenan stood before him, promise ring extended, eyes full of hope, offering to take away that fear. He stares, open-mouthed, in disbelief. The Dalish had cursed their enemies with “May the Dread Wolf take you!” and here his vhenan stood– aware who he was. Never before had he thought anyone would take him. Laughter bubbles up in his chest, tears prickling at the corners of his eyes as he accepts, taking her into his arms, kissing her. May the Dread Wolf take and be taken, he thinks wryly.
Dorian doesn’t know how to respond immediately. So many considerations float in his head– would it put his lover in danger, would it be safe, would it be… He eventually shakes himself back into reality. After staring into his lover’s hopeful eyes, he decides. Fuck it all. Weeping, he says yes in a blustery mess, kissing his lover with no reservations any longer. No matter what happened, so long as they were at each other’s side, they would be okay. Easy? No. But Dorian knows it’s all worth it. It’s all okay.
Cullen chokes when he realizes he’s being proposed to, his cheeks turning red, so red. For a moment, the events of the last ten years spin in his head, how it all led up to now. There was a time when life seemed too much, but he survived, and now she was there, and she loved him enough to marry him. Looking back to the woman before him, who stares up at him, proffering the lucky coin he gave them, now set as a ring. “Yes, I’ll marry you.” he says breathlessly, pulling her in for the tightest hug of her life. When he takes the ring, instead of putting it on his finger, he takes her hand and slips it on her ring finger. The coin still belonged with her.
Josephine squealed in delight, covering her mouth, starting to weep. It had been a romantic date to Val Royeaux, and in a moonlit gondola right through the thoroughfare, they popped the question, catching her completely off-guard. After regaining her senses, she can only squeal yes, over and over again, the details of their wedding already forming in her mind. She kisses them in utter delight, holding them tight, now and forever.
Krem is at a complete loss for words. Never in his life did he ever imagine he’d get married, much less the one proposed to. He isn’t even aware of the fact the Chargers had taken notice, and were watching intensely, silently. The love of his life wanted to marry him. They loved him for him, and he suddenly can’t bear to imagine a life without them. He says yes, and the Chargers erupt into cheers, surrounding the lieutenant and the newest Charger-to-be by marriage. Bull pulls them both into his arms, nearly squeezing the life out of both of them in a hug. Later on, Bull sternly warns the Inquisitor to treat Krem right; he wouldn’t stand for anything less.
Once upon a time, I sat at dinner with a couple – both of them ministers – who told me they didn’t let their children believe in Santa Claus because they didn’t want them believing in imaginary beings. I nearly choked on the irony.