the thing that gets me most abt mcu’s Lie is that,,,, there is 100% a way they could have had steve lie to tony and have it play out in a way that was 12049354859x more impactful and devastating and relevant to their actual character development. bc the way mcu chooses to go abt it, it just makes steve come off as a dick as far as tony is concerned ?? we get no insight into his thought process or his motivations re: tony, all we get is a ‘i’m sorry you were hurt’ letter and Fuck That tbh. if ur going to go this far to hurt someone i want to see actual emotional repercussions and the Guilt play out in real time.
bc it’s not like steve didn’t have His Reasons to lie to tony, i’m never going to deny that, i sympathise w/ his motives. tonys across the multiverse have lied to their steves, or committed sins of omission for a greater purpose, but we always saw how those emotional ramifications fucked them up. we saw the motivation + the aftermath of the Lie, the actual remorse they felt. they chose to do the bad thing and lie, knowing they’d hurt steve, but we always saw them struggling with the choice and Suffering for it. when these two lie to each other, the outcomes of not telling that person in the first place always manifest in much worse, much more volatile and destructive ways.
apart from a less shitty apology letter, mcu’s format doesn’t allow them to pull a ‘confession’ extra where the whole truth comes out and we see how badly steve was effected by What He Did. instead, knowing that they were building up to cw in the first place, mcu should’ve given us a friendship worth breaking apart in the 1st place. like my god, actual screentime or cinematic cues through the screenwriting/blocking/execution of scenes that showed us steve making this choice between honesty + keeping tony in the dark, steve being aware of, for starters, the huge impact the starks’ death had on tony. bc for fuckin real, you can straight-up lie to someone u consider nothing more than a coworker but u can’t then turn around and say ‘u know what i was trying to spare you’ like ???? spare them from what? if you barely knew that person in the first place how can you Possibly claim that you were trying, partly, to protect them too? what the fuq does steve know abt tony stark + his relationship with his parents anyway? was it not in the file he read that SHIELD first gave him in the avengers (2012) that his parents died in a car crash when he was 21;;;;;; is he not aware that tony is literally building and rolling out a multi million dollar technology based on dealing w/ the ptsd + trauma associated w/ that event?????????
tldr this is just me trying to @ myself to be less hypocritical bc the truth + telling the truth when it comes at the cost of huge sacrifice has been a problem for a lot of stevetony iterations and many of those times tony has been the guilty party. but i just fuckin wish mcu had given us a dynamic worth giving a shit abt instead of forcing this ‘i thought i was sparing you even tho we’re barely even friends outside of work’ bullshit at the expense of making their mcu steve rogers come off as completely insensitive, heartless and oblivious to someone he’s supposed to consider a friend + teammate
♣️ warnings: mentions of blood and violance; litteraly just one swear word (if you find more, let me know); i think there’s a mention of sex somewhere in there (not between the characters, just in general).
♦️ a/n: just a universe i came up with. modern-ish royal-ish!AU. please, enjoy!
You always wondered: would card games be fun, if your world wasn’t operating the way it was? Would it be fun to sit around the table with your friends, or maybe throw some pillows on the floor to give your gathering an eastern flavor? To have a game or two - or ten, if someone catches a gamble fever - along with a cheap drink? Or, perhaps, to deal some cards on a train and play with a stranger, who happened to have a ticket for a seat across from you. Beat them and lose to them, but then become friends, or maybe leave each other just as you were at the beginning - as strangers, except a little more familiar ones - with a twist in a form of a fond memory of someone who kept you company on the way to your destination.
And you thought that, maybe, there was a world like that: where playing cards provided a light distraction or kept you busy, if needed. Unfortunately, you weren’t lucky enough to be born into a fantasy like that. It was not your reality. It was not your world. In your world - those cards with pictures on them were far from fun and games (though, a little further from fun than from games). They were too busy defining people - their status, their fate, the roles they played.