Another humans are weird/space orcs idea that came to me while trying to drink water upside down:
Humans are apex predators. We’re unbreakable and relentless and legion and lethal. Nothing gets to us- except us.
It’s the stupidest little things that can stop up a human.
Many aliens have theorized about this. Perhaps with no natural enemies, the species tried to threaten them with themselves in a desperate search for some kind of challenge. Maybe it’s cosmic karma for being nigh unstoppable. Maybe they had transcended so much that the nuances of life were tiny and incomprehensible to them. Maybe it’s natural selection trying to thin the herd.
Whichever the cause, it’s a strange combination of disturbing and amusing to see a human be defeated by itself. It’s a little alarming to see the most resilient and powerful species in the universe be completely shut down with things that pale in comparison to their normal challenges.
Seeing a human function almost completely fully with several broken bones… but absolutely crippled and reduced to using one arm when faced with a large hangnail.
My dad broke his leg in a snowmobile accident in such a way that the bone was sticking out of his leg. He crawled a half mile in the snow to the nearest house to ask for help. But when he stubs his toe on the coffee table every few weeks, it’ll bring him to his knees.
I recently got a double conch piercing done- two massive needles shoved through the thickest cartilage in my ear, one right after the other. I’ve got 5 other piercings. None, not even the conch, hurt as much as getting a single hair yanked out of my head.
I see people eat some of the world’s hottest foods all laced with capsaicin which can kill things, and drink alcohol that’s literally poisonous, and break pen cases with their teeth. But a too cold slush drink? Unable to talk or move, head between the knees, for about two minutes, because brain freeze. Or, better yet, sometimes we literally choke on spit. Nearly asphyxiate. Because we regularly ‘swallow down the wrong hole’.
Alien: Why did you say, last month, that your broken ribs and arm and massive blood loss was ‘fine’, but when you got a paper cut today, you cried for ten minutes and now still refuse to unwrap your wound? It is tiny in comparison to some things that you’ve faced without hesitation.
Human: Honestly it’s really stupid and I don’t really know, but I will swear up and down and until the day I die, a broken bone hurts way less than a paper cut.
Alien: But… no. It’s not worse. It… that doesn’t make sense.
Why the SPN mixtape scene from 12x19 is screenwriting gold, and should be taught to the next generations of screenwriters everywhere - analysis
20 seconds. Two lines of dialogue, three gestures, a couple more camera angles. Episode 19, season 12 of a genre TV show “Supernatural”. A single strike of screenwriting and cinematic genius. The mixtape scene.
Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn, I bow before you.
This scene should be used as an example for future screenwriters how you can put maximum of meaning into minimal time and dialogue. Should be analyzed and taught at universities everywhere, how to achieve the most using the least. How to write for TV, where you only have less than an hour to built something spectacular.
Let’s just peel off all the layers of these 20 seconds of footage and these 13 words. 13 WORDS.
(Cas knocks, Dean doesn’t say anything. Cas opens the door, apologizes for disturbing Dean in his room, and then takes a cassette tape out of his left inside coat pocket, and puts it on the desk, while tapping the label on it that says “Deans (sic!) top 13 Zepp traxx”.)
Cas: Um, I just wanted to return this.
Dean: It’s a gift. You keep those.
13 tracks. 13 words. The future. So number thirteen is important for the future. I mean, are you trying to tell us something here, writers?
(Dean takes the tape, oustreches his arm, and gives it back to Cas. We see Cas’ hand grabbing the tape, and taking it back.)
That tiny scene is ENORMOUS from the perspective of the narrative and the characterization. Let’s see what we can get out of it. (Prepare yourself: it’s gonna be long. Damn, how much meta can you write based on 20 seconds of television and two lines of dialogue?) (Hint: A lot.)
What I mean:Takashi Shirogane probably is one of the best fictional heroes of this generation. On top of that, Shiro is a character that really shouldn’t exist to begin with. All previous iterations of Voltron have either killed off/replaced the iteration of his character. However, the creative team has decided to enrich, expand, and ultimately create something amazing out of Sven/Shirogane. Shiro is both physically and aesthetically amazing in his character design. There’s a reason why Josh Keaton’s twitter subheading is ‘That hot guy from Voltron.’ But Shiro is amazing both as a physical character as he is in what he represents. Takashi Shirogane is a canonically Japanese character who is both physically handicapped (debatable as his prosthetic physically helps more than it hurts from what we’ve seen.) As well as a character who has been through a disturbing amount of psychological trauma. All this being said, he still leads a group of heroes and carries the weight of the whole universe on his shoulders. He isn’t perfect, he lashes out, he gets angry, he gets scared, he gets frustrated and he gets irrational and attacks without justification. But he still serves as a fantastic roll model for all children and for anyone who watches the show. He stands as a paragon of heroes because despite his limitations and his traumas he still leads effortlessly, he still manages to stay strong despite his demons, he still is moving despite all of what life has thrown at him and that is truly amazing.
I don’t want Shiro to die, I don’t want Shiro to be replaced in Season 3. I don’t want him to just serve as a plot device to advance Keith and Lance, I love the show because Shiro has inspired me to keep on fighting, to go out and be great, to not be scared of what might happen, because fear will inhibit me from doing something great.
I want Shiro to live. I want Shiro to keep on living, I want Shiro to decompress and to cry, to prove to the viewers that its okay to break down, I want Shiro to overcome his demons, I want Voltron to win with Shiro at the helm, I want Shiro to make it back to earth, Alive. I want Shiro to survive.
genre/warnings: fluff/romance/smut, flangst, adorkableness, use of non-penetrative sex toys, (not so) dry humping
feat: Hansol Vernon Chwe/Original Female, Joshua, Jeonghan + various
prompts: roommate!Vernon, silliness, cuddles, mac n’cheese = love
(a/n) my birthday project for my muse. thank you for everything vern:) and kisses for @vernkn who gifed my soft sweater vernon aesthetic. enjoy!
She loved Joshua Hong.
When she was so graciously offered to live in her aunt’s vacation penthouse close to her university of choice, the only catch was that she had to pay some of the bills. Completely fair, because it was a kind enough gesture to give away a freshly furnished space to a niece you barely talked to. Luckily, there was enough room for another guest, enough to split the rent.
So in comes the savior of her life, brother from another mother, Joshua Hong, decked out in sandy beige Sperry’s and ironed white jeans. Fresh from South California, he wore their sunshine on his smile, and their attitude in his Cheshire eyes. He was attending the same university as well, and was conveniently looking for a means to stay. Needless to say, she pounced on him at orientation before he could ask anyone else.
The Monster Study refers to an experiment conducted by Wendell Johnson at the University of Iowa in 1938. Johnson wanted to understand the cause of stuttering and for his experiment, he got 22 orphan children and would give half of them positive speech therapy and the other half negative speech therapy. Those with the positive speech therapy were praised for the fluency of their speech while the other half were berated and belittled.
The experiment was dubbed the Monster Study because the majority of people were absolutely horrified that somebody would use orphan children during a negative experiment. In fact, most of the children who received the negative speech therapy suffered psychological effects and retained speech problems for the rest of their lives. Some just completely refused to speak following the traumatic treatment they received.
In 2002, the University of Iowa publicly apologised for the grim experiment.
My university has a MASSIVE flock of resident crows about 600 strong that visit every winter and things get a little surreal sometimes because of it.
- We have a falconry club, but no falcons. It would be impossible to keep them on campus because of the danger of being mobbed by crows.
- The flock roosts together at night. They pick two or three trees to settle in. You can tell where they were because the ground will be carpeted with droppings and twigs the next morning.
- The university tries to repel them. This happens mostly in the form of a recording of a squawking sound alternated with kookaburra-like whooping. This only plays in the dead of night.
- It doesn’t work.
- Imagine walking home from your club meeting. It’s only 8:00 but has been pitch black since 5. Echoing from the roof of the library is the eerie sound of a bird that does not exist in this world. Above you is a tree somehow in full leaf despite it being January. The leaves move on their own. They are not leaves. They are crows. You change your path to give them a wide berth. Avoiding the droppings, you rationalize. You don’t want to think about what else might happen if they are disturbed.
Don’t take yourself seriously, you are a piece of dust floating in the vast empty expanse of space.
Don’t take other people too seriously; no matter who they are; be they a celebrity, the most accomplished person you know, a sibling you’ve had a long-standing rivalry with - It doesn’t matter; they too are a piece of space dust.
You know what? It’s nice to be nice. You never really regret being nice to someone. Plus we evolved from another species of space dust called monkeys, who really like to copy each other, and guess what? So do we. When we see a person being nice to another person (or animal, or plant, or any form of perceivable space dust really), we will likely do the same.
Be patient. Not all pieces of space dust have had positive examples set for them by other pieces of space dust. We all express and communicate emotions differently and all need to be dealt with in different ways. We don’t always know how deal with everyone else, but one thing that tends to work best is to be patient.
We are terrible at communicating. We have created technology and languages to try to help us with the communication of ideas and emotions, but neither technology nor language is very good at helping us. Again, it comes down to patience. We have no logically perfect language, no way of properly expressing ourselves, which can be maddening to many. When it comes right down to it, we are all trying our best given the circumstances.
One great thing about human art is that it takes so many forms: painting, poetry, sculpture, writing, dance, the arrangement of flowers in a bouquet, photography, cooking, music, and the list goes on. If your usual form of communication isn’t working for you, whether it be language or technology that is failing you (whether it be language or electronic communication), try reaching people through art. Write someone a haiku, draw something on a napkin, make someone a meal, play a song, pick people some wildflowers.
Attention is something we all crave internally; again we are descendants of monkeys, making us pretty social bits of space dust. Remembering that everyone wants attention is crucial when trying to understand some people’s behavior. There are different types of attention, broken down simply into: bad attention and good attention. Certain people have not had positive role models in their lives, or people who would only pay attention to them when they did something outlandish, leading people to form a positive connotation between the outlandish behaviors and being on the receiving end of attention. Try to be patient with everyone.
Don’t forget that the world is, if you think about it, a pretty horrible place. Humanity is extremely flawed in its overall design. People do horrible things to each other, to animals, to plants and to the planet they live on. Thinking about this for long periods of time can cause people to become overwhelmed and depressed. Instead, why not try being glad? If you think that world is an inherently horrible place then everything nice that goes on is merely a bonus, a diamond in the rough if you will. This will make you enjoy the small nice things in your existence a great deal more. You were lucky enough to see a small child smile at you in the department store today, you saw a deer wandering your local cemetery, you got your tax returns today and got to buy the box of tea you’ve wanted for a month. The moth sitting in your closet, though it may be eating your clothes, is still very beautiful is you look at it closely – intricate patterns detailed on its delicate wings.
Try making the conscious effort to be happy. This is not easy for everyone, some people are predisposed to being sad based on a neurochemical imbalance, which is completely unfair, but by making very deliberate actions in your life to make yourself happy, you will notice a big difference. Try reading children’s picture books, listening to music you love, eating small tasty treats, spending alone time in nature, imagining best-case scenarios, picking flowers, doing something nice for someone else, creating something, spending time to re-read a book you love.
Beauty is another thing humans love and avidly search out in their lives. Unfortunately certain people believe this is a very shallow pursuit – which it is most definitely not! Look for beauty in the things you would normally consider mundane! Study a single flower, gaze at a spider’s dew covered web, relish the sight of a sunset, stare into someone’s eyes, look up into the night sky! Breathe in the familiar scent of your mother’s laundry detergent, the smell of a freshly cut lawn in summer, of thanksgiving pumpkin pie, of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day, of an old book slowly decomposing! Beauty is all around you, look closely!
Something we should do more often is contemplate our existence and remember how tiny and insignificant everything and everyone is in compared to the vastness of our universe. Start sticking your tongue out at things that are important or respected. Have a carpe diem moment. Listen to music loudly, dress in bizarre clothes – a generation or two from now no one will remember! As long as you don’t disturb other people’s way of life, try to improve your own! Listen to other people’s opinions even if you don’t agree, try listening to music you don’t like to figure out why, spend time with people you wouldn’t normally spend time with, teach yourself something new! Learn about outer space or philosophy or literature or art!
Be mature (the definition of maturity is doing whatever you want, whenever you want, even if your parents think it’s a good idea) but also be childish! Scribble on pieces of paper, imagine things, cry, scream, have big big emotions!
Basically; do what makes you happy, but doesn’t make those around you unhappy. Search out beauty. Be patient with people. Create art. Listen to what people have to say. Try communicating ideas. Spend time doing things that make you happy. Imagine things. Contemplate your existence. Learn things! Give yourself attention and give it to others (in a positive way). Don’t forget we are all pieces of dust in a massive universe that isn’t slowing down for us.
A/N This is a pretty crappy one (not gonna lie) but I just wanted to write something… so here you guys go!! I’m probably gonna write a part 2 because I have a few ideas in mind… Anyways hope you enjoy this!
Pairing: Tom Holland x reader, ft Harrison Osterfield and Zendaya
You sat down on the couch. Excitement bubbled inside of you. Tom was landing today. You were ecstatic. Tom had been away for 6 months, filming Chaos Walking and going for press tours. You couldn’t leave London due to your job, so you had to make do with Skype calls or texts. You missed him so much and you couldn’t wait to have him in your arms again. The late night skype calls weren’t enough. You were desperate to touch him, hug him and kiss him.
You smiled to yourself as you looked at the picture of you and Tom hanging on the wall. Oh how you wished time would pass faster. A buzz from your phone snapped you out of your thoughts. You picked up the rectangle block. A text from Zendaya.
Call me on Skype. It’s important.
You frowned. What happened? It couldn’t be Tom. Harrison would’ve called you if something happened to Tom. You rang her up on Skype.
“He’s cheating.” You could sense the nervousness in her voice.
You furrowed your brows. Who was cheating? Tom? Not possible. Was Zendaya’s boyfriend cheating on her?
You couldn’t believe what you heard. You blinked. Was your head processing this right? Tom? Thomas Holland? Cheating? On you? No way. You refused to believe it. You laughed.
“That’s a good prank Z. Thomas wouldn’t cheat on me.” You said flatly.
“But he did. Y/N you need to believe me. I have proof.”
“I don’t think so Z.” Your voice quivered a little.
“I’m so sorry.” She said as your phone buzzed. You looked down. A picture of Tom holding another woman, smiling as he kissed her passionately. You refused to believe what you saw.
“Are you sure that this isn’t from Chaos Walking?”
“It was taken during a get together three weeks ago. There was no booze. Nothing. I’m so sorry. I shouldn’t have kept it from you for so long. I just didn’t know what to do.” She apologised with a sorry expression plastered on her face. You knew it was true.
“It’s alright. Does Harrison know?”
“Yes. You alright?”
“I’m fine.” You’re not.
She was right. You were broken. Torn. Hurt. You bit your lip hard, trying to stop yourself from breaking down. But you couldn’t hold back. Hot tears started to trickle down your cheek as you thought of Tom holding another woman, with the hands that held you. You thought of Tom kissing her, with the lips that said ‘I love you’. You thought of Tom’s smile, the one that could light up your day. You thought of him, until the familiar ringtone sounded through your house. It was Tom.
“Hello?” You put the phone on loudspeaker so that Zendaya could hear.
“Hey. Haz and I just landed. But you don’t have to come see us. We’re really tired. Gonna head to my house to rest. I’ll see you in a few days at your family dinner alright?”
“How about tomorrow? We have tickets to watch a movie remember?”
“Oh… about that… I’m sorry but I’m really tired and I want to take a few days to rest. You can take your sister instead.” He sounded nervous. You could tell that he was lying through his teeth.
“My sister is studying in Singapore Tom.”
“It’s fine. I’ll see you soon. Love you.”
You said, waiting for an ‘I love you’ back, but the line went dead.
“Oh God. I’m so sorry Y/N. I can come over tomorrow to watch it with you?” She suggested, hoping to lift your spirits.
“It’s fine. I have something to do anyways. You’ll hear about it though.” You smiled.
You were fine. You had skipped the whole crying and wallowing in self pity phase of a breakup. You spent the night singing happy breakup songs and clearing your house. You packed up all of Tom’s things into a box. You cleared all the clothes you took, all the pictures and all the gifts. You packed it into two cardboard boxes. You loaded the boxes into the boot of your car and you headed off.
“Y/N?” Harrison looked surprised and extremely uncomfortable.
“Hey.” You smiled.
“uh… what are you doing here?” He leaned his weight on the door, such that all you could see was him and a little bit of the house.
“I thought that I could come surprise Tom. I have somethings for him.”
“Oh… well but Tom doesn’t want you here right now. Plus he’s out.” Lies. Tom’s shoes were by the shoe rack.
“It’s fine. I’ll just leave the things here.”
Harrison reached to take the boxes, but you pushed your way through and walked into the house.
“Y/N, I said you’re not supposed to be here.“
You dropped the boxes. Now you were angry.
“Why? Why Harrison? Why am I not allowed here. Give me one good reason why I shouldn’t be here.” You were fuming. How could Harrison not tell you? He was your best friend too.
“I said, Tom isn’t home.” Lies.
“I’m not blind Haz. I can see the pair of high heels sitting next to Tom’s shoes. I know Harrison. I know.“
By then you were raising your voice. You didn’t care if you were disturbing Tom and his girlfriend, you needed to let your pent up anger go.
“Geez what’s with the noise?”
You turned to see him. Standing on the steps of the staircase. He froze. He went white. You desperately wanted to go up to him and kiss him. You wanted to scream at him. You wanted to hug him. You wanted to slap him into another universe.
“Y/N… what are you doing here? I told you not to come.”
“I told you not to come. God why can’t you just listen? I wanted t-”
“To spend time with your new girlfriend?” You fired back.
He was stunned. He figured that you wouldn’t have found out. He figured that if he hid her well enough, no one else would find out.
“Oh yea. It was supposed to be a secret. My bad. Zendaya happened to spill the beans. Whoops?”
“Zendaya…” his hand curled into a fist.
“Don’t blame her. I think I deserve to know if my boyfriend doesn’t want me anymore right?”
His face softened when you said that.
“Y/N… it’s not that I don’t want you. I do. I’m so sorry… it was a one time thing. It was an accident. I was drunk. I didn’t know what I was doing.” He pleaded.
“No wonder you won that award at the BAFTAs… you’re a really good actor.” You crossed your arms, pretending to be wowed by his performance.
“Zendaya told me every single detail Thomas. There was no booze. You were definitely in the right mind… and judging by the pair of high heels over there… I’m pretty sure it’s not a one time thing.” You stated flatly.
“No Y/N… It’s not… no… Please forgive me. I’ll break up with her…”
“It’s fine Thomas.”
He looked at you, his eyes lit up. He was thankful that he was given another chance.
A COLLECTION OF VARIOUS TUMBLR USERS’ FAVOURITE WORDS
absolution; act of absolving; a freeing from blame or guilt; release fromconsequences, obligations, or penalties.
acquiesce; accept something reluctantly but without protest.
asterismos;a rhetorical term for an introductory word or phrase that has the primary function of calling attention to what follows.
astronomy; the scientific study of matter and phenomena in the universe, especially in outer space, including the positions, dimensions, distribution, motion, composition, energy, and evolution of celestial objects.
ataraxia; a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquillity.
aura;a distinctive and pervasive quality or character; atmosphere.
boisterous;noisy, energetic, and cheerful.
bling; a slang term popularized in hip hop culture, referring to flashy, ostentatious, or elaborate jewellery and ornamented accessories
brontide; a low muffled sound like distant thunder heard in certain seismic regions especially along seacoasts and over lakes and thought to be caused by feeble earth tremors.
burgundy; a deep red colour like that of burgundy wine.
cacophony; a harsh discordant mixture of sounds.
camaraderie; mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.
capricious; guided by whim rather than reason.
cosmic; relating to the universe or cosmos, especially as distinct from the earth.
decadence; moral or cultural decline as characterized by excessive indulgence in pleasure or luxury.
defenestration; the action of throwing someone out of a window, or, the action or process of dismissing someone from a position of power or authority.
effervescent; vivacious and enthusiastic.
eloquence; fluent or persuasive speaking or writing.
ephemeral; lasting for a very short time.
epinephrine; another term for adrenaline.
epistemology; the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion.
ethereal; extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world.
eunoia; comes from the Greek word εὔνοια, meaning “well mind” or “beautiful thinking.”
fantastical; based on or existing only in fantasy; unreal.
furtive; attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble; secretive.
gossamer; a light, thin, and insubstantial or delicate material or substance.
halcyon; denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.
ineffable;too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words.
intoxication; the state of being intoxicated, especially by alcohol.
lactescere; (Latin) to turn to milk.
leonine; of or resembling a lion or lions.
loquacious; tending to talk a great deal; talkative.
machiavellian; cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous, especially in politics.
mischievous; causing or showing a fondness for causing trouble in a playful way.
momentum; the impetus gained by a moving object.
myriad; a countless or extremely great number of people or things.
nebulae; a cloud of gas and dust in outer space, visible in the night sky either as an indistinct bright patch or as a dark silhouette against other luminous matter.
nefarious; (typically of an action or activity) wicked or criminal.
nonchalant; feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm.
opalescence; the quality of being opallike, or milkily iridescent.
obligatory; required by a legal, moral, or other rule; compulsory.
orphic; of or relating to Orpheus or Orphism.
parenthetical; relating to or inserted as a parenthesis (explains or qualifies something).
partial; existing only in part; incomplete.
pastiche; an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.
petrichor; a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.
phosphenes; a sensation of a ring or spot of light produced by pressure on the eyeball or direct stimulation of the visual system other than by light.
plethora; a large or excessive amount of something.
pleasure; a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment.
pretentious; attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed.
prosaic; having or using the style or diction of prose as opposed to poetry; lacking imaginativeness or originality, commonplace; unromantic.
resilience; the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
ricochet; a bullet or other projectile rebound off a surface.
sempiternal; eternal and unchanging; everlasting.
serendipitous; occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
sphere; a round solid figure, or its surface, with every point on its surface equidistant from its centre.
soliloquy; an act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.
sonorous; (of a person’s voice or other sound) imposingly deep and full.
tenebrific; causing gloom or darkness.
twilight; the soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the reflection of the sun’s rays from the atmosphere.
vespertide; the period of vespers; evening.
vicissitude; a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.
waltz; a ballroom dance in triple time performed by a couple or to act casually, confidently, or inconsiderately.
“Steve in CA:CW only thinks about Bucky!” / “Steve broke up the Avengers for Bucky!”
I can’t count the number of times I have seen these phrases or variants thereof uttered in fandom, and it’s starting to make me a little bit bananas. So I’m gonna break down the issues with this line of thinking.
First off, it isn’t true at all. Yes, Steve has a strong emotional response to issues involving Bucky, and yes, Bucky is a key piece on the chessboard in CA:CW. Decisions are made regarding him that impact the eventual split of the Avengers. But ultimately, Steve’s choices in the movie are rational and based on Steve’s ethics, Steve’s unwillingness to allow pointless death, and Steve’s mistrust of institutions after having been burned twice. All else being equal, and Bucky not being a factor, it is hard to imagine Steve making wholly different choices.
Steve goes after Bucky when he’s accused of bombing the UN, but does so to bring him in, and because there is a kill order on Bucky. Bucky is a goddamn living weapon, and will not go quietly into that good night; Steve has no way of knowing at that point if Bucky will use lethal force or not against those trying to apprehend him, and so goes after him because Steve has a better chance than anyone else of bringing him in without loss of life. Steve going after Bucky alone is a course of action he feels compelled to take not only to save Bucky’s life, but the lives of everyone else involved, at risk to his own. Steve is very explicit about this in his conversation with Natasha ( “If he’s this far gone, then… I should be the one to bring him in.” “Why?” “Because I’m the one least likely to die trying”). At this point, no other Avengers are involved; this is Steve’s choice and Steve’s action, and not a determining factor on the fate of the team.
While Bucky’s lack of due process is pretty clearly upsetting to Steve, he is still willing to consider the Accords even after that whole incident, and even with his skepticism about the Accords’ definition of accountability. He doesn’t wholly back out until he finds out Wanda is being kept under house arrest without her knowledge and without any justification beyond her perceived ‘dangerousness’ (keep in mind, the incident in Lagos is because Crossbones set off a bomb; more people would have died without Wanda’s intervention. The hate toward her in-universe is a result of media spin and fear of powered people, because her powers weren’t enough to save everyone. It’s worth wondering: had it been one of Tony’s automated suits that didn’t get the bomb clear in time, would we be seeing the same furor?). This is understandably upsetting to a guy who lived through a period of seeing people interned and worse based on public fear of certain minorities, and has seen how it can escalate into absolute horror; while Wanda’s imprisonment is cushy, as Tony points out, it sets a profoundly disturbing precedent.
When Steve and Team Cap face off against Team Iron Man at the airport, it’s because they need to get to Siberia – not because Steve just wants to run off with Bucky. Steve attempts to explain the situation (“…And there are 5 more super soldiers just like him. I can’t let the doctor find them first, Tony. I can't”), and Tony makes it clear he has no intention of listening at that point (“All right, I’ve run out of patience. Underoos!”). Steve is left with no choice but to fight his way out to stop what Zemo’s trail has led them to believe is an incredibly serious and imminent threat to global safety, which Tony is unwilling to listen to, and which Ross is later unwilling to take seriously.
The film’s initial marketing (and hyper-focus on the eyeroll-worthy “he’s my friend”/”so was I” exchange) plus the lens of Stucky shipping have actually done us a disservice, I think, by characterizing Steve as someone who makes all his choices around Bucky. But even with Bucky not being a factor, I honestly don’t think we’d see Steve make different choices when forced into this same situation and provided with the same intel. With the threat of brainwashed super soldiers being unleashed and no time to wait for the UN to get its ass in gear – and that only happening IF Ross could be convinced to listen – he would probably still head to Siberia to try to stop it himself should no one else listen and be willing to act. If Wanda was being imprisoned and a precedent set for interning enhanced people who didn’t sign the Accords, I think he’d still be opposed to signing. Even before Bucky is ever a factor, Steve has legitimate concerns about the Accords – Accountable to whom? What’s the process? What happens to people who don’t sign? What guarantee do they have that the Avengers won’t be used for national agendas?
Maybe Tony would have been more willing to listen to Steve if Bucky weren’t involved. But Steve is actually responding pretty rationally throughout, and being honest with himself about what he thinks he can and can’t promise in good faith.
Tony, on the other hand, is painted by many fans as someone who is making choices from a rational, reasonable place, but if we look at what is said and done canonically… the opposite appears to be true?
While unquestionably an intellectually brilliant man, Tony is pretty consistently characterized as someone who reacts from a place of emotion and impulse rather than from a place of detached intellectual analysis. It’s part of what makes him an interesting character, and makes him diverge from the ‘aloof genius’ archetype we see with Reed Richards and a number of other super-geniuses of the Marvel universe. He makes a lot of choices – good and bad – based on strong feelings and gut reactions rather than thinking things through. Sometimes this means throwing caution to the winds and setting a whole new ethical course for his company. And sometimes this means accidentally inventing a murderbot.
Tony straight up tells Steve that he wants to sign the Accords to get Pepper back while still doing his Iron Man shtick ( “I never stopped. Cause the truth is I don’t wanna stop. I don’t want to lose her. I thought maybe the Accords can split the difference.”) And he only gets involved with the Accords after being made to feel guilty when ambushed by Miriam. Tony’s support of the Accords stems from his personal guilt, and personal motivations to get Pepper back more than any consideration of longterm, far-reaching effects. We can see the lack of thought he’s put into this when Tony himself later goes completely rogue and ignores Ross (to whom he’s supposed to answer under the Accords), defying the very policies he’s been pushing because they become inconvenient in a way he didn’t anticipate. We also see it when he admits he didn’t know the rogue Avengers would be thrown into the RAFT, implying he didn’t investigate the ramifications of the Accords fully. The timeframe of the Accords is rushed, with the Avengers given an ultimatum on an absurd deadline, and Tony’s eagerness to soothe his guilt and repair his relationship drives him to help force them into that scenario – where a schism is more or less an inevitability.
And contrary to the narrative that the marketing team seemed to push and that a lot of fans on both sides cling to, it isn’t Steve’s reaction in this conflict that comes from a place of emotional impulsivity due to Bucky.
In fact, the most visceral, emotional, irrational decision made in regards to Bucky in the course of the movie? Is made by Tony.
Now, I can’t honestly blame him for wanting to kill Bucky after seeing the footage of Howard and Maria’s deaths – I would straight up murder anyone who laid a finger on my mom, no matter the situation, so I have a LOT of sympathy. But while it’s understandable, it is not excusable. Bucky did not have any agency as the Winter Soldier. He was a brainwashed torture victim with no free will; the culpability for Howard and Maria’s deaths lies on the HYDRA handler who sent the Winter Soldier after them. And Tony knows this. But he responds from a place of pain and emotion and tries to kill Bucky anyway – because he’s hurting and wants to make someone else hurt too, and also, according to the Russoes’ commentary, to hurt Steve.
And it’s that final violence, with Bucky and Steve forced to fight Tony for Bucky’s life, that drives the ultimate wedge in the Avengers. Tony had seen the flaws in the Accords and been willing to defy Ross; Steve finally had the opportunity to explain the threats he was dealing with and have Tony listen; they were ready to confront Zemo together. Up to that point, reconciliation and reunification of the Avengers had been a very tangible, present possibility. But once again, Tony backs Steve into a corner with an ultimatum: before, it was his ethics or his legal standing. Now, it’s Tony’s friendship, or Bucky’s life. And because Steve is obviously not willing to let Tony straight-up murder Bucky to satisfy his vengeance, that reconciliation is taken off the table.
So yes, the Avengers are ultimately still broken up at the end of CA:CW because of an irrational decision made about Bucky.
The Rutile twins are genuinely relieved that Lars isn’t a zombie and, honestly, that is just so incredibly sweet. I mean, they literally have no clue what a zombie is but they saw how much the idea of being one disturbed Lars. And they have so much empathy that they feel his relief, and make it their relief. Seriously, how awesome is that?
A scenario: Lance got lost in a forest and the first person that found him was Keith. When they got back to the castle Lance was confused and a bit disturbed when everyone keeps showering him with love and affection. He didn’t know what was happening until Blue got the chance to talk to him.
“You’re not my paladin. My Paladin died long ago. Be careful, this team is mad with grief”
Turned out that Lance was kidnapped by the voltron team who was from a parallel universe.