On the Issue of Responsibility: Addressing T. Ross’s Slide-Show and Master Strategist Steve Rogers
By now, it’s a common theme in my posts that I’m extremely pissed that Tony Stark is apparently to blame for everything in the Marvel Universe. You know, in the How Civil War Should Have Ended video, the people who made it actually suggested that the Sokovia Accords should have been titled the “Tony Accords” because everyone else was just “fighting evil.” It was the first time I hated HISHE. Because no.
I’ve addressed a large part of it before – but there are some things I did not, and I figure, since Thaddeus was kind enough to put together a slide show of what the Avengers are blamed for, I’ll start there.
Note: Since this is inspired from the Slide-Show, it ignores all events past that.
Avengers 1 (New York)
This one was unfair on Ross’s part. If there is any blame to be assigned on an Avenger, it’s on Thor, but that’s very VERY indirect. For all we know, SHIELD would have still poked the Tesseract even without Thor’s little visit and his fight with the Destroyer. The image Ross displays to illustrate the Avengers’ culpability is that of the Hulk – but if the Hulk hadn’t there, those buildings would have been brought down by the space whales he was targeting. There must have been collateral damage, but it’s still a stretch. We’ll chalk this one up to the bad guys.
CA: Winter Soldier (Washington DC)
This one had me in a quandary for a bit. I love Winter Soldier. However, taking into account the bigger picture, the fact remains that Steve collapsed the WHOLE of SHIELD. Between him and Natasha, they dumped all of SHIELD’s files on the Internet. They cracked Hydra’s operation wide open. It was necessary, in a way – but it could have been done differently. Because the way it was done caused an incredible backlash against ACTUAL SHIELD agents. People died because Steve “punched his way in”.
The price of freedom is high, indeed. I’m pretty sure Steve didn’t ask all the people who were undercover and possibly died if they were on board with his scheme. Many not ALL of them were willing to pay it, Steve.