the avengers as greek mythological figures: tony stark as icarus/daedalus
he’s the inventor and he’s the one who is flying too close to the sun, always always always. he invents and then he dons his invention, ‘the suit and i are one’ - which is why he will not fall, he will never fall because he’d just keep building as he goes on. similarly, all human progress narratives can be applied to this fucker - prometheus, for example. tony stark gives the technology of the gods to the humans (tho he’s upgraded from bombs to tesseract energy) and he gives humans the ability to point at a map and obliterate a city; a wrath that previously only gods in the time of heroes had been able to accomplish, via flood or fire. and his punishment is that humanity will never be enough for him. his punishment is that the eagle picking out his liver is living inside his head, and he’ll never be at peace until humanity reaches the stars.
want some more pain? check out ari’s tony stark tag.
When called, they each came for different reasons.
Agent Coulson is down
#gif warning #avengers #okay but why does nOBODY EVER TALK ABOUT THE GENERATION GAP #come on guys this is the MOST INTERESTING THING #look if steve had lived through the war he would have been part of that post-wwii generation #imagine steve in the 60S GUYS #you think he would have put up with those young folks disrespecting those soldiers and his country by protesting the war? HECK NO #remember that scene at the beginning of ca:tfa where he tells off that guy in the movie theater? THAT WOULD BE STEVE IN THE 60S #and tony is in his 40s!! tony is gen x! tony is NOT EVEN A BOOMER #tony is TOO YOUNG TO BE A BABY BOOMER tony is YOUNGER THAN OUR PARENTS #tony doesn’t know what it’s like to live in a country that’s in total war! tony doesn’t know what it’s like for loyalty to your country t… #to be something that almost everyone has! #look guys we make fun of america ALL THE TIME we mock patriotism and nationalism and the usa CON STANT LY #when steve hears the word soldier he equates it with the word hero #and when tony hears the word soldier he hears an insult. #because steve’s war is wwii #and tony’s wars are vietnam and iraq and afghanistan and tony knows that when america fights wars it is not necessarily the good guy! #and steve cannot even BEGIN to comprehend that #steve barely knows what WATERGATE is for god’s sake steve probably still trusts the government #steve doesn’t know about jfk conspiracy theories! steve doesn’t know about the patriot act #(and let me remind you that in 616 canon steve actually fought a war to bring down the expy!patriot act) #god america has grown up SO MUCH since steve’s day #americans are sarcastic and cynical and plugged into the media 24/7 #americans depricate themselves constantly americans hate america more than anybody else does #pearl harbor turned america into a unified force for change in the world; 9/11 turned america into something paranoid and bitter #steve no longer represents america #he represents what america wishes it had ever been #and tony? tony understands the usa a whole lot better than steve does and he knows it and steve never will #and tony understands how war can destroy and steve only understands how it can save #holy christ why would you write porn when you could write about that
Steve has more superpowers than we thought. 8O
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