yeah a boyfriend sounds nice but a supreme enemy you can make out with sometimes in secret sounds a lot more hardcore
I just want to say that the effects for skinny Steve in The Winter Soldier are so. much. better. Not that they were terrible in the first avenger. But…He looks more natural here, and in the scene where Steve sees the pre serum version of himself at basic. It’s almost startling how real it looks. Maybe because they used less of it The Winter Soldier? Or the passage of time has made the technology a little better? I don’t know, but whatever it is, keep it up dudes.
Also of note, my weird new love affair with Steve’s sideburns here. Yum.
Steve is asked by museum curators to come in and give an oral history. Encounters in DC force him to think about American history, patriotism, and ways to make Congress angry.
[title from “America” by Simon and Garfunkel. I have so many things to say about this fic, but I will hold off. I will say that it is completely unbetaed and that I am using a mashup of my limited MCU and comics knowledge, and also that the curator’s assistant is inspired at least in name by my museum studies professor, who wore her Captain America exhibit t-shirt to construction one day. I hope I have done her (and this story) justice.]
The curators at the Air and Space Museum are less than pleased when Steve comes back.
Bwhahahahaha. Yes, gurl. Werk. Destroy those fictional Nazis.
#i never noticed mackie’s little head gesture in the first one #CHOOSING TO INTERPRET IT AS SAM BRACING FOR A ‘YES’ #BRACING FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED BY CAPTAIN AMERICA #and then being pleasantly surprised charmed seduced etc
WOOED THE WORD YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IS WOOED
GUESS WHOSE TAGS ARE TOTALLY GETTING REBLOGGED
Star-struck Interviewer: “You must miss the good old days.”
Steve Rogers: “I grew up in a tenement slum. Rats, lice, bedbugs, one shared bathroom per floor with a bucket of water to flush, cast iron coal-burning stove for cooking and heat. Oh, and coal deliveries - and milk deliveries, if you could get it - were by horse-drawn cart. One summer I saw a workhorse collapse in the heat, and the driver started beating it with a stick to make it get up. We threw bricks at the guy until he ran away. Me and Bucky and our friends used to steal potatoes or apples from the shops. We’d stick them in tin cans with some hot ashes, tie the cans to some twine, and then swing ‘em around as long as we could to get the ashes really hot. Then we’d eat the potato. And there were the block fights. You don’t know what a block fight was? That’s when the Irish or German kids who lived on one block and the Jewish or Russian kids who lived on the next block would all get together into one big mob of ethnic violence and beat the crap out of each other. One time I tore a post out of a fence and used it on a Dutch kid who’d called Bucky a Mick. Smacked him in the head with the nails.”
Interviewer: “LET’S TALK ABOUT THE INTERNET.”
Steve Rogers: “I love cat pictures.”
(Many biographical details are taken from Streetwise, either from Jack Kirby’s autobiographical story or Nick Cardy’s contribution: http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=52&products_id=513 )
it got better
I really like this post, but I take issue with this section of the reblogged tags: #I bet that Smithsonian exhibit had to go through a hell of a revision once Steve actually saw it and was like EXCUSE ME WHAT #I bet it didn’t have a fucking thing about Gabriel Jones or Jim Morita
As someone planning to work in museums, I can tell you right now that the Smithsonian probably had to fight tooth and nail to honestly and faithfully represent the diversity of the Howling Commandos. Museums of that caliber are much like libraries in terms of providing free knowledge and are committed to accuracy and proper representation of history.
Especially given the National Air and Space Museum’s history with the Enola Gay controversy (short version: NASM was forced to cancel the planned exhibit because it focused too much on the Japanese casualties of the atom bomb and not enough on the justifications for the bomb or its role in ending the war), it’s far more likely that any erasure of Jones or Morita was caused by competing interest groups and political machinations, not by the curators, exhibit designers, or the Smithsonian Institution itself. They were probably overjoyed at Steve’s righteous anger over weakened representation of Jones and Morita and I can imagine they pulled out their original designs and asked if he could publicly announce his approval for them so they could fix what politics had wrought.
WHOA THERE. As someone who actually does work in the museum field and has for some years, and someone who regularly networks with other museologists and attends national and regional conferences, I really don’t think this is right. Museums - especially a national museum like the Smithsonian - fall all over themselves these days to represent diversity. I mean, we compete with EVERY OTHER ENTERTAINMENT SOURCE for visitors - we have to represent everyone to attract visitors from all backgrounds and walks of life (this is the most cynical argument for this, but really it’s not just to compete for people’s disposable income, but also because it’s an imperative part of responsible, relevant museum-ing in 21st century America).
And the Smithsonian is a government-run museum. Do you guys know how many governmental diversity-in-museums/parks initiatives there are out there? A LOT. And they are taken seriously, because they make sense (and because funding). Let’s not pretend that the Smithsonian represents diversity perfectly, but in this particular (fictional) example, I just can’t agree.
I’m also not sure how this is analogous to the Enola Gay controversy. I mean, if I put on my what-would-it-be-like-to-be-a-bigot hat, I can see the argument that people were trying to make (it’s very us-vs-them). The Enola Gay, and the event it represents, also (rightfully so) brings up a lot of uncomfortable feelings for a lot of Americans. But Gabe and Morita are both American soldiers? I mean. I think the only people who would have objected to their inclusion in the exhibit would have been the fringiest bigots around. If there were really people trying to stop representation of people of color (and their struggles in American society) in American government-run museums, would we have Manzanar National Historic Site? Or Minidoka National Historic Site? Or Little Rock Central High School NHS? I don’t mean to be Pollyanna-ish here, I know that there’s still work to do, but maybe I just have a different view of where museums are now and where we’re hoping to go to make sure that all Americans are represented.
And besides, it’s not like Gabe and Morita were invisible from the record. There were documents, and newsreels and photographs. (And then there’s the speculation that Peggy married Jones). (Which brings up the idea of WHY would the Smithsonian have had to wait for STEVE to see the exhibit when Peggy and the Commandos’ descendants were around?). (Really, politically, there probably would have been more objection to the representation of the non-American members of the Commandos (i.e. the whole “let’s not give the French too much credit for WWII, amiright?” thing). (The bigger controversy would have been if they hadn’t included Jones and Morita, or if they’d given them poor treatment. That would have brought the roof down before Steve even got there).
I’m just downright salty today, guys. Don’t mind me.
You said what I was trying to say far more eloquently than I did. Thank you so much.
I just love everything about this commentary. That is all.
It’s getting scary how I can hear the doors shutting with each year I get older.