Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Lonely Sentinel Of Liberty

One last Age of Ultron post. I think Chris Evans does a very good job as Captain America/Steve Rogers. His insistence on protecting civilians lives, and his general level of compassion and understanding. Two little scenes I enjoyed were him entirely understanding why Wanda and Pietro would submit to experimentation by Strucker, seeing the parallels with himself, and his encouraging Banner to pursue his relationship with Natasha. Again, parallels, the somewhat nerdy shy guy and the older, more experienced woman from the intelligence field*. I'm not pleased with Steve barely budging Mjolnir but they'll let the flippin' Vision pick it up, but that's due entirely to my indifference to the Vision.

The thing I'm not sure about was Steve's comment at the end of the film that the guy who dreamed about a wife and kids went into the ice and didn't come back out. The idea that Steve would be having trouble adjusting, that I can understand. Combine his experiences in World War II with being frozen in ice for 70 years, that's a lot to deal with. And since then, he's been pretty busy running missions for SHIELD, or working with the Avengers, so I don't know how much free time he's had. How much progress has he made on his list of things to learn about from The Winter Soldier?

My general impression is that he would certainly try to experience new things and meet people, but wouldn't feel comfortable most of the time. He wasn't a real smooth conversationalist before the serum, and that was dealing with people with at least some shared experiences. So I could see it being a challenge, and unless he people he's hanging out with are also in the superhero business, there's a limit on what he can tell them. I guess I see Steve as still trying to have the trapping of a normal life, but it would be difficult for him.

* I don't know how old Banner and Natasha are supposed to be in the films, but I could easily see her being older.


SallyP said...

It is actually a little hard for me to settle down and think deep thoughts about Steve when I am so busy ogling Chris Evans behind.

I am SO ashamed.

CalvinPitt said...

I'm sure you're not alone in that, Sally.