Tony’s arc reactor.
“I’m a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster.”
I literally started crying in the cinema at this because seriously fuck you, Steve. There are so many people going ~SEXUAL TENSION~. But no. No. This is just cruel. And tony’s comebacks are in no way even close to being as mean; for tony they’re rather weak and stumbly. Because do you see his face there? Steve just fucking ripped him to shreds. And i’m crying now; this just breaks my heart. You’ve seen the footage, Steve? Really? Have you really? You’ve seen him as he watched kids being killed by his own weapons? You’ve seen him being tortured? You’ve seen the only person who believed in him as a person die in front of him? Do you actually get that there is a fucking hole in his chest? That the fact that he’s even alive is a fucking miracle like a hundred times over. One which he’s clawed into existence with his own hands and genius. You’ve seen the closest person he had to a father literally rip his heart from his chest? You’ve seen how he then had to kill that closest person he had to a father? You’ve seen how he was dying all alone and yet STILL attempted to save everyone around him? WITHOUT HIS SUIT Oh yeah you’ve seen the fucking footage haven’t you? I don’t think you get, Steve how much you can’t take those words back. Years from now they’re still going to be rattling around in tony’s head echoing every crappy thought he’s ever had about himself. It just makes me so mad. I love you Steve, but nothing justifies what you said to him. Nothing.
All of this. This is the reason why I haven’t reblogged this gif set in particular because Steve’s completely stepping out of line here. I gasped in the movie theater when this exchange happened. I desperately wanted Steve to take those words back. Yes, they eventually mutually respect one another towards the end, but look at Tony’s eyes after this. The tightening of his jaw. He wants to say something—to defend himself, but he won’t. He has never seen himself as the hero. Not like Steve is. So why should he defend himself? He’s just a man who you can buy in tens right, Steve? In Howard’s mind, Steve could do no wrong. Steve was the better man—the best man Howard has ever known. It was never Tony. Remember that throwaway line Tony gave to Bruce? How his father wouldn’t shut up about Steve? I’m not certain Howard said anything along the lines of “You’ll never be as great as Steve Rogers.” to Tony, but how much his father praised Steve, it obviously hurt his ego. However, I’m happy that both could see how well they could balance each other out in the end. Steve’s idealism is something that Tony admires, but it’s also something he needs to keep in check with his realism. While Tony’s craving for acceptance is something that Steve gives on instinct. I’d like to point out the scene when the engine was pretty much shot. Both fell to the ground, and what did Steve do? He picked up Tony first. They were fighting not two seconds ago, and Steve’s still helping this man. Tony realizes this, swats his hand away at first, but Steve presses on. He grabs Tony’s elbow again and pulls him up. I just hope that Steve understands how much his opinion of Tony will matter in the future.