AND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN CINEMA HISTORY AN AMERICAN MADE MOVIE SWAPS FANATICAL PATRIOTISM FOR BASIC HUMAN DECENCY EVEN THOUGH THE MOVIE ITSELF IS CALLED CAPTAIN AMERICA AND IT DOESN’T GET ANY MORE PATRIOTIC THAN THAT BUT MARVEL CHOSE A DIFFERENT PATH AND I’M THANKFUL FOR THAT pardon my capslock
I think that’s what’s so great about Steve. That he is what we as a country can only aspire to be. Kind of like how Superman inspires the human race, Captain America inspires his country to be better.
#i’m still really squeamish about holding up steve as this emblem of what america ~can or ~should be#and lol i’m annoyed that those tags abt TONY STARK IS AMERICA AS IT IS STEVE ROGERS IS AMERICA AS IT SHOULD BE got tacked onto that post i m#made a while back because i’m also like n-no……………………………………………………………………………………#because i think it plays into this idea of the world war ii generation as the ~greatest generation#the generation we should have followed and whose ideals we should have lived up to in order to realize ~~~true democracy#as tho internment never happened as tho the military that liberated concentration camps was not racially segregated#as tho civilians were not incinerated in their sleep by firebombs dropped by the same u.s. military fighting for ~justice and ~freedom#idk#i know that’s not what steve’s saying here but i think what i feel is always missing from these readings of steve as ~what america should be#is that they always miss that like. taking a stance like this is in fact. active dissent#it’s not him trying to lead america to where it should be—it’s him talking back against the way america actually is#like tbh i think he was always more nomad than he was captain america#and i know he makes all those attempts to enlist in the first movie but it doesn’t mean that he isn’t willing to disobey orders#and turn away from the system entirely when it isn’t doing the right thing#(the fact that he attempts to enlist so many times itself is illegal since he was doing it with falsified identities)#captain america#such lost creatures#steve rogers does not represent america steve rogers is the exception to the rule#steve rogers spoke—and acted—out against the generation we now idealize for being the true fighters for democracy and freedom#but then we take him and we drape him in the stars and stripes bc deep in our hearts we still NEED the mythology of the fabled true america to exist#steve rogers isn’t a symbol of what america should be he is a reminder that it has never been the things we have needed it to be#I HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN THE SECOND MOVIE YET THO JEEZ#maybe that one proves me wrong lol(hanabi)