27 | Berlin, Germany | Fangirl
Supernatural Cumberbabe with a healthy dose of Marvels Avengers
So I just realized something horrible.
Was pondering over Captain America on the way home. The Avengers movie had a tie-in comic the for movie, which was rather amusing. There’s a section that details SHIELD’s recovery of Cap from the ice, highly amusing for Coulson’s cheesy grin reaction to the sight. I was pondering that when something occurred to me.
The frozen block they pulled Cap out in, he was laying down, holding his shield over his chest, looking for all the world as though he had been laid out for a military funeral. Very symbolic, very fitting and all that.
When Captain America’s plane went down in the ice, Cap was sitting up in the pilot’s seat, his shield to the side, sort of buckled in. When the plane hit, it hit hard, assuming he weren’t still in his seat, Cap and his shield would have been thrown all over the place from the impact, they would absolutely not have landed nicely and neatly to freeze and be found later. He’d be hunched over in his seat, the shield would be somewhere off in a corner someplace, the cockpit would be general chaos.
What does this mean?
The plane crash didn’t just not kill Cap. It didn’t even knock him unconscious.
What it means for Cap to have been found frozen in the position he was in, is that he had to still be awake and aware after his plane crashed.
Ponder that for a minute.
Sure, he’d have probably been at least loopy for a few minutes, even Captain America can’t just shrug off driving a plane into the ground. But clearly, he wasn’t out of his right mind to the point that he couldn’t figure out to go locate his shield. And if he were well enough to get up and move around, he was probably well enough to be aware of where he was and what had happened.
Take this to it’s logical conclusion. Steve would have known he’d gone down somewhere strange, cold, and far from any help. He might have tried to radio for help, maybe tried to figure out something, hoping a rescue would be coming for him…but ultimately, at some point, the cold (not to mention, potentially, hunger, considering his metabolism and the fact that there was probably no food on that plane, he was probably pretty much starving at the same time) got to him, and Steve had to choose to lay down and let himself freeze for them to have found him in the position they did.
If Steve was lucky enough that his super-human abilities didn’t tie into cold, hypothermia would have set in (cold lowers metabolism to a degree), then he probably would have only had a day or two to deal with it before he was out. If he wasn’t lucky? Four times the metabolism, four times the length of trouble…he could have spent a week or even longer sitting in a frozen plane, by himself, waiting.
Further horror…Howard Stark. He was obsessed with trying to find Cap, to the detriment of his life and his family. Sure, maybe it was just the concern of a friend who could afford the search…but maybe it was also the frantic efforts of a man who might have gotten some sort of attempted radio signals from Steve (you have to think he tried) trying to let people know he was still alive.
…so yeah…no shit Steve’s got a fucking serious case of the PTSD when it comes to cold.
YOU’RE FUCKING GROUNDED
I NEED AN ADULT