Look Down On You

Let me start this Superhero Sunday post off by stating that all talk of ages is excluding Thor. πŸ™‚ Also, no spoilers for Age of Ultron, just in case you’re wondering. Haven’t watched it, so yeah…

Did you know that Hawkeye and Tony Stark are the same age? Go figure. They’re both 44. Bruce Banner is the oldest Avenger at 45, although technically Steve Rogers beats him, at 96, but “biologically”, he’s 29. And since Natasha Romanoff is 30, that makes Steve, technically, the youngest Avenger. (Also, I must admit the Steve/Natasha shippers out there have the better age difference, compared to Clintasha and… Brucetasha? Speaking of which, I wrote a letter about this…)

Back on track. Steve’s the youngest Avenger. And yet, in The Avengers, he’s the one calling the shots. I was thinking about this, the other day, and it brought to mind this verse:

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

-1 Timothy 4:12

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This is quite possibly one of the most useful quotes from the entire movie.

So maybe you’re younger than Captain America. Maybe you’re not a super soldier, with five amazingΒ people at your back, fighting off a group of Chitauri.

But you are you. You don’t have to wait until you’re older to make a difference. You can do that now. You can make a difference at school. You can make a difference at work, or church, or the grocery store. You can make a difference at home. You can make a difference online. You can make a difference anywhere.

And it all starts with you.

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After all, you’re more than just a kid from Brooklyn.

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42 comments

    1. I got Hawkeye’s age from the MCU website. You’re right, and wrong about their ages. They’re less than a year apart, yes, but technically they’re only the same age from July 4th to November 21st. Just like with non-fictional people. πŸ˜‰

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      1. Well, I guess it depends on how you do the math on Steve. I suspect you think that he was asleep until 2012, but I think he was discovered in 2011, which would give him an additional year out of ice and made him roughly the same age as Natasha, give and take a few month.

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      2. Well, then he’d be older than her by a couple months. I don’t know when I think he got unfrozen, since I can never remember when he got frozen, I just know that he was frozen for 67 years, not seventy like everyone thinks.

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      3. Where do you get the 67 Years from?

        The Newspaper reported his disappearance on March 5 1945 (and the 1945 date is pretty much confirmed). So he was three months short of being 27 when he ended up in the ice. The 70 years are not correct, because than he would have been out of the ice three years after “The Avengers”. The only thing we know for sure is that he was discovered sometimes between June 2010 (which is when Fury’s big week ends) and May 2012 (when The Avengers happened). I always went for the 2011 date because, well, Steve should have had a little time to adjust before the movie.

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      4. Well, during the movie, it’s clear that Steve hasn’t had that much time to adjust. He thinks Fury’s trying to get him “back into the world”, and then his “understood that reference” line. You’re right, he should’ve had more time, but I’m sure Loki wouldn’t be that considerate. πŸ˜›
        I’m pretty sure I found it on the MCU website, but it’s been a while since I found it, so I could be wrong.
        Also, I get where people take the 70 years from… at the end of the first Captain America movie, when Fury says, “You’ve been asleep, Cap. For almost seventy years.” Fury puts so much emphasis on the seventy, most people forget about the “almost” part.

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      5. Yeah, I know.
        I only go by “confirmed by the movies” in my timelines. That is already complicated enough without throwing the dates Marvel randomly mentions into the mess. Clint is the one only Avenger of which I have no birth-date whatsoever.

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    2. It only gets crazier if you try counting the actual months. (When did the Avengers movie come out? I know it was 2012, but what month?)
      Also, there had to be at least a little while in between the framing sequences of “The First Avenger” and “Avengers,” because in “The First Avenger” Steve is really pale, which is–not surprising. After all, it was only March when he went missing. But by the time “Avengers” rolls round, it looks like he’s had some pretty nasty experiences with the sun–he’s developed a bit of a tan. (Of course, this could be just a mistake on the filmmakers’ part…)
      Oh, and if you don’t count the year between “The First Avenger” and “Avengers,” Steve wouldn’t be 29 yet. Not until this July. πŸ˜‰ (I think it’s pretty fun how people deal with the fact that his actual canonical birthday is July 4. Most people frame it as sheer, hilarious coincidence that was played up by Senator Brandt.)
      Courtney, how do you get to that web site? I’ve searched but couldn’t seem to find the MCU’s official web site. Just the wiki.

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      1. I’m voting for a mistake on the filmmakers part. πŸ˜›
        I googled it. Maybe it’s not the official sight, who knows. But the information’s accurate/detailed. I’ve verified it.

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    1. Thank you! I have yet to use “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Now prepare to die.” in a normal conversation yet. Or any other amazing quotes. πŸ˜‰

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      1. No, the opportunity to use that is an awkward staredown. You’re looking at someone and they’re looking back at you and your seeing who’ll look away first. That’s the time to say it. πŸ˜„
        “Hello” *dramatic pause* “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father.” *nod and sideways smile* “Prepare to die.”
        I’d bet a cookie you’d win the staredown after that. πŸ˜‰

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      2. Just when you’re sitting around in the evening with your family or something. πŸ™‚ My brother and I usually have staredowns when he come down the stairs in the morning for breakfast.

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      3. Haha, we don’t do staredowns very often. Except… with the dog. That might be kind of weird… but then again, I’ve quoted Loki at her before… “KNEEL!” *dog sits* “Is not this your natural state?…”

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  1. I have this little headcanon where, while everyone obeys Steve’s orders while in action, off-duty they sometimes treat him like their kid brother, which he takes with good humor, as always. πŸ˜›
    Age is never an indicator of talent. It’s not even a reliable indicator of experience. πŸ˜‰ Yeesh, look at David!

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  2. Love. It. πŸ™‚
    I agree on the quote, definitely. I do movie quote banter with my brother and dad occasionally. πŸ˜›
    Those ages… that really weirded me out. I always just kind of thought they were around the same age.
    Except for the fact that Steve fought in WWII.

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  3. *bursts into tears* He’s really just a kid. *cries*
    I wonder if that was what Erskine saw–just a kid, who had an idea of what he was getting into (he never met his father, probably, and grew up very poor), but was determined to do what he could anyway, no matter the cost–someone who, given the chance, had the potential to save the world.
    I seriously need to re-write my story from Dr. Erskine’s point of view. I kind of think it’s interesting, because we don’t see enough Erskine, even in fanfiction, and I liked his character. I cry over him every time I watch the movie.

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      1. YUSSSSSSSSSSSSSss X-D
        AND HAWKEYE. I LOVE HAWKEYE. He’s so awesome. I wrote this sort of sweet story where Steve was unintentionally following Clint around because Clint reminded him of Bucky…. :’-/

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      2. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ It was a lot of fun to write. I felt that they’d get along pretty well–according to one backstory, Hawkeye is ex-military, but it’s more their personalities–though they do clash a bit, they also click, I think.

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