Peggy Carter may not have any superpowers, but if you look at Captain America: The First Avenger, it’s as much of a heroic origin story for her as it is for Steve Rogers. In fact, in that regard it subverts one of the most overused tropes in the action movie genre: the fridged girlfriend. Instead of rescuing his love interest from a supervillain or having to avenge her death, Captain America’s motivation is tied up in the kidnap and eventual death of his friend Bucky. So while Peggy Carter is technically his love interest (or alternatively, Steve is hers), from a storytelling perspective she’s more like an authority figure than a traditional female romantic lead. And from the point of view of her life story, Steve Rogers himself is the “fridged girlfriend.” If you interpret the movie as Peggy’s origin story as a hero, Steve is the love interest who dies too young, inspiring for her to forge ahead with her life and become one of the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D., thus changing the Marvel universe forever.
I grew up in a poly household. My mother was married to two men who loved her dearly and they were the best of friends. I use past tense due to the fact that one of my fathers passed away a few years back.
I grew up in one of the most stable, loving households I can imagine. I had tons of support from all three of my parents, I never felt alone, and I never felt confused about my parents relationship.
Were other people confused when I told them about my parents? Sure. Did it take some time for them to understand my parents relationship? Yep. And the reaction I got every single time from other kids once they understood? “That’s so awesome!”
Growing up in a poly house did not hurt me, confuse me, or make my life difficult. It sure as hell wasn’t abusive.
Healthy poly relationships do not hurt children.
Peggy Carter shows up for her first day as head of SHIELD. Her first task is to interview the roomful of men and women (but mostly men) who are waiting outside her new office. She can only hire a handful and she has to pick the best to ensure that SHIELD doesn’t get shut down (and to prove that she’s capable of running the thing in the first place).
She’s been in plenty of fights before but she’s nervous as she approaches her desk for the first time because the people she hires today could decide the fate of the entire organization.
The door flings open and a young woman enters. She profusely apologizes for being late and introduces herself as Peggy’s assistant, hired by Howard to help her through the day to day minutia of running SHIELD. Peggy’s relieved for the help.
The day constitutes boring interviews and plenty of potential but eventually Peggy winds up with her first response team. Months go by and over time Peggy realizes that her assistant is a capable fighter and starts to bring her along on missions.
One day, Howard witnesses her in action and openly tells Peggy he wishes he could have a secretary that good. Peggy asks why Howard didn’t tell her the girl had combat experience. Howard reveals he never hired an assistant for Peggy.
Cue the reveal the the assistant was one of the initial job candidates. Realizing there were plenty of more experienced agents in the room and not wanting to miss out on being part of SHIELD, she decided to secure a job using the only way she knew - deceit. Turns out she was an undercover agent during the war and, like Peggy, she was told she was no longer needed once the men came home. She made it to that final SHIELD interview but saw that Peggy looked flustered and took advantage of the situation.
She’s made head of espionage instantly.
Everyday I’m like “today imma get my shit together” and by the end of the day I’m like “tomorrow is the day for real”
Getting to the end of a fanfic only to realize it’s incomplete.