So this is something I’ve kind of wanted to talk about for awhile, because I think it’s one of the most important scenes of the movie and yet it’s completely overlooked.
This part, this part right here tells us so much. It tells us not only how powerful Loki is, but also what he’s capable of, while portraying our heroes’ true personalities.
Now, I feel like a lot of people saw the quarrel between these two and came to this conclusion: "Tony and Steve hate each other."
But that’s simply not true. Why?
Because, yes, while inside they might feel bitterly towards each other, all the words that came out, all the accusations and insults and threats… that didn’t come from themselves. It came from being manipulated.
The presence of Loki’s scepter was emitting magic and causing everyone’s emotions to fuel with aggression and self-entitlement.
That’s why Thor called everyone “petty”. It’s why Bruce admitted to his suicide attempt. It’s why Steve accuses Tony of only finding interest to things that benefit him. It’s why when tensions are at their highest, Bruce picks the scepter up.
And how can we infer this?
Because the second Clint’s arrow blows up the engine. The second everyone is knocked to the ground, what’s the first thing Steve and Tony do? They help each other.
And we’ve seen this pattern in Loki’s trances before. Clint snaps out of it when Natasha bangs his head against the railing. Selvig snaps out of it when he falls from the impact of Tony’s repulser blast.
So that’s why I think this small gesture; Steve helping Tony up, assisting him, and aiding him fix the engine, is so crucial to the film. Without that, we may have just inferred that the fighting was a result conflicting personalities. But there’s so much more than that.
It show that the team wasn’t falling apart. They were being ripped apart.