The secretary fixed Rogers with a hardened stare.
‘Tell me, Captain—have you any idea where Doctor Banner is?’
All eyes turned to Romanov.
‘He had a breakthrough in Sokovia about women’s emotional labour and went to learn how to self-soothe.’
The odd looks continued.
‘There’s no process here. We need oversight.’
A pregnant silence passed.
‘Tony,’ said Rhodes. ‘Not to be blunt, but you don’t get to overrule the team.’
The Vision nodded. ‘Situational pressures aside, records suggest a need for consensus.’
‘You got me, tin man. Active listening. What do we do?’
Progress was made quickly after the team committed to an adult discussion.
‘Ultimately,’ Rogers remarked, ‘I don’t agree. But I get why Tony’s concerned.’
‘Thanks Cap. You raise compelling points yourself.’
‘Sure is complicated,’ sighed Rhodes.
‘A proposal,’ said the Vision, having been quiet. ‘If the accords fail to address the full complexity of our context, might we reply with an alternative?’
Wilson looked up. ‘You’re saying negotiate?’
‘Could work,’ said Stark. Rogers nodded.
‘Well,’ replied Romanov. ‘Thank God that didn’t escalate.’