Yanno, I’ve been thinking about these 2 conflicting narratives in fandom — TWS Steve is a bad liar and honest doofus, but pre-serum Steve is a lying punk. (Like, he lied on his enlistment papers. Multiple times. While keeping a straight face. Of course he’s from New Jersey. Of course his dad was in the 107th.)Maybe Steve just needs more time to get into character. Maybe he’s the kind of roleplayer who needs to invent a whole complex backstory in order to lie properly, and when the Apple Store Guy approached him, he’s still like “so in my childhood, did I have 1 dog or 3 cats? What kind of car did my dad drive? It would be the 1980s. Shoot I don’t know what the popular cars were in the 1980s. Maybe a Ford? Can’t go wrong with a Ford. But would that be in character if my persona grew up in Boston? Wait, I’m wearing these stylish glasses. Does this mean I care about typography?” So he’s all flustered because he’s Not Ready Yet.Or, it might be that he needs to be fully participating in the world in order to properly lie, and for the past two years he’s only been a soldier. He can only think tactically — notice the exits, the weak points on a target, etc. He can’t bring himself to care about this world. Sure, he writes down things he should try, but what kind of person would spend 2 years living in New York / DC and *not* have tried Thai food in that time? He can’t make up a fake persona here because he doesn’t even have a *real* persona outside of Captain America and SHIELD assignments.Like, I can’t help but feel that pre-serum Steve would have done a better job of this.
Pre-serum Steve would’ve done SO MUCH BETTER at this, and also I love the idea that Steve can totally pull off something like that if he has enough time to prepare.