[ Max is standing outside Stark Tower -- no, not the Porter Stark Tower, the other Stark Tower -- as some reporters encircle him. He's smiling broadly, though he looks a little sleep-deprived. ]
Mr. Lord, as manager to the Avengers you must know that two members were caught visiting Argentina yesterday in direct violation of the ImBargo Act. How do you explain this?
It's an incredible misunderstanding. First of all, you have to understand the people you're accusing having a spotless history here of charity, philanthropy, and some of the best organized heroics you can find. These accusations of terrorism are founded on absolutely nothing more than baseless fear-mongering and more attempts to scapegoat the City and any Imports therein. With the greatest respect to President Agata Alvarez, what evidence do you have of this suspected terrorism?
Yes, but Mr. Lord, that doesn't--
--And with that in mind, of course, our very existence is controversial not just to this city, or our country, but the entire world. Just imagine that for a moment. All right: but in all seriousness. I'm not criticizing the law, and I'm not claiming we're above the law, but like I said, it's a misunderstanding. Why were two of the Avengers in Argentina? I'm a diplomat, I'm more than happy to exercise my immunity to travel to Argentina and explain myself that there was no harm meant. It might just be simpler to drop the issue. We'll see.
The fact of the matter is they were spotted--
--Furthermore, you have to understand something. They weren't there to steal information, or break the law; none of that. I'm sorry, but this isn't the 50s. Let's use our heads a little more. Do you think I have that little control over the group I manage? This wasn't a coup. I wanted to speak the press, personally, because the situation has been blown completely out of proportion. Some of it's my fault. I was going to travel to Brazil myself to discuss their stance on this new law, and how the City and myself can help assuage their concerns. A very neutral, diplomatic conversation. I got sick at the last moment and asked if they would go in my stead as representatives, and, well, regretfully a mistake was made. I emphasized urgency and they overshot, which is a mistake that will not be repeated. Part of why I volunteered to manage the Avengers was to organize them more cohesively as a group, and under my direction I can guarantee there will be no further power mishaps. Under my direction, I want the world to take note how the Avengers are symbols of hope and charity and control, not reckless endangerment. Here to help, and that extends to anyone that needs it, and whose borders are open to us. Some of you might be thinking we're a time bomb set to explode, but if we wanted to invade Argentina we have enough manpower not to need subtlety to do it. You can see this is about peace, not power.
[ Max goes quiet for a minute, then looks at the cameras. ]
Still, to the people of Argentina, we apologize sincerely. No one is happy about this mishap, but I hope you can accept this was not a hostile act. Now that the fear has died down, I hope you can look at this situation with logic and understanding and see that--
[ He frowns a little, then speaks faster. ]
--It's something we can all put behind us.
[ He pulls a handkerchief from his pocket to put to his face. Any blood from his face is not visible on the cameras, caught it in time. The reporter he was talking to looks mildly out of sorts, but comes out of his daze after Max re-pockets his handkerchief. ]
Thank you. No further questions, please.
Oh... uh... thank you for your time, Mr. Lord. We... this has been Maxwell Lord, on behalf of the Avengers. Once again, we can only wait and hope that any government response will not regard this "mishap" as an act of terrorism in its own right. We'll be right back with the weather forecast.
( Responses are ICly delayed a couple of hours. For reference: Brazil will corroborate Max's statements if asked, but Argentina accepting his apology is a whole separate matter. :| )