Bad news - Good news for us Korra fans!
So a week or so ago when I was on the east coast, in a moment of extreme weakness, I went to see the Avengers exhibit at Times Square. It was awesome, I somehow charmed a really sweet employee — ahem, operative — into giving me their rad as hell SHIELD…
It would also make Steve braver and more aggressive (perfect qualities for a soldier), as well as better at making decisions on the fly (master tactician). So there would be advantages as well - but yes, there would a price.
His ability to recognise emotions in others (micro-expressions, etc.) would probably have also improved - even if he did have to develop the skill to interpret the impressions he was getting. It would explain his ability to make split-second judgements on people and get it right (I suspect that the reason he initially missed Rumlow & co.’s dastardliness is that he actively suppressed his instinctive reaction to them because they were assinged to work together; but notice also that he jumps into the action first, and alone).
But with all that emotion, very likely the only reason Steve manages to stay sane is that his superego, or self-control, was also augmented to the same level as his id, or capacity to feel. It might be something like riding a fully trained Lipizzaner - half a metric tonne of explosive force directed into purposeful motion through perfect balance and focus.
It also explains the why of the Red Skull - his baseline ambition and feeling of superiority would’ve been exaggerated into megalomania, but with enough self-control and intellect to actually come close to accomplishing his goals.
(Regarding Bucky, I suspect that Zola didn’t really know what he was doing with the serum, but was rather simply repeating previous experiments with small variations to see what (if anything) would stick. This means it’s anybody’s guess what the serum did to Bucky’s brain; also, we don’t know if Zola stopped experimenting with the serum and moved into tinkering with mechanical limbs, mind control and possibly cryogenics. At the very least it seems to have given some resiliency to Bucky’s brain, or otherwise the repeated electroshocks would’ve likely left him unable to function at all.)
Guys, people added stuff, and it’s glorious.
steve shows bucky all of star trek in order as he’s recovering and bucky is oddly silent through the whole thing and as soon as he finishes the new movies he says ‘so buck what did you think what was your favorite’ and bucky just slowly turns his head towards steve and cracks a smile and goes 'keptin' in a horrible chekov voice and steve regrets everything
This is the most unproductive thing i have ever done.
so i just googled the phrase “toeing out of his shoes” to make sure it was an actual thing
it’s all fanfiction
THE FINAL FRONTIER
THESE ARE THE VOYAGES OF THE STARSHIP ENTERPRISE
ITS FIVE YEAR MISSION
TO EXPLORE STRANGE NEW WORLDS
TO SEEK OUT NEW LIFE AND NEW CIVILIZATIONS
TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE
[AGGRESSIVELY HUMS THEME TUNE]