what always gets me about this scene is how SURPRISED he looks when the crowd actually obeys and kneels to him. like… he didn’t expect that at all. nobody’s ever obeyed him before so why start now?
He never expected to actually get them to kneel — this whole scene is nothing more than him providing a distraction for Hawkeye to carry out his theft. And when they actually did, he had to do some fast thinking and improv to drag the scene out until the Avengers arrived.