Don’t win the war until I get there.
#okay but i’m just gonna take a minute bc i have a lot of thoughts about this scene #like aside from how beautiful the moment between steve and bucky is #the cinematography is so foreshadowing #steve walking off into the light #unknowingly on his way to becoming captain america #bucky walking into the darkness #unknowingly on his way to being captured and tortured and experimented on #both walking toward something so much bigger than the war they think they’re signing up for #but both walking on such opposite paths #the cinematographic choices they made with like every single scene in this film are so important and brilliant i’ll never be over it okay #nEVER (via bckys)
Thank you, Sam.
( Seriously, I want a Cap belly warmer. )
Steve shows up to an Avengers meeting in August wearing a red white and blue scarf that hangs down nearly to his knees, with little pieces of yarn sticking out anywhere there’s a color change. When Tony stares, Steve shrugs. “Bucky hasn’t figured out how to weave in ends yet,” he says, toying with one of the errant pieces. “Pretty good though, right?”
Tony says nothing. Tony’s not sure there’s anything to say, except, maybe, that knitting needles sound pretty fucking dangerous in the hands of the Winter Soldier.
In September, Natasha pulls her tablet out of a black knit pouch with red edging; in October, Sam’s wearing a pair of thick grey fingerless gloves, little black wings adorning the tops. Clint comes home one day November wearing deep purple arm warmers, and a few days later Bruce walks by wearing the exact same ones in green. By December, Thor’s storing Mjolnir in a little silver knitted sack, and when Steve and Bucky show up for the Christmas party in matching handmade sweaters, holding hands and generally looking much more like something out of an adorable Hallmark commercial than Tony would’ve guessed upon meeting Barnes six months ago, he has to admit it: he’s hurt.
"I am not hurt," he hisses at Pepper, when she finds him sulking. "I am — confused. And! Cold! If Barnes is going to knit things for the entire team then, I mean, whatever, I don’t care. I’m just saying, it’s not exactly fair, is it? Everyone getting something and me—”
"Tony," Pepper interrupts, giving him her gentlest exasperated eyeroll, "Bucky left something for us in the foyer."
It’s a blanket, as it turns out, red and gold striped. Pepper wraps around her shoulders immediately and refuses to give it back, even when Tony tugs her into a kiss and tries to use the distraction to steal it off her. It looks awesome, though, and it feels pretty damn comfortable for the, like, eight seconds Tony gets his hands on it before Pepper sails away, still wearing it around her shoulders. Huh.
Tony sidles up to Steve at the next Avengers meeting. “Hey,” Tony says, “you were right: your boy’s pretty good with a needle. You think he could make a hat that says ‘War Machine Rox,’ spelled with an X? I need a good birthday present for Rhodey.”
Steve beams at him.
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So by my count Sebastian Stan had 17 lines in that movie
9 of them were in flashback
Bucky’s ghost talked more than the Winter Soldier.
When The Avengers came out I wanted Clint and Natasha to be secret!married so bad, but now after The Winter Soldier I want it even more because Steve finds out and then his first thought is oh my god I kissed a married woman and he doesn’t know whether or not to confess because it was work-related but his conscience is eating away at him and finally he gives in but then he just can’t because Clint’s laughing so damn hard he can’t even hear himself speaking.
So I wrote this quick but oh-so-long analysis. It obviously contains tons of Captain America: The Winter Soldier spoilers, and one old-ish spoiler for the Winter Soldier’s arc in the comics. And here it is:
For a movie that, despite its gestures at political complexity, offers a pretty basic hero v. bad guy plot, Captain America: The Winter Soldier actually has a lot to say about the anxieties and obsessions of modern Western culture. I’m not talking about its nods towards surveillance concerns, or the way that Hydra here has been rendered as kind of a neo-conservative Illuminati. The explicit themes of the film are, I think, actually pretty centrist: freedom good, not-freedom bad, traditional ideals of America good, everything else bad, some suffer nobly so others won’t have to suffer, violence is bad except when it isn’t and so on. Yet against of all this standard action-film background noise, the Winter Soldier appears as a violent disruption. He dominates the screen, despite appearing in relatively little of the movie, and the force of the trauma he both embodies and represents ends up, I would argue, over-haunting everything else.
Anonymous asked: I'm a woman who has been abused, and Bruce Banner is my absolute favorite. If we're reading an allegory into the Hulk/Banner dynamic, the most natural one I see is a struggle for identity and control of oneself. There are dark, horrible parts of all of us, and we are all capable of unspeakable things, but we are also capable of control over them. Bruce is constantly, and visibly, struggling to control the Hulk, to not hurt people, and to find ways to help people instead. (cont.)
(cont.) Sometimes he loses that control, and, not to argue that the results aren’t disastrous and unjustifiable, but within the allegory that’s normal. We don’t always have control of the terrible aspects of ourselves, and losing that control is normal. It makes us normal. The Hulk’s physique could easily be argued as a male power fantasy, absolutely, but so could just about every other male superhero (although that doesn’t excuse it; it’s just not a problem exclusive to the Hulk).
I see the abuse allegory breaking down because there is a very marked degree of control that Bruce has over the Hulks (there are multiple Hulks, representing different parts of Banner’s psyche; it’s a comic thing. The Banner/Hulk dynamic is more of a multiple personality thing than an “I’m going to be angry and huge now” thing; it’s difficult to explain succinctly.), the ownership Bruce takes over the Hulk and his potential to cause damage, and the deep, soul-piercing anguish and conflict that Bruce has over all of it. Bruce bolted and didn’t look back after he landed Betty, his girlfriend, in the hospital, (in part) because he was scared of hurting her again, and didn’t want to drag her into his situation. He’s wary of forming bonds with people, because he’s scared he could hurt them. He’s tried to kill himself multiple times in cannon over this exact struggle
Honestly, I see large pieces of myself in Bruce Banner. He’s been abused by his father. He’s alone. He’s depressed. He’s tried to kill himself. He’s scared of himself, and of other people using him or the despicable parts of him. He is scarred by his past, in ways he will never get over. He is a deeply, irrevocably broken and flawed person. But my favorite thing about Bruce Banner is that none of his problems are magically fixed, and that, despite the fact that he has done and will do terrible things, he still gets to be one of the good guys. Because I’m a really, really screwed up person, and I’m terrified that one day I’m going to inadvertently screw up someone else. But maybe, even with that possibility, I could still be one of the good guys.
Thank you so much for sending this. I really do appreciate all of the people opening up so personally about why they identify so much with Bruce/Hulk and it’s definitely given me a better understanding of a canon I’m just not very familiar with; especially having lived through abuse myself.
But let me just say that the fact that you recognize the abuse and recognize that it’s something that shouldn’t be visited on other people, already makes you one of the good guys.
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