You are iron.
And you are strong.
This hit me only today and I’m kicking myself for not seeing it sooner, but I’m also wondering why I haven’t seen anyone else scream about this? I guess it could be because I’m looking in the wrong places but I feel like this should be echoing all over fandom.
Bucky remembered Steve. Wait, no, not Bucky, the Winter Soldier remembered Steve.
'The man on the bridge' suddenly takes on a double meaning. The Winter Soldier isn't only talking about the man he saw that day on the bridge in DC; he's also asking about the man he saw in a memory flash, on a speeding train in the Alps. They look the same, they sound the same, they both called him Bucky. They must be the same.
I also think that it’s extraordinary that the Winter Soldier still has access to those memories. He remembers the last few seconds before a massive trauma, which is astonishing.
Another thing that hits me like a punch in the gut is how the Winter Soldier remembers Steve. He remembers the panicked shout and then how Steve desperately tries to reach him while hanging onto the railing. Steve is frantic and horrified, and it’s obvious that it’s because of the Winter Soldier. For some reason the Winter Soldier at one point in time inspired such an emotional response in another human being. Someone cared that much for him.
No wonder the Winter Soldier is so hung up on the man on the bridge. Not only do they have a history he can’t remember, but he also loved the Winter Soldier, which is an entirely new concept for the human-turned-weapon. And yet it feels right, it feels true.
But I knew him.
(gif source: trollux)
CLINTASHA AU - The woes of a superspy couple.
"You’re mad at me for forgetting your fake birthday?! But that wasn’t even in the file!"
oh my god, it’s almost like there’s a real movie.
One thing I was thinking about today was Alexander Pierce. I feel like one thing that’s been under-discussed in Cap 2 meta (at least, from what I’ve seen on my dash— maybe it’s been talked about elsewhere!) is the privilege of Alexander Pierce, a privilege that is very deliberately communicated onscreen.
Pierce, as a character, is visually distinctive: he’s not just an older white man, but a very specific genre of older white man. His three-piece suits and tortoiseshell glasses suggest a fondness for the styles, at least, of some happier past: the gentlemen’s era (to me located sort of vaguely pre-Philby) when men like him knew how to be graceful with power, because it was something that came naturally to them, something they would never have to demand. His charm, his generally pleasant demeanor are of a piece with this— after all, as he himself tells Steve, he’s the diplomat: the one who keeps his hands clean while Nick Fury does what needs to be done.
Leander Deeny: unsung hero, we salute you
like you are suddenly awake after a long winter.
The more I see comparison gifs like these, the more I think - you don’t carve the out the person and leave the skills - that is not what they did at all. They kept everything of the person (even gave him some more skills) and took the memories. What you have left is a being who is a hunter, who is a killer, who is loyal, who is protective, who is sassy and talks back, etc, and who is up for grabs. Without the memories to inform WHO to protect, WHO to be loyal to, WHO (and what) it is worth killing for, they can manipulate the character traits into being protective of them, of being loyal to them, of killing for them.
In some respects, that may be even worse, when he regains his memories. Because everything he did as Winter Soldier is still him. He can not look at those events and say - that was not me - because it was. He was not a robot acting on programming - he was him, acting on false information.
If they wanted to make me feel useful, they wouldn't have made me work with you.
the only problem with steve’s enthusiastic wingmanning is that he’s maybe a little bit too enthusiastic. he’ll see bucky and natasha snuggling up on the couch watching movies and plop down beside them, excitedly telling nat about how funny bucky is and how he’s sure bucky’s already told her about that one time at coney island, haven’t ya buck? and when bucky shakes his head steve leans into nat conspiratorially and tells her all about it. by the end of the story nat’s laughing so hard she almost falls off the couch and bucky looks betrayed and amused in equal parts. steve’s quite proud of himself for his wingmanning skills and expects the two of them to announce their relationship within the week
he’s right - mostly
it’s almost one o’clock in the morning two days after the coney island story and he’s just started thinking about going to bed when there’s a sharp knock at the door. when he answers it, bucky and nat are standing there in what could theoretically be their pajamas but what are, more realistically, their underwear
"um," he says, and steps aside to let them in
after the door is shut (and locked by natasha), bucky and nat both look at him expectantly
"um," he repeats, because there are two half naked russian assassins staring at him like he should know what to do next when he most emphatically does not
nat sighs and asks him, “you didn’t even realize you were doing it, did you?” which makes no sense at all because he’s very aware that he’s been trying to get two of his closest friends together thank you very much
"um," he says noncommittally because apparently he hadn’t been as discrete as he had hoped
nat sighs again and gestures from herself to bucky to steve. “we’ve been together for a while now and we both want you. maybe we’re wrong, but it seems like you’ve been flirting with us for a while now, so we thought you might want both of us too”
"um," steve says, yet again, because of course all words fail him when he needs them the most
bucky takes over from here, because he’s always been good at helping steve when he’s flustered and unable to form sentences. “steve. do you want to be with me? be honest.” slowly, steve nods his head, a slight flush rising to his cheeks. “good, that’s good. do you want to be with natasha?” again, steve nods his head. “ok, that’s good too. now, do you want to be with both of us?”
steve takes a moment to think about it, about how much he admires and respects both of them individually, about how they’ve gone through so much and are still ready and willing to place their trust in him and really, the decision isn’t very difficult at all
"yes," he says, firm and sure. there are two matching grins on bucky and nat’s faces when he looks at them, and then they proceed to tackle him to the bed
the rest of the avengers figure it out at breakfast the next morning when steve, even with his healing factor, comes to the table covered in hickeys with both natasha and bucky trailing him and looking incredibly pleased with themselves
"you three deserve each other," tony mutters at them over the table, and steve thinks he’s absolutely right
i kept waiting for sam and then he never came surprise surprise
three weeks later, sam’s puttering around his apartment shirtless, getting ready for bed, when the doorbell rings. it’s almost eleven at night and he hasn’t ordered any takeout so he’s not entirely sure who it could be. he throws on a shirt just in case he needs to be decent and opens the door to see steve, bucky and natasha
the only other time something like this has happened steve and natasha were covered in soot, injured and bleeding, so he thinks it’s pretty understandable that he freaks out. “is something wrong? are you hurt? do i need to suit up?”
they shake their heads (in tandem, he notices off-handedly) and steve nudges natasha forward slightly. nat glares back at steve and bucky before putting on what sam calls her “game face”
"sam. we’re here because we noticed that you’ve been flirting with us. all of us. and we’d like you to be a part of this," she gestures to herself and steve and bucky. "would you like to join us?"
she’s barely even finished her last question when sam says, “oh, hell yes i want in, absolutely, everyone get in here this is gonna be great”
the next time tony sees the four of them he just sighs and says, “are you serious," but they can’t hear them over all of their laughter
We’re here to talk to you about the polyamory initiative.