Sebastian Stan at Jane Eyre New York Premiere 3/9/2011
in universe howling commandos hbo war documentary a la band of brothers please and thank you
(bucky and steve watch together in horror/fascination)
#”the guy that plays you’s a real looker steve” #”that’s not how it was. we had JACK SHIT in supplies for three days over that mountain pass” #they don’t talk during the episode that bucky falls until the credits roll #”dramatics” bucky says rolling his eyes. ”bet you didn’t cry half as much as that asswipe on tv” (via philcoulson)
#steve smiles sadly remembering that night at the bombed out pub #’naw’ he says with a sigh #’cried twice as much’ #bucky fidgets in his cushion and won’t take his eyes off the screen #refuses to acknowledge the lump in his throat #but lets more of his weight fall onto steve’s chest #as the next episode starts up (x)
CA:TWS, as a film, was a fantastic exercise in putting genuinely decent and optimistic characters (except for Steve himself, at this point, but we can go into that later) up against a nearly ripped-from-the-headlines plot that distills a lot of this country’s cynicism and negativity, particularly in my age group. More than any of the other MCU films, I think this was aimed directly at us, the people in our late teens and twenties and early thirties who sometimes start crying on the toilet because not only will we never be able to stop working our terrible service-industry jobs, we will also never be able to make a safe and comfortable world for the kids who come after us, or take care of our parents when they need us. On top of all that, we’re in this lame dystopian surveillance society where the government hates us, military force has taken the place of diplomacy and stuff like drone warfare is something we’re supposed to just accept, like it’s not horrifying. It’s a story specifically for my generation to try and find some solidarity with.
Which is a pretty ballsy play for a movie with a main character that’s 95.
This is actually a pretty beautiful review/scene-by-scene commentary on the entire movie, so spoilers obviously, but also a great way to relive it (especially the Sam Wilson parts)
+people treating bucky like he’s purely a victim of circumstance when the entire point is that they could turn him into the winter soldier because HE’S EXCEPTIONAL and not just this random dude who happens to hang out with captain america
This is beautiful. Yes. I know the movieverse doesn’t get into that like the comics do, but yeah.
Pretty much ^THIS. I think we’re actually give a LOT in the canon by ways of Bucky’s flashbacks. And Steve even mentions Bucky being experimented on and flat out says THAT must be why he survived the fall. There are implications that go along with that statement. Additionally, Bucky still has a Russian history, even if it’s not straight-up Department X / Red Room like 616. We see him “rescued” by a Russian soldier. Maybe after Hydra “fell” during th war, Russia was a good place for them to hide. With Zola saying they sewed the seeds of discord, well, Hydra might’ve prompted the Cold War and it’s not unlikely to see Bucky’s Department X backstory supplanted with Hydra instead. There’s a reason he’s using Soviet-made weapons, sporting a big red star on his shoulder, and that the first lines we hear him speak are in Russian. It’s specifically to tie to that backstory.
Yes, Bucky is a victim of Hydra. But just as @lonelyantics says, he’s also exceptional. Zola already worked on him and from what was shown in CA:TFA, the POWs were being subjected to some sort of enhancement as brainwashing (see: Red Skull telling him to use up what strength they — the POWs converted into Hydra slaves — have left. There will always be more workers, the Skull says). This is the very same process Bucky was being subjected to when Steve found him. We see in CA:TWS that Zola remembers him. Bucky isn’t just some schmuck, he’s a man with a distinct set of skills, he’s a man who’s already been subjected to Zola’s enhancements and some degree of brainwashing before.
What’s also exceptional about Bucky is that seventy years of being wiped and reprogrammed (things he probably doesn’t remember at all so the terror and pain is new for him each and every time) begins to fracture by something as simple as Steve saying his name. Decades of dehumanization and brainwashing begins to fail because of the depth of Steve and Bucky’s bond. Let’s not forget Bucky is the cause for Steve’s step into the heroism. Let’s not forget Bucky is the reason Steve changes from not wanting to kill anyone to not stopping until all of Hydra is dead or captured. Let’s not forget Steve crashed a plane he could easily have landed more safely because he didn’t want to be in a world without Bucky (yes, you can argue that’s not true, but let’s look at it. He had his new friends in Howard and the Howling Commandos. He had a woman he loved who loved him back. He had fame and glory and nothing but goodness waiting for him and he threw it away. Why? Because his best friend wasn’t there to share any of it with him. He felt guilty. It’s arguable, but I think it’s a pretty solid interpretation). Even in the end of CA:TWS, he refused to fight Bucky because they’re friends and he won’t carry the guilt of killing his best friend even if it’s to save his own life.
There is nothing about Bucky Barnes that isn’t at least as exceptional as Steve Rogers. And I think so much of that comes through in the film if people will just stop relying on being spoon fed every detail and rub two brain cells together to perform the miracle of thought. The details give us so very much about him. Sure, we don’t where his story is going to go from here, but we sure do have a lot of info about where he came from even given his very limited screen time in both films.
Yeah in the movieverse WS-wise we’re supposed to see him as exceptional because he was strong enough to survive what Zola was doing the first time and he had exceptional marksmanship - all useful material for a human super weapon, and the things that he’s memorialized for. The movieverse still needs a good flashback of them fighting side-by-side in WW2 though (you know, where Bucky doesn’t “die”?) But mostly in the MCU they kind of got away from emphasizing his martial skills like they do in the comics, and he’s held up to being as exceptional as Steve in the sense of being a good person. In a bit of a different way than Steve, but he’s still held up as this saint of a person and friend who had the goodness to love Steve before the serum and would stand up for him etc etc etc
#bless everything in this scenne #Bucky is FUCKED. UP. #like previously mentally and physically beat to all hell #can barely walk when steve pulls him off the table #had about a short conversation’s length of time to recover his motor skills and functions #and gets on that rickety plank of a bridge over a sea of goddamn fire no question #so determined #because steve’s at his back #(LOOKING CONCERNED AS A MOTHER BEAR FOR THE RECORD GOD BLESS YOU STEVEN) #like that’s enough for him #for both of them #fuck you #fuck me #Captain America #bury me with their relationship (via jellicle-ball)
i was watching the first avenger and wondering how Bucky knew Steve was getting his ass kicked in the back of some random alley behind a movie theatre
like does he just check alleyways whenever he’s walking down a street to see if Steve’s started another fight he can’t finish
the answer is probably yes
headcanon that, even when brainwashed, Bucky still stops at alleyways and looks down them to find nothing
and he never knows what he’s looking for
Can we talk about how Cap and Bucky have opposite masks?
Cap has mouth and eyes exposed, forehead covered. Bucky has mouth covered and eyes painted black, his forehead exposed.
What a lovely symmetry.
But the symbolism too. Cap’s is a helmet, protection, to keep him safe from physical harm. Bucky’s is a muzzle to keep him silent and anonymous and on a leash.