soulmates au: everything is black and white until you meet your soulmate
after bucky falls, steve never stops seeing faint traces of color everywhere, almost as if bucky was still there. it can’t be real, though. bucky is dead; steve saw him fall and couldn’t do anything to save him.
70 years later, he wakes up in a shield facility and the room is grey except for a bouquet of blood red roses on the table.
As you might imagine, I walked into Captain America 2 ready to get my Soviet Russia on. The Winter Soldier run is one of my favorites in—well, in any comic, really, and from what I’d seen in the trailers and whatnot, it looked like we were going to get a heaping dose of what makes that series so special and so sobering: the bloodstained underbelly of Soviet international politics, a glimpse at the way men and women were fed into the meat grinder of the State, pulped for the greater glory of their nation. In Bucky we’d see a drafted soldier kidnapped, brainwashed, and streamlined into the perfect machine. Not an ideal Soviet man, far from it; but a tool, utilitarian and dispassionate, with the five-pointed martial star on his shoulder; the awful triumph of the State over so-called human frailty.
And we did, we got all of that—insofar that you can’t have a Winter Soldier without those things. But as I watched, it became increasingly clear that this movie wasn’t looking to talk about the Soviet Union. There is a reason Bucky only speaks Russian once in the entire film. There’s a reason he’s never addressed in it. There’s a reason his code name is drawn from an investigation into one of the ugliest chapters of American history. And there is a reason that the movie takes this snarling, mechanized, indiscriminate killing machine and explicitly sets him up as Captain America’s other half.
I’ve seen some reviews going after the film for pulling its punches, of holding up the Greatest Generation as America’s past, and a polluted security branch as its future, absolving it of responsibility for its actions in both cases. It’s HYDRA now and “sacrifices for freedom” then; why aren’t we interrogating ourselves a little harder?
My answer to that is: we did, and the movie is named after what we found.
The Winter Soldier is concerned with security and international supremacy, and the moral compromises America has made (and continues to make) in pursuit of both. It draws a straight line from WWII America to the modern day, where “we did some things we weren’t proud of” becomes drone warfare and Big Brother. Steve is at one end of this timeline, Nick Fury at the other. There’s a chasm of about fifty years between the two points. That’s where the Winter Soldier steps in.
This film is haunted by an American war, yes. But not the one Steve fought in. The Cold War was “a battle for the soul of mankind”, waged across millions of hearts and minds, and it’s a patched-over burn in the American psyche, barely healed and still tender to the touch. We emerged on the other side of forty-four years as the world’s one and only superpower. And it fucking cost us.
McCarthyism saw Americans turning on one another, fueled by snarling, indiscriminate paranoia. Operation Paperclip recruited Nazi scientists to keep German technology out of Soviet hands. Vietnam, with its thousands dead, was fought to keep the dominoes of Communism from falling across Asia. America, augmented by an unimaginable weapon and ruthlessly militarized, spied, ordered assassinations, irradiated its own children, and dragged the world to the brink of nuclear holocaust. All for the sake of security.
The Winter Soldier is that America.
Inhuman, bionic, unfeeling, unthinking, the perfect weapon: a creature of progress, powered by pure ideology. The mind wipes? Decades of propaganda in its purest, most undiluted form, administered directly to the brain. The arm? I know a nuclear metaphor when I see one.
If Cap is the potential of America, what we should never stop striving for, the Winter Soldier is what became of us when we fell desperately short. He is what we did to ourselves.
In many ways this film is a ghost story, and like all good ghost stories, it holds up the tragedy of our mistakes and begs us not to repeat them. What SHIELD proposes—Project Insight—is assured destruction, a level of control over a population not exercised since we were staring Russia down over a launch pad. And so the Winter Soldier appears, the long cold shadow of America’s past, and crashes into the hope for its future with the ring of a metal fist against a shield.
Cap can’t destroy him, what’s done is done. Bucky can’t be unwounded, or given back his stolen time; the blood on his hands won’t be scrubbed out. But they can walk slowly together, one helping the other stand.
Steve can’t progress without Bucky, just as, the film seems to say, America itself is doomed to fester unless it looks to its past and acknowledges what it has done; the things it has ground into dust in the name of a higher cause. In the MCU, the only way Captain America’s country will move forward is if it swears to never, ever go back.
Leave it to Emily to knock this meta out of the park. <3
I fell through the wall this weekend. I am really proud of that! I showed up at the shoot and I’ve got bruises and they’re like, “You look so rugged!” And I’m like, “Yeah, I’m a badass.” Then I had to tell them it was a fake wall.
Marvel: So for Thor we’ve cast Chris Hemsworth…
Me: Ooo, he’s hot!
Marvel: Then for Captain America we’ve got Chris Evans…
Me: Also extremely hot.
Marvel: Now to complete the Chris trifecta we’ve cast Chris Pratt as Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Me: Andy from Parks and Rec? He’s more goofy-cute than hot.
Marvel: We will make him hot.
Me: Yeah okay….
Marvel: You’re welcome.
natasha is beating them at strip-chitauri-kill
No, wait, we have to talk about this, because I honestly can’t decide what’s better here. Is it that it’s so toasty outside Clint took off his jacket and Steve felt the need to flash some cleavage? Is it Nat casually gesturing with loaded weaponry while she tells terrible dad jokes? Is it the resigned exasperation on Steve’s face? We just don’t know.
#but seriously imagine them getting bored killing the enemy’s drones or whatever#and they make a game out of it#and it’s summer and so why NOT make it a stripping game eh??#I feel like thor would just strip either way like ‘fucking FINALLY I can take these infernal pants off’#their butts are all over the news the next day#Fox News won’t shut up about how much of terrible influence they are to children#or some shit like that idk
this pic is now my most favourite thing in the whole entire world
[Image: Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, and Jane Foster standing together and saying “SCIENCE!” in unison; Tony is holding a a wrench, Bruce is holding a beaker and test tube, and Jane is holding rolls of paper. Below, an image of Darcy Lewis, Thor, and Pepper Potts; Pepper and Thor are smiling, and Darcy looks cranky, saying “They’re gonna be doing this for HOURS, aren’t they?”]
Requested by gabbiki back when I was still accepting sketch-requests in instagram! <3 Been wanting to draw these three actually, and I liked the request too much that I had to render it :p Hope you like it! <3 (SORRY FOR BEING SLOOOW)
01/?? FAVORITE FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS:
RUTH JAMISON & IDGIE THREADGOODE / FRIED GREEN TOMATOES (1991)
"You know, I’ve heard there were people who could charm bees—I’ve just never seen it done, before today. You’re just a bee charmer, Idgie Threadgoode. That’s what you are. A bee charmer.”
okay, so you know how Coulson is always portrayed in fan fic as a super BAMF who’s all in control and buttoned down?
I see picks of Clark like this and think, “what we need is a sassy, sexy, crude and rude side of Phil when he’s not Agent. Bar scenes where he comes on to Clint and talks dirty in front of Tony and sticks his tongue out at Natasha …
Hag stones, also known as Holey Stones or Witch Stones, are stones that have a naturally occurring hole and are usually found near oceans and other bodies of water. They are said to be powerful protection talismans, and when worn or carried they protect the bearer from curses, hexes, negative spirits, and harm. They have also been used to prevent nightmares, being strung on a bedpost or placed underneath pillows. It is also believed that if you peer through the hole of the stone that you can see the Fae Folk and otherworldly entities. If one broke, it is thought to have used its power to protect a life.