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idgi why it has to be “trendy” to come out of ca:tws loving bucky barnes and sebastian stan. bucky barnes is a legitimately fascinating character with LEGITIMATELY (as in, canon) tragic backstory. yes, there are definite elements of woobification, but they’re certainly not unwarranted—his trauma is extreme, and i kind of imagine a lot of people left the theaters needing some kind of catharsis or relief in his name to feel good about the story and not a sobbing unintelligible wreck (like i
was amwill always be)
why do people get so mad that fandom wants to talk about bucky? it’s not like he’s one-dimensional. it’s not like fans are rehashing the same points over and over again. all i’ve seen is extremely intelligent meta about his character—themes of identity, loss, body horror, political intrigue, memory, lost love, etc. every day i see something new and interesting to consider about the implications of mcu’s bucky barnes—in some ways, there’s been deeper explorations of his character possibilities than even 616 james barnes! (although i freely admit 616’s bucky interests me only in fits and starts) and for people who eyeroll because they compare loving bucky barnes to loving loki
fuck you get some taste and a clueit’s not the same. because they are two different characters with two different functions and story arcs. they’re both antagonists—but only one is a villain who consistently has his wrongdoings explained away by thin reasoning not remotely based in mcu canon
and as for sebastian stan, yes, he’s hot (in his own blessed way) (i kid, i wanna bone him all the time) (the only way to deal w my sexual attraction to him is to disparage his looks every chance i get)
but he’s also a great actor. why shouldn’t fans celebrate and exult a performance that was pretty damn nuanced and heartbreaking for having all of 5 or 6 lines? why shouldn’t people get excited over his previous body of work (listen, covenant was a cinematic masterpiece fuck you) and why shouldn’t people reblog him a lot now that his big screen star turn is affording him more public exposure?
i just think it’s weird how dismissive i’ve seen some people in mcu fandom be about the love for bucky barnes and sebastian stan, especially considering he’s such a compelling character played by such a compelling actor.
Actor wise I think it’s a terrible double standard to dismiss Sebastian’s abilities while everyone pretty universally praised Tom Hiddleston. Just because he doesn’t do Shakespeare and his character doesn’t exhibit the snarky charisma of Loki doesn’t mean that Stan isn’t as compelling with what HE’S been sent to do. Bucky isn’t a snappy, sneering character. He’s tragic and stolid and threatening in a way Loki isn’t. And I remember pretty vividly that after the first Thor movie Loki (and Tom’s) fanbase was limited. Limited to the point I think Sebastian actually has just as active or more active at this point (by Tumblr standards). It wasn’t until Avengers that the Loki fanbase sort of spiraled out of control. That being said, don’t begrudge Sebastian. He’s languished in B actor hell for longer than his talent warrants (I dare you to watch Kings or Political Animals and argue with me that he’s not strikingly good). Comparing him to Hiddleston is just as unfair as comparing Bucky to Loki. Two VERY different types of actors and very different personalities. It’s doing him a disservice to write his new slew of attention off as fangirls fawning over his looks.
Can I just say that one of my very favorite parts of Winter Soldier was Nick Fury cocking an eyebrow at the police officers side-eyeing his expensive vehicle and sneering, “You wanna see my lease?”
Because the idea of Nick Motherfucking Fury having to deal with shit as disgusting and petty as racial profiling is sort of painfully realistic and heartbreaking. He’s hugely, massively powerful, and he’s sitting in his bulletproof car pondering decisions of worldwide import, but also he gets pulled over sometimes and asked for his registration because the police assume he stole it.
Ack. I was just so pleased that they included that line.
yeah the import of that really struck me the second time I watched the movie.
The driving while black bit was one of my favorite parts.
Yeah, this really struck me the second time when I wasn’t just sitting there terrified his car would blow up at any moment. It really makes you think of all the shit he had to go through to get where he is today and still the police give him the side eye when he drives up in an expensive car. Also, obviously we find out later they’re HYDRA agents but the car chase scene is literally a bunch of white guys in police uniforms shooting at a single black man and it’s an image we’ve seen a million times (on the news, in the movies, even on Agents of Shield with Mike Peterson) only this time the police are the bad guys and we’re rooting for Nick. I just thought, especially in the context of scene preceding it where it’s made clear that Nick’s had to deal with racism and profiling that it was a interesting choice to make HYDRA the police.
THE REASON WOMEN DIDNT PAY FOR THEIR MEALS WAS BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T ALLOWED TO HAVE BANK ACCOUNTS AND WHEN WOMEN EARN THE SAME AS MEN THIS FORM OF “CHIVALRY” WILL MOST LIKELY END AS MANY COUPLES ALREADY SPLIT THE BILL OKAY CAN PEOPLE STOP USING THIS IN A DISCUSSION OF EQUALITY AND IM SORRY FOR CAPS LOCKS I WANTED TO STOP BUT IT WAS TOO LATE
Rubeus Remus Potter. You were named after the only two people at Hogwarts who seemed to give shit about me, because come on who else would I name you after? A verbally abusive dickbag who was in love with my mum and gave me shit all my life and someone who convinced a bunch of children that they needed to be soldiers? What kind of awful aspirations would that make you end up having? Come on son I’m not an idiot…
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