'cause I'm with you till the end of line, pal.
THIS IS THE WORST GIFSET TO EVER EXIST
Bucky: “I’m going to buy tickets to a science fair so I can invite my best friend on a double date.”
Steve: “I’m going to pick a fight with a man twice my size and get into a back-alley brawl.”
Audience: “Oh Bucky, you’re such a bad boy.”
Probably the most obvious sign that North American culture considers sex worse than violence: James Buchanan Barnes becomes a “bad boy” for being able to get a date.
Y’know, this is a really good point, because fandom has generally taken the idea of Bucky as a bad boy, or the “dark” to Steve’s light, and run with it, on the basis of …. really no canon whatsoever, in the movies at least. In the comics, he actually is something of a snarky little troublemaker. In the movies, though, the grand total of stuff we see Bucky doing is:
- Protecting his friend from getting beat up (in a fight that Steve actually started)
- Going on a date and making sure Steve has a date too
- Worrying about Steve enlisting in the army
- Refusing to leave Steve behind in an exploding building
- After getting tortured and experimented on, willingly following Steve back into battle to fight the guys who tortured him
- Shooting a guy who’s about to kill Steve
- Defending Steve on the train
- Including the flashback scene in Winter Soldier, we also see him comforting his grieving friend and inviting Steve to move in with him rent-free.
About the “worst” things we actually see him doing are going on a date with two girls at once after Steve bails (which apparently both girls are totally on board with) and attempting unsuccessfully to flirt with Steve’s sorta-girlfriend, which is a jerk move but Steve doesn’t seem terribly bothered by it.
Steve, meanwhile, picks fights at the drop of a hat, commits or attempts to commit multiple felonies, disobeys almost every order he’s given, and at one point manages to get himself on the bad side of the entirety of SHIELD.
…. which is not to say that there’s anything wrong with Steve, because Steve is an absolute sweetheart and I adore him, or that Bucky’s a saint who can do no wrong. But it’s just interesting how the two of them get filtered through the lens of fandom considering what they actually do.
OK, but, BUT! You also have Steve saying it’s hard to find someone with SHARED LIFE EXPERIENCE.
Okay, but listen. In Winter Soldier you have Natasha trying to set Steve up, you have Sam asking what makes him happy, you have Steve telling Peggy he just wants to know who he’s fighting, and Sitwell telling us they used the past to determine someone’s future.
These are questions and ideas the narrative sets up to be answered and they’re answered by bucky’s re-appearance in steve’s life.
This is the best logic for shipping Steve/Bucky that I have ever encountered.
And thus begins our long national nightmare: Saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier for what will be the last time (my 14th!) in the theatre today. It’s leaving the last of the second-run theatres this week, and I don’t know how I’m going to live till there’s a truly decent source.
I watched (the unrated edition of) Hot Tub Time Machine tonight. Because reasons (Sebastian Stan reasons). Dear god, that was awful.
Oh Sebastian, look at your career, look at your choices.