LEAVE!!! varrics GET OUT RIGHT NOW!!!
WILLINGLY BRAINWASHED HIMSELF BACK INTO A WEAPON
TO TRY AND KILL HER EXBOYFRIEND
who are u kidding he doesn’t love natasha at all plz check urself it’s not like he didn’t willingly become a human weapon again in pursuit of finding her (his worst fear and something he’d been trying to repent for /for years/ lmao)
its not like she was the catalyst for his original programming starting to break its not like she ‘was the only good thing in all of it’ its not like he stops in the middle of fights to think about how much he loves her nah
please understand they have nothing in the mcu it will never happen despite the fact that their characters still parallel each other to extreme degrees what with nat and bucky’s arcs in cap 2 being very similar given she ends the film with a crisis of identity and realizes she doesn’t really know who /she/ is yet, and bucky ends the film with an even bigger crisis of identity as he tries to figure out how to reconcile who he’s been as the winter soldier for the past seventy years with who he once was as bucky barnes.
please understand nat couldn’t possibly understand what he went through given it’s not like her mcu counterpart hints to having undergone brainwashing and having her entire mind unmade. NAH. SURELY SHE WOULDN’T BE THE MOST QUALIFIED TO UNDERSTAND BUCKY’S SITUATION.
#I CAN ADD NOTHING TO THIS #the gospel truth #no one in the mcu can understand what bucky will/has been through except natasha #’do you know what its like to be unmade’ ‘you know that i do’ #HMMM WHAT IS THAT HINT AT BRAINWASHING/FAULTY MEMORIES #huffs about false memories huffs about natasha not being able to tell whats true and whats false anymore #HUFFS ABOUT NATASHA AND BUCKY ENDING THIS MOVIE ON THE SAME NOTE: SELF DISCOVERY #who are you without your web to hide in; who are you without your programming #who are you if you are no longer an agent; who are you if you are no longer a weapon (via)
Let’s remember that Bucky Barnes without Steve Rogers was the kid who befriended a small sickly boy looked down on and picked on by everyone else without caring what anyone thought.
Bucky Barnes without Steve Rogers was a smart, bright, likable young man who enjoyed going to dance halls and science fairs.
Bucky Barnes without Steve Rogers earned the respect, friendship, and loyalty of his soldiers to such an extent that when a stranger in spangly tights saves their lives only to ask them to follow him back into the fray, they agree because this guy’s nuts but he’s got Sarge’s seal of approval.
Bucky Barnes without Steve Rogers withstood years of unimaginable physical and psychological torture until his captors were finally forced to strip him of his memories and all sense of self in order to make him compliant, and even then had to phrase his missions as fights for the good of the world.
And then, Bucky Barnes, with no knowledge of Steve Rogers or himself, with no agency or moral compass, couldn’t be kept out of cryostasis for too long lest he regain the smallest sense of self and turn on his masters. Because even they knew that James Buchanan Barnes was the furthest thing from a bully, and feared the vengeance he would bring down on them if he realized what they were forcing him to do.
And this is just Bucky Barnes in the MCU, who’s had maybe a half hour of screen time and a handful of lines.
Yeah, the seeds of the Winter Soldier are in Bucky, insomuch as he is competent, loyal, fierce, a brilliant tactician, capable of doing the dirty work to save others the burden, and a bit ruthless when it comes to protecting innocents and those he loves. But isn’t it telling that even stripped of everything but these attributes and then turned to destruction and chaos he becomes, not a bully, but an asset of terrifying efficiency? The Winter Soldier is single-minded and brutal in carrying out his missions, but he is an effective soldier, not a bully.
James Buchanan Barnes is a hero, and nothing, not the absence of one man (even a man like Steve Rogers) or anything else, could change that.