that lost look in his eyes
What I love about this scene is how much it highlights the vacuity of that sort of patriotic rhetoric. What Pierce says to the Soldier here is what the popular conception of American patriotism looks and sounds like. It’s the rhetoric with truth long gone and with sentiment missing in action.
And why does Piece try this with his Soldier? Why bother with the hoopla when in a second Pierce is going to casually wipe him down and hose the decks clear of anything personal or emotional? Why spend the breath it takes to say these vapid things to a Soldier who needs no rhetoric and who has never needed convincing?
It makes me think that this is the process Pierce always goes through. He makes the speech, knowing the Soldier will do what he is ordered and not for any greater good, but he makes the speech because he wants the speech in the record, so to speak. He wants to be able to believe that he gave the Soldier reasons, not just empty orders.
But this is the first time the Soldier had something on his mind so the scientists are shocked, the guards are frightened, and Pierce’s empty, self-absolving pantomime is revealed to be empty. Pierce seems equal parts empty and disappointed when he gives the order to wipe him: angry that the pleasant lie he told himself got cut off just because the Soldier knew someone.
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Preserum!Steve being taught how to dance by Bucky? OR if we’re going for angsty, the first time Post-TWS Steve…
lilbitobsessive answered: Awkward dancing :D
"You know, Stevie, when you’re dancing with a dame, you’re gonna have to stop looking at your feet"
(Bucky just wants Steve to look at him, so this will be his last memory before he ships out)
"So you’re Bucky Barnes."
Natasha’s voice is finely calculated insolence, laser-guided to grate on every nerve he has left. He doesn’t turn to look at her. This habit of hers, turning up to talk to him, baffles him. One day she’ll be sitting on the step of the shelter where he gets food, just starting a conversation about the homeless problem in DC. Another time, she’ll find him and Steve, and talk about bullets. Offer to show him the scar he made.
Like he’d be proud of it.
Or now, perched on the back of a park bench like a cat, watching him watch- nothing. The city. The people.
"I’m sorry, did you space out? Or do you prefer James Buchanan Barnes?"
Natasha gives the full five syllables of his name a heavy emphasis, as if the words themselves are ridiculous.
"No." He’s also getting really, really tired of repeating this. "I’m not him."
"Mind if I call you that anyway?" Natasha crunches down the remainder of her snack- an apple or something, by the sounds of it. She’s usually eating when he sees her. "I can’t keep calling you ‘that guy over there’."
When he doesn’t answer her, Natasha sighs and shifts position. “You know, if you are Bucky, and I’m not saying you are, of course-“
"But if I had known you were, back in Odessa, I’d have probably gone easier on you."
This time he does turn to look at her, frowning. He doesn’t get her jokes. He’s not sure anyone does.
"Old man." Natasha mouths, grinning her own humor, and Bucky rolls his eyes.
"No, you wouldn’t have." He pauses. "I’m sorry about that."
Natasha shrugs it off lightly steps down from the bench and holds out her hand all in one graceful, fluid movement.
"Sorry is for children, James." She takes his metal hand in hers and, without asking, holds it up to the light. "You’re a remarkable piece of work."
"So are you." He replies, without thinking, and this time her smile is genuine.
"I think James is a good name, whoever you really are."
"Yeah." He leaves his hand in hers. "I guess it is."
Angel Garfield visits kids in London wearing full costume, April 08
The man is an angel.
OMG ; _ ;
Radioactive (Allison/Erica, technically NSFW but it can pass as subtle?)
A Sunday quickie Inspired by listedheart’s fic here (reblogged in post bellow). The periodic elements in the bg are radioactive, and the text on the blackboard are sentences from the fic. ;)
Make it all little girls of all ethnicities. Give me black girls being science nerds around Tony Stark, give me Latina girls being Spider-man fans, give me white girls talking to Batman. I’m tired of white dudes being all the fans and heroes too.
all the girls. srsly, every film has a little white boy clutching his superhero paraphernalia and meeting the hero. why can’t it be a girl? why couldn’t we meet the little sister who owned the dora the explorer watch? as soon as i see that little boy in the film, i know the studio wanted that for their target white male audience. and it frustrates me and sours the film because we can have empowered women in the film but the studio still doesn’t care about women in the audience when their target audience is white male men and boys.
i’ve retconn’d harley from iron man 3 to be a girl
WOOP THERE IT IS.
progress with studios for me is when the small child decked out in a superhero costume being saved by our intrepid hero in the title film is a girl. it’s always a adorable boy. maybe next time spider-man saves a kid with a spidey mask it will be a girl. or when batman gives a batarang it will be to a girl instead of an awe struck boy. or it’s a little girl that spots captain america at the smithsonian
until studios start seeing that little girls are also target audiences to superhero films, i won’t see progress with how they view women
until i see a trailer, i won’t hold my breath. we’re getting an antman movie before that. we’re getting guardians of the galaxy before that (a d-lister comic book to be honest) we’re getting more spider-mans before that, and superman and batman and just, well, it’s like, fuck you hollywood. we are still waiting for a female superhero film that gets top advertising and support from the studio (cat-woman and electra never got the same budget or support as any of the other superhero films and were terrible and failed in the box office) also, lucy is another white male power fantasy set to fill the void of a black widow film with the guise of female empowerment but it’s just white supremacy against asians. so i am just not holding my breath for a black widow film. if it happens, when it happens, i will go see it. but until then, i have to see hollywood parade everything but the kitchen sink before i get a female superhero film.
sorry - that got heated
- worst social interaction #231: small talk in another language
Inspired by this post
Bucky’s had enough of your shit, Pierce.
(please do not steal or repost my shitty comic thank you)
- me: the yellow thing that gives off heat from the sky
- stranger: why didn't you just say sun
- me: you still knew what a meant