"That’s the thing…the thing that makes Captain America great…is Steve Rogers!"
—James Buchanan Barnes (Earth-616)
oh my GOD. Just stop it with your stupid adorable faces.
aaaawwww it’s Iron Toddler!!!
Cause everyone need Sebastian Stan playing tennis on their dash
Dakarai Molokomme, a 15-year-old starving child from a small village in Zimbabwe, has just told Madonna, one of the most famous pop stars in the world, to go and f*** herself, the local media are reporting exclusively.
“Yes, it’s true, I told Madonna to go f*** herself. Do you want to know why?” Dakarai asked. “It’s the same thing every time with these snobby rich Americans. Every once in a while they come to show us their support for the so-called eradication of poverty by adopting a child from a starving family, but they actually do more harm than good. Transracial international adoptions are part of the white savior industrial complex,” Dakarai explained.
In further discussions with journalists from the media, the kid stated that “none of the children here actually want to be taken away from their family and friends so they can be displayed as some kind of trophy in the homes of self-righteous singers or actors who want to score some points with the media and Oprah.”
“If they really want to help us, they should get Big Pharma to ship us some anti-retroviral drugs for the AIDS epidemic, or build schools and hospitals. If they don’t want to do that, then they can all go f** themselves!” the child told reporters.
The 15-year-old also stated that he would say the same thing to any one of those American or European “faux humanitarian posers”, except for Bono, whom he said he would also kick in the groin.
“Bono’s efforts to save the African savage from itself prove that the colonial imperative is alive and well,” Dakarai said as he walked with other village children collecting sticks to build a tree fort.
THIS IS THE RAWEST 15 YEAR OLD ALIVE
For a split second I thought he was gonna say he liked Bono and then WHAM! Dakarai, you are one awesome kid.
I need to take a moment because HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. I don’t keep up with AOS news all that much because I’m still, unfortunately, waiting for the show to deliver (the later part of the season got much better so that made me happy, also anything with Triplett is gold, hence why I’ll stick around for another season).
I didn’t know this dunce Leob made that comment.
Now that I know.
I had to sit on this for a day and like, do some breathing exercises and a hour of yoga because the fact that people in charge of anything Marvel or MCU related HA V E AC TUAL LL Y SA I D SHI T LIKE THIS I JUST.
I need another moment.
FIRST AND FOREMOST. AGENCY. AGENCY. AGENCY. AGENCY IS A PRETTY FUCKING BIG CONCEPT AND I’M NOT SURPRISED THAT ANOTHER WHITE MALE EXECUTIVE FAILS TO GRASP ITS IMPORTANCE.
The Winter Soldier has committed a lot of crimes. What a terrible human being. How dare he, after being tortured, experimented on, brainwashed, frozen, de-frozen, electrocuted and forged into a shell of his former self with no frame of reference, memory, connection, structure outside of the missions assigned to him, not consciously choose not to carry out those orders. What a despicable character. And yet we’re rooting for him, according to Loeb, to come back to the side of the angels.
NO, YOU DUMB NITWIT. Bucky Barnes doesn’t have to come back to the side of the angels. Bucky Barnes had all agency and personality electrocuted out of him. They literally turned him into a blank slate every single time he showed any resemblance of action or agency that was outside the parameters they gave him. Why? Because James Buchanan Barnes kept creeping up and they fucking knew he wouldn’t do the things they were asking him to do had he had any choice. So they took that away from him.
Bucky is a fucking martyr. Bucky already paid whatever penance for his sins, such as they might be when he acted upon them without his consensus and without the cognitive ability to say no. He’s already suffered enough. At the end of TWS, Bucky Barnes breaks his own goddamn programming and guess what, the first conscious choice he makes is to save Steve from drowning.
There’s no redemption arc here. Bucky doesn’t need redemption. He needs healing. He needs to reclaim himself, rebuild his fractured mind, redefine his own persona, let his trauma heal, deal with his brainwashing and put himself back together.
My blood pressure always reaches alarming levels whenever anyone compares Bucky or Natasha (whom I’m pretty sure also has her Red Room bg in the MCU and I’m waiting to hear more on that) to Ward.
Because Ward is a villain. Like Loki, understanding their motivations and the reasoning behind their actions does not fucking excuse them. Grant Ward wasn’t frozen, tortured, electrocuted and mind wiped.He was influenced, sure; say he developed Stockholm Syndrome from his time with Garrett, okay; say he joined Shield with the purpose of taking it down from within out of loyalty to the person who ~saved him.
All of that? However badly influenced, was his own choice. He was his own person. A very fucked up person, sure, but with agency nonetheless. May I also add that he left behind the abusive environment where he was constantly under Garrett’s thumb, and he was then surrounded by a remarkable group of people who he befriended (with the purpose of betraying later). Environmentally, Ward had a shot to sit and think real hard about what he was doing and figure out if he actually wanted to do it, but he didn’t — or if he did, he decided that following Garrett was the way to go. Point being, it was his decision. He did all of this whilst being his own person.At any point, he could’ve made a different choice, but he did not.
He knew what Garrett was planning, he knew what Garrett would do, and I believe he had at least the mental ability to take a look at that and go hmmmm, hey you know what. Buddy I know I sorta owe you my life but … this is a little extreme, yeah? At no point at all that crosses his mind, ever. No, not even when Garrett is clearly losing it, he still follows him. That’s like, Crossbones levels of devotion, my friend. And I’m actually okay with it — I thought having Ward turn into a villain was the most interesting thing they did with the character, but then I see shit like this, frm the people in charge of the show, when they even pair up Ward and Bucky in the same sentence and I get an aneurysm.
Bucky never had a choice. Ward did, and look what he did with it.
I don’t understand why Loeb can’t fucking grasp this concept and it actually terrifies me that he’s involved with AOS or the MCU at all.
Woah, hold on a sec.
I think Jeff Loeb’s quote is getting seriously misunderstood here. The quote doesn’t compare Bucky Barnes to Grant Ward, the quote compares the Winter Soldier’s crimes to Grant Ward’s crimes (I haven’t seen AOS, but from what I’ve read about Grant Ward his situation is far too different to compare him to the Winter Soldier). By saying, “at the end of the movie, you’re rooting for him to come back on the side of the angels” he’s saying that the Winter Soldier is so sympathetic, the audience wants to see him become Bucky Barnes again. There’s no question that Bucky Barnes’ rightful place is among the angels.The question is whether the Winter Soldier, after all the heinous things he’s been forced to do, can return to being Bucky Barnes (of course we all know the answer is yes).
I should also point out that Jeff Loeb isn’t some mere “executive”. He’s a prolific comic book writer, who’s worked for both DC and Marvel. He wrote for the Captain America title, including the story arc “Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America”. I should note that this story arc features Bucky Barnes after the return of his memories and, in conjunction with Ed Brubaker’s “The Death of Captain America”, leads to Bucky becoming Captain America.
So yeah, Jeff Loeb is fully aware of the hero that Bucky Barnes is.
Yeah, I agree with you Natasha
Me too, Natasha.
Bucky is actually the more sexually innocent of the two - he’s more rough and ready in some ways, and he’s definitely the one with the charm (if he does say so himself), but if you’re looking for a dirty mind and the appetites to match, you’re going to have to go to Steve.