I don't know if I can do that.
FRIENDLY REMINDER THAT STEVE TRIED TO TRIGGER BUCKY’S MEMORIES BY WEARING HIS LESS DURABLE RETRO!UNIFORM (aka the not-so-bulletproof outfit he wore the last time Bucky saw him) AND BY QUOTING SOMETHING BUCKY SAID TO HIM 70-SOMETHING YEARS AGO
Okay okay but can we just talk about this? The entire movie Steve’s worth is defined by what Captain America has become. He goes to the Smithsonian to see Captain America’s life projected back at him — the boy he was before a footnote, the sickly waif who wasn’t good enough until the army (literally) made him A Man — while he’s there he walks around unrecognized; the entire gag at the mall is based on the idea that this is a 6’2” hulking muscled mass of a guy who absolutely no one recognizes unless he has that star on his chest, because it’s the suit, not the person, who’s been given worth. And when Steve thinks about the most memorable thing about himself — when he thinks about how to get Bucky back — he goes for that. He goes for Captain America. And it doesn’t work; Bucky doesn’t react at all. Because Bucky always saw through that. He didn’t give a shit about Captain America. That “little guy from Brooklyn,” that’s the kid he loved, that’s the one he was following when he died, the one who’s scared voice knocked the memories out of him earlier in the movie. And it’s only when Steve drops the shield, and the helmet — all of the things that make him Captain America, that make him immediately recognizable to the rest of the country, to the world — when he calls on this one, rogue memory from when they were just kids, from before he was the national ideal of manhood he’s been made out to be since his death… That’s when Bucky sees him. Because Bucky doesn’t remember, or care about Captain America: Captain America is just a target. But Steve Rogers, that little kid from Brooklyn? Is under him, and dying, and scared…and the impulse to protect is so much stronger than anything else that’s been done to Bucky since then.
#they hurt him for knowing Steve #so of course he won’t admit to knowing Steve again #he can’t #it’s not allowed (via caughtinanocean)
What’s a soulmate?
When I went under, the world was at war.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, condensed into Facebook updates.
Captain America Vol. 5 #14Steve: Remember! Remember who you really are….
Winter Soldier: Remember who I am?! The only thing I am is the man who’s gonna kill you!
Steve: Fine. Then go ahead…
Wait, is this…? I had never noticed this
realisation of Steve not needing his help anymore
was this really necessary
It’s also Bucky being more than a little upset that they turned his gentle, harmless friend—who Bucky wanted to PROTECT from the horrors of war—into a fighting machine.
was that really necessary
#see this isn’t a thought for bucky #i have always loved the fact that he’s ANGRY when he shouts it in ca1 #he’s legit pissed off at the mere idea of leaving without steve #it’s not like #nah man i bet you can jump it #or #i have an actual reason to believe it would be better if we were still together #or even #i am choosing to prioritize you because i love you #it’s so fundamental to him that it crosses out all the other concerns at the moment #it trumps torture and jealousy and shock and all the other stuff #and comes out furious #which is why it sticks past the amnesia and the programming later #it’s not about thought or choice #it’s something deeper than that #even at his darkest and worst he still feels it (ifeelbetterer)
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”