Winter Soldier Bucky

I need more than one MCU icon if this is going to continue

Before I get to the rest of the post, there is a new MCU/avengersverse comm that may be relevant to some of your interests: [community profile] mcugen. It's for recs or self-rec/announcement posts.

Anyway, today I got up at 4 a.m. to drop my husband off at the airport. It's a half-hour drive home, so I figured I wouldn't bother, I'd just stick around on campus 'til class. I proceeded to drift around campus in a foggy haze for a few hours - I've been running on a sleep debt all week; I always do in spring, when it starts staying light all night - then managed, somehow, to stay awake through French. It's my only class today, and tomorrow's classes are cancelled, so I got out at 11:15 prepared to go home and nap ...

... except by then I WASN'T SLEEPY. Stupid brain. But my mental processes weren't up to doing homework or any of the other numerous things I should be doing. So I took myself down to the theater and watched Winter Soldier for a second time, as one does. And now, having actually managed to come home and be useful for part of the afternoon, I have a beer and I have some observations to make.

First of all, this movie was approximately 1000% more traumatic now that I really adore all the characters. (Which was also my experience with the first one, I might add. I wasn't traumatized by The First Avenger when I watched it the first time because I wasn't really paying attention and didn't really have much investment in the main character. Now it's the saddest movie in the whole MCU, oh my god. EVERYONE STEVE LOVES DIES, AND HE IS COMPLETELY FUCKED UP BY HIS BEST FRIEND'S DEATH, AND NOW AVENGERS IS ALSO A MUCH SADDER MOVIE THAN I EVER REALIZED.)

But anyway, I really can't get over how MANY different ways this movie works my feelings over. It's a great Steve and Natasha buddy movie; it's the best Nick Fury movie we've had so far; it's an adorable meet-cute movie for Sam and Steve; and Steve and Bucky absolutely mash down all of my "friends forced to try to kill each other" and "presumed dead" and "die for you" and "terribly damaged people who are more than just their damage" buttons. There are wonderful moments with just about every combination of main characters. (My new favorite thing is Natasha's FACE when Steve tells her he trusts her to watch his back. Or, no, maybe it's Natasha trying to set Steve up with a bunch of girls because she wants to help him adjust to his new life in her own emotionally clumsy way. Augh, they're just the best.)

New stuff I noticed watching this time:

- The fight scenes are so well choreographed. Looking at stills, I noticed what a good job they did of capturing the kinetic, exaggerated sense of motion in Marvel fight scenes, and that really comes across in the live action too. The first time, I think I was too caught up in the story to notice how delightful the fight scenes were, but this time around I knew they were coming and was able to enjoy the great hand-to-hand set pieces. (And the car/plane/helicarrier chases were dynamite, too.)

- The terrified look on Bucky's face when Pierce tells the techs to wipe him again. (Oh Bucky, baby.) Sebastian Stan does some great acting with his eyes throughout this whole movie; well, I guess it's all he really has to act with in most of his scenes (he jokingly says in one interview that he finally got to act in a silent film) but he really nails it. They all do.

- Steve downplaying his hurt and displacement. Like the joke about his barbershop quartet being dead, when Natasha asks him what his plans are - or the way he kind of laughs off Sam's questions/concerns in their first couple of scenes. And yet he's barely holding it together, drifting around his own museum exhibit like a lonely ghost and going to visit Peggy. I think this movie does a really good job of depicting subtle damage, and I really hope we get this same level of commitment to emotional nuance in the next Cap movie (which will almost certainly be heavily Bucky-focused, at least if the comics are anything to go by).

- ScarJo's acting and the handful of things Natasha says about her history with the Winter Soldier leave the door open to a possible Winter Soldier/Black Widow backstory. I was really intrigued by that, because I went into the movie expecting the MCU did not have the same backstory for them that the comics do (Natasha's general backstory is fairly different anyway) .... but actually, her pauses while she's describing it to Steve, and the words she chooses, ABSOLUTELY leave the door open to the possibility that her encounter with the Soldier at Odessa was not the first or only time she met him. Actually, I can't go back and check this because theatrical movie, but I got the impression that her story about being shot by the Winter Soldier was stacked pretty closely with some other comments about not trusting people, which would actually fit beautifully with a backstory in which her first lover (mentor? trainer?) betrayed her. I don't really care which direction the movies go with this - I don't ship them hard in the MCU (as opposed to the comics, where I do ship them pretty hard, and would like Marvel to stop breaking them up, thankyouverymuch) - but I do love both characters and would be very happy if the MCU decided to put them together. I am equally happy with other shipping options or none, however.

I think that's all the comments I have? Except that I really want the next movie, and I also really hope that Age of Ultron doesn't break anything that my heart can't handle. Aargh, I forgot how incredibly nerve-wracking it is to care deeply about Marvel characters, because Marvel ALWAYS BREAKS THINGS.


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I forgot how incredibly nerve-wracking it is to care deeply about Marvel characters, because Marvel ALWAYS BREAKS THINGS.

And then they glue them back together again, with old rubber cement, while breathing the fumes as deeply as possible.
hahahaha, SO TRUE. XD Luckily, every so often the stars align and they actually do something kinda awesome with a character they've been screwing over for years (like Luke and Jessica and their baby! One thing that's kind of neat about getting back into Marvel comics after 15 years or so is seeing what's happened to all my old favorites - there is so much new stuff to read ...)

Edited at 2014-04-25 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the rec! I've subscribed to the community (and now have to remember to check Dreamwidth often again).

I totally need a Bucky icon or two. And a Natasha icon! And maybe Sam and Steve. Um, my priorities don't seem to agree with who gets top billing.

(Now it's the saddest movie in the whole MCU, oh my god. EVERYONE STEVE LOVES DIES, AND HE IS COMPLETELY FUCKED UP BY HIS BEST FRIEND'S DEATH, AND NOW AVENGERS IS ALSO A MUCH SADDER MOVIE THAN I EVER REALIZED.)
I know! In the first movie, we didn't get to feel it; we got just a moment of Steve's disorientation at the end of the movie, and everything interesting happened in this movie! Well, that's not true. There were some great friendship moments in the first movie, I think, but I found the actor's face being photoshopped onto some kid's body just too disturbing to look at, so I could hardly parts of the movie until he'd had the serum! (They only had a little of that in the new movie and it still weirds me out. It just looks so wrong! Am I the only one reacting this way?)

how MANY different ways this movie works my feelings over. It's a great Steve and Natasha buddy movie; it's the best Nick Fury movie we've had so far; it's an adorable meet-cute movie for Sam and Steve; and Steve and Bucky absolutely mash down all of my "friends forced to try to kill each other" and "presumed dead" and "die for you" and "terribly damaged people who are more than just their damage" buttons. There are wonderful moments with just about every combination of main characters. (My new favorite thing is Natasha's FACE when Steve tells her he trusts her to watch his back. Or, no, maybe it's Natasha trying to set Steve up with a bunch of girls because she wants to help him adjust to his new life in her own emotionally clumsy way. Augh, they're just the best.)
YES YES YES YES YES.

I'm supposed to be somewhere right now and I'm sitting here rereading your paragraph because just reading your paragraph reminds me why I felt so drawn into the movie.
Heh, my husband complained loudly and at length about the unconvincing f/x for pre-serum Steve when we originally watched the first movie. (I actually remember that better than I remembered the movie itself!) It didn't really bother me, but I think my tolerance for bad f/x is pretty high due to way too many years of watching low-budget sci-fi.

Anyway, I'm thoroughly delighted by how many of my various buttons this movie managed to smash down. (MOVIE SMASH!) And still a little amazed that of all the parts of the Avengers franchise to finally drag me kicking and screaming into the fandom, it was the one part of the whole franchise that I originally didn't care about -- my least favorite of the prequel movies before watching Avengers -- that eventually did it to me.