This isn't freedom, this is fear.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Concept Art:
Captain America: The Winter SoldierAt the Smithsonian
— Bucky Barnes by Ryan Meinerding
Deleted lines from the Captain America: The First Avenger script #3
"he is a weapon, a killer. do not forget it. you can use a spear as a walking stick, but that will not change its nature."
I see what you did there
nobody disillusion me by telling me this is photoshopped. I want to believe.
It’s times like these when you realize just how long Marvel’s been around and how long their main titles have been running.
tldr version: ‘solid dick’ used to be slang for straight-forward advice. So, no, that wasn’t a shop.
Now I want a fic in which Steve occasionally forgets that slang has changed and offers Sam “some solid dick” about a problem he’s having before immediately remembering what that means in 2014.
And then maybe realising some solid dick might also be a modern-day solution to said problem.
Captain America: The Why The Fuck Was This Cut From The Movie [x]
the filming of an iconic scene
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
Can we talk about how Cap and Bucky have opposite masks?
Cap has mouth and eyes exposed, forehead covered. Bucky has mouth covered and eyes painted black, his forehead exposed.
What a lovely symmetry.
But the symbolism too. Cap’s is a helmet, protection, to keep him safe from physical harm. Bucky’s is a muzzle to keep him silent and anonymous and on a leash.
Wearing a brightly coloured jumpsuit with a great big target on your torso probably doesn’t seem very practical from an urban camouflage point of view, but for Steve Rogers, it’s perfect. Why is he wearing the old costume? So people will know that he’s Captain America. He’s trusting that people will see him and rally around him, because that’s the whole point of Cap.
That Cap/Falcon conversation (“How do we know which ones are the bad guys?” “They’ll be the ones shooting at us.”) isn’t just a snappy one-liner, it’s a tactical decision. In a war where no one is wearing a uniform and anyone could be the enemy, Steve is consciously choosing to represent one side instead of sneaking into SHIELD headquarters in disguise. So not only will he be able to tell who the bad guys are because they’re shooting at him, everyone else will be able to tell as well. Loyal SHIELD agents will know that if you’re shooting at the dude in the red, white and blue superhero costume, then you’re the enemy.
There’s also the possibility that the vintage Captain America costume helps Bucky regain his memory for long enough to stop murdering Steve in the face. Steve’s 21st century hair, clothes and uniform would all render him well-nigh unrecogniseable to Bucky’s distant memories of their life together, which are almost entirely subsumed by the Winter Soldier’s conditioning. Cap’s old wartime costume is the only thing that stands a chance of seeming familiar.