There were things that we talked about that we allowed to exist in the characterization, but maybe not be explicit in the film,” admits Thompson. Pay attention to her agony in a flashback where Blanchett’s Goddess of Death murders the rest of Valkyrie’s warrior clan. “There’s a great shot of me falling back from one of my sisters who’s just been slain,” says Thompson. “In my mind, that was my lover.












is this another beef comparison post? this is another beef comparison post oops

@softpunkbucky and I are comparing beefs again help

he has a pretty little wasp waist in cap2 but in cap3 he’s just. SOLID

This is a great comparison shot because you can see that in the first one, the curve of his waist follows the width of the horizontal straps, and in the second one, there is clearly extra inches filled out on either side 💦💦


Am I the only one whose seeing how in cwtws the horizontal straps are straight up and down, but in CACW they’re pulled to the left, as if they tried to squeeze him into his old costume, but it just doesn’t fit?

Also bonus if you compare the width of the chest strap, and also in Cap3 more of the metal arm is visible near the shoulder/arm pit. HIM BIG.

Bonus x2:

I was trying to find some decent shots of him in the Winter Soldier outfit in Cap3 for a better comparison but they’re actually few and far between.

Someone get some big HD beef stat

See, this could just be me being Captain Angstbucket, and the whole thing is probably a coincidence (with seb bulking up for the role), but 1991 winter soldier is beefy. He’s solid. 

2014 winter soldier is strong, yeah, he’s got abs. But he’s also pretty slender too

Which says to me that the Russians took care of him physically (not mentally obviously, let’s not even go there). But in the care of Alexander Pierce? The weight is dropping off him

Which makes me wonder, at what point Pierce stop finding value in the winter soldier? This man was a ghost, a myth, and Pierce sends him repeatedly out in broad daylight, into crowded streets full of witnesses.

When did the winter soldier become a blunt instrument to him, rather than a fine blade? When was decided that he would get the minimum requirements to stay functional? How long was he losing all that muscle, all that weight before being sent on suicide missions?

Was Pierce a little disappointed each time he came back?

I gotta re-re-reblog this for the meta because yesssss, I also follow that headcanon; the Russian’s treated TWS better, though he was still a thing to them.

Jumps on the angst train cos that’s a good point about Pierce, I think it kind of goes in hand with the idea that the Russian branch of Hydra never gave Pierce/American Hydra the proper “TWS 101″, they probably told them the basics but never how to properly control him. Hence all the “wipe and start over”s. And then like, since TWS wasn’t working properly he became that blunt instrument in Pierce’s eyes.

Though my headcanon about his nutrition differs; I think they do give him the required nutrients, but because he doesn’t have proper food (hydra making sure they know what goes into him, he’s a thing he doesnt need it etc) and his increased metabolism he just burns through it like no tomorrow. It’s an odd irony that what they think is the best for him really isnt.

Adding a boxcar to the angst train with a mention of how much more awful it makes Pierce offering him that milk if Pierce didn’t give a rat’s ass about the Asset’s nutrition.

Ya’ll somehow managed to pack thirst, angst, and meta into one Bulky Barnes post, and I’m proud of everyone.

someone please put a hat and mitten on that boy he is on a frozen mountain

(also I assumed Project Insight would make TWS obsolete so…….)



even the tone steve uses when he’s asking, “but you’re happy now?” is an expectant one rather than neutral.  the unspoken word at the end is “but you’re happy now, right?“  because he needs sam to say yes, is practically begging him to say yes, because steve needs to know that he won’t feel like this forever, that people can survive this.  because right now? it sure as hell doesn’t feel like he can do it.

Can we talk about the fact that Alexander Pierce more than likely grew up with stories about Cap? And more importantly heard stories about Bucky. More than likely he was everywhere. Bucky Barnes and autobiographies, television shows, and then….he controls Bucky Barnes and doesn’t even think of him as a person.






Because ‘Nam is what changes everything.

Because Alex Pierce grew up on the stories of Captain America and the Howling Commandos. He grew up hearing about the friendship between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, their heroism, their sacrifice to their country for the greater good.

He joins up for the Army at 18. He’s in Special Forces at 19. He’s in Vietnam in ‘68. He’s in and out for the next 2 years.  He’s there to protect democracy. Freedom. Honor.

It bothers him the first time he shoots an unarmed man. A kid, really. But the village is hiding rebels and an example had to be made. It quits bothering him after a while.

His Captain tells him to not count prisoners until they land back at base. Alex doesn’t understand why.

He does by the time they touch down.

They burn the jungle down around them to find the enemy. They tear down the world and turn it to ash.

He joined up to become a hero. And all he found was chaos.

He comes home disillusioned and bitter and so, so angry, at the lies he was fed, the fairy tales he believed.

Captain America. He was never a hero. He was just a pawn. A shiny distraction the higher ups used to entertain the crowds at home with feats of strength and white-washed newsreels. A trick to get young men to volunteer themselves to die in a jungle with their guts in their hands, with their legs blown off, all for nothing.

It was all a lie.

People will never choose the right thing. They will only choose what will benefit them. Choice is nothing but a path to chaos.

He’s home a month when a small man with a German accent {Swiss, actually, he says} approaches him with a job offer.

The world has gone mad, Mr. Pierce.

Would you like to help me rebuild it?

HEY so I have a question you may or may not be able to answer. Thanks to that PAINFUL CONDITIONING GIFSET I’m starting to figure out that part of Dreams(Where pierce starts being bucky’s handler). Do we know how old Pierce is in Catws? OR even more helpfully how old he would be during the cold war era? HELP IM FEELING TOO MANY FEELS FOR RESEARCH


{haha if you really want to hate everything i can give you a rundown on operant conditioning that will make you want to die} I am assuming that Pierce is just a few years older than Nick, and  in Zola’s speech Nick’s file has his age around 61-62. SO i’m guesstimating Pierce around 66? 67? Redford is 77 {speaking of OH MY GOD throw his name into Google and look at the first picture that comes up HE LOOKS LIKE STEVE I AM SO WRECKED}.  So I thinks TWS is set in 2O13?? which puts Pierce’s birth year as early as 1946, 1947. He literally grew up in the golden age of the Captain America hero-worship I am dying.  

So Bogota was in ‘81? He would have been 34. Zola died in ‘72, Pierce would have been ……26.


which means he looked like this:





fuck. everything.


I understand the logic of the Sokovia Accords in-universe, but I think the thing that I find the most soul-crushing about listening to people who are self-professed comics or superhero-fans argue in favor of them is that the Sokovia Accords are fundamentally designed to create a world without superheroes. 

Under the Sokovia Accords, “enhanced” people have two options: retire, and never use their powers, or sign, and basically give over all their free will, agency, and individual moral compass to a UN panel. Enhanced individuals are not allowed to undertake any action – domestic or international – without authorization. So, basically, they can’t do anything without gov’t approval. Even cross international borders (so, effectively an enhanced person travel ban). Enhanced individuals who violate the Accords can be held indefinitely without trial. 

Leaving aside the obvious conversations about issues with human rights (and inhuman rights), the Sokovia Accords guarantee that, whether they sign or not, enhanced people can’t do anything to use their powers to help anyone of their own free will. They are either living as functionally non-enhanced entities, or they are effectively reduced to weapons in government arsenals to be deployed at the will of a UN panel, whether they want to be or not. 

This goes against the very concept of the superhero, as an individual who uses their powers, of their own moral volition, to help people and do good; to do what is needed and what is right, and to step up and do the right thing even when others won’t, because with great power comes great responsibility. 

If you don’t believe in heroes, and only believe that enhanced people are dangers/weapons, then the Sokovia Accords make sense as a weapon control program (albeit one of questionable ethics and humanity). But if you’re someone who supposedly loves this genre, who believes in heroes and innate good… consider that the Sokovia Accords are a measure in this wonderful, magical, heroic universe we love, that would render it as cynical and banal as the world we live in.

Oh shi- I didn’t even know who Nuke was. Another person reading Steve in bad faith then… Why am I disappointed even though I know how common it is?


Right?! God I hear you. I get disappointed as well. In fact, I get so tired of fandom’s abuse of the false dichotomy fallacy of logic sometimes I could scream. Like the person you mentioned on twitter, Meg Downey? I went to check out her twitter after you mentioned her and for the most part I loved several of her Steve posts. But two things bothered me. One, is the one we already discussed with the Nuke thing. And two was that while she praised Ahmed’s Steve, which I agree with her! Ahmed’s Steve was so fantastic. She therein felt the need to knock Waid’s Steve in the process…talk about bad faith reading! 

Like, why do that? Why do people feel the need to diss one thing to prop up another? As a Cap fan I’m willing to buy more than one comic featuring Steve. Seriously! I promise! I want all the Steves! Give me ten books by ten different authors with a well-written Steve in them and I will buy every. single. one. of. them. I’ll buy Ahmed and Waid in the same day and did. I’m just greedy for Cap content like that. I’ll give any author a chance as long as I feel they get Steve’s character, which both did and do. In fact, Waid has consistently written an amazing Steve since the late 1990s. He has never, not once, disappointed me with his take on Steve Rogers. 

And her logic for dissing Waid wasn’t even sound. Steve knew the guy was part of the trap, knew the guy was packing a gun, admitted, out loud, in actual dialogue, that he smelt the gun powder of the gun the guy was packing (which is consistent, Steve has enhanced senses which includes smell) so Steve saying “don’t dawdle” to the guy while still protecting him from traps was definitely NOT ‘hyper masculine and insensitive’ like this Meg person claims. Quite frankly Waid’s Steve is a far, FAR nicer person than I would be in that scenario, because if I knew that a guy I jumped into a trap to save was part of said trap and was packing a gun to try and kill me, I’d leave his ass to all the traps so fast and I wouldn’t even feel guilty about it for a second. I wouldn’t be saying “don’t dawdle” and protecting the guy – I’d be giving him the middle finger and marching off without him, all whilst wishing for another leopard to come by and eat off his manly bits. 

It’s just this need to, I don’t know, prove a love of something by dissing something else is so remarkably off-putting. Whoever does it throws me right out of their argument. I can no longer find myself empathizing with them when people do that. It is possible to love more than one author’s version of Cap in the same day. It’s possible to have a favorite character and a favorite author but like other characters and other authors at the same time, too. Fixating on one thing to the exclusion of all else (I’m not saying its bad to have a preference, everyone does, I’m saying it’s not normal to fixate on that preference to the exclusion of all else in the universe) is not even remotely healthy or sane. 

So yeah, sorry, another tangent again, but yes, I agree with you on getting really sick of bad faith readings and false dichotomies. Life is not generally an ultimatum or an either/or situation and I’m exhausted from fandom trying to make it one. With you 100% on that. After all the horrors that Spencer put we Cap fans through, I feel blessed to have at least two authors at Marvel right now (Waid and Ahmed) who get our guy. 


Can we just talk about the moment when the Howling Commandos realize that the only reason any of them made it out is because Steve loves Bucky That. Fucking. Much.? That if Sergeant James Buchanan Barnes were just a tiny bit less adorable, they’d all be dead?


Excellent! I wanted to ask about the Black Bolt issue since I saw Meg Downey from DC post the panels on her Twitter. She also posted lots more Captain America panels (including meta about how she sees the comic Civil War’s Cap as Nuke instead of Steve Rogers?). I don’t know enough Cap comic history to form opinions but I do enjoy seeing people geek out over Steve 😄.


Nuke? No. Nuke is a xenophobe and a bigot and the exact opposite of Steve Rogers. That is not a kind comparison. I’ve read the Civil War and all of the tie-ins many times and Steve is the exact opposite of Nuke, especially in that particular event. Steve was fighting the SHRA because it was profiling. Point blank. He said this to Tony…


Black Panther #18 (2005) 

It forced anyone with super powers to sign a registrar. In this country we are innocent until proven guilty. You cannot assume that someone is going to have criminal intent just because they may have superpowers.

Steve, a WW2 vet, had seen a registration list before. And he saw where such a list led. And he was right. A lot of the stuff that happened during WW2, happened during the Marvel Civil War. For example, Steve was shot at by SHIELD before the law had even passed, simply because he refused to arrest anyone refusing to sign, before the law was passed.


Civil War #1

Families were woken up in the middle of the night and asked to sign or go rogue, thereby breaking said families apart…


New Avengers #22 (2005)

And SHIELD took to sneaking up on the unregistered and bombing them, unaware, without warning, then refusing to treat their injuries when hauling them to prison in the negative zone. Which had horrible, inhumane prison conditions…


Civil War Frontline #6

Medical experiments were conducted on the unconscious unregistered without their consent and nary a HIPAA form in sight.


Civil War Frontline #8

A team of convicted murderers were released from prison and told to hunt down Peter Parker for defecting from the registered side to the unregistered side, beating him near to death


Civil War #5

A clone of Thor was made with a stolen strand of hair, taken without Thor’s knowledge, and the clone turned out to be unstable, killing Bill Foster…


Civil War #4

THAT was what Steve was fighting. So NO. Steve was not like Nuke in Civil War. And anyone who said he was is cordially invited to fight me. And they better do their reading beforehand because I have and I will debate long and hard with many a panel copy and pasted to support my argument.

Sorry, I went on a tangent. But that comparison just really pissed me off. Civil War is a very touchy subject for me.