WELP IF YOU COULDN’T GUESS by looking at like 99% of of my blog it would be Stucky! <3
Don’t even pretend to be surprised :)
But why? That’s a trickier question. Before CATWS, I never really considered Stucky, and that’s probably because I was just not ready to be over Steggy. I’ve covered this a little bit before: but when I first saw CATFA I was enamored with Peggy. I loved her so much; she was one of the best female characters I had seen on screen. I don’t think I was ready for Steve to “move on” from Peggy until CAWTS. Mostly because, in Avengers Steve was so…prickly. Now, I’ll defend Jos Whedon’s characterization of Cap pretty hard, but the point remains; he had only been out of the ice for a few days/weeks and Peggy still had his heart and he was still mourning not only Bucky, but virtually everyone he had ever known.
But by the time CATWS, we got a glimpse of Steve’s “normal” life; settled, living in DC taking morning runs and working for SHIELD. Natasha was there and obviously she thinks he’s ready to move on. Random aside, Steve and Nat are the BrOTPs to end all BrOTPs. I LOVE them as platonic friends, so much!!!
We digress…anyway. I am a newbie to Marvel and so I didn’t know anything about The Winter Soldier storyline, so even though I figured it out, having Bucky be the big reveal kind of threw me for a loop. At first I found it way to convenient and “comic booky” for my taste, but it did prompt me to watch CATFA again and wow, did I just completely miss a LOT of Bucky’s characterization,
And…this was right about July 4, so I was hoping some good ol Captain America (who has always been my fave Avenger in the MCU since his introduction) porn to slide across my dash and I wasn’t disappointed :)
But that’s more how I got “exposed” to it and not why I find Stucky so damn appealing. So more to that point, I think a lot of it has to do with the friendship angle. I will point out this post again, because it basically lays out why I eye roll when people try to use the “They aren’t gay” or “they’re just good friends” when arguing about slash ships.
TL;DR: I fell in love with my best friend. We’ve been together for over 11 years and been married for almost 2. So yeah, while the circumstances are WAY DIFFERENT, I totally relate to what its like to have a best friend one day, and then suddenly, unexpectedly, bam. There’s more. Suddenly they’re your soulmate and not anything less. I really feel like this is the kind of relationship Bucky and Steve have.
To use a quote from my previously mentioned OTP (Mulder and Scully), this is what Scully has to say about it that I think sums it up perfectly:
“Well, it seems to me that the best relationships - the ones that last - are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is… suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.”
I will never, ever forgive myself for not working that quote into my wedding vows, I swear.
Secondly, bisexual representation is something the MCU and media really, really needs. And yes, perhaps I am biased but I think Steve Rogers is the PERFECT CANDIDATE. Bisexuals get actually LESS representation in media that even gay people (which is sad, because both need to be represented more), and when they do show up, they tend to be very … skewed towards a specific stereotype. They are usually portrayed as poly amorous - hopping from bed to bed with many people, or frequently engaged in threesomes or groupsex. Which, of course, there is nothing wrong with that at all - but it perpetuates the stereotype that all bisexuals are into that kind of thing. I think having someone like Steve fuckin’ Rogers - Captain America himself - be somewhere on the sexuality spectrum instead of just “staunchly straight” would be so refreshing and wonderful. Anyway, its STEVE. I don’t know, but I can’t imagine Steve being anything but demisexual anyway - if he truly loved someone why would something like what’s between their legs stop him from loving them with his whole heart?
I don’t know, bisexual Steve Rogers is so important to me. I also think Bucky Barnes is a closeted homosexual, there’s a lot of meta around this, but I’m still intrigued they basically ditched Bucky’s 616 backstory for Arnie Roth’s.
They will be the end of me.
Last but not least, my wife cosplay’s Bucky and looks damn fine doing it.