In light of the recent horrifying Cap twist, I have seen far too many “stop saying they made him a nazi, HYDRA aren’t nazis!!!11!1″ so I thought I would bring back this scene to remind everyone that yes they are
So I was watching Captain America: Civil War again. And I realised something.
That bit at the end, where they find Zemo? They’re in Siberia. At the Hydra facility. Where Bucky Barnes was held, and trained, and conditioned, and tortured as the Winter Soldier. That’s his chair, right there. One of his chairs. He has at least one more – we saw one in Washington DC in CA:WS. But this is the big one. This is where he was given the order to kill Howard and Maria Stark, among others.
He’ll have a lot of memories associated with this place. A lot of very traumatic memories. He didn’t want to come here, we saw that in his face earlier. But he came anyway. Because Steve needs him.
That’s Steve Rogers on the left. And Tony Stark, also on the left.
Bucky’s on the right, gun lifted, every muscle tense. The positioning of the scene means he’s separated from the others – physically and almost certainly mentally.
Look at his face.
Look at the terror. The barely-restrained panic. The stubborn determination to see this through – and he fully expects itto be a fight to the death against five other Winter Soldiers. It will mean his death and Tony’s death and Steve’s death, and then the world will fall and it will be his fault, because Bucky was the weakest of the six Winter Soldiers and he knows it. He knows he’s no match for even one of the other Soldiers, let alone all of them. He knows he will probably die here, in this place that has already caused him so much pain and suffering.
(Also, for the entirety of Steve’s conversation with Zemo, Bucky’s in the background by the railing. We don’t see a reaction shot until after Tony finds out about his parents. But what’s Bucky doing there? Staring at the chair, trying not to throw up, perhaps? Trying not to pass out from the onslaught of memories, the emotional distress of being in such close proximity to the thing that was used to torture him for decades?)
He’s gripping that gun pretty tightly. He’s on edge. Maybe fighting the pull of his mind combined with this environment. In the previous scene, even when it was clear that Tony wasn’t about to shoot them on sight, he didn’t lower the gun until Steve physically waved him down. Was it because it was Steve, specifically, giving the order? Or was it his mind recognising a command from a superior officer?
He doesn’t want to be here.
He knows he’ll probably die here.
But he made a promise to Steve.
This? This is the end of the line.
And Bucky sure as hell is going to go down fighting.
Since Twitter is a really shitty platform when it comes to getting into the finer details, I’ll do that here.
Nick Spencer keeps deflecting the blame. He keeps dismissing the outrage of Jews and our allies, saying that he didn’t draw the cover, that he didn’t write the solicitation. He may not have, but he did write the issue, and that gives him a degree of control.
When Frank Cho tried to submit a variant cover showing Wonder Woman giving the viewer a panty shot, the author of the series, Greg Rucka, fought tooth and nail against it. In the end, the cover was edited and Cho walked out on his contract. Rucka saw something that he knew was sexist, and he had it fixed. But now, Nick Spencer refuses to stand up against antisemitism.
The editor of Secret Empire should have said something. The author should have said something. The artist should have known better. Instead, they all allowed a holocaust survivor to be depicted in a nazi uniform. The blame falls on all of their shoulders.