Look, Marvel didn’t have to devote screen time to Bucky’s healing. They didn’t. They could have dethawed him in Infinity War without ceremony and given it a throwaway line about a fully successful deprogramming. They could have done that.
But they took actual screen time to show the transition—him waking up to curious and laughing children in a soft, peaceful, domestic setting. He steps out of the hut in loose-fitting robes (not binding leather), and there’s no sign of the metal arm. That weight is gone and he seems perfectly natural without it. He’s clean and he looks comfortable and at ease.
And Shuri asks him how he is.
And he says,
“Good. Thank you.”
GOOD. THANK YOU.
And Sebastian Fucking Stan delivered those lines like the knife to the heart he knew they were. He delivered them like he delivered, “I know. But I did it,” and “But I knew him.”
No one else could have delivered those lines. Period.
And my heart is so full and happy for Bucky because this is the first peace he’s had since Zola got his hands on him in Azzano. For once, a scientist getting their hands on him meant that he was healed—he was put back together instead of being torn apart.
I hoped we’d have a scene like this at the end of the movie, but I didn’t even dare to dream it would be so soft and understated. At least for a little while, Bucky gets to be safe and whole. It’s such a gift.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot because it’s pride month (20gayteen baby) and like.
Imagine Harry and Draco holding hands, walking down the street in muggle London when some homophobe shouts at them calling them all kinds of mean names and Harry just kinda ignores it and keeps walking, He grew up in a muggle neighborhood and he went to a muggle school, he’s heard it all before but Draco! He grew up in the wizarding world where no one gives a fuck about ur sexuality because everyone’s at least little a gay, hell, even his father is a little gay, so homophobia is new to him and he just flips out, his face immediately turns bright red with anger and he turns to the guy and Harry’s like, ‘oh fuck Draco don’t’ and gets ready to obliviate some muggles because Draco’s about to curse the shit out of this guy but instead Draco just fucking punches the guy right in the face, he spits out a quick, ‘fuck you’ and turns back to Harry, ‘please take me to st.mungos’ because he broke his hand on that douchebags face.
Of course, Harry kisses him better back at their flat and commends him on his Gryffindor like bravery at which point Draco shoves him off their bed, both of them laughing as he falls.
“I know what you’re thinking. "Oh, no. Thor’s in a cage. How did this happen?” Well, sometimes you have to get captured just to get a straight answer out of something. It’s a long story. Basically, I’m a bit of a hero. See, I’ve spent some time on Earth… for the record, I saved the planet a couple of times. Then I went searching through the cosmos for a couple of magic colorful Infinity Stone things… but didn’t find any. That’s when I came across a path of death, and destruction. Which led me all the way here to this cage… where I met you.“
“In that moment—I’m sure we’ll look back and find a thousand things to improve on—but in that moment, under those circumstances, I’m not sure we could have done any better, which is all you can ask for as an athlete." –