Clint Barton: CW #Dadfail no. 1: Or the One where The Brainwashee Adopts the Brainwasher
I have read a lot of posts recently on Clint Barton in Civil War - so I decided to make one of my own - because Clint is one of my many issues with Civil War. And look at that - I picked this post to make add photos. Isn’t he special?
Why did I do this? It’s because a part of the fandom appears to see the relationship between him and Wanda as adorable. My reaction to this: What? What are you ON?
It is apparent that at some point between the middle of Age of Ultron and the beginning of this
one, he and Wanda have become very close. I have an issue with this. Because Wanda Maximoff brainwashed every single other Avenger – much like Loki did to him.
Yeah, me too.
Now let’s make a comparison, shall we?
I picked Natasha for the illustration because she is Clint’s best friend, and she was right there by his side during the Avengers. And she’s the one who knocked him out of the brainwashing.
Since this post is about Clint - let’s have his part too, despite the fact that it failed:
Also throughout the course of Ultron, we go from the above post, to this:
I understood that at the time, up to a point. Clint is notorious for giving out second chances. It’s how he befriended Natasha to begin with, and it was a bad situation. Clint understands that some people come from a bad place and make bad choices. Presumably, Wanda had changed sides and was now trying to do the right thing. Like Natasha. So he’s mentoring her, fair enough. For now, let’s set aside the fact that she mind-fucked his best friend into her worst nightmares of the Red Room.
I was considering going back and watching the first trailer for the Avengers and seeing how it held up against the Justice League trailer, but honestly I don’t have time to watch the first Captain America movie again…..
Relationships: James “Bucky” Barnes/Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, James “Bucky” Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James “Bucky” Barnes, Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Sentinel AU, Alternate Universe - Sentinels & Guides, Alternate Universe - Sentinels and Guides Are Known, senstinel senses, Triad Bond, Threesome - M/M/M, Pre-Slash, Pre-Stuckony, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bucky Barnes Needs a Hug, Hydra experiments, mentions of noncon experiments, Oblivious Bucky Barnes, Oblivious Steve Rogers, Protective Steve Rogers, Guide Tony Stark, sentinel bucky barnes, Sentinel Steve Rogers, zones, bucky banres needs a hug, tony was alive during project rebirth, tony was a howling commando, no one knows how to talk to each other, feelings are hard, Bonding, Miscommunication, people need to talk, canon character death, except he’s not really dead
He drinks water from a hose. He runs when he hears voices. He sleeps fitfully, in pieces, hidden from the sun.
This is not a WIP! Chapters will go out alternate days.
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
this chapter, 154k total
Rating: Mature | Graphic Depictions of Violence
Relationships: James Barnes & Steve Rogers, James Barnes/Steve Rogers, James Barnes/Original Male Character(s)
Characters: James Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff,
Sam Wilson, Clint Barton, Maria Hill, Tony Stark, Arnim Zola, Alexander Pierce
Additional Tags: darker
Winter Soldier Trauma Umbrella tags (check AO3), Identity Issues, what
is identity anyway, Amnesia, Feeding Tubes, Recovery, Fluff, Cuddling,
the author has not been entirely replaced by a pod person, Unreliable
Narrator, too many literary references, Moral Ambiguity, intravenous drug use
The Soldier remembers this: he wakes up in the snow.
Context: I grew up in a family of nerds, and superheroes were always a really big part of my childhood. Captain America was a favorite, and he kind of became my family’s standard for good behavior and just generally being a Nice Person. (If one of the kids started a fight they’d get hit with, “What would Captain America think of how you’re acting?”, stuff like that.)
So when I got to high school and started dating, my mom told me something that sounds funny but in retrospect actually turned out to be really good advice:
“Date someone who treats you the way Captain America would. Never settle for less.”
And this has actually helped me so much in my dating life, through high school and into my adult years, because even if it’s a little silly, it’s been really helpful to have that standard in the back of my mind when I’m first going into a relationship.
Would Captain America ignore my calls? Would Captain America forget my birthday? Would Captain America get mad at me for cancelling a date because a family emergency came up? If the answer is no, then I know that the person I’m currently dating does not meet my standards, and that I need to break things off before they get too serious.
And your standard absolutely does not have to be Captain America, specifically. It can be any person, male or female, real or fictional, who is known for being respectful and considerate. It can even be an imaginary “soulmate” that you make up yourself. The point is to have a specific idea of how you expect to be treated by your romantic partners, and to refuse to compromise or settle for less. (Just make sure you’re holding yourself to the same standards – you can’t expect to date superheroes if you’re going to treat your partners the way a supervillain would.) This is a really good way to keep yourself from falling into bad relationships where you aren’t treated with the respect and care you deserve.
TL;DR: You deserve to date people who are respectful and considerate of you. You deserve a Captain America. Don’t settle for less.