Anonymous asked: Could you do a parallel gif set of 1x20 where Barry and Iris are in his lab and he thinks she’s going to confess her feelings vs. 2x20 when he’s not expecting anything and she does confess her feelings?
I see their relationship as more of a father/daughter thing, where he’s trained her to work within the machinations of SHIELD, while still giving her space and opportunities to right her wrongs, and he’s proud of much of what she’s done.
UGH I LOVE THIS READ SO MUCH TOO?
And the most important part of it to me is- wait, no, I have two most important parts.
One is that Natasha didn’t need to learn her job, didn’t need to learn how to be a spy, but when she came to SHIELD she was in the process of learning her own personal moral and ethical code, and Fury was the best person possible to help her on that path. Because people in fandom sometimes act like he doesn’t have a code, but that couldn’t be further from the truth; he has a code, but it’s a lot more complicated than the morality of your average superhero’s, so it tends to get brushed aside as “he’s morally gray,” same as Natasha’s. Because “morally gray” is how we so often define “the same act can be good or bad depending on circumstances.” Fury being the one to help Natasha develop her moral compass means that she was actually able to develop her own code with guidance, rather than adhere to the code established by men in positions of power, for probably the first time in her life.
The other most important part is that looking at Nat as Nick’s daughter figure gives us another fantastic parallel to Alexander Pierce. Pierce talks about daughters twice, once when telling Steve about Nick ignoring his orders to rescuing the hostages including Pierce’s own daughter, and once when he’s asking what the Council would do if “you knew that they were going to drag your daughters into a soccer stadium for execution and you could just stop it with a flick of the switch.” Both of these stories emphasize the idea of a daughter as vulnerable, someone who needs looking out for. Nick, on the other hand, may not tell Natasha he’s alive (and oh my heart so many feelings about that), but he never once doubts her ability to survive and thrive. He encourages that in her. He works with her to develop plans, rather than developing one at her, and while he’s the trump card to save the day, she is the one who does 90% of the heavy lifting, which is good because with all of his injuries he really should not be carrying too much.
It’s also worth noting how much it plays against type and stereotype. People mischaracterize Fury as the shit-talking dangerous Black man, but he’s the father figure who cares; people mischaracterize Nat as eye candy or a femme fatale, but here she’s allowed to be a nonsexualized mentee.
Nick and Nat have a wonderfully functional father/daughter relationship, which allows them both to play against type, and that’s not something you see often in media.