the covert agenda

Red Room & Winter Soldier Programs in the MCU - Part II

As a part of #Buckynat Week sponsored by fuckyeahbuckynatasha, I’m contributing a summary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) depiction of the Soviet Red Room and Winter Soldier programs.

In long-standing comic canon, the Red Room Academy produced Natasha Romanoff as a Black Widow operative; the parallel Winter Soldier program produced a brain-washed super-assassin out of an injured James ‘Bucky’ Barnes. The last four episodes of the Agent Carter TV series lifted the curtain on what was simply speculation of Natasha’s past Soviet training and, to a lesser extent, Bucky’s ‘recruitment’ by the Russians within the MCU.

In the first part of this MCU-focused meta, I explored the Red Room indoctrination and training practices used to make girls into Soviet covert operatives. This second part focuses on two of the masterminds responsible for the Winter Soldier program. The third part (forthcoming) will be more speculative, as I make connections between the Red Room and Winter Soldier programs as well as some predictions for Natasha’s backstory in Age of Ultron. Most Especially, because it’s #Buckynat Week, I’ll go on even further out on a limb and suggest a possible romantic dynamic for Natasha and Bucky in Captain America: Civil War.

Spoiler Alert! Obviously, I’m discussing many of the events of the first season of Agent Carter, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (as well as touch on other Marvel movies as they apply), so if you wish to remain spoiler-free, this is your chance to avert your eyes.

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anonymous asked:

To help the somewhat confused person you reblogged recently who said "There were no covert agendas in Nazi-occupied Europe" I would suggest Googling the following things: Reinhard Gehlen, Project Paperclip, Unit 731, IBM and the Holocaust, Manhattan Project, and Business Plot. Those are a rough sampling, and of course Steve Rogers wasn't involved directly with any of them, but it is dishonest to pretend that Fury's claim of Roosevelt-era skulduggery was somehow unfair.

I can’t speak for the original writer of that post, but my interpretation of it was not that Fury’s claims were unfair but that Fury was using those very things you mention to excuse his own actions with regards to Project Insight (a sort of “you guys did sketchy things, so why can’t we?”).

As for the line you quoted–again, this is my interpretation, so I could be wrong–I took it to mean that Steve et al. had a pretty clear enemy: Nazis/HYDRA. They knew who they were fighting and what they were fighting for, or at least thought they did at the time (hindsight is always 20/20, after all). I also think that it’s important to remember that Steve probably wasn’t aware of a lot of the things going on behind the scenes. At least within the MCU, there’s no indication that he knew about the Manhattan Project, Unit 731, or IBM’s connections to the Holocaust (we don’t even have confirmation that Steve knew the Holocaust was happening beyond the general vague awareness that Nazis hated Jews). Reinhard Gehlen’s surrender to the US and Project Paperclip were both after Steve went under the ice, and the Business Plot took place in 1933/1934 and was largely discredited (and if it even were a serious plot, it was unsuccessful).

So yeah, there were definitely covert things happening, but in terms of knowing who your enemies were, it was pretty clear to Steve at the time.

Red Room & Winter Soldier Programs in the MCU - Part III

As a part of #Buckynat Week sponsored by fuckyeahbuckynatasha, I’m contributing a summary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) depiction of the Soviet Red Room and Winter Soldier programs.

In long-standing comic canon, the Red Room Academy produced Natasha Romanoff as a Black Widow operative; the parallel Winter Soldier program produced a brain-washed super-assassin out of an injured James ‘Bucky’ Barnes. The last four episodes of the Agent Carter TV series lifted the curtain on what was simply speculation of Natasha’s past Soviet training and, to a lesser extent, Bucky’s ‘recruitment’ by the Russians within the MCU.

In the first part of this MCU-focused meta, I explored the Red Room indoctrination and training practices used to make girls into Soviet covert operatives. The second part focused on two of the masterminds responsible for the Winter Soldier program and a plausible timeline for Bucky’s transformation.

This third installment is more speculative, as I discuss possible connections between Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and James “Bucky” Barnes (Winter Soldier) as well as some predictions for Natasha’s backstory in Age of Ultron. Most Especially, because it’s #Buckynat Week, I’ll go on even further out on a limb and suggest a relationship dynamic for Natasha and Bucky in Captain America: Civil War.

Spoiler Alert! Obviously, I’m discussing many of the events of the first season of Agent Carter and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (as well as touch on other Marvel movies as they apply), so if you wish to remain spoiler-free, this is your chance to avert your eyes.

Keep reading

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