in the movie a little boy recognises steve at the captain america exhibit. it’s my headcanon that a little girl recognises bucky when he goes to the smithsonian exhibit to find out who he really is
because little girls have heroes too
"You should tie your hair back," a little girl with pitch-black hair says to the Winter Soldier. He stares down at her, silent, but she continues undeterred. "Mommy says that we need to have our hair tied back or we’ll trip over things because we can’t see. She makes me wear these—" She displays her wrist, which is encircled by a rainbow of different hair bands. "—because mine keep falling out. You can’t fight evil if you can’t see it. I want to be a police officer when I grow up. Are you a…"
She trails off, her eyes steadily getting bigger. They dart to the large digital image of James Buchanan Barnes, then back to his face. The Winter Soldier’s eyes dart, too, over the exits and the crowd and the girl’s distracted mother—attempting to corral three other black-haired children—before landing back on the girl’s face, where an improbable grin has begun to grow.
"I knew it," she whispers.
The Winter Soldier blinks down at her, thrown off by the delight in her expression. No one is ever happy to see the Soldier.
The girl reins in her wide grin and does her own scan of the crowd. “Don’t worry, I won’t tell. People can’t handle the truth. But I can.” She turns her shining eyes back to the Soldier.
Slowly, very slowly, the Soldier reaches out with hands that have broken, maimed, strangled, shot, stabbed, and ripped apart human flesh. His voice creaks out of him, rusty with disuse. “Can I have a hair tie?”
Without taking her eyes off him, the girl rolls a light blue one out of the rainbow and hands it over.
oh m y god when I said not comfort/knowledgeable enough I meant not enough to create fanworks off the top of my head?? Not that I didn’t want to hear absolutely everything you have to say on the matter. Please share why on earth would I not want to hear them
Can you tell me more about some of the captain america tropes that cap 2 broke down?
ok so let’s list some of the common fandom tropes that have characterized steve in fics, headcanons, and fanworks over the last 2 years.
(and disclaimer, if you happen to subscribe to any of these it does not mean anything bad, necessarily, but just be aware that your interpretation of the canon is somewhat…looser than it could be. except if you think steve’s a bigot in which case can I interest you in ultimates?)
doesn’t swear, is actively offended by swearing, insists that people use SWEAR JARS
dislikes weapons, especially guns
can’t talk to women
can’t talk to women=secretly gay (secretly gay=internalized homophobia god if I never see another internalized homophobia tag on a steve fic I will be a HAPPY CAMPER)
scared of women (scared of nATASHA)
EXTREME PRUDE (alternatively, total slut)
raging asshole, angry aLL THE TIME
racist, homophobic, misogynist “because he’s from the early 20th century”
or just low-level misogynist, ie, ~won’t hit a woman~ etc etc
doesn’t get pop culture references (refuses to get pop culture references)
hates the modern world
can’t use a toaster/microwave/breaks all technology given to him
doesn’t know how to use the internet
suicidally depressed about being stuck in the modern world, unable to move on
idolizing the good old days, thinking everything was better in the past
always follows the rules, absolute STICKLER for em, can’t disobey orders no matter what. DEFINITELY CAN NEVER BREAK THE LAW THAT’S WHAT CAPTAIN AMERICA STANDS FOR, THE LAW OBVIOUSLY
blindly supports the US government, naively trusts SHIELD
cries a lot
wants to settle down, have kids, live in the suburbs (?????)
thinks he’s perfect
is humorless, doesn’t make jokes, doesn’t like or understand jokes
only wears grandpa clothes
mm there’s probably more but I think this covers most of them
if you’ve seen cap 2, nearly all these tropes were disproven at some point or another. steve isn’t scared of women, he isn’t racist, he is adjusting to the modern world and actively trying to catch up with everything he’s missed, he knows how to use a microwave (I know that wasn’t necessarily disproven but HE UNDERSTANDS TECHNOLOGY AND I’M PRETTY SURE I SAW A MICROWAVE IN HIS APARTMENT), and he very much understands what SHIELD is and what its flaws are. and he has literally never followed the rules. like. that’s how he became captain america, that was never canon.
I mean, this exaggerated caricature of a misinterpretation of steve rogers that exists in fandom is kind of to be expected, as it has happened to literally every single character. tony has been reduced to daddy issues and gay tears, (likewise with loki), thor is a simpleton who TALKS LIKE THIS and only eats poptarts, clint acts like a bird, natasha if she even exists in fics is an emotionless robot who plays with knives…etc etc. but the fact that cap 2 so diligently worked at chipping away at steve’s fanon mischaracterization is almost too deliberate, like the russos are somehow aware that this is the perception of steve and they needed to fix it.
whatever the reason, it tickled me to no end and I’m so glad that at least some portion of tumblr is now self-aware enough to recognize and come to loathe the marvel fandom’s trends.