So why is it that we get all upset (justifiably) when Bucky is referred to as a villain, because he’s not in control of his actions; but we don’t have the same reaction to him being referred to as ‘Soviet’?
This is something I brought up in conversation the other day. Bucky Barnes is American - like not just born in the USA, but he joined the Army, followed Captain America, it’s a part of his identity. He’s not Russian, German, etc. - no matter who turned him into TWS. I think we do him a disservice calling him Soviet or Russian because Bucky Barnes is an American hero.
Well here in fandom, I think there’s a tendency to want to make one character the opposite of another, regardless of (and often contrary to) what the canon says. So if Steve’s all-American-ness is highlighted, then Bucky must be portrayed as something opposite, so fandom is willing to accept the “Soviet” label.
- MCU: former Soviet assassin, current non-soviet assassin
- Fans: loyal member of the avengers
- MCU: alien entity seeking to conquer earth, rule humanity, and enslave or kill anyone who doesn't bow to him
- Fans: Misunderstood puppydog! He had a REALLY tough childhood you don't even know
- MCU: Steve's lifelong best friend, now a cyborg super-assassin who's spend 50 years undergoing deep conditioning to hate and destroy everything the avengers stand for
- Fans: well, a good old-fashioned dose of vitamin Steve and a trip to the Steve museum cleared that right up!! Now he and Steve are friends again and Tony forgave him for killing his parents and they all play games together in avengers tower
- MCU: Tony's lifelong best friend, who's there for him through thick and thin, who calls him on his selfish behavior and has risked his life to fight alongside Tony on multiple occasions
- Fans: wow, he's kind of a shitty friend, isn't he?
- MCU: A former superhero who quit the life because too many people were getting hurt, and picked it back up for the same reason. In the meantime, he still wanted to help people, so he volunteered at the veterans' hospital. He is shown as perhaps the one person in the film Steve can genuinely trust
- Fans: well, he's OBVIOUSLY a secret villain, working as a double agent for the nazis even though he apparently singlehandedly constitutes 25% of the MCU's black population
There’s a difference between wanting to change your body to improve and strengthen it and wanting to change your body because you hate it. It’s important to know the difference because one of those will destroy you from the inside out.
Sometimes those are the same thing, tho