cashew: Baby!Cap chasing after Bucky Bear (A-babies vs. X-babies // Starbuck)
In an interview, Chris Evans talked about how Bucky is the friend of youth while Sam is the friend after you grow up. And that when you're kids, you become friends just because they're there. But when you grow up, you start choosing your friends because you know who you are now.

Here's my problem with this assessment (sorry Evans, gonna have to disagree with your take here), Bucky isn't just the friend from youth. Bucky is Steve's friend, whereas Sam is Captain America's friend. Allow me to demonstrate from a set of gifs on tumblr that encapsulates the point:

(source: zendaya @ tumblr)

What unfortunately the first gif doesn't capture is that right before, Steve straight up asks Bucky, "Are you ready to follow Captain America into the jaws of death?" And Bucky's response was "Hell no." Followed by the line in the gif about following Steve Rogers into the jaws of death instead.

And that is the core difference between Sam and Bucky. For Bucky, Steve will always be Steve Rogers first, before he becomes Captain America. Whereas for Sam, Steve will always be Captain America first, before he is Steve Rogers.

Why is this important?

Because Steve Rogers and Captain America are not the same. Now, some might argue that Steve is Captain America, but that's just plainly not true. Captain America is a legacy character, a mantle that can be picked up by anyone. But Steve Rogers will only ever be Steve Rogers.

Captain America is a symbol of hope. He is good and kind and inspirational. He is someone who is utterly giving, unfailingly fair, and never without a kind word.

Steve Rogers, on the other hand, is a stubborn little punk who doesn't know when to back down from a fight. He's someone who doesn't like bullies and has a stubborn streak a mile wide. He has flaws and selfish desires and is prone to fits of jealousy and possessiveness. He is prone to making bad decisions when his temper gets the better of him. He's also not quite grown out of being a little mouthy kid from Brooklyn with a chip on his shoulder.

So Bucky is the one that sees the kid from Brooklyn with a chip on his shoulder and a stubborness that borders on foolishness, where Sam sees a national icon of all that is good, just, and fair. Sam puts Steve on a pedestal, whereas Bucky sees Steve as a human being.

Now, I'm not saying Sam won't come around to seeing Steve for the person he is under all the spangles, but the point is, for Sam, his first impression is always going to be that of a 6ft2 250lb supersoldier that single handedly saved 400 POWs. That will always be the first thing he thinks of when thinking of Steve Rogers. But for Bucky? No matter how big, how super, how ridiculously powerful Steve gets, Steve is going to forever remain that 5ft4 90lb asthmatic who refused to back down from a fight.

And that kind of first impression is going to forever color how they interact with Steve. And I think for Steve, to have one person who could see past all the supersoldier and into the person is something that's very, very important. Sam is no doubt someone he will always be indebted to, but Bucky is fucking family. It's not just about being friends for a long time, it's about how much Bucky sees into Steve that no one else will know, not without the kind of life time experience that Bucky has built up with Steve. Sure, give it another 20 years and maybe Sam will get to know Steve as well as Bucky, but right now? In the current continuity? No one knows Steve like Bucky knows Steve. No one will have the immediate knowledge of Steve and his stubborn little brain the way Bucky will know.

In short, Bucky's perspective of Steve is unique, a lens that no one else can have, and that perspective is, for Steve, irreplaceable.
cashew: Baby!Cap chasing after Bucky Bear (A-babies vs. X-babies // Starbuck)
First, this is a ridiculously well timed Starbuck fanvid set to Angel With a Shotgun. Go watch it.

Second, after realizing how many variants of music vidoes have been made set to this song (current tally: 11), the sheer number sort of speaks to how approps the lyrics of this song fits for the Steve/Bucky pairing. But that's not what I really want to discuss.

I wanna talk a little about who the angel with a shotgun is. )
cashew: Baby!Cap chasing after Bucky Bear (A-babies vs. X-babies // Starbuck)

I know this has concept has been done to death already, but usually it's either a "I want an Avengers themed Pokemon team" or it's "if Avengers were Pokemon trainers, here's their teams". For me, I'm looking into more at the spin-off Pokemon Mystery Dungeon. And yes, I have been playing Pokemon again recently. And no, I still don't like the way they balanced the leveling speed. However, it does get me start thinking really weird ideas as I work through the battle-catch-challenge routine.

Without further ado, let's get to the Poke-assignment. XD

Also, yes, I'm totally planning for NaNoWriMo right now. I'm gonna actually try to participate and complete this year. )

Okay, I'm going to leave off here. I know I'm still missing the Guardians of the Galaxy crew, Thor people, and Dr. Strange cast, but this thing is getting long enough. I'll make one for those guys sometime later. And yes, the reason I'm writing all this down is so that I can have a reference for myself come NaNo. XD

cashew: Kamui holding a bunch of books (X // even heroes read)
The Way Out Is The Way Down by Speranza

Yup, another Speranza rec. Yup, another good one. At least, I quite enjoyed it. :D

(Warning: adult themes. But it's a CA:CW fic, did you expect anything less?)
cashew: Baby!Cap chasing after Bucky Bear (A-babies vs. X-babies // Starbuck)
What it says on the tin. I feel like yapping a bit, but my brain's too tired for actual critical analysis, so this is mostly going to be some rambling.

I can say, objectively, the Captain America Trilogy is honestly the best set of movies for any of the single superhero comic book movies out there. I will even go as far as to say that together, the Captain America movies were probably even better than the ensemble movies that were put together.

Before I go on to justify and argue for why Captain America stands head and shoulders above the rest of its comic book brethren, let's first list what the competition are:

Sam Raimi's Spiderman
Jon Favreau's Iron Man
Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight
Richard Donner's Superman (better known as Chris Reeve's Superman)
Tim Burton's Batman

Naturally, there are other comic book movies, but I think it is without question that those that were not listed, did not have nearly the same kind of cultural purchase as the ones listed here and are not even within a league of these works. While there may be others out there trying to argue that the likes of Man of Steel or Batman v Superman were good movies, I think the critical ratings are more than enough to explain why they're not in the running.

Now to actually address these movies )

Why Captain America movies are awesome. Yes, even the first one. )
cashew: Suzuran @ deviantart artwork - Mewvel vs. Catcom: Captain Amewrica, Iron Kitty, and Thor Purrinson (UMvC3 // Avengers)
Now that I've got some time to compose myself after the initial SQUEE! and FLAIL!, I think I'm ready to actually put my feelings into words.

First: I actually bothered to go track down the comics for Civil War, and it was just as terrible and bad as the people made it out to be. On the other hand, it's classic Marvel fail, so I could only expect it to be as bad as it is.

So, now that I have the comics background on which the movie will be adapting, I have some thoughts.

Oh wow, this got long. Click to read my ramblings. )
cashew: Baby!Cap chasing after Bucky Bear (A-babies vs. X-babies // Starbuck)
There's been kind of a dearth of good Cap fic recently, but there's a couple of gems that are worth reading. The fics are all going to focus on stuff posted within 2015, with a couple from the later half of 2014 that I think are really worth reading. I'm going to split the fic recs into Chinese and English fic, since this is a targeted fic rec list.

Oh, and p.s., it's all going to be Steve/Bucky, with hints of other pairings. Because...well, I'm me. XD

English fic:

All fics are going to be linked to Ao3, as I find it easier to find good quality fic there, as opposed to or Tumblr. I'll further split the fic into angst and fluff categories.

Fluff )

Angst )

Chinese fic:

All the fics here are located at movieslash forum, a Chinese fic forum. So you're going to need to sign up for an account to actually read the fic. No need to post for points, so there's that?

Chinese fics )

There's more, but since it's in a forum, trying to re-find them is proving a bit difficult. Anyway, that should be plenty of reading to tide you over for a while.
cashew: Suzuran @ deviantart artwork - Mewvel vs. Catcom: Captain Amewrica, Iron Kitty, and Thor Purrinson (UMvC3 // Avengers)
I saw Age of Ultron! :D

...and was not particularly impressed. :|

So, I guess it's time to dust off an old review style and list the good, the bad, and the ugly. As usual with my reviews, beware the spoilers.

Welcome to The Good, The Bad, The Ugly )
So, in summary, did not like very much. There were some good parts, but over all my impression was kind of negative.
cashew: Suzuran @ deviantart artwork - Mewvel vs. Catcom: Captain Amewrica, Iron Kitty, and Thor Purrinson (UMvC3 // Avengers)
I guess it's finally here, the end of Agent Carter. It's unclear whether the show will get renewed for a second season. With the rather dismal ratings, it's very likely that the show won't get the second season it so epically deserves.

Some general impressions about the show as a whole before I go onto the finale itself. Previously, I've already mentioned the show had some pretty bad race fail. However, despite its flaws, the show still had a very positive portrayal of (white) women and people with disabilities. In addition, the production value and the acting chomps of Agent Carter is heads and shoulders above the other TV shows out there right now. Not to mention, the writing is, over all, fairly tight, although I feel that the first half was much better compared to the second half. There was some meandering and padding, but again, over all, did a much better job than most other shows.

The show, despite being a comic book show, is mostly sustained on interesting character interaction and character growth, with a fun political espionage story to drive the drama. If the general audience had been more willing to give the show a chance, I think the show would see a much higher rating. Unfortunately, given that it is Marvel, the network would inevitably be targeting the comic book crowd, who, in my experience, is generally too immature to understand good writing.

Anyway, spoilers here on out. How does the finale look?

The show was satisfying, without ending definitively, leaving a wide margin of growth while still concluding the season's story. )

All in all, an enjoyable show with writing that is heads and shoulders above the rest of the superhero fare, yes, including Agents of Shield. It has its short comings, but the over all product is still quite enjoyable.

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