National Poetry Month: April 11
Marriage is not
a house or even a tent
it is before that, and colder:
The edge of the forest, the edge
of the desert
the unpainted stairs
at the back where we squat
outside, eating popcorn
where painfully and with wonder
at having survived even
we are learning to make fire
Habitation, Margaret Atwood
Would you rather have Tony Stark’s mustache or Thor’s abs?
Fan: [talking about Sebastian’s favorite comic Bucky arc] No love for the gulag where he takes his shirt off and fights a bear?
Also I just want to briefly touch on what this movie is saying about masculinity.
A lot has been said about Steve and how on the inside he’s still a skinny kid from Brooklyn who doesn’t know how to back away from a fight. Which is true. He doesn’t like bullies, he doesn’t care where they’re from. That’s an important thing to keep in mind with him, it informs nearly everything he does.
However, the other aspect of his personality is not this pigheaded refusal to back down from a fight. It’s to know when to reach out with compassion. That’s what Sam shares, and how they bond so quickly. That’s what leads Natasha to make such a supremely self-sacrificing move. That’s what he does to end the fight with Bucky.
He doesn’t beat Bucky into submission. If he was really trying, he probably could. But Bucky has already been beaten into submission, by bad men doing terrible things. All it takes is one slap from Pierce to get Bucky to back down. Steve won’t fight Bucky because Bucky isn’t a bully, he’s his friend and he’s hurting and he needs help.
And that is the real strength that Steve possesses.