i have been trying to organise my thoughts about the winter soldier (as a figure), and i have finally got them down. this is a long post. i’m not sure which warnings this needs - basically, any warnings that you’d give to anyone before they see the winter soldier for the first time.
“Your work has been a gift to mankind. You shaped the century. And I need you to do it one more time.”
Before Captain America: TWS came out, we heard this line in the trailer, framed as if Alexander Pierce was addressing it to Steve Rogers. But in the film, it’s used in an address to The Winter Soldier. Which makes sense.
When Pierce says he “shaped the century”, we know he doesn’t mean the 21st. The Winter Soldier, as far as we can piece together, was a key tool of HYDRA’s post-WWII on. He carried out a handful of well-chosen assassinations that helped to move history in the direction HYDRA wanted. He probably killed Tony Stark’s parents (who helped to found SHIELD). He killed diplomats, politicians. Relatively small scale, precise actions that were primed to have the most influence. So, what? If he “shaped the century” then we know what he’s supposed to have helped along through these actions. Unrest. Rebellion. States splintering. Countries gaining independence. Governments selling weapons to other governments. Wars won, but mostly wars lost. “Regimes fall every day,” Natasha says in the Avengers. “I tend not to weep over that. I’m Russian. Or I was.”
I urge you to read Charlotte’s meta. And also now I feel like we need a ‘time, it is fucked up’ panel for Nine Worlds.