I feel like the way they had to push for Steve to long for Peggy in Endgame, even when it was really out of place (gazing at her photo randomly) just shows how desperate they were. They didn't give Bucky 2 minutes of screen time, didn't even acknowledge Bucky's return from the dead because they knew that if they gave them one proper scene together, even a glance, the chemistry would be through the roof and would ruin any attempts to downplay it.
*takes deep calming breath*
From the moment I saw Bucky dust in Infinity War and I was legit tearing in the theatre at the thought that he might be gone forever, I had been anticipating their reunion in Endgame.
Now, I didn’t have any kind of false assumption we’d see an onscreen declaration of undying love, but I did expect to see Steve avenge his best friend’s death and make Thanos pay for hurting his Bucky.
What really pisses me off the most was the way they baited us. Like what the fuck is this poster, if not each of the living Avengers and the silhouette of their most significant counterpart?
Again, in the trailer we got a glimpse of Steve at group therapy where one would logically assume (because we’ve seen the Captain America trilogy) that Steve would share how hard it was to lose his best friend for... THE FOURTH TIME. And yet somehow we’re all left scratching out heads when Steve mentions Peggy out of nowhere. *cue the eye rolls*
Then we get this scene, which ups the emotional stakes. Steve is going to bring them back. I’m thinking, maybe he just didn’t talk about Bucky at the support group because it’s too hard to talk about him. But now we’ll see how desperate he is, how badly he needs to right this wrong.
It all ends in one disappointing decrescendo when Steve seems to have had a lobotomy sometime in the five years since the snap. Deciding to focus on an old dead woman instead of his best friend whom we’ve seen Steve sacrifice himself for time and time again. I agree with your suspicion that Marvel thought any Steve x Bucky content would be too much and too risky.
The whole “they talked but there just wasn’t time to show their reunion before Steve ran off to an alternate reality forever” bullshit excuse we were fed was just sad. The reality is Chris and Sebastian’s performances say it all.
How do they expect us to go from this...
Like we already know that Sebastian’s speciality is playing gay and sad and he really delivers in that scene. Chris comes across as so stiff and aloof that it makes me cringe just thinking about it. Nothing at all like the emphatically loving Steve Rogers we’ve come to know.
Bucky certainly isn’t buying this bullshit that they’re trying to sell us and frankly neither are we.
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