So what have you been up to since New York?
Anonymous asked: When The Winter Soldier trained Natalia in the Red Room, and they developed a secret relationship, what did she call him? Did she know he was Bucky?
Barring someone asking Ed Brubaker about this on Twitter, we have no idea what Natasha called him in private. None of the Bucky/Natasha flashback scenes have her referring to him by name and in fact, the only ‘names’ or designations we ever see him being called by anyone is either ‘the Winter Soldier’ or ‘the American’. Bucky was never given a false Russian identity (that could interfere with his usefulness to pass as an American or to train agents on how to act American) or any identity at all. The last thing Department X wanted was for their weapon to start acting like an individual human being - which was exactly what he was starting to do the longer he was with Natasha and why they were so brutally separated.
Natasha never knew that the Winter Soldier was James Buchanan Barnes, and for that matter neither did Department X. Unless there was a covert operation to obtain the US Army’s records them, all Karpov and the original Project: Winter Soldier team knew was that they had Captain America’s sidekick Bucky. (From the information we were given in Captain America #11, there is no indication that Bucky was wearing any dog tags or had any form of identification on him.) We do know that Natasha was aware of rumors that the Winter Soldier could have been Captain America’s sidekick:
Natasha: So it wasn’t just a rumor back then…who you really were?
Bucky: More like a joke that everyone knew but me.
However we don’t know when she first heard those rumors, but we do know that she never called him Bucky or James (or Yasha- see this post and this post). So essentially, when they were together in the Red Room Natasha had no idea he was James “Bucky” Barnes and Bucky only knew himself to be ‘the Winter Soldier’ or ‘the American’.
And I just want to take a moment to point out how important this is. I understand why a lot of fanfiction has Natasha call him James or Yasha – I mean, who wants to write “Winter Soldier” in the middle of an intimate scene? But by giving her a name to call him, I think it cushions the horror of their situation. To Department X, Bucky was a tool, an object, an ‘it’, and a title or descriptor is all that is required. It is only when Natasha enters into his life that the lack of a name becomes glaringly obvious and that awkward silent wrongness is needed to emphasize how fucked up their situation was.
Who is Victoria Hand?
Victoria Hand is a character created for Marvel comics by Brian Michael Bendis. In the television series Agents of SHIELD, she is a senior agent for SHIELD and the director of a SHIELD base, the Hub.
Victoria Hand sticks to protocol, which puts her sometimes at odds with main character Agent Coulson and his team. However, Victoria is loyal to SHIELD, even after it is revealed that many agents of SHIELD are, in fact, loyal to the evil organization HYDRA.
Why do we need to save her?
In the episode entitled Turn, Turn, Turn, Victoria Hand was shot and presumably killed by Grant Ward.
The campaign to save Victoria was suggested here, and I think it’s a great idea. We brought back Coulson, so why can’t we bring back this character with so much potential?
How do we save her?
Fandomshatewomen has suggested that we go to twitter to trend the hash tag #savevictoriahand. Tweet why you enjoy her, why you want her back, why she deserves to come back.
This character is incredibly close to my heart, and I would be touched if at least some of my followers and fellow members of the Agents of SHIELD fandom could participate in this campaign.
For more information on Victoria Hand in the comics, you might check my intro post for her.
Why we need to start a #SaveVictoriaHand campaign.
In the screencaps Agent Victoria Hand is killed for shock value and to reveal Agent Grant Ward’s duplicity that he was HYDRA all along. Its a slight twist on killing a female character for manpain but her death is still a plot point in Ward’s narrative. They didn’t even give her a decent fight scene. He just empties a clip into her and sits down and mopes.
But here are the reasons why we need to start a campaign:
- Let me start off by mentioning that it’d be shame if she never came back and you never found out she was a canonically lesbian character. She even had a girlfriend in the comic books.
- (Not to mention there are no canon queer couples in the MCU yet). As much as I ship Skimmons that’s all subtext.
- It would probably help with the ratings if she did come back.
And hopefully help take down Garrett, she needs revenge damnit. Why does no one know she’s dead???????
- We need some LGBTQIA+ representation
- If they can resurrect Coulson and Fury can fake his own death, why not?
There was literally too much wasted potential in Agent Victoria Hand’s character to not try doing this. I’m going to start tweeting about it come Tuesday after 12pm pacific time and hopefully if this gets enough signal boosting we’ll see it trending by Tuesday evening. Remember to use the hashtag #SaveVictoriaHand and tell people why she deserves to come back!