Anonymous asked: Could we have a list of those tropes? Because I'm a Steve/Sam shipper, and even I admit that its fanon, not a 'canon love interest' - I could see some of those tropes for everyone, personally. I've seen the movie three times now, and I really don't see it as more ""canon""-trope supported then any other ship.
[I think this is in reference to this post about looking out for Cap/Falcon romance tropes in CATWS.]
I think you may have misunderstood what I was trying to say. I don’t think that Sam Wilson is literally Steve’s “canon love interest,” but I DO think that he was introduced in a way that fits with many popular and recognised romance tropes. I wrote more about this in my post about Falcon and Black Widow’s roles in CATWS:
"From Sam’s introduction scene right at the beginning of the movie, he’s instantly characterised as an appealing and fundamentally ~good character. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to describe that park scene as a "meet cute,” with Steve being so drawn to Sam that he has to befriend him, and Sam being so open and receptive that he invites Steve to come visit him where he works. On their second meeting, Steve is impressed by Sam’s work as a counsellor for military veterans, and Sam and Steve almost immediately open up to each other about intensely personal aspects of their life: the death of Sam’s best friend, and Steve’s uncertainty about his life in the 21st century. This exchange has such an impact on both of them that Steve feels able to show up on Sam’s doorstep as a fugitive, and Sam is willing to risk his life to fight alongside him. The film ends with the implication that Sam is going to quit his job to go help Steve track down the Winter Soldier.”
Basically, this is not the way we’re used to seeing straight men interact in movies. Even in popular fiction about emotionally intense male/male friendships, it’s rarely a case of two men being super happy to meet each other for the first time and then immediately opening up to each other on an emotional level. We’re more used to seeing situations where two guys have spent many years developing a deep relationship (i.e. Supernatural, where the guys are literally brothers), or buddy-cop type dynamics where they’re forced into closeness despite personal differences. Those two scenarios are also where we get most of what we think of as “slashy” tropes, which aren’t really the same as the kind of hetero romance tropes I’m talking about here.
I don’t particularly think there’s an overabundance of homoerotic subtext between Sam and Steve in the way there is between, say, Holmes and Watson. What I did notice was that Sam Wilson’s role, as I explained in the quote above, is thematically similar to that of a female love interest. You can read the rest of my thoughts on this here.
GLASGOW TUMBLR MEETUP, SATURDAY 22nd MARCH, 8pm.
A bunch of people seemed interested in the idea of a Tumblr/Twitter/fandom meetup in Glasgow, so here we go!
WHEN: 8pm, Saturday March 22, 2014.
WHERE: Mono, 12 Kings Court, Glasgow.
Mono is a cool vegetarian cafe/bar, and there isn’t a band playing on Saturday night so it shouldn’t be too loud. Closest train stations: Argyle Street and Glasgow Central.
WHO: Tumblr people! Fandom people! People from the Internet! A couple of you already messaged to ask if it’d all be people who know each other already or something, and the answer is NO. This is a public event, so people from Tumblr/fandom can hang out IRL. Me and gracierocket are already friends, but aside from that, I expect most people will be strangers. You can always bring someone along if you feel nervous! :)
I’ll be reblogging this once a day for the next week to make sure everyone sees it. Please reblog this post if you want to signal boost it to any Scottish friends! :)
If you want to come along, please RSVP with a reply or send me an askbox message so I know how many people are gonna show up!