Melissa. Nineteen. Sydney.Marvel, Captain America mostly, Chicago Fire, The Hunger Games, Teen Wolf, Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D", Bones, Pretty Little Liars, Supernatural, Arrow, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, The Voice, Baby Daddy, My Mad Fat Diary, Saved By The Bell and Twisted.
The first time I saw Cap2, I thought it was supposed to be a lighthearted moment in the movie. An awkward situation that we could sit back and laugh at Pierce because his offer was completely ignored.
But then I started to read into it.
When someone offers another person a drink, it’s often in a social context, an exchange between friends; but the Winter Soldier doesn’t have friends. He has missions.
He went to Pierce’s house because Pierce was his HQ. The Soldier wasn’t there to have a glass of milk and to talk about the weather; he was there to get his assignment.
Because that’s what the Winter Soldier does. Nothing more. Nothing less. He is the paradigm of efficiency. He is a machine.
But Pierce, even with all of corruption, is still a functioning decision making human. He can indulge in seemingly insignificant luxuries. Pierce can choose to have a glass of milk.
So, when Pierce offered the Winter Solider a drink, he knew that the ‘man’ sitting in front of him would not take him up on it.
This scene is not Alexander Pierce asking the Winter Soldier if he “wants some milk”.
This scene is Pierce gloating. It’s him dangling his ability to exercise his free will over the Winter Soldier. It’s him boasting and bragging simply because he can have two inches of milk. It’s Pierce showing the Winter Soldier that he is, once again, inadequate.
I am not okay.
This, yes. Pierce is the most corrupted and evil human being on the planet. He might not be the deadliest or the most threatening looking villain in the MCU, but he is the most malicious and unpleasant. The way he manipulates every situation and just the way he degrades Bucky at every turn. I made a comment about how he doesn’t need to do any of this if he can just wipe him and program The Winter Soldier to his will, but he takes his time to exploit his control and brag about the fact that he has Bucky in the palm of his hand and he can easily mold him like clay.
Just notice the look on Bucky’s face when he is offered milk. There is a big part of him that actually feels provoked by it as if the human part that still exists in Bucky Barnes understands the reasoning behind Pierce’s actions. How he is mocking him and testing him at the same time. Testing his lack of response. But because he has been programmed not to question anything and he has been coerced into believing that he has no voice in the matter, he says nothing. Instead, he waits patiently for Pierce to give him his next assignment.
Also, the amount of milk that Pierce serves himself is just enough for one drink. A drink for him and no one else. It is like dangling a sip of water in front of a man who is dying of thirst. It is just enough for him to prove his point and honestly I find it way more insulting than if he had served himself a whole glass. And it’s milk. Not water, not juice, not an alcoholic beverage, but milk. Something you offer to a child. Most of all, milk symbolizes superior quality, richness of taste, and nourishment. Superiority.
Milk is a powerful symbol within most cultural traditions. It is the fluid of eternal life, fertility, abundance; it is the food of the gods, the first human diet, it flows freely in the “promised land of Canaan” (Biederman, 221). Milk symbolizes the MOTHER, it is deeply connected with life itself.
Fuck you Pierce.
Congratulations, you just made me hate Pierce like 43273412679% more