Anonymous asked: Not question, but maybe an off-topic comment on post about Natasha's personal connection to Bucky: I hope there's a history between them anyway, romantic or not. It would be a dark and disgusting twist of fate where Bucky, Steve and Natasha are unexpectedly connected. There would be a stronger emotional stake for Steve because he'd have to face the reality that Bucky was not only brainwashed, he was part of, or even the reason for, Natasha's red ledger in the first place.
So, since you’re not asking a question, anon, I will. In the original Winter Soldier arc, the first question was: is Bucky the Winter Soldier? The second question: is there enough of Bucky in the Winter Soldier? Is there enough of Steve’s friend left to save, or is he just holding onto something that died long ago, holding himself back from doing what needs to be done?
So by my reckoning there’s a lot of ways to shake Natasha in. She might know on some bone-deep level that killing him would be a mercy, since she knows, better than Steve, what it is to be unmade. Or maybe she makes a different call, like someone else did, a long time ago. Things can play out interesting if she doesn’t know Winter Soldier at all, if she has a clear head when Steve can’t, or if she knows the Winter Soldier by cruel reputation, or some past mission gone wrong, or awfully right. It sounds like they’re going to acknowledge a connection without exploring it, however that’ll work.
I think it’s a mistake to make Winter Soldier the crux of her past, though, romance or not, whatever agony it might cause Steve. Natasha should be responsible for her own debts, since she’s the one who has to pay them.