Sometimes I think people get so invested in these characters, and fan culture in general, that they’re completely unable to separate fanon/head canon with actual canon occurrences. It’s like, with the power of the internet, people are able to surround themselves almost entirely with like minded people. This is pretty great for creating fun and safe communities to share in fannish behavior, but every now and then (more often than we like to admit) some really questionable ish goes down. Problematic side-eye worthy behavior.
I’m no mathematician, but I’m pretty sure
Fandom size * Number of possible ships = Wank per hour
What is it about shipping that turns a sensible, grown ass person into an irrational mess? I’m not here for bashing anyone’s OTP, but I think that shippers (myself included) need to take a step back every now and then to remind ourselves that our ships are at least 50% fanon (I’m being really generous), and to expect those fantasies to be fulfilled/reflected in canon is a little pathetic, at best.
Edit: However, if you’re one of those shippers turning Sam Wilson into a Hydra agent because he get’s in the way of your ship…you need to stop with that rubbish. Stop. If for some reason the implications of making a black guy a member of a Nazi organization doesn’t bother you, at least be bothered by the fact that you suck at writing and can’t get your ship together without butchering a good character and canon in general.
Please, let’s not be that fandom.