Who is Winter Soldier?
Winter Soldier – Bucky Barnes, Barnes is the Marvel character who’s been beating down, dusted, dismembered, and brain-hacked the most, making him something of an underdog, as well as a true super-soldier. In fact, actor Sebastian Stan told us in a recent cover story that playing Barnes in the Marvel movies has been celebrated by combat veterans, who often tell Stan his character helps them cope with post-traumatic stress. Now that’s a real superpower.
Why is Bucky called the Winter Soldier?
The story in which Bucky would come back would be called “The Winter Soldier,” a title that alludes to the fraught relationship the U.S. has with its veterans. In 1776, Thomas Paine published the first installment in a series of pamphlets called The American Crisis.
How strong is the Winter Soldier?
Why do people like winter soldier so much?
The Winter Soldier is on my top five list of favorite Marvel movies for several reasons. One is the deconstruction of Steve Rogers from the trusting naive idealist to a hero who had to experience a severe wake-up call to the complexities of the modern world. That and the way he upped his skill sets.
The Winter Soldier’s popularity proves any comics character can become a star if they’re written right.
Bucky Barnes debuted at the end of 1940 (cover-dated 1941) as Captain America’s sidekick. He never had a solo series. When Marvel revived Captain America in Avengers #4, they made it clear Bucky was not coming back, ever — he was pushing up daisies, he’d joined the choir invisible, he was an ex-living person. None of that screams “superstar potential.”
So let me set the record straight. Bucky Barnes a.k.a The Winter Soldier is the best Avenger.
I know this is a bold statement, but hear me out. My boy Bucky will eventually become the new Captain America, and he’s worthy of the shield (and your adoration). He’s gone through more than anyone to get here, and is the underdog hero we all need.
Granted, I’m only talking about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I may be influenced by my steadfast love of Sebastian Stan, but that only makes his character richer. Bucky is a problematic and violent character in the comics, but in the movies he’s a Prince Zuko. He starts as just the baddie chasing down our hero, but becomes the begrudgingly adorable (and clueless) member of the team with some SICK powers.
Bucky Barnes fought in a war, fell off a train, survived years of brainwashing, and just wants to use his metal arm to feel plums in Romania. Sure, the Winter Soldier is an assassin beholden to a few trigger words, but Bucky is not the Soldier. He’s an incredible person (and character) with an extraordinarily sad life.
Here’s why Bucky has quickly become the fictional love of my life.
While all of the Cap movies are great, The Winter Soldier stands out as an amazing film in itself. The Russo Brothers didn’t waste any time making their MCU debut. We get action, connection to the rest of the universe, and depth. After huge Iron Man movies that made lots of money but got mixed reviews, TWS was refreshing.
It also gave us character development for Captain America, which was sorely needed after his simplistic Avengers portrayal. We finally get to see Steve face current political issues and his past, all in one film. This is where we see the separation between Steve Rogers and Captain America, which only grows wider in Civil War.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but a necessary commentary on patriotism, and on Steve as a person. TWS also introduces one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first complicated villains. Bucky seems like the antagonist, but we quickly see it’s really Hydra controlling the movie’s main conflict.
In an incredible feat of storytelling, Bucky Barnes was less the antagonist, and more of a metaphor for the film’s overarching themes. Bucky began as a well-intentioned American, just like SHIELD’s agents did before HYDRA completely overran it. The Winter Soldier set up the MCU to be able to be fun to watch AND have meaning, which was why Civil War did so well.
Winter Solider Movies
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (March 19, 2021)
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is scheduled to debut on March 19, 2021 on Disney+, and will consist of six episodes. The series was originally scheduled to be released in August 2020, but this was delayed due to filming being suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be part of Phase Four of the MCU.
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