Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes may want to settle a score with Helmut Zemo in 'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier'
Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes was one of the characters who had a troubled journey in the MCU. We saw him as a smart, military officer and Steve Rogers’ (Chris Evans) best friend in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’. He was also part of Rogers’ Howling Commandos and was instrumental in taking down HYDRA in the ‘40s.
However, a mission goes wrong and we see Bucky falling to his apparent death, only to be revived, brainwashed and experimented upon by HYDRA. The next time we see him, he’s gruff, tough, has a metal-arm and has been the evil organization’s go-to assassin. He is introduced as ‘The Winter Soldier’ in the second Cap movie where he takes down S.H.I.E.L.D. and faces off against his old buddy Rogers.
From all that we have seen about Cap, he’s the sort of a guy who values relationships and puts his friends above everything else. This decision may be questioned by some as he is held responsible for fracturing the Avengers in ‘Captain America: Civil War’. Cap believes Bucky is innocent and is framed by Baron Zemo in the UN blast.
While the theory is true, Bucky makes enough enemies along the way. Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and T’Challa aka the Black Panther (Chadwick Aaron Boseman) nurse revenge as he is responsible for killing Stark’s parents and T’Challa’s father. To add to this, Bucky is a victim of Thanos’ snap in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. While he comes back and assists the Avengers in the massive battle against the mad Titan in ‘Endgame’, there’s still enough story left to be told to round up the Winter Soldier’s arc in the MCU.
Which is why it makes sense to bring Bucky back in the mini-series, ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’. With Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) back as the villain, Bucky has a personal score to settle with the baddie. He framed Bucky for the UN bombing, and we all know what happened next.
While plot details of the series remain a closely-guarded secret. The fact that he looks like the Bucky from the ‘40s— shorthair, clean-shaven and a much jacked-up physique goes on to show that his Winter Soldier days are behind him. For now, we can speculate that Bucky will be the one doing the planning in taking down Zemo. One plotline we already know is Sam Wilson aka The Falcon/Captain America will have to deal with the pressure of taking on a legend’s mantle and come to terms with being the new Cap.
Now that’s pretty much hard for anyone and Wilson has his hands full. So this could mean that the duo are working on two different things. It would be a sight to see Zemo vs Bucky and the former trying to reactivate the Winter Soldier in Bucky again and probably failing. We may not really know what the future holds for Bucky. Will he survive? Will he be part of the Avengers in the future? However, we do know that his arc will have a definite conclusion by the end of the mini-series.
What are your thoughts on Bucky’s role and inclusion in ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’? ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ will release on Disney+ in fall 2020.