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(The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, 2021)
The Winter Soldier
BUCKY BARNES/THE WINTER SOLDIER
(The Falcon and the Winter Soldier)
James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, more commonly known as Bucky Barnes, is a fictional character portrayed by Sebastian Stan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) media franchise, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and sometimes referred to by his alias, the Winter Soldier, and later as the White Wolf. Barnes is depicted as childhood best friends with Steve Rogers who serves alongside him during World War II before Barnes is transformed into a brainwashed Hydra super soldier and assassin known as the Winter Soldier. He is eventually cured of his programming in Wakanda. He later partners with Sam Wilson after Rogers’ retirement, supporting him as the new Captain America.
As of 2022, Barnes has appeared in seven films, as well as in a lead role in the miniseries The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) and in a guest role in the animated series What If…? (2021). He will return in the upcoming film Thunderbolts (2024).
Fictional character biography
Partnering with Sam Wilson (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier)
In 2024, Barnes is living in Brooklyn, New York. He has been pardoned and attends government-mandated therapy, where he discusses his attempts to make amends for his time as the Winter Soldier. He has nightmares about his past, but is not forthcoming with his therapist about them. She notes that Barnes is isolating himself from his friends and has been ignoring texts from Sam Wilson. Barnes tells her that he made amends, including confronting a formerly Hydra-affiliated U.S. senator who he helps bring to justice. He also befriends an elderly Japanese man named Yori, the father of one of the Winter Soldier’s victims, but doesn’t tell him of their connection. Yori sets Barnes up on a date with a bartender named Leah, which ends quickly after she brings up Yori’s deceased son and Barnes leaves.
Barnes soon learns that John Walker has been named the new Captain America by the U.S. government and he goes to a USAF base to confront Wilson about this, expressing his disapproval about Wilson having surrendered Rogers’ shield. Barnes joins Wilson in tracking down the Flag Smashers in Munich where they intercept the group smuggling medicine and attempt to rescue a supposed hostage that ends up being their leader, Karli Morgenthau. Barnes and Wilson are overwhelmed by Flag Smashers who are revealed to be super soldiers. Walker and his partner, Lemar Hoskins, come to their aid, although the Flag Smashers escape. Walker asks Barnes and Wilson to join him in aiding the Global Repatriation Council (GRC) to quash the ongoing violent post-Blip revolutions, but they refuse. Traveling to Baltimore, Barnes introduces Wilson to Isaiah Bradley, a veteran American super soldier Barnes fought during the Korean War, but he refuses to help them uncover information about additional super soldier serums due to his disdain for Barnes and having been imprisoned and experimented on by the government for thirty years. Barnes is then arrested for missing a court-mandated therapy appointment, but is released when Walker intervenes.
Zemo and the Dora Milaje
Again refusing to work with Walker, Barnes suggests they visit Helmut Zemo, who is imprisoned in Berlin, to gather intelligence related to the super soldier Flag Smashers. Zemo, citing his hatred for super powered beings, agrees to help them. Barnes orchestrates a prison riot to help Zemo escape. Barnes, Zemo and Wilson travel to Madripoor in an effort to locate the source of the new super soldier serum. In a bar, Barnes pretends to once again be under mind control as the Winter Soldier, and dispatches numerous armed thugs. They are taken to high-ranking criminal, Selby, who reveals the Power Broker hired former Hydra scientist Dr. Wilfred Nagel to recreate the serum. Wilson’s disguise is compromised and Selby orders her men to attack them but she is killed. Their savior, Sharon Carter (the Power Broker), has been living as a fugitive in Madripoor since 2016. She agrees to help them after Wilson offers to get her pardoned. They travel to Nagel’s lab and confront him. He reveals that he made twenty vials of the serum and that Morgenthau stole them. Zemo unexpectedly kills Nagel and the lab is destroyed. Barnes, Wilson, and Carter fight bounty hunters until Zemo acquires a getaway car and they escape. Barnes, Zemo and Wilson travel to Latvia and Barnes recognizes Wakandan tracking devices. He confronts Dora Milaje Ayo, who demands Zemo.
Ayo gives Barnes eight hours to use Zemo before the Wakandans take him, as Zemo killed their king T’Chaka. When Ayo and the Dora Milaje come for Zemo, Walker refuses to hand him over, and Barnes intercedes, causing Ayo to use a failsafe that deactivates his vibranium arm.
Defeating the Flag Smashers
Walker, having taken a supersoldier serum and enraged by the death of his partner, Hoskins, uses his shield to kill one of the Flag Smashers in front of horrified bystanders, who film his actions. Wilson and Barnes demand the shield from Walker, starting a fight in which Walker destroys Wilson’s wingsuit. The fight ends with Wilson and Barnes taking the shield and breaking Walker’s arm. Barnes finds Zemo in Sokovia and hands him over to the Dora Milaje. Barnes later travels to Wilson’s hometown in Louisiana to delivers a briefcase from the Wakandans to Wilson. He meets Wilson’s sister, Sarah, and her two sons. After fixing the Wilson family’s boat, Barnes and Wilson train with the shield and agree to move on from their pasts and work together. Barnes confesses that he was angry that Wilson gave away Captain America’s shield because he feels like it is his last connection to the past, and apologizes for not considering the implications of giving the shield to a black man.
Barnes goes back to New York City and runs into Carter. He then fights against the Flag Smashers, as well as saving GRC hostages from arson. During a fight against Morgenthau, Barnes falls off the ledge to a riverbank. After Walker and the Flag Smashers do the same, Barnes helps Walker up and they join Wilson, who is in his new Captain America suit, to find the Flag Smashers after Georges Batroc helps them escape. Barnes and Walker ambush three of them and see them taken into custody. After the GRC members are rescued, Barnes listens to Wilson’s speech, before leaving with an injured Carter. He then goes to Yori’s apartment and tells him that he, as the Winter Soldier, killed his son. He delivers his completed notebook to his therapist’s office and sees Leah again, before leaving for Louisiana. There he joins Wilson, Sarah, her sons, and the community for a cookout and opts to remain there with Wilson.