I have grown to like Bucky more and more throughout these past seven years since he was introduced to the MCU. When I first saw Bucky it was in The Winter Soldier and I thought he was a fascinating character. Even though I hadn’t been introduced to him in The First Avenger I found it didn’t even matter that much, considering how little they incorporated Bucky in The First Avenger in the first place. So, yeah, Bucky became more and more intriguing and now, with him returning in Avengers: Infinity War I am beyond excited to see his story continue to evolve. But before we get to that it is time to look at his evolution throughout the few movies he’s graced. Enjoy!
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
When I eventually watched The First Avenger for the first time last year I was excited. I was excited to see how Steve Rogers became Captain America, I was excited to see Peggy Carter and learn a little bit more about her back story, but most importantly, I was excited to see Bucky before he became the Hydra assassin he was forced to become and his friendship with Steve during those early years of his.
When I watched the movie by the time he “died” in the film I was legitimately disappointed in the lack of characterization they gave to his character. He was a very minor character who barely showed his face in the movie except every once in a while. In fact, judging from the movie, you wouldn’t even know how close he and Steve were because they never conveyed that simple but very important fact in the movie. It was really a waste of an amazing character and I’m glad they fixed that moving forward.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
When Bucky returned three years later in The Winter Soldier I didn’t even know who he was because that was my first time being introduced to his character but I do remember distinctly liking him as The Winter Soldier. Then when the movie twist arrived that he wasn’t just this incredibly scary assassin but that he was also Captain America’s best friend it was definitely an interesting moment in the movie. To find out what happened to him after he “died” and the atrocities he had to commit and endure…it was just terrible.
But what made him great was he could’ve easily stayed as the monster that he had been brainwashed in becoming but his friendship with Steve was stronger than the evils of Hydra and their little mind games and it really revealed how strong his character was. And the fact that he saved Steve’s life was also just an awesome moment for his development. Bucky is a good dude, he’s just as good as Steve except he ended up on the wrong side of history and was made into a monster rather than a hero like Captain America and that’s why he’s become one of my favorite Marvel heroes. His story is complex (I like complex stories) and I’m hoping he’ll eventually have a happy ending.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
When Bucky returned in Civil War I was so excited to see him again. At the end of The Winter Soldier it showed him discovering who he was before the mind wipe which turned him into a Hydra assassin and so I couldn’t wait to see what he had been up to since that time. I was glad to see that he was still good but this was a hard movie as he had to face his fear, which was himself, or rather the monster that he was. He had to continuously confront his bad side and try to break through those obstacles that kept holding him back from being the Bucky that he truly is.
And of course the biggest challenge that he faced was having to witness himself murdering Tony’s parents in front of Tony. He tried to get away, he continued to try to make people understand that he wasn’t that person anymore, but he just couldn’t escape his past and nearly died because of it. Thankfully he had Captain America to have his back because then he would’ve really been in trouble. This movie brought great story developments to all of its characters and Bucky was a central piece to the puzzle of this film.
I also loved that at the end of this movie we see him getting help from new King T’Challa who, by the way, had been his mortal enemy throughout the entire movie until the very end of the film. It was awesome seeing Bucky get help and I am just SO PUMPED to see him in Infinity War.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Now Bucky is finally fully healed, thanks to a fantastic end credits scene involving him in Black Panther, and I am so excited to see him with his new mind and arm ready to help defend the world from Thanos and his minions. Oh my gosh, I’m ECSTATIC!
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a magical day.