Hot on the heels of all the Guardians of the Galaxy’s casting news and X-men’s set photos, we get a little hint at the title character in the upcoming sequel to Marvel’s Captain America, the Winter Soldier. We have a picture of the Winter Soldier himself.
Potential spoilers may follow if you happen to be unfamiliar with the Winter Soldier storyline from Ed Brubaker’s run on the Captain America comics. Read on at your own discretion.
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The Winter Soldier is a storyline that brings back Captain America’s longtime friend and ally Bucky Barnes, as a brainwashed assassin who is working for the Russian government. This ties the Black Widow back into the story as she is of Russian descent. Taking a few hints from the movie, I speculate that when Bucky fell off the train near the climax of the movie, he fell into the snowy mountain side, freezing his body much like Steve’s. However, in the comics and in the movie, his left arm will have been replaced by a bionic/metal one that is stronger and very capable of super human feats.
After being discovered by the Russians, Bucky is trained to be a skilled assassin, on par with Captain America and the Widow herself. If you look closely at the picture, you can tell the Winter Soldier (NOT the New Goblin from Spider-man 3, despite the ironic resemblance) does indeed have a metal arm and is using a modern weapon with a grenade attachment. At first I thought it was simply a paintball player on set, but an assassin wouldn’t need a large arsenal to do his job well.
Have a look at the picture and let the rumor mill commence as more details from the movie spill forth. Click the image for a closer view.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (Community) starring Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford and Georges St-Pierre. Expected release date is April 4, 2014 and will be the third movie in Marvel’s Phase 2 lineup.