Learn the History of Titular 'Winter Soldier' in Captain America Sequel
As everyone now knows, the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger has been revealed as Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We explained briefly when Anthony Mackie was cast as Cap's sidekick Falcon that (in the comics) Steve Rogers' presumably deceased childhood friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) is found alive and brought back to life by the Russian military. With no memory of what happened, or his life before, the Soviets turned him into an assassin called the Winter Soldier, and sent him around killing high profile targets in the Cold War. Now an IGN video dives a little deeper into the history of the character.
Here's a video entitled Captain America 2: Who Is the Winter Soldier? from the folks at IGN:
The character Winter Soldier, the superhero altar ego for Cap's friend Bucky Barnes, was first introduced in the Captain America #1 series in 2005. Programmed to be a Soviet assassin for Department X, under the code name the Winter Soldier, he is sent on covert wetworks missions, becoming increasingly ruthless and efficient as he kills in the name of the state. While a Soviet agent, he also has a brief relationship with The Black Widow (potential crossover?). For more info on Winter Soldier from the comics, visit Marvel.com.
What changes from the comics in this case is the change from a time in the past during the Cold War to modern times. How will Steve Rogers find Bucky coping with contemporary society? Exactly what kind of problems will he bring to the table as The Winter Soldier? Will he be the only villain in the film or is there a higher power governing his every move? How will this all tie back into Phase Two of Marvel's cinematic universe and affect The Avengers 2 in 2015? These questions and more will hopefully be answered soon.