The latest episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier portrays Bucky’s emotional moment in Wakanda surpassing his Hydra programming.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 4, “The Whole World Is Watching,” which is now airing on Disney +.
Time The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has shown how Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) adjusted to life after being the Winter Soldier, his actual transition period taking place before Blip in Wakanda. Bucky’s recovery process was mentioned in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies, but now, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier spends time exploring what this process involved, including revealing more of his time in Wakanda.
After the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Bucky was voluntarily brought to Wakanda to help undo his Hydra programming. Black Panther (2018) hinted at such care when Shuri (Letitia Wright) mutters about fixing “another broken white boy,” and that film’s post-credits scene shows Bucky seemingly calm and recovering in Wakanda, having earned the nickname “White. Wolf “. ” So when Avengers: Infinity War (2018) arrived, Bucky received a new bionic arm and was ready to greet Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and face the incoming invasion.
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Previous episodes of Falcon and the Winter Soldier They’ve referenced Bucky’s time in Wakanda, but haven’t actually shown it. Episode 2, “The Star-Spangled Man”, has Sam (Anthony Mackie) mention Bucky’s time in Wakanda and jokingly call him “White Panther”, to which Bucky mutters in response, “It’s actually White Wolf. “. Episode 3, “Power Broker,” then saw Zemo (Daniel Brühl) attempt the same brainwashing keywords on Bucky that he used on Civil war – though more out of curiosity, which only confirmed that the former Winter Soldier had been completely deprogrammed. Still, Bucky freed Zemo from prison to help locate the Flag-Smashers and find the super soldier serum. But this prompted Ayo from Dora Milaje (Florence Kasumba) to track down and confront Bucky, demanding that he hand over Zemo for the murder of King T’Chaka of Wakanda in Civil war.
Now “The Whole World Is Watching” begins with Ayo and Bucky, but in a flashback. The cold open shows Bucky in Wakanda six years ago, facing the final stages of his deprogramming. Sitting around a campfire, Ayo recites the Winter Soldier’s activation words, and Bucky’s face tightens as his time as a Winter Soldier passes before his eyes. However, he is able to tearfully resist the pull of his previous programming, causing Ayo to conclude that he is “free.”
Similar to how WandaVision filled in the gaps in Wanda’s (Elizabeth Olsen) story that was only hinted at previously, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier shows the implicit final stages of Bucky’s deprogramming progress. Of course, Falcon and the Winter Soldier It has also shown how that trauma is not so easily overcome, showing Bucky’s attempts to make amends for the mistakes he was forced to make. The moment in Wakanda reveals Bucky’s debt to the people of the country, and to Ayo specifically, which conflicts with his using Zemo as “a means to an end” to solve the problem of the Super Soldier Serum, another ghost. of the past that you are trying to overcome. .
Created by Malcolm Spellman and directed by Kari Skogland, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell, Noah Mills, Carl Lumbly, and Daniel Brühl. New episodes debut Fridays on Disney +.
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