The Falcon and The Winter Soldier confirms that the world sees Bucky Barnes as an avenger, and it only took the MCU 10 years to turn him into a hero.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier confirms that Bucky is an Avenger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 10 years after his debut. Sebastian Stan joined the MCU in 2011. Captain America the First Avenger where he played Steve Rogers’ best friend, Bucky Barnes. A decade later and Stan is still playing the character, but The Falcon and the Winter Soldier It is the first time that Bucky’s story is at the helm of an MCU project.
The version of Bucky that appears in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier it’s a complicated mix of everything that’s been in the past. He is still agreeing to live a life without Steve Rogers by his side and is enraged that Sam Wilson renounced Captain America’s shield, allowing John Walker to take the mantle instead. But, Bucky’s time as the Winter Soldier is still something he’s dealing with. Even though he is free from Hydra’s programming, he is in therapy and is taking steps to make amends for what he did in the past. Bucky could still be seen as the Winter Soldier to some, but the MCU has officially declared him as an Avenger as well.
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When John Walker and Lemar Hoskins find Bucky, Sam and Baron Zemo in Latvia at the beginning of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 4, Bucky asks how they tracked them down this time. Lemar says that two walking Avengers won’t go unnoticed by civilians. Sam was previously an official member of the Avengers after Avengers: Age of Ultron, but Bucky had never been a formal part of the list before. It seems that Bucky’s time as a war criminal is over and he is widely viewed as a hero and part of the Avengers afterward. Avengers Endgame.
Understandably, it took 10 years for Bucky to be considered a member of the Avengers. The superhero team had yet to be formed during their first appearance and their comeback in Captain America: The Winter Soldier he was like a mind controlled terrorist. Bucky spent decades doing Hydra’s dirty work, so his public image has not been highly regarded. Even after he tried to start over, Bucky was still a wanted fugitive. His status as a criminal remained until later Avengers Endgame when he received a pardon for his actions that led to Captain America: Civil War.
As for when Bucky officially became a member of the Avengers, the technical answer must be during Avengers Endgamethe final battle. Captain America declaring “The Avengers Assemble” theoretically means that all superheroes present could now be seen as Avengers. Spider-Man: Far From Home confirmed that Bucky was seen by the world as a hero, but it is possible The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will provide more evidence why. Bucky playing a role in eliminating Flag-Smashers or the evil Captain America could help his cause and make him a heroic figure to the public.
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