Falcon and Winter Soldier showrunner Malcolm Spellman believes that Bucky has shed his old identity at the end of the series and is finally a hero.
The Falcon and the Winter SoldierLead writer Malcolm Spellman doesn’t want fans to notice Bucky continuing to call himself “The Winter Soldier” in the final title card, as he believes the character has finally become a hero.
“I hope people forget that final title card as an indicator of Marvel’s commitment,” Spellman said. ComicBook Bucky’s nickname remains the same even though Sam was christened Captain America. “I think he has killed that dragon, personally, and I don’t think he’ll get me in trouble for that. So when Bucky comes into the show, he’s never shaken what he thinks he is, which is, ‘I remember y’all, murders, what which means that part of me was there, which means that part of the Winter Soldier is me. And if even a fraction of the Winter Soldier is you, you are a horrible person. You know what I’m saying?
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For Spellman, Bucky entered the series still believing that he was the Winter Soldier that Hydra would deploy. And while there are nods to his White Wolf identity, he still spends the series trying to forge a new path.
“That was the identity of Bucky walking in here, fraught with trauma plus the fact that he doesn’t feel like a citizen of any era,” Spellman said. “We took him on this journey of trying to find ways to redeem himself and learning that the right of revenge is not the same as redemption. It is not the same as some kind of reparation or whatever, is it?”
“I think Bucky comes into this really believing that he’s some kind of Winter Soldier, no matter what they say,” Spellman continued. “In the end, he has the moment with the old man, but more importantly, no one has grasped this … I’ve been saying it all day. In the scene with the Flag-Smashers in Episode 6, when one of those people He gets out of that truck and thanks Bucky, it’s the first time he’s a hero. So, at the end of this series, Bucky is emerging like he’s got rid of the Winter Soldier’s burden. He’s found a new family, Ironically, Black family in Louisiana, you know what I’m saying? And he’s proven himself a hero for the first time. And I think now he’s free to become something amazing. “
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. The series is available on Disney +.
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