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MCU: 10 Ways Being Bucky Is A Virtual Death Sentence

Bucky Barnes is an MCU character with a highly tragic background like many other characters. These tragedies affect their growth and their decisions and shape their lives. However, very few have suffered the extent of trauma faced by Bucky Barnes. He is a childhood pal of Captain America who was presumed dead in a failed mission during WWII. Bucky resurfaced years later as an agent for Hydra. He has had a tough life, indeed.

1. Bucky’s Fall From The Train

He survived the fall due to the previous experiments on him by Dr. Zola. Dr. Zola then amputated the remaining limb and installed a prosthetic instead. He is known as the Fist Of Hydra due to his metallic arm.

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The Fall.

2. Memories of Abuse

Bucky has memories of unprecedented levels of abuse from Hydra that span over half a century. Bucky is beaten, tortured, and strapped to a memory suppressing machine in some scenes in Captain America: Winter Soldier and Civil War. He has to fight the other Winter soldiers created after him.

2. Memories of Abuse: Bucky has memories of unprecedented levels of abuse from Hydra that span over half a century. Bucky is beaten, tortured, and strapped to a memory suppressing machine in some scenes in Captain America: Winter Soldier and Civil War. He has to fight the other Winter soldiers created after him.
Memories of Abuse

3. An Inhuman Assassin

He is a brainwashed, inhuman assassin- a tool for HYDRA who has to kill people with who he has worked in the past. He has no say in the matter. The worst casualties are the countless innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire.

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Brainwashed

4. Bucky’s Reliving Past

Bucky can start afresh with the FATWS. His trauma by HYDRA is acknowledged, and he is now a free man. But this comes with a condition- that he attends therapy. This is a step in the right direction. But, it is also a very difficult one. Bucky has to confront his past and work through his guilt of the past.

4. Bucky's Reliving Past Bucky can start afresh with the FATWS. His trauma by HYDRA is acknowledged, and he is now a free man. But this comes with a condition- that he attends therapy. This is a step in the right direction. But, it is also a very difficult one. Bucky has to confront his past and work through his guilt of the past.
Bucky’s reliving his past to confront his guilt

5. Bucky and Captain America

Unfortunately, his only friend, Captain America, decides to leave him to marry Peggy and stay with her in the past. This hurts him, but he realizes that it’s Steve’s will.

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Bucky and Captain America’s friendship

6. Steve’s Shield

Sam considers Steve’s shield as the only family he has left. So when Sam Wilson donates the shield to the Smithsonian, Bucky chastises him for it. He is also aggrieved because Steve chose not to pass the shield to him.

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The Shield

7. Alliances To Accomplish His Goals

Bucky is framed by Baron Helmut Zemo for the attack on the Vienna International Center and the death of King T’Chaka. But he  has to seek Zemo’s help in the FATWS. In addition, Bucky needs Zemo to help him fight the Super Soldier Serum used by the Flag smashers. It is tough to work alongside a former enemy.

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Old Enemies, New Alliances.

8. Winter Soldier Programming

Bucky nearly kills Captain America in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He is reluctant to use weapons such as guns and knives in battle because he is fearful of his previous experiences. But while working with Zemo, he has to go back to the Winter Soldier mode. He is more potent when not controlling his programming as the Winter Soldier.

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Bucky, the Winter Soldier

9. Bucky’s Damaged Body

Bucky loses his arm again in Captain America: Civil War and this time he gets the replacement in Wakanda. Unfortunately, Dora Malaje Ayo removes the replacement arm when Bucky pursues Zemo. Sadly, he has no control over his mind or his body.

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The Arm

10. POW or Villain?

He is the world’s oldest Prisoner Of War. He has suffered abuse and trauma for nearly half a decade. But his character is hostile and brutal, and so is the audience’s reaction to him. Bucky certainly deserves better!

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POW Or Villain

 

 

Written by FandomWire Staff