The Winter Soldier: The Origin Story of 2nd Captain America ~ from being a Side-kick to a Super-Villain to a Super-Hero


Comic Book: Marvel


Bucky: Joe Simon & Jack Kirby

Winter Soldier: Ed Brubaker & Steve Epting

Alter Ego/Other Names: James Buchanan Barnes, Bucky, Captain America

Special Powers/Skills: Skilled acrobat, fighter, scout and assassin; Superhuman strength derived from cybernetic arm; Vibranium-steel alloy shield

Origins Based On: 2005’s Captain America #8 to #14


Bucky Barnes was a fellow soldier working along Steve Rogers (Captain America). Eventually became side-kick to Captain America, their run together ended in 1945 near the end of the World War II, When Bucky failed to defuse a bomb onboard plane. He was believed to be killed but he was rolled into freezing waters of the north Atlantic and preserved his suspended animation before being found by a Russian submarine crew, brought on board frozen solid and missing an arm he was place in cold storage and taken to Moscow assuming he had injected with a super soldier formula like Captain America. Russian scientist revived him with stolen Nazi technology, doing so they realized that he had suffered brain damage and amnesia. Discovering that he did not contain the Super Soldier formula they decided to put him back to freezing state until they found use for him. After 9 years in 1954 the Russian special section department X decided to continue to work on him, starting with attaching a cybernetic arm, which was the start of Russians Winter Soldier program to use him against their enemies. By brain washing him he was made a loyal Russian agent and given extensive field training. Given code name the Winter Soldier he was used in many assassinations which were never traced back to Russians.


After serving three years, his mind was deteriorated in attempt of filling the memory gaps of his past life, resulted in rebel against his programming and disobeying direct orders. In the light of this events Department X decided to keep him in between states and given the new brainwashing every time he was reactivated. In 1988 the project was decommissioned and he was again put in the state. Recovered intel revealed his identity and existence to Captain America.

He was then revived again and made serve in the Krone’s corporation, the Winter Soldier was now assigned to safe guard the cosmic cube from the Avengers, this caused him to come face to face with his old friend in an all out brawl. Captain used the cube’s energy to restored Bucky’s memory. With his memory restored his first act was to destroy the troublesome cube before disappearing in an attempt to piece his life back together eventually he returned to take on the role of new Captain America.

So, he was, first a Side-kick then a Super Villain and then a Super Hero.

Bucky falling from the train

Bucky falling from the train (from Captain America: The First Avenger)

The first face off between Captain AMerica and Bucky as Winter Soldier

The first face-off/showdown between Captain America and Bucky as Winter Soldier (from Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

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This content is based on research done by WatchMojo team and the Wikipedia page, as there are often re-imaginings and different versions, contain may alter.

Amazing news for Comic book fans now they don’t have to choose between Marvel’s Captain America 3 and DC’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice as DC moved the release date to 25th March, 2016. And DC also announced the 9 release dates for untitled movies through 2020. See the report here:


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