Yes, this part one of at least three. And these are in a particular order. For this, I’ll start with the one I feel strongest about. This is just my opinion, and if you don’t agree, that’s okay. Well, welcome to the first part of this series. If you’re as much into the Marvel cinematic universe as I am then, hopefully, this will be of interest to you. Hope you enjoy:)
We’ll start off with Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier. Some may already know (and if you couldn’t couldn’t already tell from my profile pic), he is my favorite character. So, yes, this list is a little biased, but you’ll see why I feel he deserves better and why he’s my favorite.
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From the beginning, Bucky was known for fighting and following orders in the Army. When his group, the 107th, is taken by Hydra, that puts a weight of guilt on his shoulders because as a sergeant, he’s put in charge of a given group. When Steve rescues them, Bucky appears to be the only one that was experimented on. He wasn’t, he was the only one who survived. Three years later, he falls off a train fighting alongside Steve and is once again taken by Hydra.
For 70 years, he’s forced to do things he had no control over. Consistently, he’s been tortured physically and mentally. Now, let’s think about someone who is kidnapped in real life. It doesn’t take a lot of time for that kind of abuse to have control over them. Much less 70 years.
When he appears in CA:TWS, he doesn’t recognize Steve because his memories were erased and then again just as he’s starting to get them back. Of course in the end of the movie, he knows enough that he knows Steve and that’s why he pulls him out of the river.
In CA:CW, the film shows exactly how Hydra was able to control Bucky’s mind: reciting a sequence of words in Russian. This was how he turned into the Winter Soldier. I’m sure y’all knew but I just feel it was scary because of how easy it was for him to lose himself.
The film also showed someone framing him for a crime, but because of his past, the government immediately took him into custody. And when he’s questioned by the person responsible, he was turned once again into the Winter Soldier. Of course, that leads to the whole civil war between the Avengers and Tony finds out it was Bucky who was sent to kill his parents.
One line in particular that was heartbreaking to me was in the scene Tony asks, “Do you even remember them!?”, and Bucky replied “I remember all of them”. Every victim he was forced to get rid of. Not to mention he was a victim, too.
And then at the end of the movie when he’s in Wakanda and chooses to go back under ice until they can get what Hydra put in his head out. But then Infinity War and Endgame happened.
And lastly, in TFATWS when he’s finally free from what Hydra put in his head.I really liked that they touched on the PTSD that he’s suffered from. It shows that he’s still struggling but he’s getting better.
Because of the trauma and torture he’s been through, along with how people still treated him, and he still chose to make amends is why I feel strongly that he as a character deserves better.
Hope you enjoyed, next is Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch:)