The Winter Soldier is one of the most enigmatic characters in modern Marvel Comics continuity. Unlike the rest of the Marvel heroes who that have graced the silver screen, Bucky's pretty myserious. In comics continuity, he was legitimately deceased until 2005, and the two movies he’s actually in he’s either smiling like a dope or grimacing like a teen who just saw his parents in the shower. If you’re pumped for Captain America: Civil War, but have no idea why you should care about Bucky Barnes, take a quick peek at this Winter Soldier trivia and learn to love Steve Rogers’s sidekick.
Even for a comic book character, some of the information in the Winter Soldier biography is absolutely ridiculous. He spent decades being deceased. He’s pretty much offed every Marvel side character you can think of, he’s traveled through time, and he’s been in almost every super group except for the Great Lakes Avengers (even Bucky wouldn’t stoop that low). However, we does slay a major Marvel character’s wife. Before you go to the theater to follow the adventures of Captain America and the rest of The Avengers, take a look at our countdown of things you didn't know about the Winter Soldier and marvel at the strangely long life of Bucky Barnes.
How many of these archaic facts about the Winter Soldier did you know? Or did you feel left out in the cold after reading this collection of Bucky Barnes facts?
The Winter Soldier Was Originally of Russian DesignPhoto: Marvel
In the modern Marvel films, Bucky is brought back by HYDRA and that's that. But in the comics, things get kind of timey-whimey. In 2005, Bucky was reintroduced as the Winter Soldier, who was revived by Russian scientists and later eliminated some higher-ups in HYDRA by members of the Russian government who were also members of HYDRA. Isn't comic logic fun?
There's a Reason He Looks So YoungPhoto: Marvel
If you're trying to figure out why Bucky looks so babealicious after being alive for 80 or so years, here are the Cliff's Notes. Bucky's amnesia makes him crazy and super goth, so he's kept in cryogenic stasis in between missions. That's how he and Captain America are still basically the same age even though Cap spent all those years on ice.
He Had a Thing With Black WidowPhoto: Marvel
Much has been said of Natsha Romanoff's romantic life with Avengers, from Hawkeye to Hulk, but in the comics, she and Bucky have a very interesting relationship that's almost normal. It's more than likely that that relationship is going to stay in the 616 universe of the comics, but it would still be cool to see Marvel's mercenary power couple together on screen.
Wolverine Hates BuckyPhoto: Marvel
One of the really awful things that Bucky did while he was a memory-wiped government asset was release Wolverine from the Weapon X facility (not the bad thing) and then slay his wife, Itsuo (the bad thing). Luckily Wolverine forgot about the whole thing, but then he remembered in Wolverine #40, so these two aren't exactly pals.