Captain America. Two words that have been on a multitude of lips over the past couple months. Many had been anxiously anticipating the release of Captain America: Civil War, the third film featuring Steve Rogers, as the thought of the Avengers being divided piqued a lot of people’s curiosity. Twenty-four days after its release, the Disney-backed blockbuster crossed the $1 Billion mark in ticket sales. But what has turned from a discussion to a campaign, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) are making their voices heard… they want Disney to #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend. (more…)
From the moment he stepped into frame as Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes in Iron Man 2 and told Robert Downey Jr.‘s Tony Stark (and essentially moviegoers, as well) “It’s me and I’m here, so get over it and move on,” fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been 100% behind Don Cheadle as War Machine. He was great in Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3, and the worst part of his performance in Avengers: Age of Ultron is that it was all too brief. Now, fans are looking forward to seeing him in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and, according to Cheadle, Rhodey plays a “pivotal” role in the film. You can find out what he had to say recently at the Sundance Film Festival, but first a word of caution: While this article doesn’t contain any confirmed spoilers from Civil War, those wishing to remain completely oblivious to the film until they see it should stop reading now.
[Note: Per some commenter backlash, this article contains spoilers regarding the Winter Soldier’s back story. I assumed it was common knowledge. If you don’t know, and want to keep it that way, then skip the first paragraph.]
I think we all know that in Captain America 2: The Winter Solider Cap’s best mate, Bucky Barnes is the film’s titular villain. Only a none comic book fan would say “spoiler much?!” Now, comic lore dictates Bucky survives a plane crash sans arm and has amnesia. The Russians pick him up, give him a bionic arm, brain wash him a bit and send him on covert assassin missions. When not in use, they keep him in cryogenic stasis, which extended his life throughout the decades. As we’ve seen, the Marvel movie universe doesn’t exactly follow comic cannon. In Captain America, Bucky doesn’t bite the bullet via a plane crash – he takes a swan dive out of a moving high tracked train. So, right there, his story is already different. We’re left to wonder how he survives to become “The Winter Solider”. Bucky Barnes actor Sebastian Stan is here to give us a clue…
Stan says that if you freeze the rescue scene in Captain America: The First Avenger there is a set piece that gives you a hint to how he survives the fall from the train. He says in an interview with Empire that the clues in the set pieces are very subtle, but they are responsible for his return. The rescue scene in question is when Captain America rushes in and rescues Bucky who is being experimented on by Arnim Zola.
You can watch the scene below:
You’ll notice, or rather not notice, there’s nothing too special. Just a dim light warehouse-y room with some scientific knick-knacks strewn about. One device in particular… some sort of dish-looking-gun thing pointing at Bucky on the table. Maybe Zola was exposing him to some of the cube’s properties without vaporizing him? Or, maybe Zola and the Red Skull were trying to replicate the super solider serum. Who knows!? It’s anyone’s guess. That dish device, though, most definitely has something to do with it.
You got a better guess? Sound off in the comments below!