It always baffles me when people say Bucky was the ‘villain’. That implies personal motivation, choice, autonomy. Bucky Barnes has none. He’s a prisoner of war, brainwashed into total obedience by HYDRA. The level of psychological and physical abuse that he goes through is absolutely heartbreaking. There are several instances in the movie were he’s almost childlike, confused and vulnerable. He’s a threat yes, but a villain? Hardly. HYDRA is the villain. Pierce is the villain. Bucky Barnes is a victim of torture, brainwashing, and intense abuse. He has been broken down into a tool, and is no more a villain than the guns HYDRA uses. Terms like “anti-hero” and “villain” don’t fit because that implies choice. The first choice Bucky made since he fell off that train was to save Steve’s life when they fell into the Potomac.
Whenever I hear this song, it breaks my heart. People interpret the screams that continue throughout the song as the screams of the Winter Soldier’s victims. Frankly, I think it’s Bucky himself. The Winter Soldier is an incredibly sad, tortured character. Calling him a villain does him and Sebastian Stan a grave disservice, since it dramatically over-simplifies an incredibly complex character."
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