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The Winter Soldier Should Stay Far Away From the MCU’s Thunderbolts

Marvel might bring Bucky back in the Thunderbolts movie but this might derail a lot of the character development from his Winter Soldier days.The Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced many concepts from Marvel Comics but not all have made the jump over to the big screen. One of these thats still missing is that of the Thunderbolts which is essentially Marvels equivalent to DCs Suicide Squad. A group of former villains united to defend the Earth in the Avengers stead the Thunderbolts present an interesting opportunity in the current MCU. Unfortunately while a movie involving the team is finally in the works one of the potential members doesnt really belong.

Reportedly set to appear in Thunderbolts Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier is still seeking redemption and soulsearching after losing his best friend. But given his current path and the general premise of the Thunderbolts he shouldnt be anywhere near the team. Not only would this derail his development but it also speaks to a huge missed opportunity with the character in the movies. Heres why Bucky shouldnt have anything to do with the upcoming Thunderbolts movie or its eponymous team.

For much of his MCU history Bucky Barnes was the brainwashed assassin known as the Winter Soldier. As this deadly and cold killer Bucky took down targets without prejudice. These included the parents of Tony Stark something that Bucky didnt even realize until after his programming began to fade. Since then hes worked alongside several Avengers namely his former friend Steve Rogers the original Captain America. Not only did they fight side by side during the Civil War of the Sokovian Accords but he also helped save the universe with numerous other heroes in the Battle for Earth.

In between some of these movies Bucky had gone to Wakanda in order to receive treatment for his harrowing and torturous past. Now after the events of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier hes finally more at peace with himself and the world than hes been in decades. However putting him on a group full of villas will completely upend that which is why his being in Thunderbolts is such a bad idea.

As mentioned the roster of the Thunderbolts is supposed to be a bunch of villains. These werent people who were brainwashed and controlled like Bucky as Winter Soldier but outandout crooks who chose their life of crime of their own volition. That doesnt describe Bucky and it contradicts his current character path and development. Hes effectively redeemed himself while none of the likely cast of Thunderbolts has come close. Thus all hed be doing on the team is essentially repeating his past character arcs thus undoing the last few Marvel movies and shows.

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