2014's [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973) was a resounding success both critically and commercially for Marvel, and was without a doubt their most admirable outing at the box office in recent years rivaled only by Guardians of the Galaxy. Like Guardians, The Winter Soldier's success is owed to the fact that it strayed from the typical formulaic plot's employed in most of today's super hero flicks, instead opting to be a thriller rather than an action movie. Directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo did a fantastic job weaving a tense and suspenseful plot full of thrills and twists as Cap is forced on the run from the Hydra infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D and the mysterious Winter Soldier, who are systematically hunting down and taking out the remaining non-compromised individuals still left in the organization. I was so impressed by their efforts that I was left longing for Marvel to take another stab at the thriller genre but also I wanted to see more of the illusive and I must say, frigging awesome looking Winter Soldier.
Obviously Marvel already have their own plans set in motion for the character who is most likely set to reappear in next year's [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), which is teased in the end credit scene ofAnt-Man, but below I will detail why a Winter Soldier stand alone film is absolutely essential and how fans can get more of the character without encroaching on Marvel's plans heading towards Infinity wars.
Aforementioned in the title of this article , the key to making a Winter Solider solo story a success is to set it before the events that transpired in the second Captain America film . The comic book version of the character is born when the remains of Captain America's presumed dead sidekick , "Bucky Barnes" are recovered by the USSR. The Soviets construct and attach a cybernetic arm to Bucky's body in place of his severed one and then proceed to wipe his mind , conditioning him to be loyal to them and them alone . Trough out the Cold War Barnes is sent on various covert operations and performs multiple political assassinations in the United States and trough out the world for the KGB . After each successful mission Barnes mind is wiped again to erase the memories of these missions and is placed in suspended animation until his services are required again , thus drastically slowing his aging process.
The film version of the soldier does not differ vastly from his comic origins despite one major difference being that he is recovered by and operates for Hydra not the USSR. In the prequel we would bear witness to not only how The Winter Soldier survived but also to how Hydra was able to survive , rebuild and infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D . This would be a smart move on Marvel's behalf as they would not only be fleshing out and fully developing a very popular character , but also explain how it was that Hydra managed to survive the loss of World War II and display its gradual resurgence over the decades as it seeped into and compromised the counter-terrorism agency , all wrapped up into a sleek and stylish Cold War spy thriller.
If Marvel were to make such a move by making this story into a feature length picture it would not interfere with any future plans they have concocted for Winter Soldier , it would elevate them.
Some naysayers might doubt the viability of granting what is essentially a villain an entire movie to himself , perhaps doubting children could relate to a character that is murdering innocent individuals for a communist state but DC are already doing exactly that with next years hotly anticipated Suicide Squad ,which will be entirely populated by villains in the lead roles , but no one doubts that it will be watched and enjoyed by millions of children worldwide. In that film the cast of villains are forced into doing good for the American government , In the Winter Soldier the dynamic will be shifted with the good guy being forced into doing evil for a terrorist organization due to him being brainwashed , in a way making it Marvel's answer to Suicide Squad.
There would be moments between all the espionage and murder where Bucky start's to have flashback's to his previous life as a hero , rendering him confused and vulnerable , leaving him open to attack in a combat situation or perhaps causing him to fail a mission which would humanize him and make him sympathetic to the audience before his mind is erased again and he is reset back to a soulless killing machine .
If this story ever does make it to the silver screen I believe it has the potential to not only sit along side the likes of Iron Man and Captain America : The Winter Soldier as one of the best super hero movies of all time but also along side the Bourne franchise and the Daniel Craig James Bond films of late as one of the best spy thrillers of all time. The incredible aesthetic of the character alone for me is enough to warrant his own movie , when paired with his fantastic comic story it is clear that a Winter Soldier prequel needs to happen , it is simply too cool of a character and too good of a story for Marvel not to incorporate into their universe. Let me know what you think of the Winter Soldier below and whether or not you share my sentiment that he needs his prequel and if not what character you think deserves a stand alone film .
This has been a Hans Honest Opinion thanks for reading and peace out.