Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which follows the titular characters as they navigate a volatile world after the passing of Captain America, is going good right now with a pretty positive critical reception. But, one of the Winter Soldier's co-creators has opened up about being "sickened" by the interpretation of the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Appearing on the podcast Fatman Beyond with Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin, writer Ed Brubaker explained that Marvel Studios didn't consult with him and his collaborators on the reveal that Bucky would return in Captain America: The Winter Soldier for several weeks. "As the years went on, I just started to think 'how come we're not getting anything for this?'," said Brubaker. "We can get a 'Thanks to' or a credit, but these movies are making billions of dollars, and it feels like we just kind of got a bad deal." He claimed that he actually gets more money from his cameo in a flashback scene in that movie than the royalties for the character of the Winter Soldier.
"I think I might be the only person in America who is not excited about this show," said Brubaker, who added that he has not seen any of the five episodes that have been released. "When I see ads for [The Falcon and the Winter Soldier], it kinda makes me feel sick to my stomach. As a company, why would [Marvel] want that to be the way the creators feel? When I work with people I try to give them the best deal possible, and if something ends up being a bigger thing, I'll try to actually adjust their deal... I want everybody I work with to feel like they got a really good deal, and they were treated well."
His response to these events is in fact triggered by a near-death experience which caused him to consider what would be left for his partner if a tragedy did happen. "It's ridiculous. That, having been a co-creator of the Winter Soldier... I should not have to be worried about providing for my wife if I die right now," admitted Brubaker. "It started to feel like 'this kinda hurts,' a little bit, to be overlooked this way." The character of Bucky Barnes was originally drawn out by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, but it was Brubaker's creative choice to reveal that the soldier didn't die in World War II and instead became a cybernetic assassin employed by the Soviet secret service.
Ergo, the whole way we understand the Winter Soldier and Bucky Barnes in popular culture is down to this writer, and it's disheartening to know that the relationship between the two parties might not be pleasant. Marvel Studios is yet to respond to Brubaker's comments on the podcast.
Featured Image Credit: Marvel Studios, Steve Epting, Frank D’Armata, Randy Gentile, Marvel Comics
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