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  •  I wouldn't say that original "Winter Soldier" (4+ / 0-)
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    plot line by Ed Brubaker was just a "pun" about him being store in cryo for so many years.  Because of the clear Cold-War Elements, allusions to programs like MK-Ultra, I'm pretty sure that Brubaker was also directly and not accidently referring to the Vietnam Winter Soldier Investigation.  Barnes character is the tip on the spear for War Crimes committed over decades.  The new film takes that idea up a notch, but it was there in the subtext.

    •  Brubaker was an Army brat (0+ / 0-)

      so you're probably right.  

      This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

      by Ellid on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 04:33:45 AM PDT

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    •  This (1+ / 0-)
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      Also, given that the Winter Soldier plot line involves Cap taking off the uniform because he has become disenchanted with America and Bucky putting it on, the idea of Cap as Winter Soldier isn't subtext it's text.

      Kelly McCullough - author of the WebMage series and the Fallen Blade books (Penguin/ACE)

      by KMc on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 11:58:24 AM PDT

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      •  Plus he takes off the stealth uniform (1+ / 0-)
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        and goes back to the old-style red white and blue uniform, the one he wore when it still possible to be a liberal and a patriot, at least in the public eye.  

        As far as I can tell, this makes the third straight Phase II Marvel movie where the main theme has been reclaiming one's identity:  Tony Stark giving up his obsession with new armor in favor of being The Mechanic (who actually is Iron Man); Thor giving up his throne to be the defender of Midgard; and Steve literally coming out of the shadows of espionage work to rebirth as Captain America.  

        This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

        by Ellid on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 01:12:23 PM PDT

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    •  Brubaker has confirmed that (2+ / 0-)
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      Sorry, though, I don't have a link -- I saw it somewhere as an fyi to fandom and didn't save it.

      It was, from the beginning, an intentional reference, although the original plotline was done in an earlier geopolitical situation and was intentionally casting light on that situation, not the present-day one.  (Lotsa similarities, but different emphasis.)

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