The most important characters in the new superhero movie 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Published: Wednesday, April 2 2014 6:25 p.m. MDT

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The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes

Played by: Sebastian Stan

In the comics: The Robin to Captain America’s Batman. Unlike his movie version, Bucky blackmailed Cap into letting him be his teenage sidekick after discovering the supersoldier’s secret identity — and that’s not the only thing that might remind you of Syndrome from “The Incredibles.”

During World War II, Bucky battled alongside the First Avenger as a member of the Invaders, with other superhero sidekicks in the Young Allies, and in possibly the worst-named team ever assembled, Timely Comics’ pre-Avengers attempt at a supergroup known as the All-Winners Squad.

In Captain America’s last wartime mission, though, Bucky was blown up and — like just about every other character — seemingly killed trying to defuse a bomb, only to reappear in 2005 as the brainwashed, bionically upgraded Russian assassin named Winter Soldier, wreaking all kinds of havoc in the process.

Following Rogers’ assassination by Crossbones, a reformed Winter Soldier briefly stepped into the role of Captain America. This seems like a pretty likely development down the road, especially when one considers Sebastian Stan’s nine-picture contract compared with Chris Evans’ six (as reported by
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