After re-watching the Captain America movies, something stuck out to me I had missed before (but a quick Google search shows that I was not the first to notice it).
While going through the activation words that cause Bucky Barnes to snap into the Winter Soldier, a few of the words stand out from the rest.
The words flow as follows: Longing, rusted, furnace, daybreak, seventeen, benign, nine, homecoming, one, freight car.
On the surface, the words look completely unconnected and could have just as easily been muttered by a stoned Gary Busey attempting to recite our national anthem or a person suffering from Turrets Syndrome.
But do the Marvel producers ever do anything random? They have previously done such a thorough job of making sure every bit of dialogue is premeditated and purposeful. What can these seemingly random words mean?
The couple of words that stand out to me are “nine“, “freight car” and most noticeably “homecoming“.
Nine would most likely be referring to Hydra itself which, according to Greek Mythology has 9 heads.
Freight car could be referring to the fall from the train Bucky took in Captain America: The First Avenger. It is the last time we saw Bucky as himself and how he came into being in Hydra’s possession who later turned him into the Winter Soldier.
Homecoming is the most noticeable of the activation words. Homecoming is the name of one of the most famous Spider-man comic book story arcs, as well as the name of the upcoming new Spider-man movie.
Is it possible that Homecoming was also an assassination mission from Winter Soldier’s past? We have already seen that he killed Tony Stark’s parents on a previous mission.
In the Marvel comic book universe, Peter Parkers parents, Richard and Mary Parker, were both C.I.A. agents who were murdered by Hydra’s leader: the Red Skull. Richard was even recruited into the C.I.A. by Nick Fury himself!
In the Marvel Cinematic universe, the Winter Soldier had been the premier assassin for Hydra. Could he have been responsible for the Parkers’ deaths as well?
What do you think?
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Might wanna correct the movie title in the Freight Train paragraph. He fell from the train in Captain America: The First Avenger, not The Winter Soldier.
Very eye opening article though! I knew the words weren’t completely random! Just couldn’t figure them all out.
Good catch! All fixed. Thanks and glad you enjoyed the article.