So I’ve been thinking about this depressing meta about “If only Steve went to find Bucky” and the thing is … I think Steve and the Howlies TOTALLY DID. I mean, how could they not?
The following is a compilation of rubyandhergingercat and my conversation about this:
So imagine Steve and the other Howlies go back to look for Bucky’s body while Phillips interrogated Zola. It’s a bit delayed because they had to get Zola back to the proper authorities, and then they had to climb all the way down the mountain pass. By then fresh snow has covered any signs of falling, but they keep trudging through the forest, looking. But they’re looking for a body, not a bloody trail. After a day, or maybe 3, or maybe a week, they’ve scoured the entire valley and found nothing.
That’s when they come across a Soviet encampment. The Soviet commander invites them into the camp and Steve asks, in rudimentary Russian, if he’s come across Bucky’s body. The commander inquires a bit more, then sadly shakes his head, puts a comforting hand on Steve’s shoulder, and wishes him the best of luck — the commander knows what it’s like to lose a soldier. And of course he’d keep an eye out and send the body back if they ever come across it.
The next day they get a note from Phillips saying that Zola’s revealed Red Skull’s master plan and they’re needed back at SSR headquarters.