Red Room & Winter Soldier Programs in the MCU - Part II
In long-standing comic canon, the Red Room Academy produced Natasha Romanoff as a Black Widow operative; the parallel Winter Soldier program produced a brain-washed super-assassin out of an injured James ‘Bucky’ Barnes. The last four episodes of the Agent Carter TV series lifted the curtain on what was simply speculation of Natasha’s past Soviet training and, to a lesser extent, Bucky’s ‘recruitment’ by the Russians within the MCU.
In the first part of this MCU-focused meta, I explored the Red Room indoctrination and training practices used to make girls into Soviet covert operatives. This second part focuses on two of the masterminds responsible for the Winter Soldier program. The third part (forthcoming) will be more speculative, as I make connections between the Red Room and Winter Soldier programs as well as some predictions for Natasha’s backstory in Age of Ultron. Most Especially, because it’s #Buckynat Week, I’ll go on even further out on a limb and suggest a possible romantic dynamic for Natasha and Bucky in Captain America: Civil War.
Spoiler Alert! Obviously, I’m discussing many of the events of the first season of Agent Carter, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (as well as touch on other Marvel movies as they apply), so if you wish to remain spoiler-free, this is your chance to avert your eyes.