Winter Soldier Creator Unhappy With Compensation For Character In MCU
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Winter Soldier Creator Unhappy Over Compensation For Use Of The Character In The MCU

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BY April 15, 2021

The Winter Soldier creator is unhappy over the compensation he’s gotten from the Disney+ series, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Ed Brubaker, who along with Sean Phillips worked on Reckless for Image Comics, recently went on the Fatman Beyond podcast to say that while he’s excited that The Winter Soldier is getting lots of screentime, he’s also disappointed with the lack of payment.

He said:

“I’m really happy for Sebastian Stan, who I think is both a great guy and the perfect Bucky/Winter Soldier, and I’m glad to see him getting more screen time finally. Also, Anthony Mackie is amazing as the Falcon, and everyone at Marvel Studios that I’ve ever met– all the way up to Kevin Feige — have been nothing but kind to me. But at the same time, all Steve Epting and I have gotten for creating the Winter Soldier and his storyline is a ‘thanks’ here or there, and over the years that’s become harder and harder to live with.”

Brubaker is not only unhappy about the compensation, but also the fact that he actually makes more from his cameo appearance as a lab tech in Captain America: The Winter Soldier than he makes from being the creator of The Winter Soldier.

James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes was first introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger and was transformed into the Winter Soldier in the second and third Captain America movies. Needless to say, he’s played a major role in the MCU, and while Brubaker may not be thrilled with the lack of recognition, but The Winter Soldier probably isn’t going to be going anywhere anytime soon. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is one of Disney+’s most popular series and while there’s no Season 2 (yet!), it’s highly likely that Bucky Barnes will remain in the MCU a bit longer.

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Disney+ recently released a trailer for Loki, and Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel series are both in the works. As usual, all the worlds and characters in the Marvel movies and TV series are connected to each other, so The Winter Soldier is likely to have a continued presence in the MCU.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier debuts new episodes Fridays on Disney+.

Do you think Brubaker is right to feel unhappy about The Winter Soldier? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured image via Marvel Studios

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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at

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