Bucky Barnes throws off the shackles of his past with a brand-spanking new name in Avengers: Infinity War. The Winter Soldier will now go by a new name, which should not be a surprise to those who have seen Black Panther.
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The reveal comes courtesy of Entertainment Weekly's Avengers: Infinity War covers. The accompanying description reads, "Sebastian Stan's rehabilitated assassin now goes by White Wolf. It's intriguing to see a man whose memories were scrambled, wiped, and rebuilt paired with Pom Klementieff's alien mind-reader."
Bucky was whisked away to Wakanda at the end of Civil War. He was left in the care of Shuri, and in the end credits scene of Black Panther, he seems fully rehabilitated, albeit missing an arm. He's referred to as White Wolf by some of the local Wakandan children in that final scene, and apparently the name has stuck.
From the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, we know Bucky will be getting a new prosthetic — likely Wakandan tech from Shuri, made from Vibranium.
Although the White Wolf character is actually the adopted son of T’Chaka (T’Challa’s late father) in the comics, it looks like Bucky will be picking up that mantle in the MCU.
The covers also show off Iron Man's new Bleeding Edge armor, complete with rocket booster wings for deep space traversal.
Avengers: Infinity War will be hitting US theaters a week earlier than initially planned, on April 27, so we can see how the White Wolf is adjusting to his new life in a few short weeks.
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