Marvel might have a clear story for the friendship between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, but it looks like Marvel Comics has decided to quietly update the origin of the characters to match the story told by the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel Comics #1000 features a story by writer Gerry Dungan and artists Matthew Wilson and Chris Samnee. The comic has a flashback which showcases the friendship between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, retconning the original story between the characters.
In the scene, we get to see the Marvel characters as children playing with each other, right before the time that Steve’s deficiencies became more noticeable. This definitely comes as surprise to Marvel fans. It’s always been in Marvel canon that Steve Rogers who became a hero during World War II inspired young Bucky to train so that he could become Captain America’s partner.
This comic book scene shows the two as childhood friends retcon the origin so that the comics follow the version created by the MCU, which implies that Steve and Bucky started as childhood friends. Of course, the comic could lead the story in a different direction. Perhaps, this flashback sequence in Marvel Comics #1000 could simply be a fantasy created by Steve’s frozen mind. Hopefully, Marvel expands on that.
Dungan’s short story can be read along with 70 others in Marvel’s recently released Marvel Comics #1000. The comic book honors the history of the comic book publisher through all its many different major moments.
Marvel Comics #1000 is available for purchase at local comic book stories and from Marvel Comics.