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Why does Captain America need to exercise?

Like any trained athlete, Captain America will tell you he is only as good as the effort he pushes his body to perform. The Super-Soldier serum did make his body physically fit, but being at the peak ...
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Who repaints Captain America's shield?

Comics: In at least one case, Captain repaints his own shield. Here we see the good Captain himself, replacing a broken leather strap and touching up the paint on his shield (note the can of red paint ...
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What is on Steve Rogers' list of things to watch?

TL;DR Across the multiple versions of the lists, the last five items of each list match between each region. Thai Food Star Wars/Trek Nirvana (Band) Rocky (Rocky II?) Troubleman (Soundtrack) ...
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Why does Fury's blind eye still have security access?

Nick Fury is a far-sighted fellow, and presumably prepared for this contingency by creating an entirely separate and secret superuser account using his blind eye, which wasn't deleted because no one ...
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What is the Lemurian Star really doing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

TL;DR : Yes, Fury hired them. Fury wanted the data without anyone KNOWING he had the data. Prior to the beginning of the film, Nick Fury had reason to believe that elements within SHIELD - possibly ...
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Why did only Steve Rogers have a physical change after injecting the super soldier serum?

Firstly, the Flag Smashers and John Walker all took the same version of the serum. This version was developed using "semi-stable traces of serum", I believe from Isaiah. Dr Nagel says that ...
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Why would the USSR use a US citizen to create the Winter Soldier?

According to confidential files obtained by Steve Rogers in Captain America Vol. 5 #11, the comicbook version of Barnes was selected to be the Winter Soldier for two primary reasons. Firstly, Vasily ...
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Is there an inconsistency about Natasha Romanoff's middle name in the MCU?

There is no inconsistency with her middle name if her name isn't following the general Russian naming convention. Her full name is, as we find out from Arnim Zola, Natalia Alianovna Romanoff, and Red ...
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Why did Hydra choose the subject they transformed into the "Winter Soldier", in Captain America?

@Valten1992 has kinda nailed this, but just to clarify: why would Captain America's enemies, Hydra, waste time converting him into the "Winter Soldier", especially as he is/was severely injured In ...
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Why was the Captain America exhibit in the Air and Space Museum?

In-universe Although Captain America had a sizeable comicbook following prior to his real adventures, his two major (real world) escapades were both airborne; The infiltration of the Hydra Weapons ...
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Is there anything special about the words used to activate the Winter Soldier?

Some seem to have meaning. Some don't. "One," "Nine" and "Seventeen" combine to form 1917, the year Bucky was born. Bucky "died" by falling off a freight car. Homecoming is the name of the upcoming ...
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Why doesn't Bucky have two bionic arms?

Because there are also downsides to his bionic arm. And we see this in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. At one point, Black Widow throws a small device at The Winter Soldier's bionic arm, which ...
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Is there anything special about the words used to activate the Winter Soldier?

Some are probably meaningless According to the writers: They’re rhythmic and enigmatic. I can’t remember if we listened to them in Russian to hear if they sounded suitably intimidating, we must ...
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Why did the Nick Fury choose such shortsighted targets when reprogramming the helicarriers

There are several related issues here. The first is that the Insight algorithm can't read minds. It can only analyze data and do statistical prediction of which people match the qualities and ...
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Inconsistency of Cap's shield

Apparently his shield, made from a rare metal called 'Vibranium' which absorbs and dissipates energy if directly impacted. This being the case, a bullet (typically comprised of a lead core inside a ...
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What was special about Batroc?

No, there is nothing "special" about Batroc the Leaper. He is an exceptional savate fighter (savateur) and former member of the French Foreign Legion who became a mercenary. This makes him a ...
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What is the Winter Soldier's arm made out of?

There is no canon source information regarding the alloys used to create the Winter Soldier's bionic arm. Given its displayed characteristics, titanium-based alloys would be the most likely material ...
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Does Bucky Barnes Have Superhuman Abilities?

Bucky Barnes does not have superhuman abilities. But neither does Steve Rogers. Instead, Steve is simply at peak physical fitness for a human being (to the point where he may appear to be superhuman)....
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In The Winter Soldier, who did Peggy Carter say she married?

The film doesn't state who she married, other than that it was a man that Rogers freed from Hydra on his last mission. In the comics she seems to have never married, so there isn't even any canon from ...
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Why did Hydra choose the subject they transformed into the "Winter Soldier", in Captain America?

If I was to think of reasons we can probably chalk this up to a number of reasons: The subject was in the Howling Commando's, he probably has a lot of experience then compared to the average Hydra ...
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Who is Stephen Strange in the MCU?

As implied by the scene, at the time of TWS, he really is just a person with the potential to become a threat to Hydra later on. Kevin Feige recently confirmed this: "He is very well-known as a ...
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Are Black Widow and Hawkeye an "item"?

Nope. Avengers: Age of Ultron reveals that He and Black Widow are apparently just good friends.
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Why doesn't Nick Fury travel with security force?

Three reasons I can think of: At this point in the movie, Fury already: He is calling Hill securely to meet in secret and this sets up her appearance later. He is traveling under the radar to meet ...
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What was Captain America's running path?

Check out this link. It shows the whole route and matches it to the movie scene by scene. (on archive.org) The route is 4.615 miles long. According to Sam Wilson (Falcon) in The Winter Soldier, it ...
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Why would the USSR use a US citizen to create the Winter Soldier?

Bucky was a weapon of HYDRA, a secret super assassin. He was not a USSR creation. Arnim Zola created Bucky whilst working for Schmidt back during the war. As he’s a weapon of HYDRA he does not fall ...
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Is this character in Captain America: The Winter Soldier more relevant in the Marvel Universe?

Yes The character in question is: However:
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Could HYDRA have killed Bruce Banner?

There is at least one solution I can think of while sticking to the cinematic universe canon. Based on Agents of SHIELD, SHIELD and therefore HYDRA has access to space travel and rockets. Even ...
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If the Winter Soldier is a Soviet Agent, how did HYDRA obtain him as an asset?

Because HYDRA is everywhere This is a bit of speculation, but since the movie has already changed Bucky's backstory it is hard to pull from main Marvel 616 universe for info and the Cinematic ...
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Who is Stephen Strange in the MCU?

It's been widely reported that Ant-Man will be Marvel's last "origin story," with all future franchises starting with their heroes fully-developed. In fact, this was reported with specific mention of ...
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