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MCU Fans Want A Winter Soldier Romance With Taskmaster Or Yelena Belova

The Winter Soldier with Yelena Belova or the Taskmaster? Which one do you prefer? We make a case for both of these relationships

By Ishita Chatterjee
December 27,2022

When we talk about the MCU, romance isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But it’s undeniable that the long running franchise has given us a lot of cute, sweet, and tragic pairings. From Tony Stark and Pepper Potts to Peter Parker and MJ, these pairings have won our hearts over. Now, with Phase 5 almost upon us, fans are speculating that there could be love in the air once again with Bucky Barnes/ The Winter Soldier romancing either Yelena Belova or The Taskmaster. Here we will explore which one of the relationship seems plausible for him:

A Winter Soldier And Yelena Belova Romance?

Yelena Belova

Yelena Belova

In the pages of Marvel Comics, Bucky Barnes and Black Widow, Natasha Romanov, have shared a tumultuous romance over the years. But since, Natasha is no longer with us, will Marvel Studios try to recreate that romance with the next Black Widow, Yelena Belova? Some fans seem to think so. But will it be a potentially great romance?

They could bond over the fact that both of them were brainwashed and turned into killing machines. Also, both of their families abandoned them. Yelena’s sense of humor could lighten Bucky up while he on the other hand could teach her the ropes. However, a strictly romantic relationship isn’t necessary to explore these facets and commonalities between them.

A friendship and close bond like Clint Barton/ Hawkeye shared with Natasha could work too. Also, the significant age difference between them will surely give people the icks. Not to mention the fact that they are in different emotional situations. After all, Bucky has already lived an adult life while Yelena is just starting hers. To make this more complicated, in Marvel Comics, Yelena is asexual. It now remains to be seen if/ how Marvel Studios handles a relationship between them.

A Relationship Between Bucky Barnes And The Taskmaster?

Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier

Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier

Some fans think that if the Winter Soldier has to get a romantic interest, it needs to be Taskmaster/ Antonia Dreykov. Not only is she much more closer in age to him, but a potential relationship between them could explore the parallels between their stories. After all, Taskmaster was sort of the Winter Soldier of the Red Room. Also, they developed their Red Pill based on the intel gathered from the Winter Soldier program.

Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter said that Kevin Feige clarified that Bucky Barnes, The Winter Soldier will be the most stable member of The Thunderbolts. It says something about the psychological makeup of the group if Bucky of all people is the most stable one in it. However, if he’s in a better place, then he could help Antonia move past her issues and traumas.

Both these romance options seem to be great for Bucky since these two women have led the same sort of troubled life as him. But will Marvel Studios go ahead with a romance between Bucky Barnes/ The Winter Soldier and Yelena Belova or Antonia Dreykov? We can’t wait to find out.

What are your thought on this? Let us know.

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