The One Good Thing in All Of It: Exploring Bucky and Natasha's Entwined History

Back in November, yours truly wrote an abbreviated summary and explanation of Bucky Barnes’s character through the lens of the orphan archetype, dealing primarily with his past as the brainwashed Soviet assassin known as the Winter Soldier and his friendship with Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America. It should come as no surprise that Bucky, as someone defined by his past, carries not only old friendships into the twenty-first century post-Soviet stint, but also old relationships – primarily with Natasha Romanoff, sometimes known as Black Widow.