Originally Posted by Avenger
Why can't they? I expect Bucky's story will play out almost exactly as it did in the comics. He'll be found and revived by the Soviets in 1945, and whatever experiments Zola performed on him will enable the Soviets to use Bucky as the Winter Soldier for the next fifty years. After the Cold War ends, he becomes Aleksander Lukin's personal assassin and remains in that same role at the time of CA2/CA3 (whichever movie he reappears in).
That's how I think it should play out with Bucky/Winter Soldier. Considering that Feige has said CA2 will be a political thriller-type movie, that easily fits WS's expertise as he's a well-known assassin that could be up to stealing something or assassinating someone for a much larger entity. Maybe only show glimpses or hints towards who is doing the crimes would make it a true political thriller that would set up future Cap movies.