Originally Posted by McSir
I agree, but with the way they handled Bucky in the first movie Winter Soldier kinda feels like a do it now or never type thing. It wouldn't resonate as much (if it does at all) if they waited until 20?? when Cap 3 comes out.
If he was a non-character, as you say, then they have the same problem if they do it after 3 years than if they did it after six.
Besides, they could have kept Bucky relevant by referencing him in Cap 2, without making him the main villain.