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A Netflix Glitch Was Hilariously Fitting for Infinity War

Plus a look at what Bucky Barnes could have been and more.

Spider-Man hugs Iron Man Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War

Netflix had a lovely little glitch when Avengers: Infinity War was released on the streaming service: It seemed that only about half of Netflix users could find the movie when it first came out. Just like the snap from Thanos himself, only half of us received the joy and pain of Infinity War at its regularly scheduled debut.

Well, just kidding. It was quickly fixed, and we can all go on our merry way, but it was a delightful coincidence that it happened to Infinity War—well, probably not for the snaptured half. But hey, when the Russo brothers themselves love making fun of all of us for being pawns in their game, this fits right in, even if it was unintentional. (Suuuuuuuuure.)

So, if you’re not too Marveled out from all the heartache and pain, maybe you want to see some of the concept art for ‘the Villainous Bucky’ at Yeah, look, I don’t like that title either, because the villainous part of Bucky Barnes is just called, you know, the Winter Soldier, but I didn’t write the headline.

Looking at the concept art, one thing is very clear: I’m super glad they went with the raccoon look we got in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. My sweet Bucky Barnes has had quite the array of looks throughout the years, but the concept art included Bucky in what looks like a ski mask and then a really cool green jacket look. That one would have been fun to see!

Obviously, we know what they chose to go with, but to see the transformation of Bucky Barnes from his look in Captain America: The First Avenger to the reveal that he’s the Winter Soldier is quite shocking, and some of the concept art for him completely covers his face, which makes sense given the nature of the character, but also wouldn’t have worked as well as the Bucky we eventually got.

That is to say the Bucky Barnes that we got and then had to watch fade into dust—or, at least, you get to watch it if you’re one of the lucky few Netflix deemed worthy.

What’s going to happen to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Will any of our favorite characters make it back? Or did we just watch as Peter Parker, T’Challa, Bucky Barnes, and more vanished for good because Kevin Feige and company just want to watch us suffer? We’ll have to wait until Avengers: Endgame comes out, and even then, who knows if we’ll get to see any of our favorites.

Maybe only half of us will get to go because they want us all to suffer continually.

(image: Marvel Entertainment)

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