Marvel Studios has spent the last decade building up an elaborate, decades-spanning history for its cinematic universe that’s managed to stay pretty consistent between films, but in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the superhero franchise couldn’t even maintain its continuity over the course of one museum blurb.
A new post on Reddit takes a screenshot from the Bucky Barnes Smithsonian memorial, which displays an error you may not catch at first glance but is pretty hard to deny once someone points it out to you. The mistake in question is pretty straightforward: in the opening line, it’s said that Sebastian Stan’s character was “Born in 1916,” but right at the bottom, the dates for Bucky’s lifespan read, “1917 – 1944.”
Well, the problem here is pretty obvious. Though this text says that Bucky died in 1944, we clearly see him alive and well in the MCU seventy years later.
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Joking aside, while fans have often been willing to offer elaborate defenses of alleged mistakes in their favorite franchise films, we can probably all agree that this is a pretty clear-cut case of the production team messing up, though it’s hardly a movie-ruining error.
Of course, if someone really wanted to make this exhibit accurate and fully up-to-date, then they should probably change Bucky’s year of death to 2018, with the star of Captain America: The Winter Soldier perishing in the recent Avengers: Infinity War. Then again, with the character already confirmed to have his own show opposite Sam Wilson, the Smithsonian would probably need to have that date of passing amended pretty soon. In all likelihood, we’ll be seeing Steve Rogers’ old friend cheat the Reaper once more when Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2019.