Close on a file, in a brown folder, with a Russian emblem stamped in the top corner. A hand holds the file. A metal hand.
On the front of the file, the following words are written (though we don’t need to see them all):
О культе личности и его последствиях
Caption: February 24th, 1956.
Pull out to show Bucky, as The Winter Soldier, holding the file. He’s reading it. He’s in a grim, 50s, Russian hotel room. A balcony window looks out over Moscow… we may even be able to see The Kremlin in the distance. It’s dark though so we won’t see much. In the foreground, two shadowy men are standing watching him, wearing long KGB trenchcoats. #1 is wearing a furry hat, #2 isn’t.
Man #1: [Premier Khrushchev intends to deliver the speech tonight, in a closed session of the Congress.]*
Caption: *Translated from Russian.
Bucky stares at the men. Their faces are mostly in shadow. He is listening and taking in their information without judgement. He has a job to do, that is all that matters to him now. He hands the folder back to them.
Man #1: [We went to considerable lengths to find you. Comrade Stalin kept you well hidden.]
Man #2: [But we got you out of there, and we can keep you out. You can have a normal life again, James. Leave all this behind…]
Bucky stands at the open balcony window. The curtains are billowing in the breeze. He’s preparing to leave. The man (#1) holding the speech has stepped more into the light. He is young (30s), dark-haired and handsome, but we do not recognise him.
Man #1: [As long as this speech remains a secret.]
The Winter Soldier is gone. The first man takes off his hat as he turns towards us. The second man is staring after Bucky, facing away from us.
Man #2: You think he can pull this off?
Man #1: I think he’s the best chance we’ve got. No way we could have sent one of our own men in there.
Close on the second man, his face also in the light now. We recognise him. The eye patch is the give away. He’s gritting his teeth in anger.
Nick Fury: Helms, you bastard…
Nick Fury: We just did.