"The Winter Soldier’s facial expressions are almost childlike here, and the way he passively accepts that mouth guard tells you everything you need to know. He could probably kill everyone in the room within seconds, but instead he just lies back and lets them torture his brain to mush for the hundredth time. Before now he seemed like such an intimidating figure, but this scene shows the Winter Soldier what he really is: a little kid or a blank slate into which people insert their own goals and missions, fully-formed. “But I knew him,” he says in miserable confusion, sure that he recognises Steve’s face from somewhere. But Pierce, the voice of God, refuses to explain any further."