It’s easy to forget that Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes has been a part of the MCU since Phase 1, back before Steve Rogers had even been injected with the overnight bodybuilding serum. Captain America: The First Avenger presented Bucky as a trustworthy sidekick and friend to Steve, but things changed following his capture and continued brainwashing carried out by Hydra. After the events of Civil War it now seems the Winter Soldier is back under control, literally under ice in Black Panther‘s homeland Wakanda, but judging by Avengers: Infinity War‘s marketing so far it doesn’t look as though he’ll be kept hidden away for long. No doubt, Bucky will play an important role in repelling Thanos and his forces alongside his good old friend the Cap in the upcoming superhero team-up film.
Stan’s original contract had him signed to a nine picture deal with Marvel, as of the time of writing he’s only appeared in three MCU titles, and so the 35-year-old actor still has multiple appearances to make in the ever-changing Marvel world. The studio has plenty of avenues it could explore with his character, most notably of which could involve him putting on the star-spangled uniform.
While on a panel at Wizard World St. Louis, Stan was asked about whether or not Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier would one day become the next Captain America (via Comic Book), given much speculation that Chris Evans’ iteration of the All-American hero could meet his end in Infinity War or its follow up, Avengers 4. Stan provides a well considered answer while also taking the time to offer up his own thoughts on what it would take for a Bucky-Cap to takeover from Steve:
I mean, yeah I would love that one day, absolutely. I don’t know when that day would be, and I just think…it would be a very different Captain America you know, you wouldn’t be able to have the same Captain America as you have right now because he’s a different guy. Again, there’s this issue where we’ve got to get him to be trustworthy enough for them to give him that responsibility, you know, to fill those shoes, and those are hard shoes to fill. So I think it’s possible, I really do, but it just has to make sense and we might need a little more time.
As Stan points out, Winter Soldier is not exactly the world’s favourite costumed vigilante and as of right now he, along with The Cap, Falcon, Ant-Man, Scarlett Witch and Hawkeye are all wanted fugitives. We’d have to begin to see a transition in the perception of his character in order for him to seem like the worthy candidate for the Captain America title, perhaps Infinity War will provide the opportune starting point to set that in motion.
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Source: Comic Book