Marvel Studios streaming series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier allowed Sebastian Stan to showcase his talents and really dive deep into who Bucky Barnes was. By the time the season was over, Bucky had seemingly moved on from the haunting memories of his time as The Winter Soldier and was, for the first time in nearly 100 years, free to move on and purse a life of his own choosing.
Like many of the other characters from the Disney Plus streaming series, it’s clear that there’s another chapter in Bucky’s story waiting to be told, but it isn’t clear when that chapter will be told. While it makes sense the Stan would reprise the character in Captain America 4, there’s hardly been any word on that film, much less its cast. With so many people wondering when we’d see Bucky next and no clear answer, Collider went right to the source, asking Stan when he’d next appear in the MCU during an interview for his next film The 355.
I don’t know. Per usual, I can’t answer that question. I have no clue, but look, I think it’s sort of about seeing what’s next for him, right? To some extent, the show, I felt, really graduated him to another level of experience and taking on his past a lot better and gave him another sense of place and sense of family that he’s found there with Sam. So he’s in a pretty good spot right now. I’d be curious to see what the next interesting thing that we could tell with him would be, and as you well know, that is above my pay grade. There are far wiser men and women who are making those decisions.
Stan did go on to promise that Bucky was not among the multitude of rumored cameos in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Animated projects aside, it doesn’t seem as though Stan has been a part of any of Marvel Studios projects that have wrapped recently or are still filming, meaning it might be until 2023 before the live-action return of Bucky Barnes. But as much as Stan loves playing the character and as much as fans love him, there’s certainly a future in store for him.