At Least One Captain America: Civil War Bromance We Can Expect To See

In the final analysis, most movies, regardless of how much money they spend on action set pieces and special effects, are about relationships. This is just as true for the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as they are for anything else. And, since the MCU is largely populated by men, that means that most of these relationships are between guys. That means that when Joe Russo says Captain America: Civil War is a love story, it's going to be non-traditional one.

What’s fascinating about the Cap-Bucky story as well is it’s a love story. These are two guys who grew up together, and so they have that same emotional connection to each other as brothers would, and even more so because Bucky was all Steve had growing up.

To be clear, he is simply talking about the love between two lifelong friends. The relationship between Steve Rogers and his friend Bucky has been a significant part of the entire Captain America story, dating back to the first film. They’ve known each other for pretty much their entire lives. Director Joe Russo tells Empire that this lasting relationship is really what Captain America: Civil War is all about.

When we first meet Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger he’s a 90 pound weakling. His friend Bucky Barnes is the only reason that he doesn’t spend every day getting beaten up. He idolizes his friend and wants to follow in Bucky’s footsteps. It’s that feeling that leads him on the path to becoming Captain America. Then the two get a chance to work together as equals before Steve loses Bucky in battle.

When the two cross paths again the roles are reversed. Bucky Barnes is the one who has been abused, having been turned into the Winter Soldier, and Steve feels a responsibility for the friend that helped him for so long. Cap feels guilty for not doing more to help Bucky, which brings us to the events of Captain America: Civil War. The relationship between Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers and Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes has to be the strongest in the film. Cap’s desire to protect his friend is one of the major reasons that he separates himself from his other major relationship, with the Avengers. Ultimately, when forced to choose, Steve Rogers will choose his oldest friend.

While this relationship is strictly one among close friends, expect the internet to go slightly bonkers over it. The greater implications of the Steve-Bucky relationship, known as "Stucky" in some corners of the internet, (I’m not the only one with these friends am I?) is a favorite pastime among a certain Marvel fans. Either way, we look forward to the next chapter of the MCU and the next chapter in the relationships of all of our favorite characters. Captain America: Civil War will be in theaters May 6.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.