The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a big mystery right now, as the dust (pun intended) is still settling after the wild events of Avengers: Infinity War. The Russo Brothers did the impossible, balancing action and heart for a stunning ensemble project. Fans are waiting to see what comes next with the still untitled Avengers 4 movie, especially since it brings the end to many of the stars' contracts.
One actor who seems to be headed to the door is Chris Evans aka Captain America. His Steve Rogers is a staple of the MCU, and it's unclear what the studio is planning to do with the franchise upon his exit. Many are hoping that another Avenger might take on the mantle of Captain America, such as Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes. He was recently asked if there were plans, saying:
Well, that seems pretty cut and dry. While Marvel actors have to be appropriately cagey about most questions, Sebastian Stan pretty much denies that he'll be taking on a shield and leading The Avengers. Considering the character's current trajectory, that would stand to reason.
Sebastian Stan's comments come from his recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and may put to bed some of the myriad fan theories currently flying around about Captain America. Chris Evans has seemingly already said goodbye to Steve Rogers, but it's unlikely that Marvel Studios would abandon one of its tried and true properties. But that means someone else is going to need to replace Steve as Cap.
Bucky Barnes seemed like a prime target, considering his long tenure with the Captain America franchise. Bucky has been in all three of the trilogy, in addition to his role in Avengers: Infinity War, and brief cameo in Black Panther. He knows Steve better than anyone, and now that he's free of mind control; it would be the perfect time to the Winter Soldier to take on a new mantle.
But it looks like Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes will get new life in an interesting way: a possible TV show on Disney's streaming service, Disney+. The series is set to focus on Bucky and Falcon (Anthony Mackie), as they presumably fight crime and continue their superheroic buddy comedy. Empire writer and co-executive producer Malcolm Spellman is slated to write the series, as Marvel's biggest and best chracters transition to the small screen.
Falcon is another character that fans thought might take on the mantle of Captain America, so it's interesting that they'll be put together on a TV show. Tom Hiddleston will also get his own Disney+ series, as well as possibly Vision and Scarlet Witch.
Bucky will presumably return to the MCU when Avengers 4 arrives in theaters May 3rd. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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