One of the oldest and recurring secondary characters in the MCU has been Bucky Barnes, played by Sebastian Stan, who has been a part of the world since 2011. Stan made his debut in Captain America: The First Avenger and as far as Steve knew, died in their efforts to stop Red Skull. He later popped back up as the Winter Soldier, a brainwashed Hydra assassin, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but when he reappears in Captain America: Civil War he has his memories back and is trying to do good. The key word there is trying, as another brain washing sent him on a downward spiral that leads him to making the decision to go under once again while Wakandans try to figure out how to free him from the brain washing imprints.
This ending has left many questions to the character’s future and when he could appear next, with him definitely being awoken when Thanos attacks. Stan attended Wizard World in Philadelphia over the weekend and during a Q&A panel, someone asked him when we will see him next. While his other panelists Anthony Mackie and Chris Evans advised against answering the question because it could break the internet, he said there is one obvious and natural choice.
I don’t know, man. I mean, there’s obviously a very clear answer, but I’m not going to maybe say it, now. Where did he end up at the end of the movie? That’s the movie he should be in, I think. I feel like that would be the natural… but I don’t know. I don’t know anything.
Having Bucky appear in Black Panther makes a ton of sense and gives the film the ability to connect to the larger universe. While that is not completely necessary, a story where Wakanda housing Bucky causes an uprise internally against T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) or where Secretary Ross (William Hurt) or Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) want to invade and take back Bucky would definitely make for an interesting and political film. I’ve been saying that this makes the most sense for Bucky’s next appearance since Civil War ended and with Stan saying the same, I think it will happen. Let us know if you want to see Bucky in Black Panther in the comments below!
Black Panther is scheduled to hit theaters February 16, 2018.
Source: Wizard World (via Comicbook).