Since Sebastian Stan first appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Bucky Barnes in the first Captain America film, he instantly became a beloved character thanks to his comic book history and his relationship with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans.)
Although he didn’t have the biggest starring role in the MCU, that all changed when Disney+ debuted Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a buddy-comedy series about Stan and Anthony Mackie’s characters that finally let us dive deep into their histories and be the focus of a main storyline.
Anyone who has ever worked for Marvel knows that once you’re in the MCU franchise, you’re in for life—just look at Kat Dennings, who hasn’t been seen since Thor 2 but came back for WandaVision. Or Paul Bettany, who died in Avengers: Infinity War and now has a brand-new character to play with White Vision. And thankfully, it looks like we can see more of Bucky. In an interview with Variety‘s Just For Variety podcast, Stan admitted that he doesn’t know about his future — of course, he could just be doing the cagey Marvel thing, but the important thing is that he was adamant that he’s making Marvel his home.
“As long as they’ll keep calling, I’m there. I don’t know. I get old, too,” he said in the podcast. “Like everyone in the world, I age! So I don’t know what that means. Maybe it doesn’t mean anything! I have no idea. I’m just going for the ride.”
Stan’s worries about getting old aren’t out of line, considering Dave Bautista has also said he’ll hang up his Drax outfit when he’s done playing the character, because of how old he’ll be. But Stan is younger, and he also seems to want to stay in the Marvel machine as long as possible.
We know realistically that Stan isn’t going anywhere right now — he’s primed to become a major player in the next phase of the Avengers, if not one of the responsible leaders who has been there since the beginning. And although Bucky seemed to have most of his storyline wrapped up in the Disney+ series, the character has a long, long history that could always be mined. It seems safe to say that Stan has a long future with Marvel, and we could even see him pop up in some other Disney+ shows where he has a connection to other Avengers like Yelena Belova and Hawkeye.
But it’s reassuring to know that he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
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