Despite Winter Soldier actor Sebastian Stan wanting to take up the Captain America mantle at some point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one of the writers who helped bring the character to the big screen believes it would be wasting the warrior that Bucky Barnes eventually became.
Christopher Markus, who wrote all the Captain America movies along with Stephen McFeely, and now Avengers: Infinity War, doesn't think that such a move would do Bucky justice, especially after the Winter Soldier's popularity among fans as a black-ops member.
“I will say, just on a fan level, I think Winter Soldier’s so awesome that I’m always like, why are you wasting Winter Soldier and putting him in like Captain America outfit?" Markus said in an interview with Screen Rant. "You had two heroes now you got one.”
In the comics, Bucky took over the mantle from Cap, who was killed in Civil War. It turns out Steve Rogers was trapped in time by the Red Skull and came back for the shield in the Siege of Asgard event. Both brothers-in-arms acted as Cap for a while, but Bucky eventually relinquished the role and resumed duty as a hero in the shadows.
In the MCU, Bucky has been freed of HYDRA's mind control, thanks to Shuri, and is known as the White Wolf. He'll be helping defend Wakanda in Infinity War from Thanos' forces, but with Chris Evans' Marvel contract finishing with Avengers 4, speculation is that Stan's character will eventually take over as Cap, who many believe will die in Thanos' invasion. Well, until the untitled Infinity War sequel plays out, all we can do in the meantime is theorize as to the future of the star-spangled shield.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, and Josh Brolin. The film arrives Thursday worldwide.