Sebastian Stan insists he hasn't discussed the possibility of picking up the shield in the event Chris Evans is truly finished playing Captain America.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, actor claimed there haven't been any conversations about Bucky Barnes succeeding Steve Rogers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as he did for a time in the comic books. "It's usually like a dream," he confessed. "People might mention something, but we never go that way."
In the comics, Bucky famously became Captain America following the "death" of Steve Rogers. However, considering Bucky was among those heroes turned to dust by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, it's easy to see why Stan is playing coy. The MCU has definitely hinted at the Winter Soldier's future as Captain America, but the franchise has also taken the character down a different route to adopt the White Wolf moniker.
A deleted scene from Captain America: Civil War featured Anthony Mackie's Falcon and Barnes passing Captain America's shield between themselves, with Bucky saying, "I've got to get me one of those." Barnes and Sam Wilson have both taken the name of Captain America in Marvel comics.
Evans has been with the MCU since 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, and went on to play a major role in the three Avengers movies. While Avengers 4 promises to put Cap back at the center of the action, a crpytic tweet from Evans teased that Steve Rogers could bow out in 2019.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to the future of the MCU, and even with another 20-plus movies planned beyond Phase Three, it's unclear how, or if, the Captain America name fits into it.
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