As Marvel Studios inches forward with plans for a Black Widow solo movie, actor Sebastian Stan says he hopes there's room in the project for the Winter Soldier.
For years there had been rumors that Scarlett Johansson would finally get her time to shine in a movie focusing on Natasha Romanoff, and it has always been expected she wouldn't be the only member of the Avengers to appear in Black Widow. While virtually everyone has ideas for which Marvel Cinematic Universe character should also star in the movie, Stan is endorsing Bucky Barnes.
Speaking with Bad Taste, the actor expressed an eagerness to revisit his performance as "a full-on Winter Soldier," should the movie explore the Black Widow's past. "Yeah, absolutely! Of course!" he said. "I mean, anytime, I’m ready."
Captain America: The Winter Soldier enlisted Johansson's Black Widow to help Steve Rogers expose Hydra's infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D., and stop a plan to preemptively eliminate threats around the global. It was here the MCU established that Romanoff and Barnes have a complicated history, but subsequent films have yet to flesh out the backstory. However, speaking of the pair's past, Stan recognized it's important to Black Widow's arc.
"They have a very nice history, in my opinion," he said. "It’s very intricate … The truth is, he actually taught her in the comic books. He was a teacher to her. It’s all set during a specific, interesting time. The Cold War. It’s all a very … spy, thriller-ish, noir-ish story. It would be very interesting to explore that on film. I would love if they do that. You know, I hope. Maybe they will."
As well as her Red Room training, Bucky was also there around the time Romanoff received her code name Black Widow. The duo has also shared a romantic past and have numerous comic book storylines that could serve as inspiration for the movie. If the MCU is going to chart an origin story — or even part of one — the Winter Soldier could easily play a part.
With Barnes' last-minute arrival in Black Panther and a confirmed role in Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios has already teased he could become an integral part of the MCUs future. Stan downplayed hopes of a Black Widow/Winter Soldier pairing in Infinity War, however, saying there are so many other issues to address in the film. While they might not share the screen apart from a big battle sequence in their next outing, the future of the MCU could showcase the more intimate side of Black Widow and the Winter Soldier.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, 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, among others. The film hits theaters April 27.