After watching Captain America: The First Avenger the other day it struck me how far Bucky has come in the MCU. He’s been in this story since the beginning and he’s experienced so many twists and turns throughout his involvement in this franchise. I mean, now he’s dead! But since it’s pretty obvious that somehow he will be revived to fight Thanos one more time there is still an imminent doom awaiting a certain man and his name is Steve Rogers.
Captain America has graced six movies in the MCU, he’s played a central part in the overall story of the franchise, and he’s one of the most important characters…but his journey is swiftly coming to an end.
Chris Evans (Captain America) is ready to move on from the shield and start a new direction in his acting career and with him not signing any more contracts it’s pretty clear that Avengers 4 will be his final hurrah. Sebastian Stan (Bucky), however, has signed a nine movie contract with Marvel and get this; he’s only been in four movies so far! That means even after Avengers 4 he’ll return yet again for at least another four movies. Yeah, Bucky is going to be around for a while.
So with Steve Rogers’ Captain America coming to an end a new man behind the shield will have to be crowned and I have a legitimate feeling that it’s going to be Bucky.
In the comics Bucky took the mantle of Captain America for a while. And during my viewing of The First Avenger the other day I think I discovered a secret nod to Bucky eventually becoming the patriotic hero.
Just before Bucky Barnes fell out of the train that would then begin his transformation into The Winter Soldier he was fighting HYDRA soldiers. At one point he picked up Captain America’s fallen shield and used it while fighting. At that moment a lightbulb went off in my brain.
I’ve loved that Marvel likes to place easter eggs throughout their films for us fans who want to connect the dots and this seems like a clear easter egg that is slowly starting to become important. The thing that makes this franchise so special is the writers, directors, etc take these little tiny references and transfer them through these movies into something important.
Like in Iron Man 2 where Wakanda was shown on a map behind Tony Stark. It was a subtle nod toward a storyline that would take place later on. I believe Bucky picking up that shield wasn’t a coincidence and one day he’ll legitimately carry that shield as the new Captain America.
When that happens I’m going to be SO excited I’ll probably reblog this post.
Of course, he may never become Captain America but I just have a feeling that he will. What do you think about this theory? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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