Bucky Barnes, the man formerly known as the deadly Winter Soldier, has enjoyed a pretty incredible character arc since he was first introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger.
Back then, Sebastian Stan’s supporting player was a loyal ally to the scrawny Steve Rogers (AKA Captain America), only to fall into the hands of HYDRA, the clandestine organization responsible for morphing Bucky into a brainwashed terrorist. But there is light at the end of the tunnel for Barnes, who found sanctuary and asylum in Wakanda at the tail-end of Civil War and will be back for Avengers: Infinity War – which is just as well considering Thanos and his Black Order are now looming on the horizon.
Beyond receiving a new arm though, and hanging out in Wakanda, much of Bucky’s arc in the upcoming event movie to end all event movies is being kept under wraps. That being said, we do know that he’ll be fighting alongside Anthony Mackie’s Falcon quite a bit and when ET sat down with Stan for an interview during a recent set visit, the conversation quickly turned to the dynamic that the two characters share.
He wouldn’t spill anything juicy, of course, but Stan did tease that their relationship is like a “buddy comedy from the 80s.”
“To me, it’s like the film Midnight Run or 48 Hours. It’s like a buddy comedy from the 80s. That’s how I see it in my head.”
When asked if fans could ever expect a spinoff featuring the two characters, the actor seemed enthusiastic about the idea, saying that it can “absolutely” happen.
“[You] absolutely can. Absolutely. The right people to make that happen are within feet from us now.”
Though Sebastian Stan certainly seems into having a Bucky and Falcon spinoff, it should be noted that his interest is far from confirmation of such a thing happening. Still, it’s interesting that he doesn’t rule it out and while a film headlined by those two aforementioned characters certainly won’t materialize any time in the near future, who knows what can happen down the road?
After all, once Avengers 4 has its time in the sun, a lot of the old guard will be on their way out of the franchise, with heroes like Bucky and Falcon, among others, set to step up in a big way and become the new faces of the MCU. If Stan and Mackie’s fan favorites continue to stay popular with moviegoers and the actors are down for it, then there’s nothing to say that Marvel won’t one day give them their own spinoff.
For now, though, a Bucky and Falcon-headlined film is almost surely not on the cards, as the studio’s got several other projects to attend to first – starting with Avengers: Infinity War on April 27th.