When Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes reunite in Avengers: Infinity War, it should be a big moment. After all, the former risked everything to protect his best friend in the hopes that he could be cured of his HYDRA brainwashing. Thanks to his stay in Wakanda, that faith has paid off, as the former Winter Soldier is now himself again. However, “Stucky” fans should know that the duo’s reunion in the movie will actually be very brief, due to the incredibly packed nature of the spectacle.
Sebastian Stan revealed that minor spoiler to members of the press during a set visit last year, saying that there simply wasn’t time for Steve and Bucky to share a heart-to-heart moment, what with the whole universe being at stake and everything.
“It went by fast. It felt pretty natural. We weren’t milking the moment or anything. It is what it is. I think the urgency of the circumstance that we find ourselves in kind of makes things go a little bit quicker.”
How about Bucky’s interactions with the rest of the cast, though? In particular, the characters he hasn’t met before? For instance, what would a guy from World War II say when faced with a talking space raccoon? Well, Stan teased that meeting Rocket will mess with Bucky’s head a little bit, saying:
“As usual I question my own stability, mentally and wonder whether or not I should have just stayed asleep. Things clearly did not get better.”
The conversation then turned to the general challenge of blending together all of these different heroes, each of whom star in their own sub-franchises which exhibit their own distinct tones. Just compare the mostly grounded thriller-esque Captain America movies that Stan’s worked in before this to the space-comedy capers that are the Guardians of the Galaxy films, for example.
“I’m sure it’s going to be challenging for sure because there’s so many different tones to these films and that all of these characters carry. So I think it’ll be interesting to see how tonally everybody fits into the same world.”
Anthony Mackie was also present at the chat and added that Infinity War is a true ensemble pic. Echoing statements we’ve heard before, he even went so far as to say that Josh Brolin’s Thanos is the real protagonist of the film. However, he promised that every one of the heroes will get their due at some point in the story, as the different characters get to play off each other.
“The great thing is that tonally, how the movie’s working now everyone–it’s not like you see one person who is the lead of the movie. It’s truly and ensemble movie. I would say if anybody is the lead of the movie it’s Thanos. And it’s all of us working around, orbiting Thanos because he’s such a big bad guy.
He’s the uber bad guy. He’s the worst bad guy of all bad guys of all time. So you can’t like put them in three scenes down, then a fight scene at the end. You really have to give them just due. So, our relationship and our scenes are more ensemble based. Everybody playing with a relationship with each other.”
As for Bucky and Mackie’s Sam Wilson AKA Falcon, we know that the pair will actually spend most of the movie together, continuing their double act from Captain America: Civil War. Though that teased encounter between Bucky and Rocket will definitely happen, too.
Be sure to catch Avengers: Infinity War when it arrives in theaters on April 27th.