Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky Barnes in the MCU, has opened up about his future in the Marvel universe. Most recently within the MCU, Stan starred alongside Anthony Mackie in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which premiered on Disney + earlier this year. Now, Stan has been making waves after photos of him dressed up as Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee were posted in the upcoming drama miniseries. Pam and Tommy.
Stan originally played the role of James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, in 2011. Captain America the First Avenger, the first of the Captain America franchise and the fifth film overall in the MCU. Stan went on to play Barnes in seven other MCU movies (including post-credits scenes). Barnes, Captain America’s best friend turned brainwashed assassin for HYDRA, later reformed best friend again, he’s been a constant and integral part of the MCU’s Infinity Saga. The mere fact of Bucky’s existence has caused many moral dilemmas throughout the MCU, including the aftermath between Captain America and Iron Man in Civil war. Although many other original actors within the MCU have hung up their capes and masks after EndgameLike the aforementioned Captain America and Iron Man, few have not. Stan continues to play Barnes in everything The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which takes place chronologically after the events of Endgame.
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In an interview with Variety, Stan revealed that he will continue to play Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier as long as Marvel has him. Although he jokes that his aging can complicate things, Stan seems absolutely welcome to the idea of being the Winter Soldier for the foreseeable future. Read what he said below:
Again, it’s like, I have no idea, man. It is not up to me. I do not make these decisions. As long as they keep calling, I’ll be there. I do not know. I also grow old. Like everyone else, AGING! So I don’t know what that means. Maybe it doesn’t mean anything! I have no idea. I’m just going for a walk.
Stan went on to talk about how his experience has been playing Bucky all these years, explaining that it’s like gaining another friend or brother that you see all the time. Stan talked about how when you grow up, the characters grow with you, so he has been able to see Bucky grow up:
May you be so lucky. It’s really pretty wild, it really is. A lot of people on TV, there are shows that have lasted so many seasons, Friends, I mean, there are many places where … you can go and play a character for such a long period of time. It is like winning a family member. You win, like, a brother or something in this case for me. You can see this character over and over again, and then you are always growing, and they are growing with you in a strange way.
More recently, Stan shocked the world when he posted the first photos of himself as Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee as part of the upcoming miniseries. Pam and Tommy. Pam and Tommy, which will launch on Hulu, will detail the real-life relationship between Tommy Lee and actress / bombshell, Pamela Anderson, in the 1990s. The limited series will follow the couple from their wedding to the birth of their two children. and it will end the physical altercation between the two that put Tommy in jail. Lily James will play Pamela Anderson, Seth Rogen (who was also on trend due to his beardless appearance) will play Rand Gauthier, along with many more big names.
Sebastian Stan and Bucky Barnes have become fan favorites over the years. Though fans will be sad to see him go, and eventually he will, it’s nice to know that Stan plans to stay as long as he’s welcome. The franchise won’t be the same without his seriousness, charm, and comic chemistry with his scenemates, especially Anthony Mackie.
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