Sebastian Stan Reportedly Back For Captain America 2 (Surprise?)

Considering the sequel’s title, it should come as no surprise that Sebastian Stan is set to return as James “Bucky” Barnes in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The confirmation, unofficial as it may be, comes from Variety following news that The Hurt Locker co-star Anthony Mackie is in talks to play Captain America’s one-time partner the Falcon in the follow-up to last year’s hit. The trade paper also reiterates that, like most of the key actors in Marvel’s films — including Captain America star Chris Evans — Stan signed a six-picture deal with the studio.

Captain America’s World War II sidekick, Bucky was long been depicted in Marvel comics as dying in the same 1945 explosion that left the Sentinel of Liberty in suspended animation in a block of ice. However, at the beginning of Ed Brubaker’s epic run on Captain America in 2005, it was revealed that an amnesiac Bucky actually survived the explosion and, fitted with a bionic arm, served as an assassin for the Soviet Union known as the Winter Soldier, a secret revealed in the present day only after he seemingly killed the Red Skull and launched a terrorist attack on Philadelphia. His memory restored with the help of Captain America and the Cosmic Cube, he reteams with his former partner and even assumes his mantle following the apparent assassination of Steve Rogers.

That last part seems unlikely to be depicted on screen, considering it would mean the loss of Evans for at least the bulk of one film, but the rest of storyline is prime material for the Russo brothers-directed sequel. Could that then mean we’ll see the return of Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull, and even the addition of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow (who’s sitting out Iron Man 3)?

Stan, who appeared earlier this year on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, can currently be season on USA Network’s Political Animals.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.

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  • guest

    In just one synopsis paragraph: Bucky appeared to die (but didn’t), killed the Red Skull (he hadn’t), and then became Captain America after the assassination of Steve Rogers (who didn’t actually die). Comics Everybody!

  • guest

    In just one synopsis paragraph: Bucky appeared to die (but didn’t), killed the Red Skull (he hadn’t), and then became Captain America after the assassination of Steve Rogers (who didn’t actually die). Comics Everybody!

  • Huskie

    I love this story line, but do think it may have been better for the 3rd installment. I would of liked to see them run with the Secret Empire arc for the 2nd movie.

  • Demoncat4

    not surprised for it would be odd to call the thing captain america the winter solider and not have bucky either show up as the winter solider either hidden in shadow or not show up at all. 

  • http://twitter.com/JRSinason Joshua Sinason

    it’s just like a soap opera, if you don’t see a body they aren’t really dead.  (except even then it’s 50/50)

  • http://twitter.com/ComputerSci5 Cory Jameson

    It would have been cooler if both Cap and Bucky had been on an ICBM and Bucky just fell off

  • Tidus456117

    I love Bucky/Sebastian Stan.

  • mobbdeep

    I kind of wish that they saved Winter Soldier for a third movie and had his death looming in the back of Cap’s mind during the second movie. Maybe have someone like Crossbones and Sin or Baron Strucker running a modern day HYDRA who would be controlling the Winter Soldier instead of the Soviets.

  • darknightgotham

    I would be great if Widow appeared in Cap’s film. I think she’d fit right in, then we’d have her, Cap, Falcon, and Bucky/W.S. together in one film. Which is awesome.

  • clockstomper

    Yeah, it sounds ludicrous all summed up like that but really, in execution over 26 issues it was easily the best Captain America storyline ever. I wish they had gotten directors who had experience with tense spy thrillers, because that’s what Brubaker’s run on Cap was.

    When Cap found Bucky in the first film, he was strapped to some sort of torture rack and was babbling nonsense, which could have been aftereffects of brainwashing. So the setup is there.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XNSG46XGRGJCS6V3ZLCZ7YXWEY Ian

    Who-boy this Sebastian Stan is BUSY!  It’s my understanding that he’ll be on OUAT for the 2nd season, and also the makers of Political Animals are hoping the mini-series will get picked up as a regular series (based on the first episode of this I have no doubt).  With the 2nd Cap movie to do that won’t leave Mr. Stan with a lot of wiggle room to get to all three gigs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XNSG46XGRGJCS6V3ZLCZ7YXWEY Ian

    Who-boy this Sebastian Stan is BUSY!  It’s my understanding that he’ll be on OUAT for the 2nd season, and also the makers of Political Animals are hoping the mini-series will get picked up as a regular series (based on the first episode of this I have no doubt).  With the 2nd Cap movie to do that won’t leave Mr. Stan with a lot of wiggle room to get to all three gigs.

  • Gridlock Manifesto

    Although I didn’t follow all of the Cap comics after the
    late 70’s, and don’t know the “Secret Empire” series, I would have loved to see
    Bucky on ice first before introducing him too “Huskie”.  As the longest running superhero, there
    certainly is a lot of history there to choose from!  Personally though, I love going to see all of
    the big comic movies in the theatre, like Thor, but I also love watching them
    on my home theater, and my Dish co-worker comes over to watch with me.  Since I have Epix 1 in HD, I watched Iron Man
    2 and Captain America
    again.  I get the best quality my theater
    can produce when I watch Epix, 1080p, and that makes all the difference with my
    90-inch projector.