Sebastian Stan wholeheartedly agrees with a fun social media fan theory about the early days of Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers’ MCU friendship.
Sebastian Stan wholeheartedly agrees with a fun fan theory about the early days of Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers’ MCU friendship. The relationship between Steve (Chris Evans) and Bucky (Stan) is essentially the beating heart within the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Captain America trilogy. The franchise tracks their friendship from before Steve was even Captain America and continues into the present day, when Bucky stands as the Winter Soldier. Their ride-or-die bond has led some fans to believe there could be a romantic relationship between the two, though Marvel has kept things platonic.
Going into the MCU’s Phase 4, Steve and Bucky are sadly no more. The end of Avengers: Endgame saw Steve venture back into the past to live out a peaceful life with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) while Bucky stayed behind in the present. Now, Bucky leads his own Disney+ show alongside Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and though Steve has been referenced multiple times, he definitely isn’t around anymore. Steve’s Endgame conclusion was met with mixed responses from fans, particularly those who took issue with how he left Bucky behind.
As per usual on social media, fans have lots of ideas about Bucky and Steve’s friendship. One such theory caught Stan’s eye, and he agrees with it completely. Running with the concept of Bucky reading The Hobbit in 1937 when it was first released, a fan tweet suggests there was a time when someone was informing Bucky “that steve was involved in a fight again and [Bucky] just putting down his hobbit book down like ‘that mf just won’t let me read’.” Stan posted the tweet on his Instagram story and added, “Exactly,” with an exasperated emoji.
Pre-serum Steve’s tendency to get into fights is well known at this point and has often been joked about within the fanbase. It’s perfectly logical to think this situation might have happened to him and Bucky within the MCU, and Stan’s response to the theory cements it. Stan has reacted to several other fan jokes before, including one about Steve and Bucky’s controversial ending in Avengers: Endgame. This message, though, is far nicer.
Steve’s MCU journey is done, but Bucky’s still has some mileage left in it. It remains to be seen where he will go next after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, though there’s a chance that show could receive a second season. Marvel is likely keeping things a secret until the final episode premieres later this week. Beyond that, there are many who believe there’s more space in the MCU for Bucky to continue his story, so hopefully he’ll be back for at least one more adventure.