Warning: this article contains SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War.
While at a panel with Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie at Wizard World Philadelphia, Sebastian Stan was asked which Marvel studios movie he would like to see his character Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier in next. Before answering, Mackie and Evans mockingly warned him, saying “Be careful, man!” and “You’re gonna break the internet tomorrow.”
Again, here’s where the spoilers come in.
“I don’t know, man. I mean, there’s obviously a very clear answer but I’m not maybe say it, now,” Stan then replied. “Where did he end up at the end of the movie? That’s the movie he should be in. I feel like that would be the natural… But I don’t know”
The mid-credits scene of Civil War showed what exactly he meant by that. In the movie, Bucky was still heavily struggling with his HYDRA past, and we also saw him get ‘reactivated’ as the Winter Soldier, and all it took was for Baron Zemo to say a few trigger words in a certain order. Acknowledging that he’s still a danger, Bucky decided to be put in sort of a kryo stasis in Wakanda, kingdom of T’Challa/Black Panther. So that’s exactly where he’d be.
T’Challa and Bucky had an interesting relationship in Civil War. The king of Wakanda at first blamed him for the death of his father, causing him to join Team Iron Man, but when he found out Bucky didn’t actually commit that murder, he agreed to provide refuge for him in the midst of the Wakandan jungle. This again could make for an intriguing story, as Tony Stark hates Bucky for the same reason T’Challa did: he killed his parents. So if the Iron Man finds out about his current whereabouts, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him fight the Black Panther – maybe in Infinity War Part One?
Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler and featuring Chadwick Boseman as king T’Challa, is scheduled to release February 16, 2017.