Fans have been wondering for months: Is Sebastian Stan the next Captain America? In a new Instagram post, the actor may potentially have confirmed a new role for himself in the Captain America film franchise.
In the photo, Sebastian Stan holds a custom shield reminiscent of the one used by Chris Evans’ Captain America (real name Steve Rogers) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There is, however, one large difference between Stan’s shield and Evans’ shield. While Evans’ shield uses a red, white, and blue motif to match his role as Captain America, Sebastian’s shield features just a solitary red star on a silver background. This is significant because Sebastian Stan’s character, Bucky Barnes (also known as the Winter Soldier), is known for his iconic silver metal arm with a red star on the shoulder.
Rumors surrounding whether or not audiences will see Sebastian Stan as Captain America have been swirling for years now. In an article outlining the contract lengths of current Marvel movie stars, Screen Crush provides a valid argument for Sebastian Stan taking up the Captain America shield.
Bucky Barnes (Captain America) pic.twitter.com/gqskzLJxiW— rt ur cinnamon roll (@rt_cinnamonroll) November 15, 2016
Chris Evans signed a contract with Marvel to play Captain America in a total of six films. After this year’s Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, the actor could be done with the role. Sebastian Stan, on the other hand, signed on for a whopping nine films, of which he has only completed three.
Sebastian Stan will also make an appearance alongside Evans’ Captain America in Avengers: Infinity War, reprising the role of Bucky. Screen Crush speculates that Stan’s long contract could signify that the actor will be filling the role of Captain America.
“A nine film contract seems awfully large for a supporting player. In the comics, Bucky picks up Captain America’s shield after he’s struck down by an assassin during the, you guessed it, Civil War storyline. Could Marvel be setting up Sebastian Stan to become the second Captain America, replacing Chris Evans and playing the role in future films? Maybe.”
Sebastian Stan playing Captain America has been hinted at before. In a cut scene from Captain America: Civil War, Bucky uses the iconic Captain America shield to defend his friend in battle.
In the clip, after Bucky successfully throws the shield, Captain America tells him, “Nice save.”
“I gotta get me one of those,” Bucky replies.
Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed Captain America: Civil War and will be helming Avengers: Infinity War as well, hinted in an interview with IGN that the scene referenced Sebastian Stan playing the role of Captain America.
“There is a scene that is a cut scene. It’s a small piece of the fight at Leipzig where there’s a very fun interaction between Cap and Bucky, and it kind of hints at a favorite storyline in the books.”
Someone made an edit of Bucky Barnes as Captain America!— SuperBroMovies (@SuperBroMovies) September 15, 2015
This is beautiful! pic.twitter.com/HI1USb4HEz
The storyline that the Russo brothers are referencing takes place in the Captain America: Civil War comic books. Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, dies, and Bucky Barnes takes up the mantle to replace him. While the film version of Captain America: Civil War did not follow this exact storyline, it is entirely possible that the Russo brothers will use this as inspiration to cast Sebastian Stan as Captain America.
Sebastian Stan also picked up the Captain America shield in a cut scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This is especially significant because the Russo brothers also directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so it is possible that they have been planning a Sebastian Stan Captain America from the beginning of their work with Marvel.
Are you excited for a potential Captain America played by Sebastian Stan?
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