Sebastian Stan Reveals Why Bucky Didn’t Get The Shield In Endgame
The Marvel Cinematic Universe will soon have a new Captain but it won’t be Steve Rogers’ best pal Bucky Barnes. And Sebastian Stan, who has portrayed Bucky in the MCU since 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, has revealed the reason why.
The actor recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the evolution of his character and opened up about why Steve Rogers chose to give his shield to Sam Wilson rather than to Bucky at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame. For context, both Sam and Bucky have donned the Captain America moniker in the Marvel comics, and many felt Bucky was more deserving than Sam to receive the shield within the MCU.
When Sam was presented with Cap’s shield, he was at first reluctant to take it. But a solemn and approving nod from Bucky was all it took to clue the audience in to the fact that the Winter Soldier knew Steve had made the right choice.
In his chat with THR, Stan gave his take on the moment, and also clarified a plot point that fans have squabbled over since Endgame’s release.
Steve didn’t just want a normal life for himself he wanted one for Bucky, too.
Bucky and Sam might have been Cap’s two best buddies, but only Bucky knew what it was like to be a man out of time displaced from the era in which he belonged, bent to the will of others, and forced into the exact opposite of a normal existence.
Stan explained to THR that Cap understood Bucky had also lost anything resembling the life he might have had when he was rescued from certain death and engineered by HYDRA to be a perfect, ageless weapon. As Stan tells it, that was at least partially the reason Steve gave the shield to Sam instead of his oldest friend: he didn’t want to burden Bucky with it. He explained:
“Where we arrived with [Bucky] at the end felt more like he was in a place with a desire for some sort of release: to start over, start life again in a way, find out who he is again on his own and leave all this behind […] So, what felt like a desire there was for a restart for him and for Steve in a way. It didn’t necessarily feel like the shield was gonna be that.”
Stan went on to explain that in not handing Bucky the shield, Steve was suggesting that Bucky, too, could have a do-over.
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