Recently news broke from this past weekend's San Deigo Comic Con that the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger will be entitled Captain America: The Winter Soldier. News also broke that D-list Avenger, Falcon would be joining the film as well and that an offer was made to actor Anthony Mckie. Now we have confirmation that Sebastian Stan will indeed be back for the sequel and will likely need to undergo some drastic physical changes to make a convincing killer assassin.
The Winter Soldier is known in the pages of comic books as a ruthless assassin who has performed numerous despicable acts for the Soviet Union. How does he turn from love-able Captain America sidekick to nefarious evil doer? Why because of amnesia, of course. Bucky seemingly dies in frigid waters (seriously did every World War II hero die in frozen waters) on a mission with Captain America but is actually found and rescued by a Soviet submarine and undergoes brainwashing which reprograms him into The Winter Soldier. When he isn't on a mission, The Winter Soldier is kept in cryogenic stasis (again with the ice!).
Without going too deep into comic book lore, Cap and Bucky reunite in modern times and The Winter Soldier regains his memories. You can pretty much predict what happens from there; Bucky is distraught with what he's done, thinks about killing himself, overcomes his depression thanks to friends, decides to dedicate his life to being a hero, the usual comic book stuff. What's interesting about this announcement is that by introducing The Winter Soldier fairly early into the Marvel Cinematic Universe the door is open for Bucky eventually taking up the Captain America costume and shield after Steve Rogers falls in battle, an event that occurs in the miniseries, Civil War. Could this be where Marvel is headed?
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Jack Kirby (comic book), Joe Simon (comic book),and 2 more credits »
Stars: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson and Sebastian Stan |See full cast and crew