It’s not exactly the revelation of a state secret, but Anthony and Joe Russo, the co-directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, have confirmed that a major character from that movie (still the top-grosser of 2014!) will return for Captain America 3 : none other than Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier himself.
This is hardly a surprise, given that both Cap (Chris Evans) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) survived the last film with no resolution of their conflict and Cap vowing to track him down. Also, Stan previously revealed that he signed a nine-picture deal with Marvel Studios, and he still has seven films to go, so the Winter Soldier has to show up someplace….
Anthony Russo told Movies.com:
Thinking about where that [Cap/Bucky] relationship can go is a piece of the puzzle for us, for sure. That character is a wonderfully, beautifully tragic figure in the sense of, is he the world’s most feared assassin or is he the world’s longest-serving POW? Is he innocent by reason of insanity or the equivalent of it because he’s been mind-controlled, or is he irredeemable? Is he ever going to be acceptable to Cap again as the friend that he used to be before he was the Winter Soldier? These are very philosophical, emotional questions that pique our interest and definitely form one layer of the next movie.
We just got another incredible draft from the writers and are very excited about the film. I can’t divulge who is going to be in the film, but I think the fans are going to freak out when they hear about it.
Of course, he could not reveal much more about the storyline:
As far as where else we want to take the character, we just want to keep moving Cap forward. We wanted to push the character forward into the modern age with The Winter Soldier, and we want to keep pushing the character forward. We always want to be true to who Captain America is, but we want to surprise people about where he can go and what he’s capable of. That’s about as specific as I can get about where we might take him.
Captain America 3 is still scheduled for release on May 6, 2016.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 9.