Meet Bucky, Captain America’s New & Improved Sidekick

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Captain America Bucky Barnes Meet Bucky, Captain Americas New & Improved Sidekick

With Marvel Studios taking moviegoers back to the 1940s in their introduction of The First Avenger, we’re going to have the opportunity to meet a key character of Captain America’s early life as a Super-Soldier: Bucky Barnes. In the Marvel Comics, Bucky was introduced in 1941 as a young sidekick of the heroic Captain America, acting as a character the young readers of the books could relate to, one seemingly too young and not fit for regular soldier duty.

In Captain America: The First Avenger, Sebastian Stan does not play that character. Instead, director Joe Johnston and co. have inserted a new and improved Bucky Barnes, one that works for modern audiences in the live-action film medium.

For those unfamiliar with the character Sebastian Stan will be playing, James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes was an orphan whose father, a soldier, died in training. He was underage during the war and instead acted as a sort of mascot for the base he resided at. After befriending Steve Rogers and learning that he was secretly Captain America, he dedicated himself to training and becoming his partner and eventually they served together as part of The Invaders.

Hero Complex had a chance to speak with Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston about the character, who we’ll finally get to meet alongside Chris Evans in the film’s first trailer, attached to the Super Bowl this Sunday.

We haven’t discussed the character of Bucky in recent months as marketing focuses on the title character, but actor Sebastian Stan is finally getting his due credit from director Joe Johnston and the first officially released image of his character in the film (seen up top).

“Sebastian brought something really interesting and slightly on the dark side and really compelling to watch — when he’s on camera, you’re fascinated by watching him… In a great cast, I thought he really stood out and brought some unexpected things to the role. Everyone brought something to the movie and a lot of them brought something great but I was most pleasantly surprised by what Chris brought and what Sebasatian brought in a much smaller role as Bucky.”

While Sebastian Stan may have not been the type of actor they were looking for as the title character, he certainly was able to bring the persona of a “bad boy” soldier, as you can see from his gritty look from the photo. He’s not your young little mascot from the 1940s comics.

“You know, he was originally up for the lead, for the Steve Rogers role, but he didn’t have quite the same earnest, I-want-to-fight-for-my-country aura that Chris has for this role. Sebastian has a little bit of the bad boy, he’s a little bit of the James Dean type and that goes somewhat counter to the general perception of Steve Rogers. He wasn’t quite right for Captain America, but I think he’s perfect for Bucky because, really, he can have a little bit of that dark side.”

What can we expect from Bucky in this movie and his partnership with Steve Rogers, since he’s not your typical “sidekick” anymore?

“We took some liberties with the relationship between the two guys… In our story, Bucky is already in the service, he’s already joined up and is being sent overseas while Steve is still struggling to get in the army. That’s different than what you may have read in the comics. It adds a nuance to the relationship that pays off later. They’re closer in age, too — they’re virtually the same age. That’s not the case at all if you go back to the old comics.”

While Chris Evans may get to do the cover shoots in his Captain America duds, it may be Sebastian Stan’s gritty James “Bucky” Barnes character who may sneak up as a fan-favorite character. When Stan was cast, the report indicated that he signed a 5-6 picture deal, meaning Bucky will be doing more than just Captain America solo movies. If you know the books and how the character returned in 2005, you can speculate on potential future Captain America movie story lines…

Expect more images of Bucky and the cast soon. We saw some leaked magazine shots which featured Sebastian Stan’s Bucky sporting a sniper rifle in action so stay tuned for the official release of those! Captain America sits on top of the list of our most anticipated movies of 2011 and we look forward to the first Captain America trailer justifying our excitement.

Directed by Joe JohnstonCaptain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans stars alongside Neal McDonough’s Dum Dum Dugan, Tommy Lee JonesHugo Weaving as the Red Skull, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes.

Captain America hits theaters July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.

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Source: Hero Complex

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  1. Cool!!!! This is going to be epic.

    • yep

  2. This sounds great, i like they are making Bucky this tough as nails solider, and a shsrp shooter to boot, I also like how they are foreshadowing the whole Winter Solider thing

  3. “If you know the books and how the characters returns in 2005, you can speculate on potential future Capt America movie story lines.”

    Nex: Captain America II: winter Soldier.

    • Why “ouch”? lol

  4. Loving this more and more.

  5. Man, you do know your Captain America. Great name drops there.

  6. I agree with u guys, it is looking like a Winter Soldier foreshadow. And tweaks to his character I don’t mind. Makes it more believable for him to be a soldier and not a teenage mascot waving a platoon flag, doing cartwheels only to catch a stray bullet in the head. “Bucky…NOOOO!!”

    • Lol…………

    • I agree, Agent 0. I always liked the “Ultimate” version of Bucky, where he´s kind of the “unofficial” photographer for Cap.

  7. Villains always have the coolest, most thought-through names.

  8. Finally it took long enough to see the character. He will be a great Winter Solider when the time comes.

    • yeah that should make for a great antagonist in the sequel. He should nt be in Avengers except as maybe a cameo, watching Cap on the news or something or taking pictures of him, stalking him like Prey.

      • ok i’m so down for that lol.

        • As am I. Though I don’t see him changing from WS back to Bucky then into Cap though I wouldn’t mind it.

          • i see it more as a trilogy in the sense that you have the birth of Cap in the first , second you have Winter solider along with Crossbones and Lukin trying to Kill Rogers and Rogers realizing his Arch Enemy using the cosmic Cube was able to escape death and time as well.At the end of the second Rogers discovers that the Winter Solider is really Bucky. The Third would deal with saving Bucky and destroying The Skull. I think trilogies are better when you have One Major Bad guy and the Villian is as fleshed out as the Hero. The Red Skull and Captain America are Iconic and deserve a really fleshed out storyline

            • Loco, I think that would be too confusing for the average cinema goer who´s not familiar with the comic books…

  9. yeah, I like some of those characters to be like easter eggs but i would nt want them pushed in keep the stories lean and in concert with the line that they are telling , seeing a little kid in the present day, that asks for a autograph , Cap asks him his name and says Eli Bradley, Nomad, I cant see working to well in any format. I do think we will see Sharon Carter though in Avenegers or maybe at the end of First Avenger when they thaw Steve out.

  10. I have to say that I am really hyped for this film. And from the pics I have seen, chris evans is gonna rock this character man….I better becareful not preejaculate my words. But hopeful nonetheless.

  11. This movie is gonna be awesome!!!!

  12. Im confused about this movie. I just saw a pic where these soldiers are standing behind Cap in futuristic looking uniforms with new technology (it seems) and Cap is wearing some old looking raggedy getup. Is this movie using flashbacks or in the older days throughout most of the film?

  13. Oh and here’s the pic.

    • Those are HYDRA soldiers.

      Damn, Stan is looking like a BAMF. Winter Soldier LETS GO!!!!!

      • Thanks Jeremy.

  14. Am I the only one who is going to be a little sad and disappointed if we don’t get to see Baron Zemo and Union Jack in this? I hope not. lol

    • I think you are , I personally think less is more, Like I said above I want the movies to Flesh out both the Heroes and the Villians.

      • I do have to agree with you there. I would rather see a great movie without them, than a bad one with them. (coughSpiderman3Cough) But I am going to hold out hope that I’ll get to at least see Baron Zemo at some point down the line. If for no other reason than seeing how they work out his costume situation. :)

  15. While I have no problems with the initial direction Bucky is pointed at (we have seen way too many wisecracking young sidekicks as it is), I am not on board with the Cap. America reborn story. No matter what happens, Steve Rogers is Cap. period. Plus I am 100% against any Captain America who has to resort to using guns, knives and grenades to get the job done. The extra equipment is the antithesis of what Captain America embodies.

    They can use the Winter Soldier story, just don’t assassinate Cap and allow the two to reunite.

    • I doubt they’ll kill Captain America in any point of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they’re definitely going to make Bucky/Winter Soldier a villian in the sequel for sure.

    • And here is where the real world and the comic world collide. No offense meant to your comment mongoose.
      It’s true the comics built cap as a perfect weapon who needs nothing but the skin of his teeth to survive (and his shield of course). yet if you were to translate the perfect comic cap to the big screen…you have that failed captain America movie back then which even I don’t remember. (Exaggeration meant)
      A soldier by any real world standard is trained to use weapons hence I can still appreciate cap using weapons since he is a “Soldier”.

    • In the original Captain America comics Cap carried a gun , He later on in made more kid friendly and his gun was taken away. However, I agree that our generations Cap did not use a firearm, until The Ultimate Cap and of Course Bucky’s Captain. I personally have no issue with Cap using a Gun one of my Favorite cover is of him jumping with the Sub machine gun in his hand and his Shield in the other. Also lets remember a couple of things Cap is a solider, and as much as Rogers wanted to fight he would have killed as a solider, he would have to think anything else would be completely wrong.

      • Well, according to everyone’s posts above me then, we should be arming ALL our Superheroes with guns, knives, grenades and whatever else they can get their hands on, right? So it’s ok if Batman wields a gun? no? Well then how about arming all of the X-Men with ‘soldier’ equipment. Surely Kitty Pride, Rogue, Beast, Colossus and Nightcrawler could all do with a trusty sidearm to make their lives easier.

        See, the problem is that, while it may be appropriate in the real world, it’s not what the characters in question are all about. Giving them weapons lessens who they are. To bring the point around though…….. Captain America I see as the modern knight in shining armor. He fights for the honor of his country, himself and even the foes he battles. So weapons that kill rather than bring someone to justice are beneath him now. This is kind of what being a Superhero is all about.

        He has evolved beyond the need for normal weapons of war and giving them back to him lessens the character and his entire concept as a whole. Plus using a gun really removes his need to throw his shield which is arguably his coolest and most unique ability. ;)

        • “So it’s ok if Batman wields a gun? no?” Batman isn´t a soldier.

          “Surely Kitty Pride, Rogue, Beast, Colossus and Nightcrawler could all do with a trusty sidearm to make their lives easier.” They don´t need firearms, they ARE firearms.

          “Captain America I see as the modern knight in shining armor.” The movie takes place in WW II, so he´s everything but modern.

          “This is kind of what being a Superhero is all about.” Cap isn´t a superhero, he´s supposed to be a super SOLDIER, so he uses a gun, pistol or whatever.

          • “Batman isn´t a soldier.”

            Lets not get hung up an a word shall we? Batman is a trained killer and an expert crime fighter. He knows how you use a gun and has displayed his prowess on rare occasions, he just doesn’t carry one as a general rule of thumb. I’m really not seeing how being in the army makes one predisposed to using a firearm.

            BUT……did you know that even Batman in his early days was known to pull out a pistol? It wasn’t until later that the whole “no gun” thing was created but yet we can’t now imagine him using one because it makes sense, just like Cap not using a gun now.

            “They don´t need firearms, they ARE firearms”

            Well I carefully picked those X-Men because they all lack a lethal ranged attack. Would make things much simpler if they just pulled out a gun and started shooting but how interesting would that be?

            Of course I do appreciate you proving my point though…Cap is ALSO his own firearm, thanks ;)

            “The movie takes place in WW II, so he´s everything but modern.”

            We were discussing this down the line for possible later movies.

            “Cap isn´t a superhero, he´s supposed to be a super SOLDIER, so he uses a gun, pistol or whatever.”

            Again hung up on this one word. Its A WORD. period. It does not define him. You would have us all think soldiers are mindless brutes that can’t decide for themselves what weapons to use? He did use a gun but now he has a superior weapon, his shield. That is Caps shtick and give him a gun takes away from the character just like Batman.

            And to say Cap is not a superhero is just…..wrong.

  16. and Modok…

  17. Winter Soldier? Maybe he will be in the Avengers movie as part of The Masters of Evil?… I dont think he was in MoE in the comics, but oh well… Cant wait to see him working for the russians!!!

  18. Very excited for this!

  19. thank god…i was dreading him being another copy of Chris o’ Donnell’s Robin, campiness and all

    heres another (low res) pic of Stan, looking very Jason Bourne-ish:

    and heres more scans from Empire mag, including Richard Armitage, Hayley Atwell and Tommy Lee Jones:

    your welcome