With a codename like "The Winter Soldier," it was all but inevitable that someone on the internet would jokingly compare Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) to anyone who hails from the Stark family in HBO's Game of Thrones thanks to the family's affinity for winter. Surprisingly, it was Sebastian Stan, the actor behind Marvel's legendary anti-hero, who made the comparison – but the similarities he noticed don't have anything to do with snow, winter or knowing nothing!
The Winter Soldier: Marvel's King in the North?
When #SebastianStan was interviewed by MTV during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) about his work in I, Tanya, the discussion shifted to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (#MCU) and his role as the fan-favorite Winter Soldier. Stan likened Barnes to Jon Snow (Kit Harington) from HBO's fantasy epic #GameOfThrones due to the seemingly insurmountable odds that both characters face.
"I feel a lot like that Jon Snow character [in] 'Battle of the Bastards.' When there's that shot of Jon Snow, from the back as horses are charging at him and he's just standing there, that's kind of how I feel on set at times. Will I make this stampede or not?"
Even before the events of Captain America: Civil War, Bucky Barnes had his own "Battle of the Bastards" to face in his quest to discover who he once was before HYDRA's brainwashing turned him into a one-armed killing machine. However, his involvement in the conspiracy that killed Wakanda's king and split the #Avengers only made matters worse.
By the time Avengers: Infinity War comes around, Bucky will have been awoken from his cryogenic sleep in Wakanda, now allowing him to help in the fight against Thanos (Josh Brolin) in his own way. But, given that Infinity War is said to be the end of the line for some of the Avengers that audiences have come to know and love, it remains a mystery if Bucky will live long enough to see the end of his "Battle of the Bastards," or if he'll die fighting it.
As Stan said when telling MTV what's next for him after Infinity War, the Earth's mightiest heroes "just got to all survive this war" before they even get a hint at what lies beyond the coming war against the Mad Titan. But for those still curious as to what Infinity War has in store for fans of the long-running #Marvel franchise, the movie's directors - the Russo Brothers - promise that Infinity War will deliver in ways no one could anticipate.
"I think fans should be prepared for some very intense surprises in these movies. My brother [Anthony Russo] and I believe in stakes; I believe that everything has to come to an end at some point, in order for it to have value, and so I think the audience should be prepared."
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