By now, even non-hardcore Marvel fans know that you stay through the credits of any Marvel movie, and by "stay through," that means to the VERY end, because there's often a mid-credits and post-credits scene.
If you've seen Ant-Man (and if you haven't, what are you waiting for?), then you know that the post-credits scene shows us a few familiar faces, with one of them quite literally in a bind. The scene shows Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson in a warehouse, along with Bucky Barnes, who appears to have his metal arm trapped in some kind of vise or clamp. And he is not real happy about it.
Now, we know from Kevin Feige's recent confirmation that that scene isn't just a tease for [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), but an actual scene that happens partway through the upcoming movie.
Sebastian Stan himself addressed the post-credits scene in an interview with BuzzFeed and shed a few clues as to what we can expect of Bucky's status by the time we get to that scene.
"I think [what Bucky was caught in was] more of a vise. But it would never happen at his own hand, by his own doing. In terms of that scene in Ant-Man, I've seen some of the ideas people have about it and I would say that whatever you're seeing on the surface, it's not as obvious as that. There might be a while lot more to the scene. I would say someone would probably want to put him in a vise."
Then again...his comments raise even more questions for us. If he's not the one who put himself there, then who did - and why? Are Cap and Falcon trying to undo Bucky's brainwashing? Or did they find him like that after he'd been trapped by a villain, say someone from Hydra, angry that Bucky slipped his leash and went rogue? Or was Hydra trying to reprogram him?
I'd be willing to bet that no matter what state they originally find him in, by the end of the movie Bucky will be back on the side of the good guys.
All the answers will be revealed when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.