One of the most beloved (and, of course, tragic) relationships in Marvel's Cinematic Universe is the one that exists between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. Bucky was once the confident, taller, and much more buff friend of the man who would become Captain America. But, after nearly losing his life during the war, the Barnes is mutilated and transformed into the Winter Soldier by HYDRA before being sent to hunt down his former friend.
Needless to say, their friendship is complicated, but Cap isn't ready to back down when it comes to bringing Bucky back to life. Much like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, Captain America can see the good flickering in his friend's eyes, and wants to wake up that part of the former soldier once more.
While attending D23 Expo this past weekend, actor Chris Evans went into further detail with Buzzfeed about what Captain America is thinking in relation to Bucky:
The best thing about Cap is he’s such a sympathetic character. He struggles so much [and] he doesn’t bleed on people. So to have a character who’s always taking his conflict in such a personal manner, when he has the opportunity to reconnect in a way that could be purely self-serving — it’s not for the greater good, it’s not for anyone else, it’s just for him and he’s put himself last so often, so many times — when you have a character that just remembers him and he has a flash of personal agenda, it’s rewarding.
I like it. I like those moments where Cap gets to have a little nugget just for himself.
Evans went on to describe his admiration for Sebastian Stan, who shares an on-screen chemistry with him that certainly helps their on-screen portrayal of old war buddies on opposite sides:
Sebastian is one of the best actors we could possibly ask for in this movie. He’s phenomenal and it’s enormously based on the chemistry Sebastian has established in the past movies. We owe him a lot.
The two characters will clash once more in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), and with Bucky's recent appearance in Ant-Man, it seems that the score might be settled during the course of the film -- or, at least, fans hope so.