The end of Captain America: Civil War left a connection between Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier, and Black Panther, leading to speculation the former could appear in the latter’s upcoming solo film. But Sebastian Stan has put those ideas to rest.
The Winter Soldier actor, speaking to Good Morning America at D23 Expo, flatly denied appearing in next year’s Black Panther. When asked about the ending of Civil War, he said:
“I am NOT in Black Panther. I’m not, really I’m not. But, you know, that gets resovled in this one.”
You can watch the clip right here:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 16, 2017
The “this one” from his quote refers to Avengers: Infinity War, where both Winter Soldier and Black Panther will appear. This doesn’t mean the events of Captain America: Civil War won’t have any sort of impact on Black Panther, but it does mean we can rule out Bucky being thawed until May of 2018. And yes, while actors have lied about secret roles before, we should take this as the current official word.
Black Panther releases February 16, 2018.
After the events of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.