**SPOILER WARNING: There are major spoilers for both Avengers: Infinity War and the film's post-credit scene below**
Avengers: Infinity War has only been out in theaters for a week, but fans have already directed their sights to the future, particularly the outcome of Avengers 4, which bows next May. Aside from postulating about possible titles, people are curious about who will be resurrected, who will stay dead, and who will still be killed in the wake of Thanos' now-infamous Infinity Gauntlet snap.
Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) was the first to disintegrate into ash, signaling that the film's big baddie had succeeded in fulfilling his "destiny" of wiping out half the life in the universe. Black Panther, Falcon, Spider-Man, and almost all of the Guardians of the Galaxy followed suit, but some revivals in the sequel are a little more evident than others. For instance, we already know Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Panther (Chadwick Boseman) have follow-up movies on the Marvel Studios slate, so they've got to be coming back. Still, some deaths (like Gamora) will have to stick, while others will certainly be forthcoming.
There's a very good chance that Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) will be meeting their makers by the end of the next Avengers, mainly because the actors' contracts are finished and the actors themselves are a bit tired of playing these characters after 10 years. They've given us more than enough, and if they do die while defeating Thanos and restoring half the universe, it will be a fitting way to go out.
Should Cap lose his life, the position of the Star-Spangled Avenger won't remain vacant for long. In the comics, the hero's greatest allies, like Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, have both taken over the shield after the death and/or retirement of their good friend, Captain America. Speaking to BUILD Series, Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky, said he's up for shedding his dark past as the Winter Soldier and filling in for Steve Rogers.
"I mean, look, it would have to be a very different, quote, Captain America," he said. "It just wouldn’t be the same. It would be interesting... in the comic books it was always interesting because there’s an emotional turmoil, there was a guilt there that was driving for me as a character, because it’s Steve's absence. It sort of felt like the guy had to once again carry on this vision that his best friend had for years and what he stood for. And that struggle, have that kinda coming into conflict with someone who’s still grappling with their own past and what is the right thing to do now."
It would be the perfect way to preserve the character while passing on the baton to a newer generation of heroes, but according to Stan, it couldn't be a Captain America rehash. If he were to take up the mantle, there'd definitely be a shadowy undertone, especially since Bucky spent many years as a brainwashed sleeper agent for Hydra, which culminated in the murder of Tony Stark's parents. Touching on this theme of shifting identities, the actor said:
"If you have a character who’s always searching and forgetting an identity and finally gets an identity only to have to lose it again to an idea, then it makes for a complex take on it. So if they were ever to explore that it would be a very different, definitely way darker take on the situation."
PLEASE NOTE: The quotes for this story were taken from Gizmodo's i09, which altered the quotes for maximum readability. Moreover, BUILD Series is a subscription service, meaning that SYFY WIRE did not have access to the video from which the quotes came.