Sebastian Stan says he's finally ready to become the next Captain America

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Sep 28, 2015, 2:24 PM EDT

Not too long ago, Sebastian Stan (The Martian), who plays James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier, wasn’t excited by the prospect he could some day become the next Captain America.

In the Marvel comics, Bucky stepped forward to become the next Cap following the "death" of his BFF Steve Rogers, and joined the anti-registration New Avengers. He wielded the iconic shield until his own, er, apparent death in the pages of Fear Itself. Another Cap candidate, Anthony Mackie, wasn’t too keen on seeing Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, following in the footsteps of Chris Evans, either.

When he was asked again at this past weekend’s Salt Lake City Comic-Con (via the good folks over at The Salt Lake Tribune) who should wear the Red, White and Blues of the next Cap (between himself and Mackie), Stan now seemed ready to accept the mantle by replying with a smile, "Myself." Question is: will the movies let him wield the iconic shield in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? For now, it’s hard to say.

"I'll say this: They sure like to dangle a cheese in front of my nose a lot," Stan said. In both movies, he's picked up Cap's shield in the middle of a battle, as a quick homage to Bucky's tenure as Captain America in the comic books. "They're like 'Oh yeah, that's where you pick up the shield,' and I'm like, 'Yeah, I've heard that one before. There it is again.' But I don't know. If I could say one thing, if anyone can have anything to do with it, to make it happen, is you."

Fans seem ready to accept Stan as Evans’ replacement if ever the character dies or leaves the Avengers at some point in the movies. However, I think we can rule out this happening in Captain America: Civil War. I could see it taking place sometime between Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 and 2, however.

Right now, Bucky is still recuperating in the wake of the events of Winter Soldier, and Stan is fully committed to his role as the titular character, doing research on post-traumatic stress disorder, and hearing from soldiers who had difficulties reintegrating after war. He’s also reading the comic books pertaining to Bucky piecing back together his memories and his life.

"And everything about his childhood was extremely inspiring," Stan said. "I didn't know that he had a sister who ends up going into an orphanage and later ends up dying of Alzheimer's. The fact that this whole story with his father, all those things were very real for me and very helpful in terms of pulling a person together." They showed Stan "the fact that this is why he ends up being used by HYDRA and the Russians and so on, because he comes from a really troubled past."

What do you guys think? Would you like to see the passing of the shield from Steve to Bucky?

(The Salt Lake Tribune via Comic Book Movie)