"Your mom’s name was Sarah. You used to wear newspapers in your shoes." Steve's smile of relieved happiness following his friend's statement was such a beautiful, heartbreaking scene in the Captain America: Civil War trailer because finally, his Bucky's back.
After believing his friend dead during the World War II events of Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) discovered his BFF was actually alive and kicking decades later as a brainwashed Hydra assassin in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Whereas Bucky was the hunter in the last Captain America movie, he now becomes the hunted Steve has to protect from Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) ... and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and the rest of the world governments in Captain America: Civil War.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Sebastian Stan talked about the Winter Soldier’s redemption arc in the upcoming Russo Brothers movie, revealing where the movie picks up for Bucky after he saw himself in front of his own museum display in the Captain America exhibit at the Smithsonian:
"[Civil War] pretty much picks up where we last see him in the post‑credit scene in Winter Soldier. Not exactly at the museum, but it’s right around that time. It finds him right in the middle of making significant and terrifying discoveries about himself and his past. And that’s where he’s at the beginning of this movie.
This movie certainly deals with what’s happened to him. I mean, what have we gotten as a result of Bucky and the Winter Soldier? You know, here’s the guy when you merge the two. This is what came out. To me, he’s never really going to be Bucky Barnes again. There’s going be recognizable things about him, but his path through the [experiences of] Winter Soldier is always going be there, haunting him. He recognizes his past, but at the same time he’s sort of a new character, too.
It’s one of the greatest joys I have in playing this part because it’s like the three movies for me have been like three people, in a sense."
The actor then went on to explain that not all of Bucky’s memories come back to him and that the journey to get there will be an emotional one:
"It doesn’t just suddenly all come back to him, just because he’s learned certain things about himself. It’s not like he immediately has all these emotions and feelings and point of views about people and families that he’s dealt with — or Steve. The knowledge is there, but the emotions aren’t explored yet, which also makes it very interesting to play."
Sebastian Stan talked about Cap’s loyalty to his closest and oldest friend and the fact that their bromance seems to be stronger than even Steve’s sense of obligation and duty he feels as a soldier, going against Tony and the rest of the world to protect Bucky:
"I think that’s one of the neat things about this movie and the third installment for Steve Rogers. We get to see another side of him. I mean you’d wonder, right? After so many years of being loyal and morally impenetrable and always doing the right thing that he wouldn’t somehow at some point go, “Man, like, what am I fighting for? What’s my life? What am I living for?” I think this movie very much tackles those questions for Steve Rogers. He’s been questioning things I think for a long time and this is where he’s deciding to follow his instincts and not what people tell him is right or wrong."
What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing the Winter Soldier's redemption arc in Captain America: Civil War?