– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Sebastian Stan plays Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, in Marvel’s Captain America films. He’s already completed his work for his second reprisal of the role, which takes place in next year’s Captain America: Civil War. Now that his third outing is in the can, what does he think fans should expect from the upcoming film? According to the actor, the Marvel epic will feature brutality, the likes of which we haven’t seen in an MCU film so far, as well as ample amount of heart and character.

Here’s the full video of his comments, and then join me afterward for some thoughts:

Marvel’s films have been accused of treating violence with kid gloves, where no one’s ever really in any danger, there’s not much at stake, and like the tone skews more cartoonish than brutal. As I’ve said before, the Russo brothers seem to be the antidote to most of the critiques leveled at Marvel’s ouevre. Just look at the attack on Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That was probably the most hard-hitting, tense action sequence in any Marvel film to date. The Russo’s are back at the helm for Civil War, and so I totally buy Stan’s comments that the film will feature some brutal fighting the likes of which “we haven’t seen before.”

What’s most exciting about his remarks, though, is the promise of characterand heart. I’ve always said that the longterm success of big, effects-heavy, action tentpoles like these truly hinges on the strength of its characters and the humanity of its story. Do the characters have depth and layers? Are their arcs interesting? Can we relate to them and the circumstances they find themselves in? Would we be upset if they were killed, hurt, or abducted? So Stan’s comments that the film will include a ton of character and heart speaks to a fan like me, especially since I think the team responsible for The Winter Soldier can absolutely deliver on that promise. 

We’ll see if Captain America: Civil War lives up to its lofty ambitions when it comes out next year on May 6, 2016.

SOURCE: We Got This Covered

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.