Watch: 'Falcon and the Winter Soldier' Writer Teases Bisexual Bucky Barnes

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday April 3, 2021
Originally published on March 29, 2021

Anthony Mackie, left, and Sebastian Stan in a scene from 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'
Anthony Mackie, left, and Sebastian Stan in a scene from 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'  (Source:Disney Plus via AP)

Is Bucky Barnes bisexual?

In a new interview with NME, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" lead writer Malcom Spellman simply responded to the increasingly popular fan query, "I'm not diving down rabbit holes, but just keep watching."

The character of Bucky Barnes — a World War II soldier presumed to have been killed but re-emerges as an assassin in the present day — is played by handsome Romanian actor Sebastian Stan, who played openly gay T.J. Hammond, son of Sigourney Weaver's Elaine Barrish, in the miniseries "Political Animals."

Barnes must adjust to life in the 21st century without his best friend Steve Rogers. Stan said to MTV earlier this year, "Steve Rogers and Bucky are both orphans and kind of like brothers. They kind of grow up together and look after each other. It's a very human, relatable thing... I also wanted to look out for how their relationship changes once Steve Rogers becomes Captain America. There's always a competition and they're always one-upping each other. I paid attention to how Bucky is affected by Steve's change and suddenly Steve is this leader."

Watch the interview with Malcom Spellman:


Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.