Even though The Falcon and The Winter Soldier ended with Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson dropping his former title as the Falcon and embracing his duties as the new Captain America, Sebastian Stan’s Bucky still has a long way to go. The title of being the Winter Soldier will always be something that people will associate with his bloody past, no matter how much he cleans the slate. And reportedly, it’s now Bucky’s turn to shed his past and accept the life of a superhero with a new title.
When The Falcon and The Winter Soldier ended, the title card of the show was changed to reflect Sam’s new designation as the new Captain America and him finally embracing the role but it didn’t take into account the growth underwent by Bucky’s character and still denoted him by his old moniker. But as per a new report by insider Daniel Richtman, when Sebastian Stan next appears i.e., in Captain America 4, he won’t be the Winter Soldier anymore. Just like the Disney+ series witnessed Sam’s journey of change and acceptance, the fourth Captain America film will serve the same purpose for Bucky as he transforms into the White Wolf.
While we always caution readers to take Richtman’s reports with a grain of salt, the chances of Sebastian Stan becoming MCU’s White Wolf are quite high. After The Falcon and The Winter Soldier ended, showrunner Malcolm Spellman was questioned about the changes in the title card in the finale’s credit and why it didn’t reflect the same for Bucky. In his answer, to ComicBook.com, Spellman clarified that the title card is not an indicator that Bucky is still the Winter Soldier as he has dealt with his demons and is now free from the burdens of his past. Bucky’s identity underwent major changes through the course of the series as he went on a “journey of trying to find ways to redeem himself and learning that avenging right is not the same thing as redemption.”
Sebastian Stan as Bucky spent the better part of the Disney+ series first stopping the villains he helped in getting positions of power, grappling with the current era (as just like Steve Rogers he is a man removed from his original timeline), and failing to come to terms with the fact that he has killed innocents as the Winter Soldier. He only managed to put the past behind him when he learned that righting the wrongs of his past won’t bring him closure, accepting them will. By the end of the series, he was in a much better place and appeared to have finally started living his life.
Sebastian Stan was first denoted as the White Wolf during his stay in Wakanda, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, where he was freed from HYDRA’s programming. It was when he was recuperating in a Wakandian village, that we first heard him being called the “White wolf.” Bucky even denoted himself by the new name in the second episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Whether this will become his moniker going forward is something only the release of Captain America 4 can confirm.