First Images of Sebastian "Bucky" Stan in Captain America: The First Avenger
02.03.11 by BJSprecher
In advance of the airing of the first trailer for director Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger during this weekend's Super Bowl, Marvel Studios has released, via the L.A. Times, the first still image from the movie to feature Sebastian Stan as James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes. Bucky appeared in the very first issue of Captain America Comics way back in 1941 and was very much a "sidekick" to Cap during his wartime adventures.
But Johnston told the Times that "Bucky isn't a sidekick" in First Avenger and that he has a "darker edge" than in the comics. Johnston also revealed some minor plot details that explain the "interesting relationship" between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Bucky.
We took some liberties with the relationship between the two guys. In our story, Bucky is already in the service, he’s already joined up and is being sent overseas while Steve is still struggling to get in the army. That’s different than what you may have read in the comics. It adds a nuance to the relationship that pays off later. They’re closer in age, too — they’re virtually the same age. That’s not the case at all if you go back to the old comics.
Johnston went on to say that Stan was actually considered for the role of Captain America, but that "he didn’t have quite the same earnest, I-want-to-fight-for-my-country aura" as Evans. He did, however, have "a little bit of that dark side" that made him a "perfect" fit for Johnston's interpretation of Bucky.
Sebastian brought something really interesting and slightly on the dark side and really compelling to watch — when he’s on camera, you’re fascinated by watching him,” Johnston said. “In a great cast, I thought he really stood out and brought some unexpected things to the role. Everyone brought something to the movie and a lot of them brought something great but I was most pleasantly surprised by what Chris brought and what Sebasatian brought in a much smaller role as Bucky.
Additionally, a second image of Bucky popped up on the French site LesToilesHeroiques. According to the site, the image was scanned from the French magazine Première, which explains the poor quality of the picture.
Captain America: The First Avenger was written by Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus. The cast includes Hugo Weaving, Toby Jones, Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper, Stanley Tucci, and Neal McDonough.