Out of all the major announcements and teases at San Diego’s Comic-Con this year, one that elicited some of the biggest response was the reveal of sequel titles for Marvel’s upcoming “Avengers” related properties. “Thor 2″ has now been dubbed “Thor: The Dark World”, which is vague, but if you’re a comics fan, “Captain America 2″‘s official title should give you a pretty good idea of where it’s going: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is coming at you on April 4, 2014.
One person who’s bound to be amongst the most excited is Sebastian Stan, who played Chris Evans’ WWII era Steve Rogers’ best friend Bucky Barnes in the first film, and — SPOILER ALERT — who appeared to plunge to an icy death from a speeding train amidst battle. Well, it looks like Marvel is ready for Bucky to follow in the footsteps of his comic book counterpart and return as his newly revived and enhanced identity, Winter Soldier. As it’s been confirmed Cap will remain in modern times in his sequel, it appears Bucky is probably headed for the 21st Century as well. Bucky has a long history of being friend and foe to Marvel’s heroes, which we won’t go into, though it’s hard to tell how he will be tweaked for the movie universe. Anthony and Joseph Russo will direct “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
Stan has stuck mostly to TV since his “Captain America” adventures, starring in a sizeable arc on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” (with more likely for season 2) and is a regular on USA’s new drama “Political Animals.” He’s also completed filming on his first starring big screen role opposite Ashley Greene in Warner Bros’ horror “The Apparition.”