The Real Reason Bucky Wasn't Given Captain America's Shield


So Captain America gives up his shield at the end of Avengers: Endgame. But why didn’t he give it to Bucky Barnes? After all, The Winter Soldier is the perfect candidate for taking up the mantle of Captain America. There are plenty of reasons why Steve Rogers chose someone else instead. Major spoilers ahead, so consider yourself warned!

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Captain America returns the Infinity Stones to their timelines to give himself the life he was denied when he sacrificed himself for the good of the world in Captain America: The First Avenger. He finds his way back to Peggy Carter and then the Hulk sends him back in time.Then we see Steve Rogers as an older man with a wedding ring. At his side is his iconic red-white-and-blue shield, which he passes on to his partner Sam Wilson, who humbly accepts it.

Of course, this raises an important question: Why did Captain America pass the shield to Sam Wilson and not Bucky? Sure, Sam Wilson was Captain America for a time in the comic books, but not until years after the resurrected Bucky had his own time with the shield.

When Bucky returns as a brainwashed killer in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we rarely hear the character speak. But the recovering veteran had plenty to say two years later in Captain America: Civil War.

If we can say nothing else definitive about Bucky, we know he’s got no illusions about who he is or what he’s done. If anything, he’s harder on himself than his old friend is. While he fights for his freedom against any and all challengers, he doesn’t shy away from his responsibilities, and he doesn’t hide behind Hydra’s brainwashing.

Considering all this, it feels highly unlikely that Bucky would accept the responsibility of being Captain America or even take his old friend’s shield.

Bucky wants a chance at redemption, but so far we haven’t seen him forgive himself. Bucky probably feels like wielding Captain America’s shield would be a bit too much – even with his turn to good

While we’ve seen Bucky a couple of times since Captain America: Civil War, we never learn a lot of information about him. In the Civil War mid-credits scene, he tells Steve he wants to be frozen until he can be freed from Hydra’s mental conditioning. Otherwise, another ambitious criminal might transform him into an unstoppable assassin. Keep watching to find out The real reason Bucky wasn’t given Captain America’s shield.

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Bucky wouldn’t accept it | 0:57
His Hydra conditioning: Still active? | 2:11
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Comments (39)
September 7, 2019

Now the Bucky actor can return to Once Upon a Time

September 10, 2019

I honestly feel like Bucky didnt want it and he knew the entire time what Cap was gonna do.

September 10, 2019

This is valid. Without the comics arc where he blamed Tony for Steve's death and was unwilling to let him decide who the next Cap would be, and where he was only stopped from killing Tony by a letter that Steve left asking him to take up the shield, he has no reason to accept it. Sadly, the MCU left out all of Bucky's redemption arc, so going the the end result of that arc, with him as Cap would be a leap.

That being said, the MCU isn't done with Bucky. Not only is a tv show in the works, but Sebastian Stan still has a number of movies on contract.

September 11, 2019

Bucky also has super soldier strength from the serum

September 11, 2019

At the end of the day Bucky is the guy who killed Howard Stark. Though he wasn't in control nonetheless SHIELD knows what he's capable of. Thank god Bucky's back in his right mind to play for the good guys.

September 13, 2019

cap at the end of endgame says “you’re a good man sam” not a perfect solider like bucky, but a good man. that’s my reason

September 13, 2019

Political Correctness

September 17, 2019

Bucky: sees cap give shield to sam
Bucky: Son of a bi

September 23, 2019

Passing a mantle makes more sense when given to a pupil rather than a peer. In my opinion it goes to someone you inspire and develop, not someone who you have an equal relationship with.

September 24, 2019

Marvels phase 4 is gonna feature a wokeness of epic proportions. Female Thor and other stupid pointless shit. Bucky is a white male , so therefore he doesn't qualify to be a top dog anymore. Of course they're gonna give it to the poor oppressed black man , ya know… Because they are just so diverse over at all mighty Marvel/Disney

September 24, 2019

Let's just be honest about it. Bucky was skipped over because Disney wants to diversify the team. Replacements for Thor and Iron Man also reflect this.

September 30, 2019

110% agree!!! Although I’d love for him to wield the shield one day! I honestly don’t know how Sam will pull it off being just a regular guy and all.

October 8, 2019

Hey bhagwan kitna cute dikhta hai yeh ..means oh my god how cute he is.. 😁😁😁😁

October 10, 2019

Alright ima say it

Sam is the worst avenger out of all of them (no offence to Sam fans)

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