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The internet crowds are going crazy over the homoerotic – and possibly love – flying around in circles around Steve Rogers (AKA Captain American) and his long-time pal, Bucky Barnes (AKA The Winter Soldier). But how much of it is in our heads, and how much is in the actual movie? Sebastian Stan (who plays Bucky, and has a fun gay past as an actor), has something to say about all this.

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Captain American and Bucky Barnes
Photo: Marvel Studios

Not to give away any major spoilers, the plot in “Captain America: Civil War” has a lot to do with the relationship, friendship, and – love? – between Cap and Buckey.

“People come to the movies with all kinds of things”, Sebastian Stan now says in an interview with The Daily Beast. “I don’t think Bucky knows how to express his emotions… He’s somebody who is very alone. He’s in a very isolated place, and he’s sort of like a scared animal. He’s just lost. What he does learn, is that the only person, his only hope, is Steve Rogers. Because Steve Rogers is the only guy who will keep him alive.”

But is it love?

“Of course! He’s his only family. I mean, these guys are 99 years old. Isn’t it amazing when you think about it that way? They’re these two guys who are totally out of a different world, they don’t have anybody, they were ripped out of a past.

They never had a choice, necessarily. Certainly, Bucky never had a choice. The idea for the guy was, ‘I’m going to go to war, because that’s what I’m supposed to do for my country, and then I’m going to come back and start a life’—but he never did.”

You can read the full interview right here.