This One Line From 'Black Panther' Explains a Key Detail of 'Avengers: Infinity War'
Midway through Black Panther, a wounded Agent Moss (Martin Freeman) lands in the lab of Shuri (Letitia Wright), who jokes about having "another broken white boy to fix." It sounds like another one of Shuri's brilliant jabs, but there's much more to this line as we learn once the movie ends.
The post-credit scene shows a man waking up to a group of Wakandan children, who is later revealed as Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes. It's the first we've seen of the anti-hero since Captain America: Civil War, when he traveled to Wakanda to escape anyone with the knowledge to use his programming against him and turn him into an evil weapon. Barnes walks toward a lake where he meets Shuri, who calls him the "White Wolf" and thanks her for his help.
This connects back to an Avengers: Infinity War prelude comic, which depicts Shuri working to cure Bucky's Hydra brainwashing that turns him into a killing machine. It seems she's done a pretty good job, as Barnes shows back up in the Infinity War trailer fighting alongside Captain America and Co. As for the name, White Wolf is a Black Panther character that hasn't yet appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the comics, White Wolf was a white boy adopted by T'Chaka and raised in Wakanda and grew up to be a leader of the country's special forces. It's possible that the films will twist this character to be a third iteration of Bucky, who is now free of Hydra brainwashing.
Stan told us last year that he's interested in pursuing this Marvel character more—possibly even with his own standalone film. And with Chris Evans's contract coming to an end, maybe Bucky Barnes (or White Wolf) will be a good replacement for Captain America.
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