Fans have often discussed the relationship of prior Captain America Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. Was the correction between the two purely bromance? Or was there, as Starlord would put it, “this unspoken thing?” With Steve gone, do Sam and Bucky now have that same unspoken thing?
In an interview with Variety, director Kari Skogland revealed that there is certainly love between Sam and Bucky. However, the two Avengers do not have a sexual connection. In the same article, the sexuality of the MCU's Winter Soldier was also confirmed.
Do Sam and Bucky love each other?
Falcon and the Winter Soldier fans have commented on the relationship of Sam and Bucky. Compared to Steve and Bucky, the relationship is a bit more volatile. For example, the two Avengers are constantly bickering and playfully insulting each other – like a playground crush.
Skogland explained that fan wishes for a sexual relationship between the two are not currently happening. In fact, the director has explained that there’s no sexual relationship between the two characters. However, they do love each other.
“It’s really love, right?” Skogland explains. “They love each other — at the end. They don’t love each other at the beginning, but they come to a friendship place where they love each other. So I’m not really sensitive to masculinity as any kind of barrier between that love, or how it should manifest. I’m completely fluid when it comes to any of that. So, there’s no defined sexuality to any of it. It’s, really, I think, just affection.”
Is Bucky bisexual?
In the first episode of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, fans inferred that Bucky was bisexual. In the episode, Bucky explains that he's been seeing “weird... tiger photos" on the dating sites he frequents. Fans realised that most dating profiles with tigers are middle aged men, leading many to think he's bisexual.
“I think we just thought of it as an oddity of the times, because he’s so confused by it,” Skogland says. “Because don’t forget, he’s 106 years old. He’s just confused by the whole thing.”
“What we were really more trying to display was his complete lack of technical skills, as well as being part of any kind of community. He doesn’t fit. So that was I think more our intention there that try to point to any one particular affinity.”