Y’all are killing me with your secret theories! I need to know! Are they hopeful? Or more like, rest in pieces forever? “my pet theory for Civil War is that he’s been replaced by a skrull and has probably been dead for a long time there as well” I was thinking this, too, because Bucky seems so robotic and unlike himself there. Either way, I expect tragedy to strike with him again. One way or another. Clearly Marvel just wants him to die in Secret Wars. Whether it’s for good remains to be seen.
Well, I definitely don’t think it’s rest in pieces forever. The serial nature of the comic book story tends to result in everyone showing up again eventually, and Bucky has become a pretty popular character thanks to his prominent role in the MCU. Most of the characters that have a prominent place in the MCU have a prominent place in the comic book line. Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Doctor Strange, Falcon, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Star Lord, The Vision, and Hawkeye all have a title series in the All-New All-Different lineup. The Odinson and Loki have important roles in the new Mighty Thor series; Steve will be a major player in Sam Wilson, Captain America. So I think it’s safe to say that Bucky will be along sooner rather than later. What incarnation of Bucky that will be? Anyone’s guess at this point.
I promise I’ll have more to say about this when Secret Wars ends. 🙂