According to fans of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ Steve not giving Bucky the Shield made perfect sense.
Few friendships in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are as solid as Steve Rogers’ and Bucky Barnes’, or Captain America and the Winter Soldier’s.
They have a long history together and have always stood by each other in good times and bad. Bucky’s tight bond with Steve may have caused some fans to imagine that after Steve’s retirement, Bucky would be the next Captain America. However, according to one fan hypothesis, Steve not giving Bucky the shield makes a lot of sense. Here’s more on their enduring friendship and why Bucky’s decision to forego the shield was the right one.
The MCU’s friendship between Steve and Bucky
In the Marvel films, it’s safe to assume that Steve and Bucky have a tumultuous relationship. They are best pals at first. Despite his movie-star good looks, Bucky isn’t popular or prominent enough in 1930s Brooklyn to be friends with the puny Steve. Bucky joins Steve’s unit when he becomes Captain America, and the two march throughout Europe fighting the Axis forces and HYDRA. Bucky is tragically slain in action, or so Steve believes.
Steve discovers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that HYDRA has resurrected Bucky and brainwashed him into being an unstoppable assassin. Bucky’s rampage is halted, but Steve concedes before murdering him, refusing to harm his best friend. Bucky manages to get away and flees. During the events of Captain America: Civil War, he is falsely accused of the assassination of King T’Chaka. After it’s discovered that he murdered Tony Stark’s parents, he and Steve must defend themselves against an enraged Stark.
Bucky assists Steve and the other heroes in their battle against Thanos in Wakanda before succumbing to the snap. Later, he returns to fight Thanos, only to see Steve return to the past and have a full life with Peggy Carter.
Bucky’s exploits are still going on.