While promoting ‘The Martian’ at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sebastian Stan found time to take an interview which delved into his involvement in the MCU as the Winter Soldier, and talk about the upcoming ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ film (not to mention return fire at Zack Snyder for his recent anti-MCU comments).  He hits upon the how his character changes in the new film (especially now that he will have actual dialogue), how Cap and Bucky will stand up next to the more powerful heroes they may be fighting (heroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the Scarlet Witch), that scene at the end of ‘Ant-Man’ and how it factors into ‘Civil War’, his future in the MCU and other Russo movies, and of course, his thoughts on Zack Snyder and the DCEU. Check out some snippets of what he discussed below, and then make sure to check out the video of the full interview below!

Starting off, he spoke on how ‘The Winter Soldier’ changed his career:

“The] character had, in my opinion, an introduction in ‘The Winter Soldier’ — I mean, it was just sort of like a preview of the guy, which we get so much more of in ‘Civil War.’ And I’m grateful for that. But to see that response to that was awesome because it just made me think, “Wow, people really got behind the character,” and that’s what you’re hoping for, especially [laughs] given that I didn’t really have any lines to say or anything. Which probably made it for the better to be honest.”

Next, he spoke on the differences for his character in ‘Captain America: Civil War:’

“They gave me a lot more dialogue, and I thought, “Oh my god, it was so much better when I didn’t have to say things! “The look of the ‘Winter Soldier’ is a very specific look. There was something very specific in how the guy looked and behaved and I felt like the more I stepped back and I just kind of let that do the work, the better it was gonna be. In a situation like that, you’re trying to guess where the guy’s at in his mind, and that certainly continues in the ‘Civil War’ movie. You’re always trying to guess what side is he on or … because he can go both ways. That’s me being really lucky with a character like that where you can kind of … I mean they could write something for him tomorrow where he could be the worst assassin, the worst terrible villain, killer, whatever, or he could be this guy who is endearing, who is trying to rebuild his life so there’s a lot of places to go with the character and that’s exciting.”

As people have asked Chris Evans before, there is a worry about how Captain America and The Winter Soldier will be able to face off with much more powerful heroes like Iron Man or The Scarlette Witch, which Stan attempts to answer below:

“Yeah, it’s awesome, and I kind of like that he doesn’t really have super powers. He’s got this metal arm and stuff, sort of the serum situation, but he’s sort of just a dude. It’s funny placing him next to the Scarlet Witch or something where she’s got all the stuff— [waves his hand, imitating Wanda doing magic] I’m going, “What is he going to do? He’s just going to sort of block a lot of stuff with his metal arm.” But I think it’s good, it’s relatable. He could die at any point.”

When asked about his thoughts about his post-credits scene in ‘Ant-Man,’ Stan stated the following, leading us to believe that he had thought the scene he shot would be in ‘Civil War’ and not just a tag, which is especially interesting as he states that the scene takes place “somewhere in the middle” of ‘Civil War.’

“Like two days before. We were on set and somebody went, “Oh! By the way, did you know that there’s a thing at the end of ‘Ant-Man’ and you guys are in it?” And I was like, “No, I don’t, but I’d love to go see it now so I know what we shot.” It’s kind of interesting because we shot that scene in early May so it’s interesting that they decided to use that … I think it’s somewhere in the middle.”

Next he was asked whether he agreed with fan fears that there are way too many characters in ‘Civil War,’ which he did not really see as an issue:

“I mean, I know everybody’s treating it like there are all these Avengers in it, like it’s Avengers 2.5 or something, and there’s an element of that, but it’s still at the end of the day very much a Captain America film. It’s different from The Avengers, it’s definitely its own entity, totally connects to the last Winter Soldier film, and the Russos’ stamp is all over it.”

Inevitably, the conversation turned to Zak Snyder’s recent comments about the MCU, to which Stan had a few choice words for the man behind the new DCEU:

Yeah, I’m sitting here and I’m listening to you and I’m thinking, “Do I want to fire some shots at DC right now, at Zack Snyder?” I read some of those comments where he said something about Batman and Superman, I can’t remember where I read that, somewhere… Something about, “It’s not going to be your flavor-of-the-week Ant-Man.” And I was like, “Oh thanks, Zack. That’s great. Way to do something original.” But I would say we’re still making something very original in our own way. I mean, the Russos are coming in and taking something people are used to and they’re shaping it up and changing it in a very different way. They’re not trying to mimic a better Christopher Nolan movie or something like that.”

Finally, he discussed his future in the MCU, and whether or not he will appear in future ‘Avengers’ movies, which he (understandably) could not speak much on, even if he did know:

“Again, it’s totally not something I know for sure. Like, you know, it’s a blessing and a curse — sometimes I wish I knew to sort of get my life back together. You know, I’m like, “I might as well just not cut my hair at all.” But I really don’t know. It’s so early to know that. But hopefully…”

SOURCE: Collider