‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’: How Old Is Bucky Barnes? Sebastian Stan Celebrated His Birthday

The Disney+ Marvel Cinematic Universe series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premieres on March 19, 2021. The series depicts the continued adventures of Captain America’s two best friends, Sam Wilson (Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (the Winter Soldier). How old will the second titular hero be in the TV show?

Bucky Barnes debuted in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

Stan first appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011. Sergeant James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes arrives as Steve Rogers’ most loyal friend in 1943. While he goes away to fight in World War II, Steve receives his super-soldier serum injection and becomes the titular hero.

The pair meet up again when Steve frees Bucky from a Nazi Hydra base. Together, they fight Hydra and its operatives until Bucky falls off a speeding train. He’s presumed dead. However, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve discovers that, like him, Bucky not only survived but now has super-human abilities.

After ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ he joined the Avengers

His modern-day reintroduction didn’t exactly paint Bucky in a good light. But Steve never gives up on his old friend. Even as Bucky wreaks havoc as a brainwashed assassin working for — you guessed it — Hydra, Cap spares his life and vows to help reform him.

With the help of Shuri and some downtime deprogramming in Wakanda, it all works out. Audiences meet a new Bucky in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He joins Team Cap, naturally. Bucky also fights alongside the Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War and the final battle against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.

Sebastian Stan celebrated his character’s birthday in 2020

Sebastian Stan at the world premiere of Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Endgame' on April 22, 2019, in Los Angeles.
Sebastian Stan at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Endgame’ on April 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. | Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

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Filming for the post-Endgame series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier began in late 2019. In March 2020, the cast went overseas to shoot in Prague. That’s where they were when the call came to shut down production due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In fact, Stan was out to dinner when he was informed.

According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Stan was “celebrating Bucky’s 106-year-old birthday” on March 10, 2020, with a cake at an “authentic Eastern European” restaurant. The actor explained, “10 minutes later, we got a call that we’re going home.” Production resumed months later, pushing back the series’ premiere date.

When was Bucky Barnes born?

The other Avengers make frequent jokes throughout the films about Cap’s age, which later extends to Bucky. While Cap was frozen for approximately 70 years before SHIELD recovered him, Bucky’s experiences in the interim decades were sporadic, as he was unfrozen when Hydra wanted to use him.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier takes place six months after the final events of Endgame, which occurred in late 2023. This means the series should be set in 2024. Speaking to a date in the first episode, Bucky says he’s 106. However, his birthday — March 10, 1917 — indicates that he is closer to 107 during the show.