The Marvel character who’s arguably been through the most during the 11-year-run of the MCU is Sebastian Stan’s James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes. Steve Rogers’ longtime bestie, he, like Cap, is a WWII vet who found himself in the present day. Unlike Cap, Bucky was brainwashed into thinking he was a baddie, went on the lam, caused the Avengers to temporarily split, and, finally, in Endgame, found himself embraced by the masses, fighting Thanos and company. And now this: He’s getting short hair.
This news was one of the quieter tidbits revealed at this weekend’s D23 Expo. Marvel didn’t make a meal out of it, simply dropping the first poster for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the forthcoming Disney+ TV show that teams Captain America’s oldest best friend with his other, younger best friend, Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, and letting people notice that something was amiss. Indeed, gone is Bucky’s long, scraggly, haven’t-been-near-a-shower-in-a-few-weeks look. Instead he cleaned up, and good.
There’s been a lot to freak out about over the D23 weekend, from the Mandalorian trailer to the Breaking Bad movie trailer to the trailer for an actual honest-to-god Jeff Goldblum TV show. But people were super shook to see Bucky back to his ’40s-era ’do.
SAMBUCKY CONCEPT ART, SAM HAS HIS CAP SUIT & BUCKY HAS SHORT HAIR pic.twitter.com/xkJGUdkzmf
— zach (@civiIswar) August 25, 2019
Many were very pro-Bucky short hair.
WE’RE GETTING SHORT HAIR BUCKY IN TFATWS JUST LIKE THE COMICS IM SO EXCITED IM THRIVING pic.twitter.com/n3L9SGoah2
— razan 🎠 ★彡 (@fawsoldier) August 25, 2019
imma speak my truth. i think bucky cutting his hair is the move. i think it symbolizes him shedding the winter soldier and becoming james buchanan barnes again rather than hydra’s war machine. i’m a short hair bucky warrior because bucky deserves to feel like bucky again
— thor’s eyepatch (@nomadhems) August 25, 2019
While I don't mind Bucky Barnes with long hair, No pun intended,the short hair is quite a refreshing look. pic.twitter.com/OveKJyGBSB
— Andrew Cade (@AlcadeCade) August 25, 2019
Short hair BUCKY is everything PERIODT pic.twitter.com/yJCRFb2ynK
— Şenay ⍟ (@moonlightscap) August 25, 2019
the interviewer asked about buckys hair in tfaws and sebastians reaction when anthony said “we had to cut it” SENT ME his brain like went blank for a sec and he seemed genuinely surprised,, does this mean we might actually get short-hair bucky again pic.twitter.com/hSykATywhI
— comgoosting (@stevcthor) August 25, 2019
Some are already missing his long locks.
RIP bucky’s long hair, it will be missed pic.twitter.com/9ODjX9lOqQ
— Алекса (alexa) (@thewntersoldjer) August 25, 2019
i’m still conflicted like i’d risk it all for 40’s bucky but long haired bucky is my ride or die bitch pic.twitter.com/oIpka6SoaH
— 𝐣 ✪ (@goswsip) August 25, 2019
in the loving memory of bucky’s long hair pic.twitter.com/VXXyzvbICm
— scarlett ⧖ ✪ (@alicnovna) August 25, 2019
Some weren’t sure what to think.
okay i’m a long haired bucky bitch but it kinda digging the short hair…. kinda…. i donT KNOW ANYMORE pic.twitter.com/EflOU3UnOL
— 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐢 (@ohhazeeey) August 25, 2019
Others noticed one other change.
did anyone notice that this is the first time they dont put bucky’s metal arm on the front pic.twitter.com/MLU8K9bEMe
— yani and fad’s wife (@blizzardbarnes) August 25, 2019
bucky’s metal arm doesn’t have the star anymore and he has short hair again. bucky barnes is bucky barnes again.
— ikaris lovebot (@nomadthor) August 25, 2019
Anyway, perhaps we haven’t seen the last of longhair Bucky. After all, it does grow back.