The new Disney + series sees Sebastian Stan returns as Bucky Barnes/ Winter Soldier along with Anthony Mackie as The Falcon.
In the first episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Bucky goes on a date with a waitress named Leah who asks him about his dating life in a world that takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. She asks:
“Have you dated much since half the fish in the sea came back?”
Bucky says he hasn’t, but he did dip his toes into the
“whole online dating thing.”
“It’s pretty crazy. A lot of weird pictures. I mean, tiger photos? Half the time, I don’t even know what I’m looking at, it’s a lot.”
Fans immediately went wild over the tiger comment because it could mean that Bucky is bi as Tiger pictures used to be infamous on apps like Tinder before they were banned in 2017, and they were especially prevalent on men’s profiles.
Author Saeed Jones asked if it’s
“men who tend to post pictures with tigers all the time… I ask because Bucky complained about all the tiger pictures he sees on Tinder. (I want him to be bi so bad. LOL.)”
Podcaster Lauren Shippen tweeted that
“as a fellow bi who was on dating apps for a bit”, the tiger photo “thing is very much a male phenomenon.
So Bucky has his filters set to men and women, bi Bucky is real, it’s canon now, try to take him from me!”
One fan sent a “shoutout” to writer who
“snuck in the line about tigers in online dating pics…confirmed bi Bucky”.
Fans have been long been asking for more LGBTQ representation in the Marvel universe and many have been reading Bucky’s character as queer-coded for many years, citing his especially close relationship with Steve Rogers, Captain America.
Marvel has NOT been open about Bucky’s sexuality and the character did grow up during the 20s and 30s when homosexuality and bisexuality were not commonly accepted.
Straight, bi, gay, pansexual, whatevs, we can still FAN-tasize about Sebastian Stan.
OOOOOOOOOOH. https://t.co/Mvkj3WaTYb— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) March 22, 2021
I did a quick search and umm… yeah. Posing with tigers on dating apps seems to be mostly a guy thing. QED. Bi Bucky confirmed. pic.twitter.com/tKhhaG39dJ— Chris Evans’ Beard (@EvansBeard) March 20, 2021
….. Wait men are legit …. Posing with tigers? 4 dating apps?— acab (audrama spoilers) (@shilhaursa) March 20, 2021
shout out to whichever #FalconAndTheWinterSoldier writer snuck in the line about tigers in online dating pics – confirmed bi bucky— Jessie (@itsnaptimewitch) March 20, 2021
(Photo, Disney, Facebook; via PinkNews)