The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a big place, and it is only getting bigger. Thanks to Avengers: Endgame, much of the franchise’s first decade has come to a close, but the film did leave a few tantalizing tidbits behind... and one of them has to do with Sebastian Stan himself.
You know, since the actor totally exists as himself in the MCU.
Beware! There are mild spoilers for Avengers: Endgame below! You have been warned!
As fans will recall, the latest installment of the MCU has lots to do with time travel. Avengers: Endgame follows the heroes who survived Thanos’ snap as they try coping with what happened. Five years after the fact, Scott Lang’s reappearance gives the Avengers hope that time travel could save their world, but Ant-Man makes an interesting comparison.
The Avengers begin a full-on discussion about time travel, and Rhodey begins passing shots with Scott. The conversation leads Ant-Man to bring up popular films involving time travel. Naturally, the hero mentions Hot Tub Time Machine, but the note made fans pause.
The pause came courtesy of Sebastian Stan. The actor is best known for playing the Winter Soldier nowadays, but he had a role in Hot Tub Time Machine way back when. Stan played a character named Blaine, a bully who gives the film’s comedic leads hell during their travels. However, his role and the movie’s confirmed existence in the MCU makes it clear that Sebastian Stan is an actor in the cinematic universe... and it is only a matter of time before Sam Wilson starts trolling Bucky about his celebrity lookalike.
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Avengers: Endgame is now playing in theaters. Captain Marvel is also still playing in theaters. Upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5th.
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Well, Would You Look at That?
Are we gonna ignore the fact that Sebastian Stan’s in hot tub time machine and it exists in the same universe as the MCU. Imagine Scott just sitting there and being like ‘Ya know that looks like that guy I was fighting with in the airport’— Rob (@DramaticsAddict) April 30, 2019
If Hot Tub Time Machine is a reference in the MCU... then Sebastian Stan exists in the MCU... Meaning Bucky and SebStan could meet...
Now that is a movie I'd like to see. pic.twitter.com/Cr2LZpFXPO— jay (@lildarlinjay) April 30, 2019
The Real Question
so hot tub time machine exists in the mcu so who the HELL is sebastian stan and will bucky ever acknowledge him pic.twitter.com/ANUy9YfG38— spirit ☂︎ has seen endgame (@ghostincrisis) April 29, 2019
In Endgame when they are discussing time travel Rhodey mentions the movie Hot Tub Time Machine.
Sebastian Stan plays Blaine in that movie.
That means Seb exists inside the MCU.
Therefore there is a man that looks exactly like the Winter Soldier but his name is Sebastian Stan.— Maddie died in Endgame (@maddie_7425) April 29, 2019
In the movie Avengers: Endgame, they mention the movie Hot Tub Time Machine. You might remember a familiar face from that movie. That’s right, Sebastian Stan. If Sebastian Stan exists in the MCU, what does that mean for Bucky Barnes? In this essay I will—— katie. (@TheGoddanmDoor) April 30, 2019
Too Fitting, TBH
I have been reminded that Hot Tub Time Machine exists in the MCU and like. I'm just. I'M A PATRIOT!! https://t.co/6KXazooKj2— most stuff ain't poems ✒ (@momebie) April 30, 2019
The Real Answers
i cant believe sebastian stan is a real character in the mcu bc apparently hot tub time machine is a movie that exists in it— fernbot 🤖 (@herorobot_1) April 28, 2019
On Your Left
*clears throat* The movie Hot Tub Time Machine exists in the MCU which means that Sebastian Stan exists as an actor in the MCU which means that if Sam Wilson doesn’t harass Bucky Barnes at least twice a day, every day, about the uncanny resemblance I will eat my hat— Erica ಠ_ಠ🏳️🌈 (@QuirkyNeon) April 29, 2019
Doubling Up Roles
Hot Tub Time Machine is mentioned in #Endgame. So Sebastian Stan as an actor exists along side Bucky in the MCU.— TokuJoe (@TokuJoe) April 27, 2019