[This card will NOT be spoiler-free]
It is INTENSE.
For those who aren't as adept at staring at grainy bootleg footage: you're looking at Sam Wilson (left), Bucky Barnes a.k.a. The Winter Soldier (center), and Steve Rogers. The Falcon and Captain America are staring at Bucky, who is trapped in some kind of vice. It's two seconds in, and we have already been punched directly in the feels.
But the pain does not stop there!
Oh no. This scene has actually been confirmed to be footage from Civil War. That's right. We officially know that Civil War is going to feature our favorite brianwashed assassin. Bucky!!!
Do not even with me right now.
Bucky. Captain America's best friend Bucky. With the beautiful face.
'Till the end of the line.
Bucky! You know, the guy that fell off the train.
Seemed like he was permanently dead.
But we all know the only Marvel character that stays dead is Uncle Ben.
Turns out he didn't die.
Survived the fall only to get captured. Was brainwashed instead. Got turned into the Winter Soldier. The source of all my sadness.
Oh yeah, that Bucky.
Barely whispering the words 'help me'.
Yeah. Thanks so much Ant-Man post-credits scene for ruining lives. That was definitely what we all wanted.
Steve and Sam then have a vague conversation. They can't ask Tony for help, because "even if he did" believe them, "the accords" won't allow him to do anything. Sam then mentions that he "knows a guy", and we infer that he means Ant-Man.
If that's not enough, here's what Sebastian Stan had to say about his character during this scene:
“I think [what Bucky was caught in was] more of a vise, but it would never happen at his own hand, by his own doing. In terms of that scene in Ant-Man, I’ve seen some of the ideas people have about it and I would just say that whatever you’re seeing on the surface, it’s not as obvious as that. There might be a whole lot more to the scene. I would say someone would probably want to put him in a vise.”
Why would Marvel do this to you?
Someone put Bucky there. WHY.
Maybe Sam put Bucky there. Trying to keep him there until Steve could reach them? Or maybe there's a problem with the arm, and they're trying to work out a solution?
Maybe Hydra put Bucky there. To trap Steve? Or to reprogram their perfect weapon? Or possibly just to hurt your feelings.
Maybe Bucky put Bucky there. Finding out who he really is, realizing the full extent of the horror that's happened to him, could it have all been too much? Could he be trying to protect Steve (and the world) from himself?
We said we wanted more Bucky. We thought we were ready. We have made a huge mistake.
We're all in pain. The comments section is officially the support group for people who have been personally hurt by the Ant-Man post-credits scene. It's not healthy to keep it in.