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  • Writer's pictureAaron Fonseca

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Star Is Sure an Early MCU Villain Will Return

Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Georges St-Pierre recently backed his character Batroc to return in a future Marvel Cinematic Universe film or TV show.

St-Pierre discussed the villainous mercenary's MCU future during an interview with "[Batroc's] gonna come back 100 percent," the former MMA fighter said. "He always comes in and out of things, you know what I mean? He’s gonna come back with a vengeance next time for sure. He’s gonna bring his brigade and he’s gonna be angry." A retooled version of Marvel Comics baddie Batroc the Leaper, Algerian mercenary Georges Batroc is one of the most wanted men in the MCU and a highly proficient practitioner of savate, the French kickboxing discipline.

Batroc first appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which he heads a band of pirates who hijack The Lemurian Star, a ship that secretly doubled as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s mobile satellite launch platform. When Captain America boards the Lemurian Star along with Brock Rumlow, Black Widow and a strike team, Batroc challenges him to hand-to-hand combat. The mercenary ultimately loses the fight, his exceptional skill proving no match for Steve Rogers' enhanced strength and stamina. Following his defeat, Batroc is taken into custody by S.H.I.E.L.D.

Batroc next appeared in Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, as the leader of terrorist organization LAF. Batroc comes into conflict with Steve Roger's successor Sam Wilson twice over the course of the show's six-episode run and has the distinction of being the first supervillain Sam fought after taking over the Captain America mantle. He is later shot and apparently killed by Sharon Carter in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 6, "One World, One People," although St-Pierre's comments suggest Batroc may have survived his seemingly fatal wound.

Marvel Studios is yet to officially announce whether St-Pierre will get the chance to reprise the Batroc role again, either in Captain America 4 or a separate MCU project. His co-star Sebastian Stan's future with the franchise also remains uncertain, as the actor isn't currently aware of what the studio's plans are for Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier. Stan has nevertheless confirmed that he would happily play Bucky again if invited to do so. "As long as [Marvel Studios] keep[s] calling, I'm there... I'm just going for the ride," Stan said.

Both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are currently streaming on Disney+.

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