An interesting little bit of info dropped during the recent press interviews for Captain America: Civil War‘s upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release which I thought I’d share…
Steve Rogers is no longer Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe according to directors the Russo Brothers.
The duo, who are the people currently in control of the Avengers part of the MCU, stated that him dropping the shield at the end of Civil War is “him letting go of that identity.” Joe Russo continued “The identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.”
So what does this mean for the character of Captain America & Steve Rogers moving forward, and more importantly, what about Chris Evans (not the ginger DJ one)?
In the comic books, Captain America has been a number of people over the years. We may see Falcon take up the mantle as he did in the books, or possibly Bucky (although given where things ended, I think that’s less likely.) There are also a number of other people we’ve yet to see in the MCU who have picked up the shield. Isaiah Bradley, a man who gained Super Soldier abilities after some wildly unlawful experiments by the US government. Roscoe Simons, who had the shield but no other powers, picked up the moniker after Steve abandoned it during the 70s… Not unsurprisingly, he was killed by Red Skull when he realised Simons was just a guy in the suit! Finally, there is John Walker. He makes a good candidate, as he was picked by the government in the 80s to take on the title when Rogers quit… (again…) This would fit in well with the current storyline. Although Walker was an ex-soldier and a patriot, much to the dismay of Rogers, he was a far more violent version of Capt, and didn’t really live up to what Captain America should be.
In regards to Steve Rogers (and Chris Evans), he was still around in the Marvel comic world when he wasn’t Captain America… Except that time he was dead, obviously… The first time he quit in the 70’s, Rogers took the title of Nomad, abandoning his ties to the US government, but continuing on as a hero. When he did it again in the 80’s, he simply removed the ‘America’ bit and became The Captain. So expect to see Chris Evans pop up in the upcoming Infinity War movie, albeit with a change of name and costume.
Avengers: Infinity War is releases in UK cinemas on the 27th April 2018.