Some big news recently came out suggesting that Chris Evans will, in a sense, return as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This came as quite a surprise to many, given the end of Avengers: Endgame. Not to mention Evans’ personal comments on the matter over the past year or so. Whether or not it happens remains to be seen, but the news makes it worth exploring how it could happen. And, considering where we left off with Steve Rogers, it’s entirely possible to get Cap back for one last ride.
When we last left, our hero was in the closing minutes of Avengers: Endgame from 2019. The Avengers had managed to collect the Infinity Stones in the so-called time heist and undo Thanos’ snap, while also defeating the Mad Titan and his army once and for all. As promised, the heroes were given the task of returning the stones to the place they were taken from in time, so as not to disturb the time balance. It was Cap who eventually collected the stones and took them to the different locations in time and space. But when Hulk tried to get Steve back, it didn’t work.
We then find a much older Steve, sitting on a bench by the lake. It turns out that, revealed by a conversion with Sam, he decided to stay in the past after returning the stones to finally live his life with Peggy Carter. Steve donated his shield to Sam, suggesting he become the next Captain America and take up the mantle. It was seen by many as the perfect ending to Steve Rogers’ cinematic journey.
But crucial when it comes to the possibility of Chris Evans’ alleged return to the MCU, Steve Rogers is alive and well. That alone makes it fully possible to bring Captain America back, in some capacity, in a future MCU project. It’s important to note that the reports were specific, suggesting that Cap wouldn’t be returning for a new solo movie. He would rather show up in other projects. So the easiest way to go about it would be to bring back the old Steve in a future Phase 4 MCU project.
There are some logical places to do that. Perhaps it would make the most sense The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The upcoming live-action Disney + series will center around Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, and Sebastian Stan’s Bucky, aka Winter Soldier. Mackie recently revealed that the show will be about filling the void left by Captain America, exploring who needs to act to take his place. While many of us just assumed it would be Sam, and that could very well be, it’s not settled yet. It might make sense for Steve to show up and offer some wise guidance to his young friend on the show. Though the series has finished filming and these reports suggest it will be for something in the future.
If not, the MCU is not short of opportunities in the years to come. Aside from the many movies coming down the pipeline that haven’t finished filming yet, such as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Black panther 2 and Captain Marvel 2, among other things. Marvel also has a ton of shows in the works for Disney +, including Hawkeye, Iron heart, Armor Wars, Secret invasion, She-Hulk, Moon Knight and Mrs. Marvel. And that is exactly what we know.
The point is, there will be no shortage of options to bring Captain America back. When watching the events of Avengers: Endgame, the thing that might make the most sense is to actually show that Cap returns the stones through space and time. Six stones. Six episodes for Disney +. This would contradict the idea that Evans’ new deal wasn’t the headline of a project, but this would be a way to bring him back without destroying the storyline that ended his character so satisfactorily.
Up to that point, fans seemed divided over the news. Chris Evans became one of the most loved elements of the MCU over the course of nearly a decade. He turned Captain America into one of the most popular superheroes in the world in the modern era, which just wasn’t the case before The First Avenger came out. So of course there will be fans who would like to see him return. On the other hand, Endgame served as a great ending for Steve. Those final moments when he finally got his dance with Peggy could, and maybe should, serve as the lasting memory we’ve all seen of Steve Rogers’ cinematic. If you return it, you run the risk of slightly polluting that statue.
Anyway, all of this could be irrelevant speculation. Shortly after the news broke, Chris Evans took to Twitter to address the reports and said, “News to me.” This suggests he is not approaching a new deal with Marvel Studios and Disney. That’s not to say it won’t, although it does strongly imply that the early reports were at least a little overlooked. However, if things go in that direction, there are a plethora of options for getting America’s butt back for more cinematic adventures.
Subjects: Captain America, Falcon and Winter Soldier
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