Yes, you read that right and nope, we’re not joking.
Joe and Anthony Russo, the directing duo behind Captain America: Civil War, have been doing interviews in anticipation of the Blu-ray DVD’s release next month. They’ve already revealed that Civil War was almost a zombie movie (yes, really), and that Avengers: Infinity War will be a new start for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now the Russos have confirmed something that I was dreading after the conclusion of Civil War. Right after the climactic fight between Cap (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Cap starts to walk away and drops the shield, leaving it behind. According to Joe Russo:
“I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity…[he’s] admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.”
That choice, of course, was
picking Bucky over Tony to fight for Bucky’s freedom. There’s some fan speculation that with Steve now on the run with Falcon, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Ant-Man, it’s only natural that the Secret Avengers from the comics come into play.
The question now, of course, is how Steve Rogers is going to fit into the upcoming battle against Thanos. And who exactly is going to take over the mantle of Captain America?
All of this isn’t unprecedented. Steve Rogers has gone by different monikers in the comics throughout the years, and it’s likely that he’ll be back as either as Nomad or plain old Captain Steve Rogers. (Yes, all of this name changing does make a difference)
As for the new Captain America, there are two options: Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie). But with Bucky choosing to stay as a frozen popsicle while hiding out in the MCU version of Wakanda, that only leaves Sam Wilson.
Come to think of it, that makes perfect sense, given that Falcon became Captain America in the comics in 2014, which resulted in some very disgruntled fans. We know that the MCU is separate from the comics, but Marvel does like to have some sort of tie-in with the print side of things.
On my part, I am thrilled at the idea of Sam Wilson as Captain America, and excited to see Anthony Mackie step up to the plate in the MCU. But if Bucky does take on the mantle in some bizarre MCU plot twist (I wouldn’t put it past TPTB), I’ll still be excited. Sebastian Stan has only completed three movies out of his supposed nine-film contract with Marvel Studios, so it’s likely the Winter Soldier will be sticking around for a while yet.