Captain America: Civil War’s directors Anthony and Joe Russo have confirmed that the conclusion of the blockbuster showed that Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers is no longer Captain America, and has left behind his alter-ego.
The filmmakers, who not only previously oversaw Captain America: The Winter Soldier and are currently hard at work on Avengers: Infinity War, made this admission to the Huffington Post while out promoting the release of Civil War on Digital and DVD.
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Joe Russo remarked, “I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity. [It’s] him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.”
So what does this mean for
Captain America Steve Rogers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well, it’s already been confirmed that Chris Evans will be returning as Steve Rogers, but now probably not Captain America, in Avengers: Infinity War.
Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who not only wrote Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Solider, Captain America: Civil War, as well as Thor: The Dark World, are both writing Avengers: Infinity War as well as its 2019 sequel, too, made this admission during another discussion with the Huffington Post.
Markus and McFeely previously insisted that there was a specific reason why Captain America wasn’t killed off during Civil War, which is that the Avengers have a rather ominous threat on the way that they need to deal with.
Markus explained to the website, “There’s a big purple guy coming. He could be very helpful.” The “big purple guy” that the writer is referring to is none other than Thanos, the humungous villain that has been teased by the Marvel Cinematic Universe from all the way back in 2012’s The Avengers.
Since then Thanos has appeared in Guardians Of The Galaxy and been in a mid-credits scene in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. There was some mild speculation that Thanos might appear in Captain America: Civil War, too. However the blockbuster eventually just showed the Avengers having a huge fight that saw Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Captain America split up and form their own teams, the repercussions of which are still yet to be revealed.
At the end of Captain America: Civil War, following the reveal that Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier had killed Iron Man’s mother and father, which in turn proved the catalyst for the film’s final fight sequence, Steve Rogers decided that he shouldn’t be Captain America anymore so dropped the famous Shield on the floor before then later shedding the outfit, too.
As Chris Evans is contracted to one more Marvel film, it’s almost certain that he’ll feature in Avengers: Infinity War, with the first speculation being that he’ll either take on a brand new moniker or he’ll just appear as Steve Rogers. There’s also a chance that Rogers will look to redeem himself and will eventually just don the Captain America outfit so that he can help out the likes of Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, and Spider-Man in their battle with Thanos.
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The thing is there won’t actually be that much room in Avengers: Infinity War for Steve Rogers, because earlier this year, the Russo brothers admitted that there are potentially actually going to be dozens upon dozens of superheroes in the film.
“We have so many characters we’re dealing with,” the pair remarked at the Wizard World New Orleans, via Cinema Blend. “We’re breaking ground on Avengers: Infinity War. We have a board with 67 characters on it. You have to forgive him.”
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