Last year's Captain America: Civil War came to a heartbreaking close, pitting Captain America and Iron Man against one another in a no-holds-barred battle for the fate of Bucky. Although Cap emerged triumphant, as he walked away he made a fateful decision: He dropped that famous shield to the ground, leaving it in Stark's hands. Fans were initially unsure what to make of the scene, until co-director Joe Russo revealed:
"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."
Concept art from Avengers: Infinity War has confirmed that, showing a bearded Steve Rogers who looks more than a little worse for wear. Not only is he not wielding that trademark shield, the star has been scrubbed from his costume. So what identity would the super-soldier be taking up for the third Avengers movie?
The Nomad Identity
Fans have long been convinced that Steve Rogers will henceforth be known as Nomad. In the comics, that was an identity Rogers created after he became disillusioned with the modern-day United States during Steve Engelhart's "Secret Empire" run. That was intended as a commentary on the Watergate scandal and literally saw Cap walk in on a Nixon-esque president committing suicide rather than be brought to justice! (These are comics, after all, and even one of the greatest political scandals of all time has to be amplified for consumption by superhero fans.)
It seemed logical that the #MCU would embrace the Nomad identity. After all, as a literal outlaw, Steve Rogers is now a man without a country. But until now, it had only been a popular fan theory. Sebastian Stan has just signed a young fan's Captain America: The Winter Soldier poster, and seemingly made it official.
Not only has he scrawled a beard on Steve Rogers's face, he sketched a speech bubble next to Cap's head with the text "Argh, I'm Nomad" written in it. Well, that's certainly an original way to reveal a spoiler!
If this poster is anything to go by, it looks as though we finally have confirmation of one of the most popular fan theories. When it comes to Avengers: Infinity War, Steve Rogers is Captain America no more. Now, he's Nomad.
What's Happened To Captain America?
This raises an amusing question: What's happened to the Captain America identity? In the comics, the superhero "Civil War" event led to Cap being assassinated by Crossbones. Tony Stark ultimately decided that the world needed Captain America, and the shield was briefly passed from person to person (perhaps the most surreal was a short period in which the Punisher took up the identity of Captain America). Finally, it was Bucky who inherited the mantle in honor of his old friend.
The MCU has taken a very different direction, but Spider-Man: Homecoming has confirmed that Tony Stark hasn't given up on the Avengers Initiative. Has he passed the shield on to someone else? Just as his father gave the shield to Steve Rogers, has Stark given the shield to another bearer? It's worth remembering that the United States has previously shown real interest in having their own patriotic superhero — who can forget War Machine's stint as the Iron Patriot in Iron Man 3?
Still, at least one thing now seems official. As fans had long believed, Steve Rogers is now Nomad. It means another beloved plot twist from the comics is being adapted for the big screen, and we're sure Cap's identity change won't just mean he grows a beard.
Do you think Steve Rogers will make it out of Infinity War alive? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
[Source: The Huffington Post]