With news that Captain America 3 will be getting an official title in the not too distant future, discussion has turned to not only the possibilities of the title, but also the potential plots and villains that could be awaiting us in the next installment of one of our most beloved Avengers. Today I took the time to research nearly all of Captain America's linear comic book history, and have narrowed down the possibilities I feel would be the best choices to five bone-chilling titles.
While everything is speculation, the given ideas are based on the comics and all the facts we know about the movie so far. Every title given is the title of an actual comic book title, or substantial story arc, or bundled comic in which Captain America was features as the prominent role.
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty
This comic book storyline involves Nick Fury and Sharon Carter, who was introduced in Winter Soldier, but with minimized role in the film. The Russo brothers most likely will have an augmented role for her in the third film. While a rather unpopular story arc (as seen by the lack of descriptions online), the story features characters such as Namor and the original Human Torch, who has no affilitiation with the [The Fantastic Four](movie:34667), and therefore may even have film rights with Marvel Studios. Recently, after the denial of having Hawkeye for certain in Captain America 3, the directors gave fans something exciting to chew on:
I can't divulge who is going to be in the film, but I think the fans are going to freak out when they hear about it.
This seems like good enough reason to be excited. Speculation seems to be wild with the possibilities of new characters, including theory of Black Panther since the Age of Ultron footage shown at Comic-Con reportedly showed a broken Captain America shield. For those unfamiliar with the comics, Rogers' shield is made of vibranium, a material found only in [Black Panther](movie:9047)'s home of Wakanda.
Captain America: The Red Menace
Six months ago, Crossbones kidnapped the Red Skull's daughter, Sin, from a government reeducation facility and disappeared into the night. Now, he and this spawn of infinite evil have come to the American Midwest to tear a new hole in A.I.M. — but none of them counted on Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent 13 showing up! Then, Cap travels across the Atlantic in search of his former partner in a story that will see him fighting side-by-side with some old friends. But Cap and the Winter Soldier aren't the only ones taking the journey abroad. Crossbones and Sin are on a path of revenge that's leading them in the exact same direction! And what of Cap's newest enemy — General Aleksander Lukin, head of one of the world's most powerful corporations — and his "relationship" with the Red Skull?
The storyline leads directly into the highly teased death of Steve Rogers. Comic Books nerds know that Aleksander Lukin is actually the Red Skull under a mask and that he alongside Crossbones, who was featured in a minor role in Winter Soldier and has also been predicted to get a more prominent role in the third film, orchestrated his assassination. Due to false reports of the film's soundtrack titles and fan speculation before the events of Winter Soldier, Alexander Pierce was thought to have been Red Skull in Cap 2, which wasn't the case.
That is, unless he faked his death like Nick Fury did. Or like Phil Coulson did. Or like Loki did. Basically like anyone else who's died in any Marvel Studios film. When asked if the Red Skull could return in Cap 3, Anthony Russo said:
We can’t really comment specifically in terms of where we’re going with it, just because we don’t want to spoil anything for anybody. But certainly, look. That’s the great thing about the Marvel universe, is anything is possible. All these characters exist. And as we’ve seen on the publishing side, there’s very inventive, creative ways to make characters relevant again and surprising ways to make the characters relevant again. He’s a great character. Whether or not he finds his way back I can’t really say.
Captain America: The Secret Empire
The secret empire is a subsidiary of HYDRA, funded by the organization. My belief is that, by the way Baron von Strucker talks about HYDRA as a good organization in the Winter Soldier's mid-credits scene, and almost suggests that they are not completely part of HYDRA may mean that he is actually leading up the Secret Empire. The Secret Empire is a recurring villainous organization not only in the Captain America stories, but also in the story of the Defenders, who will be a Netflix show also made by Marvel Studios.
The actor behind Baron von Strucker has stated that he is signed on for more than just [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035), leading me to believe he may play a significant part in Captain America 3. In the scene, you can also see the disassembly of Loki's staff happening on a computer monitor with a large focus on the stone within the staff which radiates energy. This stone is highly believed to be an infinity stone, making Strucker all the more dangerous of a foe.
The theory is reliant on a lot of what ifs, but the what ifs are definitely not that far-fetched.
Captain America: Civil War
Recent claims suggested that Captain America will have formed a new superhero team at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron this coming May. Of course, with Captain America being the iconic leader in Marvel's most instrumental comic book storyline in the Superhero Civil War, the hype is up.
It doesn't help that Captain America was the last solo film before Avengers 2, and somehow will also be the first solo sequel film after Avengers 2, giving us Captain America on the big screen three years in a row. Hopefuls suggest that Marvel's eagerness to have the hero's films so close together is because both Age of Ultron and Cap 3 will be very closely connected. A new superhero team plus tight connection with Age of Ultron could only mean Civil War, right? Maybe not, but it still makes it more likely.
Captain America: The Fallen Son
Recent banter between an interviewer and the directors brought up the topic of both the Civil War and The Fallen Son storylines. The Fallen Son is known as the storyline in which takes place around the time of Steve Rogers' death and the Winter Soldier's rise to become the next captain.
But what's the best part about the mention of The Fallen Son as the title of the third movie is that to our knowledge, nobody actually asked them if that was a title under consideration: they mentioned it to the media all on their own, and then proceeded to joke about how that storyline practically starts off with Rogers already dead. If you know the comics, you know that Rogers (like Nick Fury in the Winter Soldier) didn't actually die after all.
Could they potentially start out [Captain America 3](movie:994409) leaving us to believe Steve Rogers died? Marvel is taking lots of risks, and that could be a very interesting storyline. No matter which storyline they take, there is one thing for certain that I feel we need to see on the big screen.After Rogers' faked death, he battles a foe who neutralizes the super-soldier syrum, causing him to rapidly age to the age he is actually supposed to be. Making him the same age as Peggy Carter again. Imagine the end of Cap 3 with Bucky as Captain America, while Steve & Peggy hold hands in their old age in their nursing home. My heart is satisfied.