Taking after the game-changing Marvel Comics arc, [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) is ready to shake things up in the Cinematic Universe. The plot of Captain America 3 will follow the Avengers as they react to the US Government's attempt to put in place an Oversight Committee that will control the heroes' actions. Naturally, this incredibly divisive issue causes a rift between the super friends, and sets the stage for one of Marvel's biggest conflicts.
Obviously, this will have huge repercussions for all the characters, and Steve Rogers especially. Recently Kevin Feige confirmed that Civil War is indeed the end of the Captain America story, but what does this mean for the MCU? And how will the Russos achieve this?
Ending The Trilogy
Steve Rogers' story arc is one of the strongest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as he ties together the Avengers' chronology from the SSR in WWII to the dissolve of S.H.I.E.L.D. in modern day. More than any of the other Avengers, Steve Rogers' plot ripples out to affect the rest of the MCU, and Civil War will certainly continue this tradition.
But as Kevin Feige reveals, Civil War won't just change the greater world of the MCU, but it also marks the end of Steve's solo story.
“It’s very much, in a certain way, the completion of a Captain America trilogy. I think one day you’ll look back and watch — Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Captain America: Civil War — and it’ll be one of the most unique and different trilogies ever around a single character.”
Not all good things last forever, and it seems as though Marvel is grouping its main solo films into trilogies, so that the end of these arcs can pave the way for the new characters who will get their own movies in Phase 3: roll on Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Captain Marvel!
But if you're afraid that this conclusion will be the last we'll see of Steve, think again.
Chris Evans has been confirmed to reprise his role in [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027) (Parts 1 AND 2), and while that's where his contract ends, Evans has recently stated he's ready to sign on for more films with Marvel.
“Listen, if Marvel wants me they got me. I’ve never had such a relationship where you have such—I mean look at my resume, I’m used to being on set being like, ‘Ah is this movie gonna be terrible?’ Marvel just can’t stop making great movies, they do it in their sleep. It’s wonderful directors and producers and actors and scripts, and it’s like a playground as an actor.”
This revelation comes as a bit of a surprise, as Evans previously stated he's ready to stop acting and concentrate on directing. But it's easy to see why he'd be reluctant to leave the MCU, as his character arc has been one of the most fascinating, with Captain America 3 set to bring it to a thrilling conclusion. So just how will Civil War conclude Steve's story?
Taking Up The Mantle
While all reports have pointed towards Steve Rogers leaving the Avengers sometime soon, that doesn't mean Captain America's story is over. Both Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes are good contenders for taking up Steve's mantle as the next Captain America: in the comics, both have held the title. Though we shouldn't expect the MCU to completely follow the comic arcs: after all, Steve dies in the Civil War comic and considering his role in Infinity War it's highly unlikely the Russos will kill him off. Probably. Right?
Concerns aside, this is one way that Marvel can continue the legacy of Captain America with Steve out of the picture. We'll probably have to wait until Infinity War (or after) to find out how this plays out though. So what does Feige really mean by saying Civil War will mark the trilogy's conclusion? It's likely he's speaking thematically, but that is no less impactful than Steve's death.
While The First Avenger revealed the origins of the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., The Winter Soldier dealt with the reality of corruption and marked the end of an era as S.H.I.E.L.D. collapsed under the weight of Hydra. If Civil War ends the trilogy, it's probably set to resolve this plot, by establishing a new order for the Avengers and firmly positioning the films to move in a new direction.
Right now the Avengers are somewhat formless, operating under Tony Stark's guidance as he finances their missions. But with his significant hero fatigue that was evident in both Iron Man 3 and Age Of Ultron, he's not going to be able to support the Avengers forever. Whether Civil War will end with the Oversight Agency in place remains to be seen, but there's no doubt that the ensuing conflict will have lasting repercussions for the team, and change the direction of the MCU forever.
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