Needless to say, Captain America is simply awesome. He's morally infallible, a born leader and super super good at kicking bad guys' butts into next week. So it's natural when we ask: what next for for stars-and-stripes super soldier?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is full of 'Easter eggs,' and with the vast quantities it contains, it's no surprise that one or two would hint ever so slightly at what's next for the leader of our favorite super-squad.
Currently, there are (give or take) three paths Cap could take from here. The purpose of this very article, in case you, uh, didn't read the title, is to tell you guys all about the future of America's least wanted, and what it means for the rest of the MCU.
The Winter Soldier May Take Up the Captain America Mantle
So far, in both of his film appearances, the character of Bucky Barnes has at some point picked up Cap's shield to defend himself. The picture you see above is his usage of the weapon during his second appearance in Captain America: the Winter Soldier, whereas the one you see below (Captain America: The First Avenger) is from his first cinematic appearance.
So, you can either see this as a lot of die hard fans do, and take it as a strong hint, or you can ignore it completely. That being said, there is a little more evidence to go on than just this...
After Steve Rogers' death in the comics (shortly after the Civil War storyline,) the Winter Soldier sees the need for a new Captain America. Being his humble self, he adopts the role and continues to wear the stars and the stripes until Rogers is found not dead, instead phased out of space and time by the bullet that struck him.
Marvel always did have a knack for bringing characters back to life.
It's speculated that Thanos is set to bring back a ton of villains come Avengers: Infinity War by using his glorified mitten, so who's to say he wouldn't bring back the original Captain America by accident? If Mr. Rogers does die at all, that is...
But hey, it's just a theory. But it's also a theory that makes a lot of sense.
Falcon Might Become Cap Instead
This hasn't so much been hinted at during the films, but would be a very comic-loyal move. In the comics currently, Steve Rogers has aged, and is not the Captain America he once was. He calls upon his close friend, the Falcon, to become the new leader of the Avengers, while he sits back at HQ giving moral orders and such.
This would be a pretty extreme move at the minute, in my opinion, because quite frankly it's not likely Captain America is going to suddenly become a senior citizen. In the comics, this works great, but onscreen, I don't think it would fit.
Onto the next (and final) idea...
He Might Just Stay the Same
It's true that this is a possibility, and it's true that it's probably the most likely one, at that. Let's face it, we all love Chris Evans. Personally, I don't think the role would be the same without him. As much as the MCU is growing, he's still a keystone in all of its operations, and to change up such a major role so soon might be, well, a little stupid.
After a lot of speculation over Mr. Evans leaving the role in favor of a career in directing, he finally said he'd changed his mind and was happy to stay with Marvel. In an interview with Collider, Evans said this:
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.
What's more, his contract lasts until the end of phase three, so it looks like he's going to be sticking around for a while, which I think is great. Go Chris!
Seeing as nothing is certain at this point, feel free take the poll and leave your thoughts in the comments. What do you think will happen to Cap in the future? Have your say! Until next time guys :)