(Warning – possible SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War — and in particular Cap's romantic entanglements within the movie — lie below. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise...)
For a while there, it was the biggest question in Marvel-dom: Is Captain America — as played by Chris Evans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — a virgin? The story took a few twists and turns, with Cap's virtue appearing to be firmly intact last April, before the summer brought suggestions that he may well have been a whole lot more sexually active than previously thought.
With Captain America: Civil War fast approaching theaters, though, the still-unresolved question has returned with a vengeance — and this time, it's getting even more personal. The big question, then?
Is Cap Going To Have Sex In 'Captain America: Civil War'?
Well, if the film's directors, the Russo Brothers, are to be believed — and surely they are — then... maybe. As Joe Russo pointed out when asked about the prospect of some Cap-related romance in Civil War:
"That falls under the surprise in the story as well, but we can only keep Cap romantically uninvolved for so long. At some point, something has to happen with that character, so we are very aware of his lack of romantic life. We want to keep dimensionalizing his character so maybe something interesting will happen."
Or, in other words, there's a pretty good chance of Cap seeing some action — romantic or physical — in Captain America: Civil War.
The next big question?
Who Would That Romance Be With?
Well, the safest bet is surely Emily VanCamp's Sharon Carter — who in the comic books is a long-time love interest of Cap's (and who played a key role in the comic book Civil War). In the MCU, though, there's also obviously the possibility of romance brewing between Cap and another lead.
Here, then, are three outsider candidates:
1. Black Widow
Natasha may seem an unlikely romantic lead, considering the duo's apparently platonic friendship and opposing sides in the battle, but with both Widow and Cap sharing a traumatic past, and with Bruce Banner having gone AWOL, it's not entirely impossible to imagine a steamy night of implausibly good-looking nakedness.
2. Scarlet Witch
It'd be a fairly outside-the-box choice, but with Cap having long been the only Avenger to seem to genuinely believe in Wanda, it's not completely implausible that some kind of romance could blossom between the two (especially since Wanda was occasionally seen to hold something of a torch for Cap in the comic books). You'd have to think Cap would consider a relationship between the two a little inappropriate though.
Which leaves us with the most obvious choice...
Sure, it's a long shot — but as Anthony Russo quipped when asked about Cap's potential romantic entanglements:
"You mean, aside from Cap/Bucky?"
It'd mess with a lot of people's minds, but it sure would be something if the two realized that it was only a 1940s mentality (and years of ice and Hydra-induced stasis) keeping them from expressing their love for one another...
That being said, odds are it'll still be Cap and Sharon who wind up involved...
What do you think, though?