With Avengers: Infinity War closer to hitting theaters and Steve Rogers and Tony Stark somewhat resolving their differences by the end of Civil War, fans expected Cap to get his shield back in no time to aid in the fight against Thanos. That, however, is not the case. Last week, the Russo brothers confirmed that Steve Rogers is no longer Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
"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."
We know that Steve Rogers will be back in Avengers: Infinity War to fight against Thanos and the living legend has taken several other superhero identities other than Captain America in the comic books. This raises the question: Which alternate superhero identity will Steve Rogers use for Infinity War? Here are a few possibilities.
Nomad - The Man Without Tribe Or Country
Steve Rogers has always had a strong belief in people. He stands for everything good and always does his best to represent those values. This is why he was so disillusioned when he discovered that a high-ranking government official was the leader of a terrorist organization known as Secret Empire in a storyline from the mid-'70s.
Steve then chose to put away his Captain America costume as all the faith he had in America and its people dissipated. However, Hawkeye eventually knocked some sense into him, making Steve realize he couldn't completely abandon his heroic antics. He decided to reinvent himself under the fitting moniker of "Nomad," which is derived from an older Greek word and has essentially come to mean someone who wanders without a tribe or home — perfect for the unmoored Cap.
If his costume looks ridiculous to you, it's because...well, it is. It's even a little bit impractical, which was proven when Nomad once tripped with his own cape while chasing a group of villains. Fortunately, his identity crisis didn't last long, as he returned to the red-white-and-blue in Captain America vol. 184 (1975) to stop the Red Skull from murdering people while pretending to be the real Captain America.
The Captain - Discharged And Disillusioned But Not Daunted
A decade later, Steve Rogers once again gave up the Captain America title thanks to the actions of the U.S. government. After it ended its ties with the Avengers, the Commission on Superhuman Activities tried to force Steve Rogers into being under its control. They summoned him and pointed out that his shield, costume, and very name was property of the U.S. government and he no longer had the ability to act as "Captain America" without oversight, especially as he had never been formally discharged from military service. They gave him a distasteful proposition: Remain as an active military member and Captain America, but answer directly to the CSA. If you've watched the Captain America movies so far, you can guess what Steve thought of that proposition — about what he thought of this one:
Steve, disillusioned by these actions (which made him remember why he took up the Nomad mantle), turned them down and surrendered not only his Captain America persona but also his iconic shield (both of which went to a man by the name of John Walker, a.k.a. Super-Patriot) and became "The Captain." During this time, he formed a new group of superheroes that included a core of Falcon, the new Nomad, and D-Man and used the unofficial team for various missions.
Heroic Age Identity - The New Director Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
After the events of Dark Reign, in which Norman Osborn was in control of S.H.I.E.L.D. and had his own team of Avengers and the Siege story arc, the President of the United States appoints Steve Rogers as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. What's worthy to note about Rogers' promotion is that he quickly abolished the Superhuman Registration Act, which was one of the focal points of Captain America: Civil War.
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He also put together a new team of Avengers consisting of Hawkeye, Spider-Woman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor and others, stating it was the start of a new day. Steve Roger's new, and frankly awesome suit during this time period was later adapted for live action with a modified movie version being the one he wore in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
So Which Identity Will Steve Rogers Use In Avengers: Infinity War?
Of course, there's always a chance that he will simply go by his real name of Steve Rogers without a superhero identity until he eventually takes up his iconic shield once more. But considering the Russos have been pretty faithful to the comics in character if not storyline, it's more likely he will take up a new identity.
So which one of these options is more likely? Going by what we've seen so far in Marvel movies, I'd say it may very well be an amalgamation of them. The MCU hasn't had the craziness of a comic book world where characters take different names or mantles are passed on so easily, so it doesn't necessarily mean that even if Steve Rogers isn't Captain America anymore that we'll see Nomad tripping on his cape on the big screen any time soon.
Will he be back as Captain America in Infinity War? I have no doubt about it, as his character has been the core of the MCU for years, so him not having that identity in the culmination of the saga would feel like a strange choice. But most likely, what we will get at first is a combination of the different versions of Cap. We'll just have to wait to know for sure until Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 25, 2018.
Which identity do you think Captain America will take in Infinity War?
[Source: The Huffington Post]