That is how Captain America can return to the MCU
Some pretty big news came out recently, suggesting that Chris Evans will in some ways return as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Given the ending of Avengers: Endgame, this came as quite a surprise to many. Not to mention Evans’ personal comments on the matter over the past year or so. Whether it happens or not remains to be seen, but the news makes it worth investigating how it can happen. And considering where we left off with Steve Rogers, there’s a very good chance that Cap will return for one final ride.
The last time we left, our hero was in the final minutes of Avengers: Endgame 2019. The avengers had successfully managed to collect the Infinity Stones in what is known as the Time Steal and undo Thanos’ snapshot, while simultaneously defeating the Mad Titan and his army once and for all. As promised, the heroes were instructed to bring the stones back to the place where they were removed in good time so as not to disturb the equilibrium of time. It was Cap who collected the stones and brought them to the different places in time and space. But when Hulk tried to bring Steve back, it didn’t work.
We then find a much older Steve sitting on a bench near the lake. As it turned out, after a conversion with Sam, after returning the stones, he decided to stay in the past to finally live his life with Peggy Carter. Steve gave Sam his shield and suggested that he become the new Captain America and take over the coat. It was viewed by many as the perfect ending to Steve Rogers’ cinematic journey.
However, Steve Rogers is very much alive when it comes to the possibility of Chris Evans’ alleged return to the MCU. That alone makes it perfectly possible to bring Captain America back in some way in a future MCU project. It’s important to note that the reports were specific, suggesting Cap wouldn’t be returning for a new solo film. Rather, he would appear in other projects. Apparently the easiest way to do this would be to bring old Steve back in a future phase 4 MCU project.
There are a few logical places for this. Perhaps the most logical would be the falcon and the winter soldier. The upcoming Disney + live action series will focus on Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, and Sebastian Stans Bucky, aka Winter Soldier. Mackie recently announced that the show will be about filling the void Captain America left and investigating who should take his place. While many of us just assumed it would be Sam, and it could very well be, this is not yet clear. It might make sense for Steve to show up and provide wise guidance to his young friend on the show. Although the series has completed filming and these reports suggest that there will be something in the future.
If not, the MCU has no shortage of options for the next couple of years. Apart from the many films that are not finished yet, such as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1.3, Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Black Panther 2 and Captain Marvel 2 , amongst other things. Marvel also has a ton of shows in the works for Disney + including Hawkeye, Ironheart, Armor Wars, Secret Invasion, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel. And that’s exactly what we know.
There will be no shortage of ways to bring Captain America back. When looking at the events of Avengers: Endgame, it may make the most sense to show Cap how he returns the stones in space and time. Six stones. Six episodes for Disney +. This would contradict the idea that Evans’ new deal wasn’t to lead a project, but this would be a way to bring him back without destroying the plot that had ended his character arc so satisfactorily.
Up until this point, fans seemed divided over the news. Chris Evans has become one of the MCU’s most beloved elements for nearly a decade. He made Captain America one of the world’s most popular superheroes in modern times, which just wasn’t the case before The First Avenger came out. So of course there will be fans who really want to see him come back. On the other hand, Endgame was a great ending for Steve. Those final moments when he finally dances with Peggy could and should be the lasting memory we all have cinematically of Steve Rogers. If you bring it back, there is a risk that the image will be dirty to some extent.
All of this can be irrelevant speculation anyway. Shortly after the news broke, Chris Evans went on Twitter to address the reports as “messages to me”. This suggests that he is not near a new deal with Marvel Studios and Disney. That’s not to say it won’t happen, although it strongly implies that the early reports were at least a bit off the beaten track. However, if things go in that direction, there are plenty of ways to bring America’s ass back for more cinematic adventure.
Subjects: Captain America, Falcon and Winter Soldier
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