Before we get started, allow me to preface this post by saying that it will contain spoilers for Captain America: Civil War, so if you’ve somehow managed not to see that film, you might want to skip this article altogether. If you’re still reading at this point, then we’ll assume that spoilers are of no concern to you.
The climactic battle of Civil War found Steve Rogers and Tony Stark coming to the blows over the fate of Steve’s childhood friend Bucky, aka The Winter Soldier. This splintering of the Avengers culminated with Rogers going to exile, leaving his iconic shield behind – and when Rogers reappears near the end of the film to rescue his fellow teammates from incarceration, he’s no longer clad in the traditional stars and stripes.
This has led to speculation that Rogers would no longer be using the Captain America identity in Avengers: Infinity War, and during a recent interview with The Huffington Post, directors Anthony and Joe Russo seemingly confirmed this theory, with Joe saying:
“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.”
This revelation has been a long time coming: Cap has spent the past several films becoming increasingly more disillusioned with the government, and the events of Civil War finally pushed him past the breaking point. It’s unknown if someone else might take up the Captain America mantle in his absence, or if Steve himself will don a new identity - there was a period in the comics where he walked away from his public persona under similar circumstances and became Nomad. But something tells me that if the Russo brothers decide to move in this direction, the MCU version of the costume won’t look quite like this.
Granted, just because Steve Rogers is no longer Captain America doesn’t mean that he won’t be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War. As screenwriter Christopher Markus pointed out, “There’s a big purple guy coming. He could be very helpful.”
If you’re wanting a refresher course on the events leading up to the biggest Avengers film yet, then mark your calendars, because Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to hit DVD and Blu-Ray on September 13. And we’ll get up to speed with Steve Rogers and the rest of the group when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.
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