In over 10 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has given us some of the most iconic characters in movie history. From Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark to Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, we’ve grown to love the perfect cast of our heroes. Another iconic cast is that of Steve Rogers. Both in real life and in real life, Chris Evans turned out to be Captain America, so when he retired after the events of âAvengers: Endgame,â not everyone was happy.
Evans has made it clear that this is the end of the line for Rogers, but according to a new theory, that’s not true at all. In fact, it looks like Marvel Studios is working on a plan to bring back our beloved Cap, who has become an MCU icon. âThe Falcon And The Winter Soliderâ firmly established Sam Wilson as the new Captain America, but for fans of the original, you’ll be happy to know that there is a way for the two to coexist.
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Of course, take that with a pinch of salt for now, because like so much Marvel stuff, this theory just might be a dead end. But then again, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield appeared in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” so anything is possible these days. It might sound crazy at first, but it really looks like the MCU could bring Evans back for one last swan song as Rogers, and here’s how.
The return of Steve Rogers
The theory in question was created by Murphy’s Multiverse, based on the bread crumbs carefully prepared by Marvel. According to the website, the studio wants Evans to reprise his role as Cap for a Disney + show that would show what he was doing in the two years between “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” For those who don’t know, at the end of “Civil War” Cap gave up his shield and fled with Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson).
How did they arrive at this theory? According to Murphy’s, this stems from the discovery of a brand. In December 2020, the website reported that Marvel had registered the name “Marvel Studios: Nomad”, along with an additional trademark, filed four months ago. Then, in January 2021, rumors began to surface that Evans was working on a deal to return to the MCU, although he firmly said he was done.
In November 2021, Kevin Feige revealed that ScarJo was working with Marvel on a top secret project, which he said was “unrelated to Black Widow.” Additionally, the ending of âBlack Widowâ revealed how Cap, Romanoff, and Wilson ended up with a Quinjet, gearing up for their entry into âInfinity Warâ. Putting all of these pieces together, Murphy’s theorized Marvel is working on a series or movie that takes place in the two years between âCivil Warâ and âInfinity Warâ.
This would allow Marvel to continue enjoying its most popular characters, without explicitly addressing the future of the MCU, as it did with “Black Widow.” On paper at least, that also seems quite plausible. After all, while Cap’s character was only called Steve as a result of âCivil War,â he looked a lot like Nomad from the comics. Many have theorized that he is indeed taking Nomad’s mantle, but Marvel has never really confirmed that.
As we mentioned earlier, it’s worth not reading too much about it just yet. Companies register trademarks all the time, even if they do not yet intend to use them. Additionally, several characters took on the Nomad title in the comics, so if Marvel was indeed working on a show / movie, they might just pick one. Evans is also highly unlikely to return, at least as an actor in the MCU. He may return to produce, or even direct, but seeing him dress like Cap definitely seems impossible. But after Garfield’s constant denials, there is still room for doubt.