Chris Evans’ MCU Return Might not Be What Anyone is Expecting

Chris Evans appeared to bow out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside Robert Downey Jr. after Avengers: Endgame, albeit in a less than definitive way. Despite that, fans’ hopes collectively exploded after recent reports suggested that the Captain America actor was in negotiations for some sort of return.

While Evans himself has dismissed the rumors, that certainly hasn’t made them subside and hasn’t quieted speculation over how he might make a return. Now, more rumors have surfaced which suggest that the actor’s return could take a form that few could have predicted.

[Spoiler alert: Avengers: Endgame spoilers ahead, in case you still haven’t seen the biggest film of all time. Also WandaVision, a bit.]

Chris Evans might be readying an MCU return

Chris Evans at the 'Avengers: Endgame' premiere
Chris Evans at the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ premiere | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Evans’ Steve Rogers travels through time and space to return the Infinity Stones to their original places. Instead of returning to the spot where he initially left straight away, he opts to leave his life as a hero behind and return to Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) in the 1940s. He returns as an old man, having lived a full life with Peggy, and passes the iconic Captain America shield to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), setting the events of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier into motion.

While Steve was still alive at the end of the movie, it was generally accepted that his adventures in the MCU were at an end. However, it seems that Evans’ rumored return might involve something being teased heavily in WandaVision: the multiverse. And if that wasn’t intriguing enough, it also sounds like he might have two roles in an upcoming film.

According to the blog Giant Freaking Robot, Evans is slated to make two cameos in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the Benedict Cumberbatch sequel slated to release in March 2022. The site’s sources claim that Evans will play an alternate universe version of Cap inspired by the recent comic storyline, Secret Empire, in which the character is revealed to be a secret agent of Hydra. On the other, even crazier hand, he will also reportedly reprise his role as Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, from 20th Century Fox’s earlier Fantastic Four movies.

This rumor would line up with other reports about Marvel’s future plans

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Here’s hoping these rumors hold some truth, because they sound like they would make for some incredibly fun moments for fans. It would also certainly be a shock for an established character like Doctor Strange to encounter what seems like an old friend, only for them to be revealed as a villain. And just imagine them trying make heads or tails of the Human Torch with Cap’s face.

If the rumors surrounding Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 are to be believed, and taking into account the recent appearance of Evan Peters as Quicksilver on WandaVision, it seems like the MCU’s initial dalliances with the multiverse will involve lots of references to old Marvel films that weren’t part of that shared universe. Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider, anyone?