Chris Evans Says We ‘Probably’ Won’t See Old Cap In ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ — Or Will We?

Actor Chris Evans is a staple in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Or, well, he was. Now, fans are clamoring to find out if and when he’ll ever return. Here’s what Evans said recently about appearing in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Chris Evans is Captain America in the MCU

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Though the man needs no introduction, let’s give one, just for fun. Evans began portraying Steve Rogers in 2011 when he starred in Captain America: The First Avenger. He reprised this several times over the next few years, appearing in The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.

As one of the core members of the team, Steve Rogers had a vital role. He begins as an optimistic young man, becomes the poster boy for the U.S. during WWII, then wakes up in the 21st Century and learns how to be a leader all over again. As for Evans, the role took him from moderately famous comedic actor to A-list celebrity.

His arc came to an end in ‘Avengers: Endgame’

But all good things must come to an end. Steve was one of the few who survived the epic event in 2018, when Thanos snapped his fingers and eliminated half of all living beings. He took it upon himself to lead support groups for others like him in the five years that followed, but when Scott Lang came to town and explained his method for time travel, he dedicated himself to fixing the problem.

After they defeated Thanos, it was Cap who took on the responsibility of traveling back in time to put each of the Infinity Stones back where they belonged. He was then supposed to return to the present day (2023), but instead, he went back to the 1940s and lived out his life with Peggy Carter as he’d always dreamed of doing. And that was said to be the end for the character.

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ will continue the story

When we see Old Man Cap as he’d referred to (Chris Evans in a bunch of prosthetics made to look about 80 years old), he passes on his shield to Sam Wilson, also known as Falcon. Though the obvious choice to take the weapon might be Bucky Barnes, given his similar abilities, Cap is confident he made the right choice.

The story that’s set up there will play out in an upcoming series on Disney+, titled The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. When it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, we learned that Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (Bucky, or the Winter Soldier) will be returning to their characters once more. Shooting has already begun, and it’s due out next fall.

Evans on his future as Old Man Cap

Now, Evans is busy promoting Knives Out, on his first tour since Endgame. So naturally, there are quite a few questions coming his way about the MCU and the future of his character on screen. One reporter asked if we could expect to see Old Man Cap in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

“No, probably not,” Evans told Entertainment Tonight. “There was a million ways that whole tenure with Marvel could have gone wrong — and it didn’t. And to stick the landing so well, it would be a shame to kind of revisit [him] unless there was something very unique we felt we needed to reveal. So for now, it just feels like, let’s just be content with how well it ended.”

Could he be lying?

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Earlier in that same interview, Evans admitted that he has “a bad poker face.” Obviously, he has had to lie (or at least hide the truth) in countless interviews for previous Marvel projects. But there was something about this response that gave us pause.

Evans looks down, and his answer is given softly and with just a hint of a smile. Perhaps this could just be his frustration at dealing with this question so frequently, but we wonder if maybe it was his way of covering up the truth.