How Marvel Can Bring Chris Evans’ Captain America Back to the MCU After ‘Avengers: Endgame’
Captain America (Chris Evans) gave up his shield at the end of Avengers: Endgame, but is there a chance that Marvel will bring him back from retirement? The events in Endgame will have a lasting effect on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and there was a comedic scene in the film that could open the door to Cap’s return in a future project. And it regards Smart Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and his first attempts at time travel.
Can Marvel bring Captain America back?
The scene in question happened before Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) decided to help Bruce Banner puzzle out time travel. Banner’s first few attempts failed to shoot Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) back in time, but it did hilariously reverse his age.
In one of the experiments, Lang came back as a baby. Although he was a toddler, Ant Man’s memories were still there, which offers an interesting solution to Cap’s exit.
If Banner has figured out to reverse age, then why not use that same technology on Steve. This could bring him back to his former youthful self and enable him to fight a future threat.
In the final scenes of Endgame, Captain America went back into time to put the Infinity Stones back in their original timeline. But instead of returning to the present, Cap opted to stay in the past and live with his long lost love, Peggy Carter.
Steve then appeared as an old man to the current Avengers, giving his shield to Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and retiring from duty.
While it would be amazing to see Evans reprise the role in a future Marvel film, there is another way to bring Cap back that does not involve messing with time or the character’s age.
Chris Evans opens up about Cap’s plot holes
When Captain America traveled back in time to restore order to the universe, he undoubtedly went on a few adventures in the process. Unfortunately, fans were not privy to what happened in Cap’s new past, though that may change soon.
According to Comic Book, Evans talked about what Cap did when he returned the Infinity Stones and teased that a future movie could explore what happened during this time.
“You know, I’m not sure I can give you those answers. That’s weak as shit, but ask the writers,” Evans shared. “Look, I understand there’s a lot of things you can question about the time continuity but if there’s one thing I’ve learned about working with Marvel, they don’t leave stones unturned. They really don’t.”
Marvel has not confirmed that another Captain America movie is in the works. The studio is currently working on Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which kicks off with Black Widow and The Eternals next year.
Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo also addressed the possibility of bringing Captain America back into the fold. Unfortunately, the brothers revealed that Evans has moved on and is looking forward to taking on new projects in his career.
That could change, of course, in the next few years. Luckily, Marvel has plenty of time to develop a new Captain America storyline as Phase 4 is expected to span several years.
Inside Peggy Carter’s return
Speaking of Steve’s past, Marvel fans will see Peggy Carter return to action in an upcoming animated series on Disney+ called What If…? The only difference is that Peggy will be appearing as Captain Carter instead of just Steve’s wife.
The episode will explore what might have happened if Peggy, voice by Hayley Atwell, was the one who received the Super Soldier serum instead of Steve.
No word yet on if Evans will be voicing Steve – or if Captain America will even make an appearance – but Atwell had nothing but good things to say about the new project.
The series is expected to feature episodes that explore these alternate journeys for the main characters in the MCU. The show’s creator, Ashley Bradley, confirmed that most of the characters in Marvel’s lineup will have cameos in the series, and some installments will feature more than one superhero.
Disney has not announced when the show will premiere on its new streaming platform, though it is expected to arrive sometime in 2021.
Fans can watch Captain America’s reported farewell in Avengers: Endgame on digital, Blu-ray, and DVD. Black Widow, meanwhile, is scheduled to premiere on May 1, 2020.