Chris Evans concluded his Captain America story arc in Avengers: Endgame when he handed over his iconic shield to Falcon (Anthony Mackie). But in a new interview, Evans hinted that Steve Rodgers’ journey might be far from over. What are the chances that Evans returns as Captain America in the New Avengers?
Evans dishes on Cap’s timeline
Captain America’s final scenes in Endgame have ignited a big debate amongst Marvel fans. After defeating Thanos and his army, Cap traveled back in time to tidy up some loose ends related to the infinity stones.
But instead of returning to his fellow Avengers, Rodgers decided to stay in the past to presumably live the life he always wanted with Peggy. While this was a heartfelt way to end his storyline, it left fans wondering about some potential inconsistencies within his story.
Did Cap’s decision to stay in the past, for example, create a new timeline? Did he really marry Peggy and live happily ever after? If so, then how did he get back to his original timeline? Perhaps more importantly, what happened to Peggy’s old husband and family? While Evans did not reveal any answers to these questions, he did hint that all of these things might be addressed in a forthcoming Marvel film about Captain America.
“You know, I’m not sure I can give you those answers. That’s weak as shit, but ask the writers,” Evans stated at ACE Comic-Con in Seattle. “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.”
What do ‘Endgame’ writers say about Cap’s ending?
According to We Got This Covered, Endgame writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus have talked about Captain America’s ending and how to make sense of what happened. The co-writers explained how Rodgers lived the rest of his life inside the same timeline as the rest of the films.
Whether or not he married Peggy, however, is not something they have addressed. The only problem with this take is that it goes against what directors Anthony and Joe Russo previously dished.
In a recent interview, the Russo brothers said that Rodgers’ decision to stay with Peggy created an alternate universe, outside of the current timeline of the MCU. In fact, the directors admitted that they would love to helm a movie that explored exactly what Cap did during this time.
They also revealed that they have a plan that would explain everything about the superhero’s storyline, including how he crossed over to an alternate universe to give Falcon his shield. Marvel, of course, has not confirmed plans to produce another Captain America movie, but we are hopeful that some of our questions are answered in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Chris Evans opens up about playing Captain America
Future spoilers aside, Evans also talked about the challenges of playing a hero like Captain America. The actor revealed that one of the hardest aspects of the character was making his storyline interesting while preserving his taciturn nature. Unlike other heroes in the franchise, like Tony Stark and Doctor Strange, Rodgers was not known for possessing a quick wit or a loveable personality.
Instead, Cap had a reputation for being a good man who always made the right decision, attributes that are not always exciting to play. Fortunately, Evans worked with producers and directors to stay true to Cap’s nature without sacrificing entertainment value.
Evans then credited the Russo brothers, McFeely, Markus, and Marvel president Kevin Feige, for making Captain America into one of the most popular characters in the MCU. The actor even went so far as to call the process a “group effort,” which is a pretty big compliment to everyone involved.
Evans, of course, did not say anything about the possibility of him returning to the MCU as Captain America. Considering how his storyline concluded in Endgame, it is unlikely that he will return in Phase 4 of the MCU. If he does reprise the role, it will probably be in a standalone movie that explores his journey into the past.
The next film in Marvel’s superhero lineup is Spider-Man: Far From Home, which is currently out in theaters. Although the movie was released after the events in Endgame, it is technically part of Phase 3 of the MCU.