The Russo Bros. Say Steve Rogers is No Longer the MCU's Captain America

Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 12:21PM
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Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 12:21PM
The Russo Bros. Say Steve Rogers is No Longer the MCU's Captain America
At the end of Captain America: Civil War, Steve Rogers is seen dropping his iconic shield in the wake of his brutal (and unnecessary) final throw-down with Iron man. That dropping of the shield could well have been interpreted as exhaustion, because let's face it, even super soldiers are allowed to get tired after two hours of cinematic punch-ups with fellow superheroes. The Russo Bros., who directed the aforementioned throw-down, interpreted that moment very differently. In fact, they interpreted it in a way that will mean a great deal to fans of Captain America and the wider MCU.

In an interview with HuffPost, Joe Russo seems to give the most official confirmation yet that Steve Rogers has retired as the MCU's Captain America.

Opening quote
"I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity," said Joe. "[It's] him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making."
Closing quote

We've all assumed for a while now that Steve Rogers wouldn't be the MCU's only Captain America. In Marvel canon, both Falcon and Winter Soldier have taken up the mantle of Marvel's most patriotic hero, and there seems to be a great deal of excitement among fans for the latter of those two to be the one who attempts to fill Steve's sizable shoes. However, we already know that Chris Evans/Steve Rogers is set to return for Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, so it now becomes a question of what he'll be getting up to in the time between. Rogers' Nomad storyline, in which the hero turns his back on the USA and becomes a hero with no affiliation to his home country. 

Really, there a many options for Steve's interim exploits, and it's not even certain that we'll get to see any of them on-screen. Between now and Avengers: Infinity War we've got to get through Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. That's a lot of ground to cover, even without worrying about how to convince Steve to take up the red white and blue again.
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