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Chris Evans reportedly returning to the MCU as Captain America

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There’s a long-standing joke in comics that unless you’re Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, once you “die”, it’s only a matter of time before you get brought back somehow. In Avengers: Endgame, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers aka Captain America didn’t die, but he definitely went away after hopping through a time portal to go live out his life in secret with his WWII sweetheart Peggy Carter, only returning decades later (or minutes later, depending on your perspective) as an old man to handover his shield to Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson aka Falcon. It was the perfect ending to the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s de facto leader. And now he’s back again.

Or at least he may be, according to reports from numerous outlets who claim that Evans is making a deal to return to the MCU. Insiders report that the deal isn’t a sure thing yet, but it’s quickly heading in that direction. The watercooler talk is also that, if he does return, Evans won’t be leading another Captain America solo movie, but will rather appear in another Marvel project in a supporting capacity, much like Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man did in Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Now the question remains though, will we see Old Cap or Young Cap? There’s actually very relevant precedence for this in the comics. During writer Rick Remender’s run on Captain America in 2014, Cap faced off against a supervillain, The Iron Nail, who managed to drain all the Super Soldier Serum out of his body. This caused Cap to rapidly age to his actual age of 90 years old. Although his mental faculties were still good, his physical deterioration led to him passing the mantle of Captain America on to Falcon.

With Sam Wilson as the new Captain America, Steve took on the role of a higher-up in S.H.I.E.L.D., where he could use his decades of unmatched experience to lead and strategize for the spy organization. Eventually though, thanks to some very long-winded machinations brought about by a sentient shard of the Cosmic Cube (Comics! Don’t ask!), Steve would regain his super-soldier serum youth and after a long period of an identity crisis, would become Captain America again.

While the actual arc that Remender penned is honestly not the best (especially the stupid part I didn’t mention where Cap basically became a Nazi), there is a lot of material for Marvel to mine for Evans’ return to the role. That’s if all these reports are actually true, of course.

In a recent Twitter post, Evans seems to be calling these rumours into question, but it wasn’t that long ago that we had Tatiana Maslany vehemently deny her casting in Marvel’s She-Hulk to anybody that would listen only for it to turn out to be 100% true. Actors lie about roles. It’s a fact. Especially when it’s a big surprise role like this one would be, so we’ll have to see how this plays out.

Would you folks like to see Evans back as a revitalized Captain America? Or maybe you want Old Man Steve as the elder statesman of the MCU? Or maybe you think that Steve Rogers’ earned his peaceful retirement and should be left alone for good? Sound off below!

Last Updated: January 15, 2021

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  1. After passing on his shield, he then runs for president. His age is about right.

    Nope, I think they ended his story arc nicely and there is no need to bring him back, but people love spending more time with familiar characters they love, so it will likely be a popular decision to bring him back.

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  2. Mandalorian Jim

    January 15, 2021 at 04:43

    It’s based on the comics, no one stays dead, old or trapped under an ice sheet forever, unless you’re uncle Ben, Gwen Stacey or Batman’s parents…. I think the big issue is that they’re clearly worried about phase 4, because the lineup is super weak. Disney is clearly scrambling and if they can get the band back together, they’ll even bring back Iron Man.

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      January 15, 2021 at 05:46

      I keep hearing you push this theory that Phase 4 lineup is super weak and Disney is scrambling but I’m not seeing any evidence of it. There’s some pretty exciting stuff on the way. Eternals has massively deep lore, Loki looks awesome, Doctor Strange 2 will probably be a game changer, Spider-Man 3 looks to be going all out, Shang Chi is one of Marvel’s best pulp characters, Falcon and the Winter Soldier appears to be a really fun odd-couple riff, Secret Invasion is something we’ve been anticipating for ages, Miss Marvel and Ironheart will be tapping into a whole new market, etc. (Edit: HOW COULD I LEAVE OUT WANDAVISION?!)

      If the characters don’t interest you, that’s cool, we’ll never all have the same taste. But this idea that they don’t interest ANYBODY and Feige and co are falling over each other as they throw everything at the wall to try and replicate the success of Iron Man and Captain America just does not appear to be true. I don’t think Marvel will ever recapture the geek magic of the first Avengers or the emotional payoff and cultural zeitgeist of Endgame, but those aren’t the only types of great stories to be told.

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      • Original Heretic

        January 15, 2021 at 06:56

        You forgot about WandaVision. I’m very curious and trying very hard to temper my excitement for that as well.

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      • HvR

        January 15, 2021 at 07:39

        I agree lineup not weak per say but it is a new lineup or new roles for old characters.

        They are effectively are setting up a new universe (ie MCU v2.0) and going on history of phase 1 this when we are going to see the weakest entries.

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      • HvR

        January 15, 2021 at 07:39

        I agree lineup not weak per say but it is a new lineup or new roles for old characters.

        They are effectively are setting up a new universe (ie MCU v2.0) and going on history of phase 1 this when we are going to see the weakest entries.

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      • Paraiyar

        January 15, 2021 at 10:33

        He’s not wrong. I don’t think phase 4 is as exciting as you’re trying to make it seem & I’m still a comic book collector.

        Do you really think Miss Marvel and Ironheart will draw a new audience? If so, I have a statue in the US to sell you.

        It’s in a city called New York. Don’t worry I really own it. The problem with the Eternals is that it’s weird stuff. I don’t think normies are going to like it. Guardians worked because the weirdness was hidden behind humour. Shang Chi is a character that might get China excited, and the Disney + stuff might excite. I’ve heard good things about Wandavision, and will watch it tomorrow.

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      • Mandalorian Jim

        January 16, 2021 at 02:02

        In simplest terms, because phase 4 is nothing but a vehicle for Disney +. The bulk of it is going to be through the TV shows, and listen, they might strike it rich, as we’ve seen with how much everyone loves the Mandalorian (lol, while sailing the seven seas), and already I hear people are absolutely loving Wandavision. The first two episodes are out (which reminds me, I need to… source it… via my ethical local pirate friend)

        HvR is correct in saying it’s basically a reboot of the MCU, and a shift from cinema to their streaming service.

        Then there’s the question of the remaining characters, I personally don’t find them that interesting (and it seems you do – that’s fine, no one is saying you shouldn’t be excited…).

        I’ve never cared for the Eternals, and the only movies I’m looking forward to are the new Thor movie, Spiderman 3 and Doctor Strange 2.

        Could the Eternals movie be amazeballs? Of course, it could even change my opinion of the whole suite of characters, but FOR NOW I couldn’t give a rat’s ass. SHang Chi is another character that I can’t give a damn about. He’s a D-list or E-list character at best. It’s like having a whole movie dedicated to Jack Tarr, or pre-Hulk Amadeus Cho or let’s go even one step further, Kid Colt (baby) – remember that blast from the past? Now there’s a G-list character I’d like to see on film. A whole western set in the MCU, featuring Kid Cold, shooting all the hombres….

        And, yes… the Shang Chi movie could be amazing, or it could be as insipid as Captain Marvel or as idiotic as Iron Man 3. Who knows? I can only judge the remaining properties on how I view them on the great totem pole of Marvel characters.

        None of them are on the same level of X-Men, or even the Fantastic Four…

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        • Kervyn Cloete

          January 18, 2021 at 01:23

          And I have no problem with any of that. Like I said, we can’t all like the same things. My question is around this insinuation that Disney is falling over their feet to somehow try and “rescue” Marvel from the downward spiral it’s going in… and I just don’t see any evidence of it.

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          • Mandalorian Jim

            January 18, 2021 at 08:02

            Depends which Marvel you’re referring to, their comic book division is definitely struggling. They recently (this last November and December) had a large number of layoffs (from execs to creatives), which was at the same time as many of Disney’s park employees were given the pink slip. The reason I think Disney is desperate is because their core business hasn’t been profitable, the era of the billion dollar blockbuster ended in 2019, and they’re left banking on Disney + and whatever Marvel Studios are going to produce for it. There were rumours prior to Mandalorian’s success of major cuts at Lucas, and even Pixar. So, why do YOU think Disney isn’t feeling the crunch?

          • Kervyn Cloete

            January 18, 2021 at 09:20

            No, I’m definitely not referring to Marvel’s Comics. Outside of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men corner of that universe, and Donny Cates’ Venom stuff, there’s very little there that’s really grabbing attention. To be fair, DC is not doing much better in my opinion in that regard. Death Metal was a mess and Future State sounded fantastic on paper but has been a dud thus far.

            But I’m specifically referring to Marvel Studios and Disney’s movie/TV franchises in that they have still been doing pretty well in terms of upcoming slate and recent releases. Disney+ is definitely the future for them, but they were throwing their hat into that ring to take a slice of Netflix’s pie long before COVID and the likes destroyed the movie business worldwide, instead of it just being a reaction to the current global situation.

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