“Captain America” is a title, but it doesn’t belong to just one man in the comics. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige seemed to hint that the movies may eventually move the focus away from Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans.
Collider asked the executive producer if all “Captain America” movies need to have Steve as the main focus. “It’s a good question and if we look back at the comic books as our inspiration and as the well from which this all springs, then the answer is ‘no,’” Feige said.
That doesn’t mean the Marvel Cinematic Universe is planning a Steve-less “Cap” flick yet. Feige was quick to note that he wasn’t confirming anything about the future films. “I’m not saying we’ll do it in the movie but I’ve read Captain America comics that don’t have Steve Rogers in them,” he added.
Of course, the notoriously tight-lipped studio isn’t going to give away if someone else is picking up the vibranium shield soon. In the comics, both Sam/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) have served as Captain America. The movies seem to tease that Bucky one day could be Cap. He has ended up with the shield a few times in the movies, and in a deleted “Captain America: Civil War” scene, he even remarks that he needs a shield like Cap’s.
In any case, it doesn’t seem like Steve is Captain America anymore. The Russo Brothers, who directed “Civil War” and will helm “Avengers: Infinity War,” confirmed that Steve ditched his iconic superhero identity when he left his shield with Tony (Robert Downey Jr.).
“I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity,” Joe Russo told the Huffington Post. “[It’s] him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.”
Fans will have to hope that “Avengers: Infinity War,” which comes out May 4, 2018, reveals the next Captain America titleholder.