Steve Rogers is no longer Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"Captain America: Civil War" director Joe Russo, who helmed "The Winter Soldier" and the third installment with brother Anthony Russo, revealed in an interview with Huffington Post that the 98-year-old supersoldier might be hanging up his shield for good.
According to the co-directors, the ending of "Civil War," wherein Cap leaves his shield behind after his fight with Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), confirmed his retirement. “I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity. [It’s] him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making," Russo told the publication.
However, this won't be the last time fans will get to see Steve as Captain America as he will be back for the "Avengers: Infinity War" movies. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely previously revealed they didn't kill him off in "Civil War" because he will be teaming up with the rest of the Avengers in their upcoming fight with Thanos.
“There’s a big purple guy coming. He could be very helpful,” Markus told Huffington Post of Thanos and Cap.
The publication noted that while Cap will still be joining Iron Man, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), he might assume a new identity in the upcoming MCU movies. In the comic books, Steve takes on a new moniker, Nomad, after he loses faith in the government.
If Steve never does take up the Captain America shield again, his best friend James "Bucky" Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) or Sam Wilson/Falcon could take over the role in the movies like they did at some point in the comic books, Slash Film noted.
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