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Marvel fans have long adored Chris Evans’
take on the iconic superhero Captain America. But now he’s at the end of the line with his
movie contract, what does that actually mean for the MCU? Yippee-ki-yay, movie lovers, I’m Jan and in
this video I’ll be explaining what the events of Endgame mean for the future of Captain
America, the real reason behind Cap’s choice in the movie, and why we may get a Steve Rogers
spin-off. My Marvel giveaway is still running, so subscribe
and leave a comment about Captain America for a chance to win. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the movie
yet. At the end of Endgame, Steve Rogers goes on
one final mission: to place the Infinity Stones back in their original locations. Steve returns, but not quite as expected,
and we discover he’s made two major decisions that will alter the future of the MCU. First during his trip to the past, he married
his long-lost love Peggy Carter. And then he returned as Old Man Steve, bringing
with him a new Captain America shield which he gave to Sam Wilson. Sam accepts the shield, signalling that he’ll
become the new Captain America. This decision has left some fans surprised
as they were expecting Bucky to be Steve’s successor as he’s been around longer than
Falcon in the MCU, and the friendship between Steve and Bucky has been given particular
prominence in the Captain America movies. “I can get by on my own. I’m with you to the end of the line, pal.” “I’m not gonna fight you. You’re my friend. You’re my mission! Then finish it. Because I’m with you to the end of the line.” In fact, before Steve leaves the current timeline
to return the Infinity Stones, he has a heartfelt goodbye with Bucky whose words ‘I’m gonna
miss you, buddy’ show that he knows Steve isn’t going to come back the same man as he
left. Steve also tells Bucky not to do anything
stupid until he gets back and Bucky replies “How can I? You’re taking all the stupid with you”, which
is a sweet call-back to this moment in Cap’s first movie when Bucky left Steve to go to
war. “Don’t do anything stupid until I get back. How can I? You’re taking all the stupid with you.” Like Sam, Bucky has been Captain America in
the comics, and given how the passing of the shield from Steve to Bucky has been foreshadowed
many times in the MCU, some fans have been upset that Steve didn’t give him the shield
in the end. Now, Bucky may still become Captain America
in the future, but there are several good reasons why now isn’t necessarily the right
time for him. First of all, we need to remember that Bucky
was only recently rehabilitated when he was taken to Wakanda at the end of Civil War to
have the HYDRA programming removed from his brain. This was successful, but Bucky still had to
wait through a recovery period during which he became the White Wolf in Wakanda. And although he fought alongside the Avengers
in Infinity War, Bucky may not be ready yet for something like becoming Captain America. In fact, during Civil War, Bucky reveals the
doubts he has about himself to Steve: “I don’t know if I’m worth all this, Steve. What you did all those years… It wasn’t you. You didn’t have a choice. I know. But I did it.” And there is the problem. Before the events of Infinity War and Endgame,
Bucky was a wanted assassin and even if his crimes have been forgiven after he stood with
the Avengers against Thanos, the powers-that-be, for example, Thunderbolt Ross might try and
stand in the way of someone with such a troubled history taking up the mantle of Captain America. Especially given that Bucky killed Tony Stark’s
parents; after all, it was Tony’s father Howard who created the original Captain America shield. Perhaps more importantly though, there’s a
good chance that Steve just doesn’t want to place the weight and responsibility of being
Captain America on Bucky’s shoulders at this point in time given all his friend has been
through. In any case, Bucky seems at ease with how
Steve left him at the end of Avengers: Endgame. And it’s quite possible that Bucky had a conversation
with Steve off-screen before he left to travel back in time. Indeed, the Russos have confirmed that when
the pair say goodbye to each other and Bucky “says I’ll miss you.’ Clearly [Bucky] knows something.” Cap and Bucky’s possible off-screen conversation
could explain why Bucky tells Sam to “go ahead” and talk to Steve after he returns from the
past. In fact, after Steve tells Sam to try on the
shield, Sam looks back to Bucky as if to check with him, and Bucky nods back in approval,
as if he already knew this moment was coming. So, when Sam accepts the shield and says he’ll
do his best and Steve replies “that’s why it’s yours”, it’s a subtle indication that
Sam has the right mind-set to become the new Captain America. The passing of the mantle from Steve to Sam
was cleverly foreshadowed several times during Endgame. When Steve is acting as a counsellor to help
people work through how they feel about the world after Thanos’s snap, it parallels nicely
with Sam’s work as a PTSD counsellor for veterans in The Winter Soldier film. Then later, as Cap was about to make his solo
last stand against Thanos, he hears Sam’s voice through his earpiece saying ‘on your
left’, as all the dusted heroes return for that epic Avengers Assemble moment. Sam’s “on your left” is a lovely hat-tip to
Steve’s first words to him in The Winter Soldier movie, and again, foreshadows how Steve and
Sam will later swap roles at the close of Endgame. Likewise, there’s more to Cap and Sam’s final
conversation than first meets the eye. When Steve tells Sam to try on the shield,
then asks him how it feels, Sam says, “Like it’s someone else’s.” Steve’s reply that “it isn’t” not only confirms
that he sees Sam as the new Captain, but it’s also a reminder that this isn’t Steve’s original
shield, because that one was broken when Thanos smashed it during the final battle in Endgame. This new shield would seem to be one that
Steve has brought to Sam from the alternate reality that he lived in when he went back
to live with Peggy. When Steve decided to return to the present
timeline, he knew that a Captain America shield didn’t exist any longer. So, it’s possible that in his alternate reality,
Steve asked Peggy, Howard Stark or even Tony to get him a shield for Sam. Another possibility is that there was a Falcon
who was Captain America in Steve’s alternate reality and now Steve is bringing our present-day
Sam that other Falcon’s shield. Falcon adopting Cap’s title also nods back
to the comics, where it’s happened a few times. The most interesting example that relates
to Avengers: Endgame is from 2014 when Steve passed on the shield to Sam after he’d lost
his super-soldier powers and turned into an old man. So, what does Sam taking the Captain America
shield mean for Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s new TV show on Disney+? Well, as their series is called Falcon And
Winter Soldier, it seems like Sam might need a little while to work himself up to being
Captain America and all that the title entails. Likewise, that would also give fans time to
adjust to a new actor stepping into Chris Evans’s super-shoes. As for Bucky fans, they may still see the
Winter Soldier pick up the shield at some point during the show[, and possibly even
share the role with Sam]. After all, Sebastian Stan did tell fans back
in 2016 at Nerdist’s Civil War movie marathon that Marvel had told him that “eventually
[Bucky was] gonna become Captain America”. Another interesting possibility that the introduction
of alternate timelines has brought to the MCU is that, although Steve Rogers’ story
in Endgame did wrap up his character arc nicely, there’s still potential for future films or
TV shows about Steve and Peggy’s alternate life together. In fact, the Russos have confirmed that when
Steve went back in time he created “a branched reality” and they said there’s a possible
story to be told about what Steve did in that reality and how he ended up coming back to
give the shield to Falcon. I’m sure many would love to see a Steve Rogers
and Peggy Carter movie, but right now Chris Evans’s contract has ended and he’s doubtless
looking forward to playing a wider variety of roles going forward. He’s also talked about wanting to leave the
MCU on a high, or to use his own words, ‘You want to get off the train before they push
you off’. Still, it’s possible Evans might entertain
coming back at some point in the future and maybe the upcoming Disney+ shows could be
something he’d consider. For example, one of the new Marvel shows is
an animated “What If?” series and the very first episode will explore what would have
happened if Peggy Carter had been given the Super-Soldier Serum in place of Steve who,
instead, will eventually join World War 2 using a metal suit created by Howard Stark. According to reports, the “What If?” series
will feature the voices of actors from the MCU movies. So, hopefully, at the very least, we’ll get
to hear Hayley Atwell and Chris Evans as the voices of Peggy and Steve in that show. As for the longer term, well, there’s plenty
of actors who’ve eventually gone back to roles that they thought they’d left way in their
past. So, never say never! So, how do you feel about Falcon becoming
Captain America? And would you like to see Chris Evans return
to the MCU? Comment below and be sure to subscribe and
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