Should Captain America Return to the MCU?

By Mike Cecchini

Captain America retired in style in the final shot of Avengers: Endgame. Could Chris Evans’ rumored return disturb that closure?

It has been reported that Chris Evans may reprise his role as Steve Rogers in at least one future Marvel property.

But Steve’s reunion in the past with Peggy Carter in Endgame was the near perfect culmination of 11 years of storytelling.

Although the door is open for all kinds of time traveling or multiversal shenanigans, it could be argued that Cap earned his rest.

He also had the singular opportunity to hand off his shield to Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson before departing.

Might Chris Evans’ continued presence in the MCU complicate Sam’s ability to take up the mantle of Captain America?

Mackie says that the question of who should inherit the shield is a central conflict in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

It’s possible that Evans could portray an alternate version of Cap in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Or an imposter Cap could appear in Secret Invasion, a Disney+ show in which the shapeshifting alien Skrulls infiltrate humanity

Evans’ return isn’t so imminent that we’ll see him in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which hits Disney+ in March.

Not to mention Chris Evans has denied that there even are any discussions of his return to the role… yet.

Will audiences remain as invested in Sam’s quest for the shield when they know Steve is waiting in the wings?