Peggy Carter May Appear In Avengers: Endgame
A large part of Captain America's journey has been tied to Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). She worked closely with Steve to get him ready for his super soldier operation and then continued to stay close by throughout World War II. The two formed a loving relationship over time, but one that was never properly fulfilled; when Steve crashed Red Skull's plane and became lost to the ice for 70 years, Peggy's life continued, as shown on Agent Carter. They didn't get their dance, but Steve did find an aged Peggy in the present day after he awakened. He was there for his best girl all the way up until her death, which was chronicled in Captain America: Civil War.
Despite Atwell's first MCU appearance taking place in the 1940s, she's repeatedly popped up in subsequent films - like Ant-Man or Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, she hasn't been back on the screen since her multiple appearances in 2015. The trailer for Avengers: Endgame gave us a look at her, kind of, through the picture of Peggy placed in Cap's compass. There have been plenty of rumors that Atwell filmed scenes for Avengers: Endgame and will make a return in some form. This could be the result of the time travel plot, with plenty of theories believe the film could end with Steve going back to his original time and getting a happy ending with Peggy.
Avengers: Endgame Is Chris Evans' Last MCU Film
Avengers: Endgame is set to be Chris Evans' final MCU appearance, meaning it is widely believed that Captain America's story will come to an end in some fashion this year. Evans was originally hesitant to take on this role due to the length of his contract and his interest in playing him more has wavered over time. His original deal with Marvel Studios was for six appearances, but Evans has extended and changed his deal to allow for fun cameos and so the end of Phase 3 could be told over the course of two Avengers films instead of just one. Avengers: Endgame will be his ninth MCU appearance (not counting the Ant-Man post-credits scene) and Evans' now famous wrap tweet indicates it could be the end.
When he finished filming all of his scenes for Avengers: Endgame, Evans effectively tweeted out his goodbye to the MCU and the character of Captain America. He's attempted to slightly take back this statement by saying it in no way indicates Cap will die in Avengers 4. Additionally, director Joe Russo has teased that fans do not completely understand the context of the tweet, saying Evans isn't done yet and refused to elaborate, "I don’t want to explain what I mean, but audiences will soon understand." This may just be Marvel trying to keep the ending as protected as possible though, as it looks increasingly likely that the MCU will need a new Captain America after Avengers: Endgame.
Who Will Replace Captain America After Avengers: Endgame?
Whether Captain America's story ends in death, in the past, or simply in retirement, a new Captain America will be possible if this is the end. There are already two prime candidates to pick up the red, white, and blue shield too. The first is his longtime best friend James "Bucky" Barnes aka The Winter Soldier or White Wolf (Sebastian Stan). The second is his more recent trusty sidekick Sam Wilson aka Falcon.
Both men may be equally qualified to take on the mantle should it become available, and who becomes the choice may very well be the plot of their upcoming Disney Plus series. Stan reportedly signed a nine-picture deal with Marvel Studios originally, so he is the most logical choice based on him having several movie options still available. However, Mackie's Falcon could follow in the footsteps of his comic counterpart by taking on a lead role as the new Captain America. There's also the possibility that Marvel Studios could go in a completely different direction with the mantle and an entirely new character will pick up the shield after Steve Rogers.
However Avengers: Endgame shakes out, it is clearly positioned to be an important couple of hours for Captain America. He'll likely get a rematch against Thanos, but could say goodbye in the process.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019