There's growing evidence that Anthony Mackie's Falcon could become the next Captain America. Chris Evans has completed reshoots for Avengers 4, and with that he's finished playing the Star-Spangled Avenger. "Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor," Evans told his fans on social media. "To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful." The actor has since walked back his statement, reassuring fans that he's not saying Steve Rogers will die in Avengers 4, but it still looks as though his time as Captain America is well and truly over.
In the comics, the title of Captain America is something of a legacy one, handed from one hero to the next. A number of other heroes have claimed the mantle of Captain America as their own, from John Walker - better known as the U.S. Agent - to Jeffrey Mace, a.k.a. the Patriot. Some have even had Steve Rogers's blessing, picking up the shield when Rogers himself was unable to. Both Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson have served their country as Captain America, with the latter even becoming the leader of the Avengers.
All this means that, just as in the comics, Evans' impending departure from the MCU doesn't mean we won't get another Captain America. And, fortunately for Marvel, there are two characters in Steve Rogers entourage who've taken up the shield in the comics. But which hero is more likely to succeed him: the Winter Soldier or Falcon? Here's all the evidence - from circumstantial to some key quotes - that suggests Sam Wilson is the one who's in with a shot of suiting up as Captain America.
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Infinity War's Co-Writer Thinks Bucky Shouldn't Become Captain America
Christopher Markus, co-writer of Avengers: Infinity War, has admitted he can't understand the enthusiasm for the idea of Bucky Barnes becoming Captain America. As he explained; "I will say, just on a fan level, I think Winter Soldier's so awesome that I'm always like, why are you wasting Winter Soldier and putting him in like Captain America outfit? You had two heroes now you got one."
It's an interesting comment that certainly suggests some major Marvel insiders just aren't comfortable with the idea of Bucky taking over as Captain America. Of course, we have no idea how widespread this view is, or indeed how influential Markus is in Kevin Feige's long-term planning. What's more, it's worth noting this same argument - "You had two heroes now you got one" - can be used against Falcon as well. Markus could actually be pushing for a brand new character to step in to fill Cap's shoes.
Bucky Barnes Appears To Be Going In A Different Direction
Black Panther's post-credits scene revealed that Bucky is taking on a very different role. Shuri has successfully deprogrammed him and the cyborg arm he was given by Hydra has been replaced with a Wakandan version. Bucky has lived in Wakanda for years now and has gradually integrated into Wakandan society. He'd even abandoned the "Winter Soldier" moniker, with Wakandan children calling him "White Wolf."
In the comics, the White Wolf was T'Chaka's most devoted subject, a physically powerful warrior who would defend the Wakandan monarch with his final breath. The MCU's unexpected decision to use that title in relation to Bucky carries a massive weight of meaning; it suggests Bucky's primary loyalty now lies to Wakanda, to the King who has given him a fresh lease of life and the royal family who have broken Hydra's hold on his mind. Far from becoming Captain America, it's more fitting that the post-Avengers 4 Bucky will choose to settle in Wakanda. After all, it's also the only part of the world he can settle in without being hunted down by the authorities.
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- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
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