Probably for the most casual Marvel movie-goer, the idea of losing Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as Captain America makes you balk.
As any comic fan can tell you, however, the mantle of Captain America has been passed around to multiple characters. The biggest three to wear the title are Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, and Sam Wilson.
The idea of Anthony Mackie one day shielding up to become Captain America fills me with a joy that I can’t name.
Of course, the idea of legacy characters hasn’t really been introduced in live action superhero media. Especially in the movies, different actors will play the same character but we don’t see the mantle being passed. Except in sly winks and nods to the audience.
So what will happen to Cap?
In an interview with Collider, Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige had this to say.
When asked if the MCU franchise needed Steve Rogers, he said: “if we look back at the comic books as our inspiration and as the well from which this all springs, then the answer is “no.” I’m not saying we’ll do it in the movie but I’ve read Captain America comics that don’t have Steve Rogers in them.”
So should we worried about the changing of the guard? The dual Avengers movies do feel like a definite end of an era.
Feige, however, wasn’t too worried about it.
He said: “We don’t usually think about it until necessary….so we have a long way before we have to worry about that.”
So I guess we’ll have to wait until something happens. Though I do wonder about Sebastian Stan’s nine-picture deal with Marvel.
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