Fans have been waiting to see who would take over as Captain America once Chris Evans decides he doesn’t want to play the role anymore since pretty much day one. Right now we have three options as to what could happen when Evans contract is up at the end of Avengers 4. 1. They decide no one will have the title and decide to retire it for several years. 2. It goes to Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson aka the Falcon who held the title recent in the comics. Or 3. It goes to Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes who famously had the title after Steve Rogers was killed in the comics. No one knows what’s going to happen to Steve Rogers by the time the credits roll in Avengers 4 but BUILD Series asked Stan about what his version of Captain America would look like.
“I mean look, it would have to be a very different “Captain America,” like it just wouldn’t be the same. In the comic books it was always interesting because it was an emotional turmoil. There was a guilt there that was driving that character. Because of Steve’s absence it sort of felt like the guy had to once again carry on this vision that his best friend had for years, and what he stood for.”
Bucky, in the comics, was famously terrible at being Captain America and Stan has done his research and seems to know that the struggle Bucky had in the comics would be very similar to the one he would have to portray on film.
“And that struggle. You have that coming into conflict with some who’s still grappling with their own past, and what’s the right thing to do now. And you have a character who’s always searched for identity, and he finally gets an identity, only to have lose his identity again to another idea, then it makes for a very complex take on it. So if they were to ever explore that, it would be a very different – definitely way darker – take on that situation.”
Stan has clearly given this some thought but that doesn’t mean that the role is absolutely going to go to him. As previously stated the Bucky version of Captain America might not be the right tone for a Marvel movie. The title going to Sam would also get a lot of headlines the same way it got a ton of ink when it happened in the comics. It would also be seen a real step forward with representation and a black Captain America fighting alongside Black Panther would be a huge step in the right direction.
Or Marvel could decide that they don’t want to recast the role and just let the title retire or die alongside Steve Rogers until the inevitable line wide reboot in a decade. It’s going to be interesting regardless of what direction they decide to take with Captain America but it’s good to see that Stan had put thought into the role ahead of time.
Summary: As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Avengers: Infinity War, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Anthony Mackie. It’s out now.