WWE wrestler-turned-actor John Cena hopes to win the hearts and minds of Marvel fans the way Chris Evans as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by offering to be his successor to the role.
While Evans took to social media to announce his “retirement” from playing Steve Rogers and directors and the Russos providing contradictory quotes, Avengers: Endgame will provide the answer to Evans’ future in the MCU. Rumors are rampant with the pending exits of Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) considering their involvement since Phase I.
In an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Bumblebee star played up about being the new Steve Rogers Captain America.
”If It’s out there, if the Captain America people are listening and you’re out there watching right now, I’ll totally do it. I totally will. I think I’d be a good Captain America. I think I’d be a good Captain America. And I’ve already ruined everybody’s childhood, so it can’t get any worse.”
Cena got the ball rolling as a joke when he posted the Captain America shield with claw marks on Instagram.
Ever the opportunist, Deadpool creator and one-time Captain America contributor Rob Liefeld imposed his own mock up of Cena-America.
This is what Cena looks like now –
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 3, 2018
There’s no reason Steve Rogers Cap needs to be recast now especially since it would likely tarnish the legacy Evans built. Captain America is a symbol like Batman is as a source of inspiration. There are plenty of others who filled in Rogers’ shoes in the comics like Sam Wilson/Falcon(Anthony Mackie). There’s also Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Either one of them can fulfill Evan’s role as the new cap and they can stay as their own character.
Who’s to say the next Cap has to be a man? Sharon Rogers, daughter of Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter, became a future Captain America in Marvel: Future Fight. In an alternate reality, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) also took the mantle of the hero in Marvel’s Exiles series.
Should Marvel retire Captain America or should someone else take up the mantle in the MCU?