It appears Steve Rogers is putting down the shield of Captain America when he appears in ‘The Avengers: Infinity War’….
When ‘Captain America: Civil War’ came to a close, Steve Rogers had traveled to Wakanda with his friend Bucky Barnes in an attempt to save him from Iron Man and the other Avengers who meant to do him harm.
At the tail end of the movie, Rogers lays down his shield as if to say he’s giving up the moniker of Captain America and now that has been confirmed by the directors of the upcoming movie ‘The Avengers: Infinity War’.
According to Joe and Anthony Russo, Rogers putting down his shield wasn’t just symbolic but in fact he’s no longer Captain America but he’s still very important to the simmering war that will soon unfold with a Mad Titan named Thanos.
“I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity,” Joe Russo said recently. “[It’s] him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.”
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who are the writers in charge of ‘The Avengers: Infinity War’ had previously explained that rather than killing Captain America at the end of ‘Civil War’ in a similar fashion to the comic book storyline, they decided that the character was too important to the upcoming double film that will pit The Avengers against Thanos as he looks to build the Infinity Gauntlet.
“There’s a big purple guy coming. He could be very helpful,” said Markus.
There has been a ton of speculation that just because Steve Rogers isn’t Captain America doesn’t mean someone else might not pick up the shield in his absence. Both Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier and Falcon have been a version of Captain America in the comic books so it’s possible one of them could end up as the Star-Spangled superhero for ‘The Avengers: Infinity War’.
Of course the fact that the directors are coming out and saying this in such a matter of fact way only leads me to believe that by the end of ‘The Avengers: Infinity War’ — which is part one of a two part epic — Steve Rogers will be ready to pick up his shield as Captain America again.
‘The Avengers: Infinity War’ is due out in theaters on May 4, 2018.
H/T: The Huffington Post