Look, Steve Rogers’ days are numbered. Sure, he is not the only Marvel Cinematic Universe mainstay who’s contract runs out after Avengers 4, but the death of Captain America is one of the more famous major Marvel deaths in the company’s entire run… even if it didn’t stick (these things never stick… even Dark Phoenix Jean Grey is coming back for a mini-series… again). So what are the odds he won’t die in Avengers 4?
Also in the tradition of the comics, there are two main Captain America allies than eventually take up his mantle and heroic identity, first Bucky aka the Winter Soldier, and later Sam Wilson aka Falcon.
So, if we are following the comics, Bucky is most likely to pick up the shield if Steve Rogers falls in combat, yeah? Here’s what Sebastian Stan, the actor who plays Bucky, had to say at Wizard World St. Louis on the matter:
“I mean, yeah I would love that one day, absolutely. I don’t know when that day would be, and I just think…it would be a very different Captain America you know, you wouldn’t be able to have the same Captain America as you have right now because he’s a different guy. Again, there’s this issue where we’ve got to get him to be trustworthy enough for them to give him that responsibility, you know, to fill those shoes, and those are hard shoes to fill. So I think it’s possible, I really do, but it just has to make sense and we might need a little more time.”
Though we don’t know how many films Falcon actor Anthony Mackie has left on his own contract, we’ve been led to believe Stan signed on for 9 films, with Avengers 4 being only his fifth film. Coincidence?
Would you want to see Bucky become the next Captain America? Would you prefer they skip to Falcon? Or is there only one true Captain America: Steve Rogers? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!