– by Joseph Jammer Medina

In 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, we saw the end of an era. Sure, in our minds, Steve Rogers is still very much Captain America, but in the eyes of the world, not so much. He’s on the run from the law, and his shield has officially been left behind, and with it, the moniker. But as we saw from the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, he will still be getting a shield — this time from Black Panther.

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While this new shield won’t exactly make Steve Rogers Captain America again, it does serve one other important purpose. Speaking with EW, Chadwick Boseman emphasized the positive relationship between Panther and Cap, and how the Shield strengthens it.

“They trust each other. His shield was already made from vibranium anyway. So it’s just an extension of what he already had. This time, actually giving it to him, as opposed to…Me actually giving it to him is a testament to our relationship and trust.”

Given the origin of the shield and the nature of Wakanda in the past, it pretty much goes without saying that it was likely NOT a gift from the country that Vibranium calls home. Consider this new shield a more honorable (and potentially more effective) iteration of the original.

With the world shrinking as much as it is, keeping in good standing with your allies is an important part of being a citizen of the world, which Cap is finding increasingly important.

Do you think Cap will ever don that red, white, and blue shield ever again? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.