It seems pretty definite that Chris Evans, a.k.a Steve Rogers/Captain America, is officially out of the MCU as of 'Avengers: Endgame.' Before the release of the movie, there were already rumors that Evans' Marvel contract would be up after ''Endgame,'' and fans desperately hoped that this didn't mean Cap was going to die in the final battle with Thanos. He wasn't, but Cap did make a critical decision for his future. During his last time-traveling journey to put the present-day right, Cap decided to stay behind and have a life with his sweetheart, Peggy Carter. When we see him at the end, Steve Rogers is an old man having lived a happy and fulfilling life.
Fans Keep Hoping for Cap Comeback
Although fans were generally satisfied that Cap seemed to get his happy ending and the life he always wanted, it'sit's just been hard letting go. Steve Rogers has become an iconic character in the last decade, and it has been Chris Evans' performance that made him so. Fans are still holding out hope that maybe there's a chance we might see just a little more of Steve Rogers in the future, even if it's just a brief cameo. There have even been rumors of a Disney+ series centered around Steve and Peggy during the time after Steve's return.
The Russos Confirm that the Contract Has Ended
Rumors aside, it does not look as though Steve Rogers or Chris Evans will be back in the MCU. Based on what we've heard from directors Joe and Anthony Russo and Chris Evans, himself almost certainly confirms Steve Rogers's retirement.
"Chris is a very emotional person. I think maybe it's evident if you follow him on Twitter because he does put his heart into what he says. But I feel like he has to close the door on things and emotionally move onto the next thing," Joe Russo said
Chris Evans Says Steve's Story Is Finished
Even Chris Evans himself is saying that Steve got his happy ending, and has already turned down the chance to appear in the upcoming Marvel series, 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.'
"It was really tough to [say goodbye]. Well, there was a million ways that whole tenure with Marvel could've gone wrong, and it didn't. So to stick the landing so well, it would be a shame to revisit unless there was something very unique that we felt the need to reveal. So, for now, it just feels like let's just be content with how well it ended," said Evans.
We Have A New Captain America Now
Evans is probably correct that Steve got the life he wanted and that it's time to move on from this era of Marvel. Evans is also probably relieved that he can feel free to take on new movie projects. He just had a new movie released in late November, his first post-Marvel film, 'Knives Out.'
As much as we'll miss Evans, we will have the excitement of a new Captain America in the form of Sam Wilson, a.k.a. The Falcon. After all, Steve himself named Sam as the successor to the shield, so it's probably safe to say that Steve's very confident in Sam's ability to take on the role.