As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to unfold, we cannot help but speculate what will come next. We are all on the edges of our seats in anticipation to see where the MCU is heading. With the addition of brand-new superheroes being added (like Captain Marvel), fans are definitely getting spoiled. As heroes phase-in and out, we sometimes have to say good-bye to them. In this case, we need to figure out who will be our new Captain America.
Sometimes we have to say good-bye because the hero’s storyline has finished running its course. Other times it is simply because the actor is simply done being in the MCU and wishes to move forward. As many already know, Chris Evans’ contract ends after the upcoming film Avengers: Endgame. With Evans confirming that he will not be returning, we are left with the burning question: “Who will be our ‘New Captain America?'”
1. The Winter Soldier: James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes
Following a Marvel storyline, at one point Bucky does take on the shield and assumes the role of Captain America. This follows the events of the Civil War where Steve Rogers disappeared and is presumed to be dead. Bucky dons his persona as Captain America after finding a letter written by Rogers asking him to keep the legacy going. Some might say this may be Marvel working backward. Captain America: Civil War occurred three years ago and nine Marvel movies prior to Avengers: Endgame, but the MCU has not always been known for following the comic books.
2. Falcon: Samuel “Sam” Wilson
Following along with the comics, Sam becomes Captain America. In this storyline, Rogers had grown into an old man after Iron Nail had drained the Super-Serum from his body. When Steve Rogers became a frail old man, he became incapable of being Captain America. However, Rogers knew Captain America had to live on and, therefore, passed it onto Sam.
Can Marvel Go With A Complete New Captain America Re-Casting?
In all fairness, it would not be the first time that a Marvel movie completely re-casts a superhero and keeps their character precisely the same. Marvel has done this in the past, with Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard as War Machine and Mark Ruffalo replacing Edward Norton as The Hulk. It could happen again, right?
3. John Cena
There has been speculation that John Cena may be the actor to take on the role of Captain America. Though it mostly stems from cryptic posts on Instagram. This was a picture of the Captain America shield with claw marks from November 8, 2018. This was a month after Chris Evans announced he would no longer be returning to the big screen as Captain America.
Many have taken this as a nod from Cena, hinting at his potential move to be Captain America. However, with no words coming from Cena explaining the nature of the post, we cannot come to the conclusion that he would take over as Captain America.
4. John Krasinski
Another good option might be someone who has had his hat in the race from the very beginning, John Krasinski. Krasinski confirmed that he did a screen test for the role but ultimately lost out to Evans. While he did not get the part of Cap the first time, who is to say Krasinski does not deserve another try?
He has proven himself worthy by having roles in action-packed13 Hours and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. Krasinski has come a long way from being Jim Halpert, the simple office employee. So, has Krasinski led us to believe he could be a worthy heir to the shield?
Who Will Hold The Shield?
Although we still have to wait a few more months for Avengers: Endgame, we will have to be patient to find out what the fate of our heroes will be. We may not have an immediate answer about our next Captain America, but we will have a better idea at least. Only time will tell what is going to come next in the MCU. For now, all we can do is continue to rewatch Avengers: Infinity War and connect with our beloved heroes before a potential demise.