Can ‘Avengers’ Survive Without Captain America?

So what does this story reveal about the next Avengers movie?

Don’t expect to see physical comedy or camp in Infinity War, and (tragically) there will be no deep-v costume or cape or otherwise. But here are bits and pieces of the original Nomad story that just might be pertinent to the MCU — specifically, what it has to say about a world without a Captain America.

The reality of Evans’ departure from the MCU all together is growing more and more inescapable. The actor has said he plans to retire as Captain America following 2019’s fourth Avengers, and Infinity War’s ominous marketing has featured prominent scenes of Cap in mortal peril. He may die or he may just retire, but either way, it’s hard to deny the fact that Steve Rogers’ time in the MCU’s spotlight is drawing to a close.

But, as the original Nomad story argues, a world without a Captain America just invites new Captain Americas, and the MCU certainly has a couple potential new Caps in the mix.

The first and most obvious successor is Bucky Barnes, currently the Winter Soldier, and Cap’s old right-hand-man from his World War II days. In the comics, Bucky took up the mantle after Steve was “killed” (he got better, don’t worry) in the aftermath of the Civil War storyline. While Steve didn’t die in the MCU’s rendition of the same storyline, an on-screen promotion for Bucky would certainly feel appropriate nonetheless. Even more, in each of Bucky’s three MCU outings to date (The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier, and Civil War) there have been pointed scenes of Bucky taking up the shield, however briefly (The Civil War scene wound up in the Blu-ray extras.)

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