It’s a brave new world in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The fallout of Captain America: Civil War have left the world without Captain America. Steve Rogers’s fight against Tony Stark and the Sokovia Accords compelled him to drop the shield and become his own man again.
But clearly Captain America star Chris Evans wasn’t paying attention. In a new interview with MTV, Evans says he’s willing to cameo in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and 2018’s Black Panther, if Marvel would have him.
“It’s fun to be a part of this chapter in cinema,” he says, referring to Marvel’s unprecedented flexibility for crossovers and interconnected stories. “If they want to utilize [Captain America] in any capacity, I’m willing.”
That’s great, but Chris Evans can’t be Captain America. He’d have to be Steve Rogers — or Nomad? — because right now, nobody is Captain America. It’s an abandoned identity while Rogers has turned into a fugitive (hinted at in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this season).
In the case of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Black Panther, a Cap-less Steve Rogers cameo would be a good thing. Tom Holland’s solo Spider-Man will already have Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in a supporting role, so to have Cap too would clutter up what should be Peter Parker’s time to shine.
The same goes for Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa in Black Panther. Steve Rogers would be welcome, and the post-credits scene for Civil War already establishes his connection, but wearing the Cap outfit would undermine the movie’s essence. (Besides, the real costume anyone cares to see in Black Panther is none other than Black Panther. That suit is too badass to share screen time with Captain America.)
Steve Rogers is in an exciting place and I also hope Marvel takes advantage. It would be neat to have the face of the Avengers be an elusive, shadowy presence, popping into the other MCU movies in a baseball cap and aviator shades to give Peter Parker or T’Challa a second opinion. It wouldn’t just be crowd-pleasing, it would actually serve to build towards his inevitable comeback as Captain America for Avengers: Infinity War coming in 2018 and 2019. That’s too big of a deal to happen for a few seconds in someone else’s movie.