Many fans were waiting for Chris Evans to show up during The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, or at least for his whereabouts to be better clarified. While the events of Avengers: Endgame felt definitive for some, others are waiting for more Steve Rogers, confident we’ll see his character again soon. It’s hard to let go of a character as beloved as Steve. Harder still because Marvel hasn’t said anything like, “That’s the end for this character”. Well, now, Disney+ is airing episodes of their documentary series, Marvel Studios: Assembled. In the show, Marvel producer Nate Moore, who has worked on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and other Marvel projects, said that Steve Rogers is “gone”.
He wasn’t actually meaning to address the whereabouts of Steve Rogers when this topic came up. The Marvel producer was discussing the fate of Bucky Barnes and how his relationship with Steve impacts his story moving forward. However, when he said ended up revealing a lot about the fate of Chris Evan’s time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Talking about Bucky, Moore said, “The relationship between Bucky and Steve is so dramatic and so filled with pathos, if you think about it, the only one who had believed in Bucky in the MCU up until this point was Steve Rogers.” The producer has a point here about Bucky Barnes’s experiences. About Chris Evans, he then added, “Well, now Steve Rogers is gone. Bucky feels unmoored in this series and is looking for his purpose.”
In a part so fast it would be easy to miss, Nate Moore gave a clear answer on what he, at least, believes of the character’s fate: gone. That could mean a lot of things, of course. Perhaps by the time The Falcon and the Winter Soldier takes place, Steve Rogers has passed away from old age. Maybe he’s living happily on an island somewhere. There’s no details about the character’s fate, but what Moore has said shows that from the producer’s perspective, Chris Evans isn’t currently a player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That sounds very much like we won’t be seeing him again.
Malcolm Spellman, a writer for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, told Inverse that he doesn’t know what’s happening with Steve Rogers. He has said that while writing the show, Marvel wouldn’t tell him anything about Chris Evans’s character, which meant he wrote the show without having any of that information. This makes sense because it’s how the show read. As though the Disney+ series was in the dark about Steve Rogers, even though he was mentioned frequently since he’s such a central figure in the lives of Sam and Bucky and their relationship to each other.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ll never see Chris Evans again, or even that Marvel couldn’t bring him back as Captain America. It’s true that Marvel brings people back from the dead, so why couldn’t they do anything they wanted with Steve Rogers at this point? Especially with the multiverse.
However, this does show that from an experienced executive in the thick of things at Marvel, Chris Evans is “gone”. And if they aren’t factoring him into their decisions moving forward, that sounds like it’s less likely we’ll be seeing him again. With the ending of Avengers: Endgame, it might be nicer to leave some of these characters, like Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, with their fitting endings instead of bringing them back again. Especially since shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are showing how their legacy continues on and Captain America can be passed on to new characters.