Steve Rogers ended “Captain America: Civil War” without his signature shield and costume, which sparked speculations that the superhero might drop his Captain America mantle.
And now, a deleted scene from the movie has seemingly reaffirmed that rumour.
The deleted scene involves Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier and Steve Rogers aka Captain America in a scene after they were attacked by War Machine. The Captain fell to the ground after being attacked by War Machine, but the Winter Soldier rescued him in the nick of time by throwing the former’s fallen shield at the opposing party.
The short sequence might look like a cool move, but what ignited the curiosity of fans was the conversation that took place after the attack. “Nice save,” thanked Steve, to which Bucky answered, “I gotta get me one of those.”
Fans noticed that the deleted clip referenced a comic book scene in the Bucky Barnes-as-Captain America arc, and Joe Russo, who directed “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War” alongside his brother Anthony Russo, has told IGN that the deleted scene was a “very fun interaction between Cap and Bucky, and it kind of hints at a favorite storyline in the books”.
In the original “Civil War” comic arc, Steve Rogers died, and who better to take over the Captain’s position than his best friend Bucky? As the shield is a crucial part of Captain America, Bucky’s quip to Steve might actually foreshadow the former’s role as Cap for future movie story lines.
In another recent interview with Huffington Post, Russo also revealed that Steve Rogers might be “letting go” of his identity as Captain America.
“I think him dropping that shield (after that fight scene with Iron Man) is him letting go of that identity. (It’s) him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.”
Interestingly, Chris Evans (who plays Steve Rogers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) only has 1 movie left on his contract, while Sebastian Stan (who takes up the role of Bucky Barnes in the movies) still has 6 more films left.
Coincidence? We think not. However, it seems like we’ll have to wait ’til the next “Avengers” movie to find out if the theory holds any water.
“Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” is slated for cinematic release on 4th May 2018.