When Captain America Civil War neared its conclusion, audiences were at the edge of their seats hoping the film wouldn’t see the end of one of their favorite heroes, Steve Rogers. If you’ll recall, rumors had made their way online suggesting that the film would be killing off its titular hero leading up to the film. Thankfully, though, that moment never came. Instead, the film ended with Cap dropping his shield in a powerful moment between him and Tony.

With Captain America: Civil War coming soon to Digital and DVD, directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who are set to helm Avengers: Infinity War, sat down with The Huffington Post to explain what this means for Chris Evans‘s Captain America going forward.

“Him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity,” said Joe. “[It’s] him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.”

The Russo brothers were certainly able to make you feel the inner conflict that the titular hero goes through, finally realizing that he can longer simply follow the rules like a good soldier. But this was never meant to be the end of Steve Rogers. After being forced to operate in the shadows, we see the hero lead the Secret Avengers, several events after Civil War in the comics. This may have been alluded to when he goes on to break out his half of the Avengers from the raft. He may be on the other side of the law, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be able to help when the world needs him.

As was shown by the end credits scene for Captain America Civil War, the Winter Soldier played by Sebastian Stan was in cryo-suspension in Wakanda, which is the setting of the upcoming Black Panther film. It’s quite possible we could see the after effect of Civil War in part of this film. After all, actor Tom Holland already teased Spider-Man: Homecoming will also touch on the results of Civil War. Chris Evans even thought of the possibility of his character appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming, as something he would be on board for.

And it wouldn’t be surprising to see something spill over into the television side of the MCU with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Netflix series, and possibly the upcoming shows Cloak and Dagger and The Runaways. It appears we may witness a continuing story of government vs vigilante that won’t be quite finished until the start of Infinity War. Although we’re still unsure just how long this storyline will affect Rogers and the mantle of Captain America, it’s worth remembering that writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have previously mentioned that Steve Rogers will be needed for Infinity War.

“There’s a big purple guy coming. He could be very helpful,”

What form Steve Rogers will take when he undoubtedly returns is anybody’s guess. In the comics, he has held multiple titles, such as Nomad and US Agent. This also could be a jumping off point for a passing of the torch when it comes to the mantle of Captain America. But for what it’s worth Chris Evans is the only Captain America for me.

Source: The Huffington Post