Avengers: Endgame marked the end of an era for the MCU’s founding heroes, Iron Man and Captain America. Despite the fact that Downey’s Tony Stark was put to rest, the future of Captain America remains uncertain. Chris Evans’ return to the MCU has been rumored since the release of the 2019 film, and Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange 2 offers multiple avenues for Chris Evans to return to the MCU.
Beyond being a follow-up to Benedict Cumberbatch’s 2016 origin story, Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness ties in with events from Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Dr Strange 2 looks to reverse the script, stirring the former Sorcerer Supreme through different universes to confront variations of himself and other characters, in contrast to No Way Home, which brought characters from outside the MCU into the fold.
Chris Evans could return as Captain America in this film, given that the film’s marketing has already confirmed Professor X and a live-action version of What If…? Captain Carter.
Prior to focusing on how Marvel Studios has established the Multiverse so far, it’s important to revisit what Marvel Studios has established. The first thing to note about No Way Home is that it didn’t just bring characters from other franchises into MCU, like Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men. There were several cast members who were “resurrected” into the current MCU from alternate universes.
The fact that Evans’ Captain America is dead in the current MCU timeline doesn’t mean that he can’t be used in the Multiverse of Madness.. Using Loki’s Disney+ example, time isn’t necessarily a sequence of events.
Instead, all the events of the past, present, and future are happening simultaneously. Green Goblin and Doc Ock were both alive in No Way Home because they were transported from one MCU time period to another.
Fans hope Captain America’s return in Multiverse of Madness isn’t just because of the fact that he’s been missing for so long. It was reported in early 2021, and while the actor has been vague about its veracity, he’s also expressed that he would only return to the MCU if the story was right for Captain America. Is this a reassurance? Yes, but it’s not quite like that. There’s no way to say for sure, but it’s not a denial or an outright no.
It’s possible that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have some serious explaining to do if Chris Evans doesn’t return to the MCU franchise.
With four Phase 4 films and five Disney+ series in the works, fans still don’t know the whereabouts of Steve Rogers or how his time-traveling
The trip to bring back the Infinity Stones will affect him.
If he was the same Steve who went back in time to spend the rest of his life with Peggy, he would have been over a century old when he gave the shield to Sam Wilson at the end of Endgame.
Due to his Smithsonian exhibit, and the need for a new Captain America, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier kind of implied that Rogers had passed away. Marvel even established that the wider populace isn’t aware of this, but this wasn’t confirmed either. Joaquin Torres shared this theory because he believes that Cap will eventually relocate to the moon.
It’s unlikely that “Rogers: The Musical” and the addition of a shield to the Statue of Liberty would have been a part of the series if Marvel Studios wanted viewers to believe that Captain America’s story was over. As a result, here are several scenarios in which Chris Evans could make a triumphant return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Assemble your theories!
After Peggy Carter took the super-soldier serum, she became Captain Carter in the first episode of Disney+’s What If…? Steve Rogers, who flew the Hydra Stomper and battled alongside Peggy, had the same sparks as before.
Like Evans’ Captain America, Carter sacrifices herself to pursue an interdimensional beast into a portal and ends up 70 years into the future. Peggy Carter, now a leading member of the Guardians of the Multiverse, discovers Steve’s Hydra Stomper in her prevailing timeline and learns that it still contains a living being.
If Captain Carter is to appear in live-action through Hayley Atwell, her reunion with Steve Rogers will necessitate a reunion with Chris Evans.
As a result of his Infinity Stone time-hopping, Evans’ Captain America may have more variants than any other Avenger, giving the Man Out of Time nom de plume a whole new meaning in Avengers: Endgame.
To go along with his Captain Carter cameo, could we expect to see Evans as a Star-Spangled Man in any of the alternate universes where Variant Doctor Stranges exist? It would be interesting to see a completely new take on Captain America.
Also in Loki, it appeared as though Atwell’s Peggy Carter had been arrested by the TVA. Evans may be returning as the MCU’s Captain America, whose happiness ever after was turned into a Multiverse problem by Strange’s No Way Home spells.
Is it possible that, in the spirit of What If…? and the Multiverse of Madness. Evans returns to the Marvel Universe as the Human Torch – Johnny Storm’s costume?
It was not Chris Evans’ first Marvel role before he played Captain America. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was his first role as the Human Torch on Fox-Verse in 2005, and he reprised it for Fantastic Four: The Last Stand in 2007.
That doesn’t mean, however, that he’ll be the MCU’s Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot starring Chris Evans. A long-awaited cast, particularly one that’s been around for a while, necessitates a new group of actors.
Like Professor X, Stewart’s character from the Fox-Verse already has a foot in both Marvel and Fox’s comic book universes. Why not bring in another one of Stewart’s characters? Perhaps the best way to show that both universes are now under one umbrella is through a cameo appearance.
Why not see how Strange and Wanda react when they realize that Johnny Storm is wearing Steve’s mask? A title like “Multiverse of Madness” would be well-deserved.
In the Multiverse of Madness, only time will tell if Chris Evans makes a reappearance as Doctor Strange. It’s possible Evans will still appear in some form or another in the future of the MCU, even if the next film does not feature him. Marvel Studios, like the Star-Spangled Man, has a purpose for leaving those questions about Captain America unanswered.