Following the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, it felt as though the Marvel Cinematic Universe turned a definitive page on to the next chapter of its already iconic history.
Warning: major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame will follow.
After 22 films and 11 movies, the closing scene of Avengers: Endgame felt like a legitimate goodbye to the heroes we’ve come to know and love over the past decade-plus, such as Tony Stark, Natasha Romanoff, and yes, even Steve Rodgers.
In the closing scenes of Avengers: Endgame, Rodgers — now see living in the past — finally achieves the peaceful life he’s always desired with his love Peggy Carter.
And while the whole vibe of the closing moments seems to aim to cultivate a “this is goodbye” feel, fans of the MCU haven’t quite yet bought into the idea that they’ll never see Chris Evans’ Steve Rodgers again.
For starters, there’s the Loki issue.
As MCU fans know, due to the promise Bruce Banner made to the Ancient One when he was retrieving the Time Stone, Cap is tasked with returning all of the Infinity Stones to their original time and place.
However, as fans also know, one of those stones was in the nefarious possession of Loki, who teleported off to god-knows-where with the Space Stone about halfway through Endgame.
Wrap all that knowledge into one singular thought and you come to the realization that Cap must have crossed paths with Loki during his Infinity Stone mission, especially when considering how content he looked at the conclusion of Endgame.
So, does that mean we’ll see Steve Rodgers popping up in the upcoming Loki Disney+ series? Don’t bother asking Avengers: Endgame co-director Anthony Russo, as he’s playing totally coy on the matter.
During an interview at the MTV Awards, when asked to elaborate on a quote from his brother Joe that indicated there was perhaps one Captain America story left to tell, Anthony Russo went full Marvel-secret-lockdown mode.
That said, he didn’t flat out deny the notion, either.
As for what context Captain America may appear in, that’s entirely left up to fan speculation, but given Russo’s obvious hesitancy to reveal too much, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Steve Rodgers made another appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before it’s all said and done.