The Falcon and the Winter Soldier director Kari Skogland reveals that there were never plans to explain where Stever Rogers currently is in the MCU.
There were no plans for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to explain where Steve Rogers is. Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes’ Disney+ series has wrapped up after six weekly episodes that saw them tackling the threat posed by the Flag-Smashers. In the end, Sam has officially become Captain America after initially turning down the shield.
Steve was tasked with the final mission of the Infinity Saga — return all the Infinity Stones they used for the time heist in Avengers: Endgame so they don’t create multiple branches of reality. He then took the opportunity to go back further in time to reunite with Peggy Carter in the ’40s and live a quiet life as a retiree. When he re-emerged in the primary MCU timeline, he’d aged significantly. It’s unclear what the specific details of Steve’s final mission are, but he only returned to his original starting point to hand Sam the shield, effectively choosing him to be his successor. Since then, Old Man Steve Rogers has not been spotted again in the MCU.
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Before The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premiered, there were persistent rumors that Old Man Steve would make a cameo, but that obviously didn’t happen. Despite not physically appearing, his presence loomed large on the show. In an interview with iO9, however, director Kari Skogland reveals that the idea floated in the premiere of the former Captain America being on the moon was the extent of their desire to explain what he may be up to.
No, there was never any talk of explaining that. We just left him on the moon.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier also purposefully kept Steve’s whereabouts vague. Aside from the moon theory, Sam also mentioned that he’s gone, which can be interpreted in several ways. It might mean that he’s dead, potentially of old age, or he’s returned to the rumored different timeline where he lived his life with Peggy. Otherwise, it can simply be an indication that he’s fully retired and has no intentions of actively meddling with their issues. Whatever the case may be, the uncertainty surrounding Old Man Steve’s current situation only breeds more intrigue.
On the heels of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier‘s finale, reports that Marvel Studios is developing a Captain America 4 film with Sam Wilson emerged. No official confirmation about this, but it’s supposedly separate from Chris Evans’ persistently rumored return to the MCU. Both Kevin Feige and the actor denied this hearsay but considering the growing mystery about Old Man Steve, Marvel Studios can justify bringing him back for a new narrative.
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