At the end of “Avengers: Endgame,” Chris Evans retires as Captain America and hands his famed shield to Anthony Mackie. Evans goes on to a much loved performance as the playboy son and maybe murderer in “Knives Out,” and makes cable knit sweaters popular again.
Today a wild rumor went through the entertainment press that Evans was returning to Marvel Studios as Captain America in some form. The story flew from site to site, with wild speculation and no facts.
Finally, around 5pm Eastern, Evans responded on Twitter: “News to me.” A minute later, he wrote: “Some of the gif responses are priceless good work, everyone”
Earlier in the day I asked my insider expert on these matters. They responded: “Probably a flashback thing or some kind of appearance. Doesn’t affect Mackie.”
And that is probably right. As much as everyone loves a Marvel “leak,” these people are trained to deflect, obfuscate, and actually lie when secrets seem to have been divulged. It’s all orchestrated, and designed to create renewed interest in the films.
In all likelihood, Evans turns up for a cameo in the upcoming six part miniseries, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” starring Mackie and Sebastian Stan as Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, which will show Wilson/Falcon’s transition to Captain America. The miniseries airs on Disney Plus sometime this year.