Deadline reports that the deal isn’t closed, but that it’s headed in the direction of Evans returning to the role that he publicly said would be “risky” to come back to. “It’s not a hard no,” Evans explained in May last year, “but it’s not an eager yes either. I think Cap had such a tricky act to stick the landing, and I think they did a really nice job letting him complete his journey.”
Deadline’s sources say that Evans has softened to the idea in recent months, after Marvel floated the idea. That deal would apparently see Evans return for at least one, possibly two projects. Marvel has not commented on the report.
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How Cap could return would be an interesting development, given the last time we saw him, in Avengers Endgame, he was a very old man, and handed his shield to The Falcon. The likeliest option is that we’d see Cap pop up in a movie set before the current day (made more feasible by the fact that Evans probably wouldn’t have to be de-aged, due to his having time travelled back in time to live out his days with Peggy Carter).
But the very fact the MCU has begun messing with time travel and, with Doctor Strange 2, seemingly the multiverse, could mean we see him reappear by more fantastical means – perhaps even as an alternate reality’s version of the character.
After not even being a part of the original list of candidates for the role, Evans became a beloved part of the MCU in his turn as Captain America. We learned today that, in the original plans, Evans wasn’t going to play the role of old Steve Rogers in what we thought would be his final appearance, but other actors didn’t match him well enough.
We’ve written a huge piece about what to expect from Marvel in 2021 – but it’s safe to say Evans returning to his iconic role wasn’t a part of our guesswork. Marvel has a huge slate of upcoming projects for the MCU, which begins with WandaVision, premiering on Disney+ with 2 episodes tomorrow, January 15.