The first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier demonstrated repeatedly how big of an impact Captain America (Chris Evans) had on the lives of Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and just how powerful a symbol of hope and strength he was for the United States as a whole. By the end of the episode, many were left wondering whether we would ever see the one, true Captain America pick up the shield and return to the MCU.
Unfortunately, Marvel President Kevin Feige shot down the possibility of Evans returning in a straightforward manner uncharacteristic of his typically vague remarks:
I rarely answer no to anything anymore because things are always surprising me with what happens, but that rumor, I think, was dispelled rather quickly by the man himself.
Feige, of course, refers to Evans’ own comments about not wanting to “sour” Steve’s “beautiful cathartic ending.” However, even Evans admitted that returning to the role is “not a hard no,” but that it had to be more than “a cash grab.”
Fans have been clamoring for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 ever since writer-director James Gunn was reinstated by Disney. Unfortunately, after being fired by Disney in 2018 due to “offensive attitudes and statements” he made on social media, Gunn had already jumped ship to Warner Bros. to make The Suicide Squad, which put his involvement in a threequel in doubt. Guardians 3 is back on, with Gunn at the helm, but don’t expect a Guardians 4 any time soon, at least not from Gunn. The filmmaker said that he plans to take a “long nap” after Guardians 3, with no plans to return to the MCU, or do “anything” else, for the foreseeable future.
Guardians 3 will be years of working seven days a week on two movies, a TV series, a TV special, a Disney parks ride & more. I have no plans for anything after that & hope to refrain from having plans after that for the time being, other than a long nap. https://t.co/qx6ss1Tupp
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 18, 2021
Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and the Skrull Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) will get some help combating the shape-shifting Skrulls infiltration of Earth from Kingsley Ben-Adir. According to Deadline, the One Night in Miami star will join the Disney+ Marvel streaming series in an as-yet-unspecified role. It was revealed at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home that the Nick Fury on Earth was actually a Skrull, while the real Fury was up in space. We next saw a Skrull impersonating law enforcement in a mid-credits scene during the WandaVision finale, laying the groundwork for a full on invasion in Secret Invasion.
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