1:29pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel Studios Chief Hints at Post-Steve Rogers Future for Captain America
For comic book fans, the passing of the torch from Steve Rogers to a new Captain America is nothing new — after all, there have been nine different captains by this point — but this particular tradition might be headed toward Marvel's movies, if an interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is any indication.
Following a discussion about some of Marvel's leading actors nearing the end of their existing contracts, Collider asked Feige if a Captain America movie has to feature Steve Rogers. That character, of course, is played by Chris Evans, who hinted in 2014 that he might retire from acting altogether when his Marvel contract was up; he quickly backed away from the suggestion.
Feige hedged his answer, saying, "It's a good question and if we look back at the comic book as our inspiration and as the well from which this all springs, then the answer is 'no.'"
But don't get too excited about the possibility of seeing Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes and Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson take up the shield in future movies — both have replaced Steve Rogers in comics — because the Marvel Studios head immediately followed that answer up by saying, "I'm not saying we'll do it in the movie, but I've read Captain America comics that don't have Steve Rogers in them."
Current Marvel comic book lore offers potential for the studio to replace many of its current lead actors if necessary; not only has Sam Wilson Captain America (sharing the title with a now-villainous Steve Rogers), but Thor is Jane Foster instead of Odin's son, and Tony Stark is nearing the end of his time as Iron Man with both Victor Von Doom and teenage girl Riri Williams this fall. Always good to remember in case future contract negotiations end up trickier than the studio had anticipated …