Marvel reportedly bringing back original Avenger for a jaw-dropping new series

Sit down, Marvel fans! A new report claims that a classic Avenger will return to the MCU one more time to headline their own Disney Plus series.
Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. in The Avengers (2012) ©Marvel 2012
Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. in The Avengers (2012) ©Marvel 2012 /

The events of Avengers: Endgame provided the Marvel Cinematic Universe with its biggest turning point. The Avengers finally defeated Thanos and saved half of the universe in the process, but that game-changing showdown altered the MCU forever, resulting in the departures of multiple original Avengers.

As Marvel Studios continues to build its Multiverse Saga, it is setting up a new line-up of Avengers, too, with the team set to reunite in two future movies in order to stop the next big bad that the shared universe of superheroes throws their way. However, it seems like one of the original members of the team could be about to make an unexpected comeback in the series that fans have been waiting for.

Chris Evans rumored to return as Captain America in Disney Plus series

According to a new report from Marvel insider MyTimeToShineHello, Chris Evans will reprise his role as Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, in a limited series set to focus on him returning the Infinity Stones throughout time. If true, the series would obviously stream on Disney Plus with speculation that it would run for six episodes (like the majority of Marvel's Disney Plus shows).

Needless to say, this is one rumor that fans are taking with a pinch of salt because it almost seems too good to be true. However, the report is supported by fellow Marvel scooper HolyField News, who claimed that the Captain America series is one of three new shows currently in the works (the other two being the rumored Ghost Rider and Excalibur series).

When we last saw Captain America during Avengers: Endgame, he had left all of the Infinity Stones that the team used to stop Thanos back where they belonged. But he didn't return to his present either, choosing to go back in time and find his love, Peggy Carter. The two lived a long, happy life together before Steve reunited with friends Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes as an old man.

For years, fans have wanted to see what The First Avenger got up to during his venture to return the stones and a Disney Plus series would certainly be the right format to explore that in - especially since a six-part series would allow Marvel to utilize one episode per stone.

The perfect send-off for Captain America

The idea of a show exploring Steve Rogers' adventures in his bid to return the Infinity Stones is an incredibly exciting one. It also allows Marvel to have their cake and eat it. Steve is no longer Captain America in the MCU's present day, as he is now an old man who gifted the mantle to his successor and friend Sam Wilson. But that doesn't mean we can't catch up with him outside of the timeline, and the show would be the perfect opportunity to do that.

Steve has always been a man out of time, longing for a life that was robbed from him when he spent almost 70 years frozen in the ice. It would be a pretty fitting send-off to the character to see him literally outside of time on a journey that will ultimately take him back to that life.

Yes, the possibility of seeing Chris Evans' super soldier one more time is exciting enough, but to see him in an expansive universe featuring trips back to 2012, Vormir, Knowhere, and more? That would be too sweet. But not quite as sweet as seeing the reunion between him and Peggy Carter when he returns to her after completing his mission. That would be a moment capable of moving us to as many tears as Avengers: Endgame did, and it would be a truly beautiful love letter to Steve's journey and their relationship.

Speaking of Avengers: Endgame, that truly was the perfect finale to Cap's arc, and this wouldn't undo that. Instead, it would simply complement an already beautiful ending by showing us how it came to be. And even though that story might not impact the Multiverse Saga's continuity, it's a story that would be worth telling.

Chris Evans has said that he wouldn't return as Captain America because it's time for Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson to wield the shield, but this standalone series would be the perfect middle ground, providing him with a short-lived return that would completely wrap up Cap's arc and not intefere with Sam's time as Cap in the slightest. Honestly, it's a win-win all around; let's hope the rumors are true and that it actually happens.

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