Marvel Studios and Chris Evans in talks to bring Captain America back to MCU

Chris Evans and Marvel Studios are closing in on a deal in which the actor would reprise the role of Captain America in “at least one” future Marvel project, Deadline reports.

It’s an unexpected turn, since Evans has been vocal and firm that he was not eager to do another Marvel movie after Avengers: Endgame, and felt that “we went out on such a high note that it would be risky to revisit it.” Deadline cites sources saying that the deal is unlikely to be for a Captain America-centric movie, but something more akin to Robert Downey Jr.’s appearances in the MCU after his first contract expired with the filming of Avengers: Age of Ultron. While Downey’s Iron Man appeared in supporting roles in Avengers and Spider-Man installments, and Captain America: Civil War

, he never again took top billing.

Any speculation about how Cap could fit into future Marvel projects is bound by where Avengers: Endgame left Steve Rogers: enjoying a secret time travel retirement in the past with his first love, Peggy Carter. While there are plenty of upcoming Marvel movies and TV shows that intend to play with time travel and the multiverse, many of them are already in production — if they wanted to get Evans on board for a cameo, the deal would probably have to have been closed months ago. That said, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania might still stand a chance.

Then again, this all might be much simpler: a Cap cameo in a flashback, for example. In Marvel comics, Cap even had a World War II-era run-in with Black Panther’s grandfather, something that Black Panther 2 could potentially look to as it expands the franchise’s cast in the wake of actor Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death.