The most recent update about Avengers 3 dubbed as Avengers: Infinity War reveals that the superhero movie won’t feature Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America. Is it going to preclude the Marvel hero? Or will there be a replacement for Captain America in Avengers 3? What led to such a drastic omission? We tried to provide a theory based on the claims of the directors of the film.

According to the Russo brothers, the directors of the upcoming Avengers series, the flick  is going to bring the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe together, so fans will see most of their MCU favorites under the same sky. That sounds like a grand affair.  Here comes the twist in the story though. The director brothers teased that Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers is no longer Captain America in their new project.  This begs a million-dollar question on how MCU will look like without Captain America who is a mainstay in the Avengers series.

In Captain America: Civil War, do you remember a scene where Captain dropped his shield in a fighting sequence with Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)?  We never saw Cap picking up his shield after that. One of the Russo brothers explained that by dropping his shield, Steve Rogers dropped the Captain America identity.

In the words of Joe Russo:

“I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity. [It’s] him admitting that certainly, the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.”

The theory now puts a big question mark over the status of Steve Rogers in MCU. If Joe’s statement is to be believed, the character of Captain America is already being precluded from Avengers 3. Is he being replaced? What happened to Steve Rogers? Will he cease to exist?

Certainly not! Breathe easy, Marvel fans.  Moving forward, as per writer Christopher Markus, the end of Captain America doesn’t mean the end of Steve Rogers. He is very much in the scene. Markus teased Rogers will be a helpful MCU character in taking down Thanos (Josh Brolin), the main antagonist in Avengers 3. He is the same huge purple guy who showed up at the end of the first Avengers movie in 2012. In the comic book, Thanos was originally an Iron Man villain from the early ‘70s. Thanos gets his gauntlet on the six Infinity Stones and becomes the most powerful entity in the galaxy.

Meanwhile, relevant sources like The Huffington Post speculate that we may see Steve Rogers turning into The Nomad. It won’t be surprising to see such transformation because it is very much in line with the Marvel Comics. The change occurs after Cap gets disappointed with the government, which certainly happened in Civil War.

Thus far, nothing has been confirmed. Hpefully, we will learn about Steve Rogers’ fate in Avengers 3 in due course.  Avengers: Infinity War is slated for a May 4, 2018 release.