Steve Rogers Is Officially No Longer Captain America In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

The release of Captain America: Civil War on home video is almost upon us. The film will hit Digital HD on September 2nd and Blu-ray and DVD on September 13th, and you can rewatch that airport brawl over and over again. However, one moment in the movie may be a little harder to swallow now that we know what it means for the future of one of the characters. But in order to talk about it, we have to dive into major spoiler territory for Civil War, so proceed at your own risk.

At the end of Captain America: Civil War, after reluctantly fighting a Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) enraged after learning that The Winter Soldier killed his parents, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) puts down his shield and walks away from his heroic mantle. When he reappears at the end of the movie to break out his allies from The Raft, the superhero prison in the middle of the ocean, it's without the stars and stripes. After that key moment, many wondered if this meant Steve Rogers had truly quit being Captain America, and Anthony & Joe Russo have confirmed that fact for us.

The Huffington Post recently sat down with Anthony and Joe Russo to talk a bit about Captain America: Civil War and they wanted to clarify whether or not Steve Rogers is no longer Captain America. Thankfully, this wasn't something that they had to keep secret and Joe Russo had this to say:

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.

What that likely means is that Steve Rogers has stepped away from his superhero identity at this time of crisis between the Avengers, and perhaps even more so because of how the government has made it their responsibility to supervise the Avengers and use them to fight their battles like some kind of superpowered military.

So what will Steve Rogers be up to now that he's not Captain America? One thing that could be interesting would be for Captain America to take on the moniker of Nomad. In 1974, Captain America became disillusioned with the United States, mostly due to President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. And just like Captain America: Civil War, he left behind his shield. This allowed Rogers to become Nomad, a superhero without a country, for just four issues. Here's his comic debut:

Captain America - Nomad

If this is a path that Anthony and Joe Russo take for Steve Rogers, hopefully they don't give him a goofy superhero outfit like that, but just let him be a rogue superhero.

Of course, Steve Rogers stepping down from the mantle of Captain America is certainly only temporary. The Avengers: Infinity War will bring the superhero back, and once Thanos shows up, he's undoubtedly going to need that suit and shield to help fight what will likely be the greatest threat Earth has seen yet. Plus, Rogers basically told Stark at the end of the movie that if he was needed, all he had to do was call.

The big question is whether or not Cap will actually survive the Infinity War. I could see Captain America being killed in one of the Avengers sequels on the way, leaving Falcon or the Winter Soldier to step into the role, both characters who have inherited the role of Captain America in the comics. No matter what happens, it's clear that whatever Captain America does in the future, it will have a big impact on how the future of the Marvel cinematic universe evolves.