Marvel Studios has handled Chris Evans' MCU departure in a very odd fashion. While the way Steve Rogers' story ended in Avengers: Endgame felt right, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier - a story about Captain America - made no mention of the hero other than the fact he's "gone."
The world appears to believe Steve is dead, something that was evident from the Statue of Liberty's transformation in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
We'd like to think Captain America: New World Order will more directly address what's going on with the former Captain America, but there's no guarantee based on recent experience. However, Evans' successor, Anthony Mackie, appeared to strongly hint that Steve is indeed alive and well during a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
When Kimmel pointed out we never saw Cap die, the actor responded: "That means he ain’t dead! Why are you trying to kill Steve? That’s age discrimination...[there] ain't nothing wrong with an old Cap!"
After joking around with the host, Mackie was asked point blank if Steve is alive. "Yeah! I think so! I didn’t see him die! I don’t know, I saw Chris two weeks ago, and he looked pretty good." We're not going to take this as confirmation, but it certainly seems to bold well for a possible return.
If we had to hazard a guess, Marvel Studios is holding off on enlisting Evans for an MCU return until Avengers: The Kang Dynasty or Avengers: Secret Wars, though we remain anxious to learn what became of Earth-616's Steve after his trip back in time to reunite with Peggy Carter.
Captain America: New World Order is set to be released in theaters on May 3, 2024.