WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, in theaters now.
In the breathtaking ending of Avengers: Endgame, fans witnessed an older version of Chris Evans' Steve Rogers handing the shield off to Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson. While we never saw Falcon suit up, the movie's screenwriters have cleared the air regarding what comes next for Captain America.
In an interview with Fandango, when asked if Sam could officially be considered the new Captain America, Stephen McFeely replied, "As far as we know, yeah." This sentiment was repeated by co-writer Christopher Markus, who added, "Certainly seems like it to me."
In the Civil War comics, the shield went to Bucky Barnes when Cap died, then back to Steve before his Dimension Z feud with Arnim Zola saw him grow old. He then handed off the mantle to Falcon as Rick Remender shaped an all-new era for Captain America. The film ends very differently, as Steve grows old, not due to his super soldier blood being affected, but because he chose to stay in the past and marry Peggy Carter.
It's part of him getting that happy ending after he returned to the past and put back all the Infinity Stones they borrowed to fight Thanos. However, that doesn't mean we can't see Steve's adventures in the past. When asked about this, the duo remained coy, but planted some seeds for Steve's time with Peggy.
"I think maybe all I did was Steve was a stay-at-home dad and Peggy went to work at S.H.I.E.L.D." Markus said. "I don't know that there were any adventures."
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos.