During last Sunday’s Disney D23 Expo, attendees were shown the first footage from next year’s Avengers: Infinity War. While the video hasn’t been made public, reports surfaced that Chris Evans’ Captain America is sporting a beard in the footage. That’s led to widespread speculation Cap will take on a different persona, that of the character Nomad. From Business Insider:
“Nomad is the character that Rogers adopts in a series of Captain America comics that were released in 1974. Rogers becomes disillusioned by the current state of American politics and chooses to distance himself from a country whose values he feels have changed. The Nomad comics were released right after Nixon’s Watergate scandal, and most likely served as commentary on the political climate of the time.”The cosmetic makeover could be a clue to Steve Rogers’ state of mind after the events of Civil War, where Captain America essentially becomes a solider without a country. The film ends with Cap dropping his shield, which directors Joe and Anthony Russo suggested is symbolic of how Rogers feels in the current climate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity,” Joe Russo said, in reference to Captain America leaving his shield behind at the end. “[It’s] him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.” With San Diego Comic Con starting Thursday, fans may finally get to see their first glimpse of Infinity War, along with plenty of other comic news coming in the pipeline. Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018. Before that, Marvel fans have Thor: Ragnarok (November) and Black Panther (February) to satisfy their superhero appetites.