There weren’t any new film footage seen from the latest preview given of Avengers: Infinity War, that being the Japanese-release international trailer. Only the bare minimum of the movie plot is set in stone. Namely, Thanos (Josh Brolin) is finally coming, and the separated Avengers are hard-pressed to stop him.
One plot bit we do have is that Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), more unkempt and bearded, will return to the open once again to help in the struggle, despite being labeled a war criminal following Captain America: Civil War. Now an Instagram post sheds more light on his upcoming characterization.
A fan theory goes that Steve abandoned the Captain America identity after fleeing Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) with his friend Bucky/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Here’s an Instagram post showing a photo of a prop Cap shield in Arizona’s Ace Comic Con, signed by Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan.
What’re interesting are the character names they added to their autographs on the shield. Evans wrote “Cap” and “Nomad”, with Stan adding “I’m with Nomad” to his Winter Soldier ID. “Nomad” is an integral part of Steve’s comic-book history, and his autograph implies it’s being used in Avengers: Infinity War.
At one point in the comics, Steve was disillusioned with the US government and discarded his Captain America costume and name. He assumed a new alter ego, the motorcycle-riding vigilante Nomad. Just as Evans’ movie-Steve is similarly disillusioned by the international regulation of superheroes, becoming Nomad seems an appropriate reaction.
Of course, that’s just an autograph done by the actors outside of actively promoting the film, so we’ll still need more info from any forthcoming trailers and any plot detail reveals to get the whole story. Avengers: Infinity War is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, premiering on May 28.