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Where is Captain America’s Shield?

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WARNING: This article contains potential SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War

Captain America‘s new shield is getting an upgrade for Infinity War, and will have Black Panther to thank for it. It’s a theory we’ve been building since Steve Rogers showed up with a beard, darker suit, and grimmer demeanour than usual in The Avengers: Infinity War‘s first trailer. To some, the fact that Cap is without his signature shield may be a strong thematic layering, representing his heightened vulnerability now that he has only a handful of Avengers allies left. Or, perhaps a sign that Thanos has weakened Earth’s superheroes before his coming assault. While others…. just really want Cap to get his shield back.

 

For those who may not remember, Steve Rogers didn’t technically “lose” his shield, despite the past visions of seeing it shattered (and him along with it). Instead, it was surrendered. After deciding that Earth’s heroes should follow their own orders, and not be made subject to the greed, politics, or inaction of world governments, he became a fugitive. It led to some headaches in Captain America: Civil War, but the film’s climax actually had little to do with that ideology. Once his battle with Tony Stark became entirely personal, and Steve defended his brainwashed best friend, Tony decided to put his armored foot down.

The first Avengers Infinity War trailer was just amazing. It has shattered the previous records of the most viewed trailer in first 24 hours. The trailer finally showed The Mad Titan, Thanos, coming to Earth and starting his assault on the heroes along with his Black Order and the army of aliens.

The Infinity gems/stones are the most powerful objects in the entire MCU. The Mad Titan will locate all the Infinity gems, assemble them and create an all-powerful Infinity gauntlet, cause a world-wide catastrophe that will force Team Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy to join forces and fight against the mad Titan.

Although the Infinity war cast is stacked up with superhero heavy-weights, but the most important comic-book character is Thanos. Till now, he has been teased in Marvel movies in post-credits of Phase 2, 3 films, but Infinity war will be the first major project where he is going to be the central antagonist pursuing his sinister ends.

In the trailer, we see Nomad Cap leading his new team of superheroes and warriors at Wakanda to prevent Black Order (Children of Thanos) from possibly getting their hands on the sixth Infinity Gem. Iron Man is seen in the Hulkbuster suit, Spiderman donning Iron Spider suit, Thor meets Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time and Thanos is stealing Infinity stones one by one and is preparing for an all-out assault.

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There were many breath-taking moments in the trailer but after watching the trailer multiple times, a particular scene caught our attention and it has everything to do with Captain America who is featuring a new look and new weapon for combat, his new shield.

Steve Rogers dropped his shield when Iron Man says, “You don’t deserve it; my father made that shield” and walks away with Winter Soldier at the end of Captain America: Civil War. But the upcoming movie is all set to give him a new shield and it won’t be a typical circular shield like before.

A few weeks ago, the poster of Avengers Infinity War showed Steve Rogers sporting a beard and he is not in his usual attire of Captain America, instead, he is wearing Nomad suit from comics. Russo Brothers told Huffington Post that dropping his shield “is him letting go of that identity. It’s him admitting that the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.”

So how will the Super Soldier fight the Mad Titan? Well, according to the poster, he will take on the new alias Nomad which he adopted during 1970’s in Marvel comics. So yes, he will be fighting against Thanos and his ruthless alien invaders but as someone else.

We saw king T’Challa ordering his loyal soldiers to “Evacuate the city, engage all defenses and get this man a shield.” The man referred in here gotta be Steve Rogers as he is the one who uses the shield while fighting.

Later in the trailer, we saw two armies marching towards each other. One of Thanos’ aliens and the other Wakandan army joined by Black Panther, The Hulk, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, Falcon, War Machine and Captain America who is in the middle and what’s easily missed here was the thing on Captain America’s wrist. He is wearing some kind of gauntlet on each forearm which appears triangular in shape.

This is a new type of shield that Captain America is wearing that can be modified into a triangular shield if you pair both of them together. It’s the same kind of shield that was featured in the Captain America: Steve Rogers where Steve Rogers regains his super-soldier serum after the events of “Avengers: Standoff” and gives his circular shield to Sam Wilson. While he adopts a new one which can be separated into two pieces.

There is no doubt that if Black Panther has ordered his men to forge a new shield and they don’t make it. And a country full of rare Vibranium metal, it’s just a normal thing to see another shield being made in no time.

While we didn’t see any more visuals of him wearing those gauntlets, we hope to see him using his new shield in the next trailer.

 

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Marvel Studios basically broke the internet at a press event when they unveiled the roster for its Phase Three films of comic-cinematic adaptations spanning five years!



Not only will we be seeing sequels to Marvel heroes already on the big screen – like Captain America, Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy, we will see new characters get their time, including the long awaited Black Panther.

With Ant-Man finishing Phase Two in July 2015, we now have the confirmed list of films to follow – and I for one are pretty damn excited.


  • May 6th 2016: Captain America: Civil War
  • November 4th 2016: Doctor Strange
  • May 5th 2017: Guardians Of The Galaxy 2
  • July 28th 2017: Thor: Ragnarok
  • November 3rd 2017: Black Panther
  • May 4th 2018: Avengers: Infinity War Part I
  • July 6th 2018: Captain Marvel
  • November 2nd 2018: Inhumans
  • May 3rd 2019: Avengers: Infinity War Part II


    My geeky-bubble was a little burst to see no Black Widow or Hulk movies, as Marvel confirmed they currently have no plans for solo films for either. HOWEVER the studio’s president Kevin Feige promised that they would play key roles going forward, so there’s no doubt that we might be seeing them again in the newly announced two-part Avengers films in 2018 and 2019. (SWEET THANOS!)

    Speaking of The Avengers, Marvel has released another sneak peek of the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron featuring a new clip which takes place at Avengers Tower followed by a very rude interruption… check out the extended trailer below:


    And THANK ODIN that wasn’t all. At the Marvel Event, they showcased the first glimpse of the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, and it’s made me – and fans everywhere – go a bit crazy.



    With a new line-up of heroes to hit the big screen over the next few years, there’s still heaps of speculation into who will be taking on these roles. Although Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange is still unconfirmed, Marvel has given us fans our first confirmed casting of this next stage, and it will be Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.


    We do not yet know who will write or direct the film, but Boseman’s Black Panther is set to turn up in Captain America: Civil War. Feige has stated that his character will play a “big part” in the movie, adding that “We will meet him for the first time in Civil War, in costume.”



    Feige’s comments suggest that there’s every chance we could be seeing the Black Panther OUT of costume in upcoming films, as the recent The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer contains an easter egg that could link to Boseman’s character.

    One can’t help but wonder if Vibranium – the material used for Captain America’s shield, found in the Black Panther’s homeland Wakanda – may also have something to do with it, especially as we see Cap’s broken shield in the trailer.


    It looks like Marvel Studios will have me hooked for the next few years! Let me know which of the new films you’re most excited to see in the comments below.