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Captain America: Civil War can be watched from the comfort of your own home, via Digital HD, in one week (September 2). The Blu-ray will follow on September 13. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo have been doing interviews for the home release and The Huffington Post asked what the ending of the film means for Captain America.

*Obligatory spoiler warning*

As you likely know, Captain America: Civil War ends with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) dropping the shield after being told he doesn’t deserve it by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Many have been wondering what exactly this means for Rogers’ status as Captain America. Joe Russo shed some light on where things stand going into Avengers: Infinity War.

I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity. [It’s] him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.

Does this mean Steve Rogers will be battling baddies as Nomad when we next see him? I doubt it. I think Steve Rogers is just Steve Rogers for now. That’s been an important part of his journey over the last two solo films. He’s been figuring out who he is and how he fits as a man out of time. That includes an assessment of where Captain America ends and Steve Rogers begins.

There are no confirmed appearances for Steve Rogers between now and Avengers: Infinity War in May 2018. If he pops up before then, my guess is that it will be in Ant-Man and the Wasp or Black Panther since he has allies in each of those films. If he shows up in either movie, I think it will be as Rogers with no other assumed identity.

There’s no need to worry, though. Steve Rogers will be wearing a superhero costume again soon enough. Rogers has already told Stark to drop him a line if Stark ever needs him. Rogers will get that call when Thanos comes to town in Avengers: Infinity War and we’ll have our Cap back, shield and all.