We've all seen Captain America gloriously catching Thanos' massive fist in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer (and his even more glorious beard), but it's not entirely clear where he is and/or where he's been leading up to that point. So, precisely where is Captain America prior to Avengers: Infinity War? Well, it's prudent to review his entire MCU history so we can understand just how he got to this point where he seems to be unkempt and on the run.
The Avengers: Infinity War Prequel comic goes a long way in helping us glean more of that complete picture, bridging the gap between Civil War and Infinity War. It's important to address where has Cap has been, and where he is now as Infinity War gets underway, (and hopefully kills less people than the event did in the comics) before we move into Phase 4, about which fans can only theorize for now.
The Avengers Were Finally Torn Apart In 'Captain America: Civil War'
After Bucky resurfaced, only to be framed for the murder of King T'Chaka (John Kani) of Wakanda, Steve stood by his old friend as he was hunted, the two going on the run together along with Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie). Meanwhile, tensions were already high among the (Earthbound) Avengers as the UN, Secretary of State, and Tony Stark were pushing for the team to sign the Sokovia Accords, which would relinquish control of the Avengers to the international governmental body. They were split right down the middle on the matter. Between that and the Bucky Barnes issue (especially once Tony learned Bucky had killed his parents), the Avengers were torn asunder.
Cap Dropped Bucky Off In Wakanda And Went On The Run
Fortunately, Cap was able to convince T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) of Bucky's innocence vis-a-vis King T'Chaka's death, and the post-credits scene of Civil War showed Bucky preparing to undergo a procedure to undo the brainwashing of Hydra in Wakanda. It's implied that Cap brought him there for safekeeping before going on the run, having become an international fugitive as a result of Civil War.
Fast forward to another post-credits scene in Wakanda, this time at the end of Black Panther, where we see Bucky again now unfrozen and recuperating in peace. Interestingly, he's referred to by Wakandan children as "White Wolf," who is a Marvel superhero of a different identity, which has raised questions about who Bucky will become.
Before Heading To Wakanda, However, Bucky Assisted In The Raft Breakout
As depicted in more detail in the Avengers: Infinity War Prelude, after Bucky and Cap walk away from their fight with Tony, T'Challa apologizes to Bucky for accusing him of killing his father. Black Panther takes Zemo to the authorities while Cap and Bucky hop in a stolen quinjet and head off to Wakanda. But on the way, they stop to breakout the members of Team Cap imprisoned on the Raft. Civil War made it clear that this breakout had occurred, but what wasn't clear was how Cap did it. Bucky flew the getaway quinjet while Cap dove into the waters around the floating prison and infiltrated.
Steve Rogers Is No Longer Captain America And He's Gone To Ground In The EastPhoto: Walt Disney Studios
The Avengers: Infinity War Prelude comic has shown us what pretty much all the Avengers have been up to between Civil War and Infinity War, depicting Steve traveling around the Middle East, Russia, and even Lebanon (thus explaining his new beard). Even though Cap is no longer an official hero, he's still Steve Rogers, which means he's spending his free time hunting down bad guys of all kinds, terrorists and the like. That said, he's not working alone.