- "My faith is in people, I guess. Individuals. And I’m happy to say for the most part, they haven’t let me down. Which is why I can’t let them down either. Locks can be replaced, but... maybe they shouldn’t."
- ―Steve Rogers
Following the Clash of the Avengers, Falcon, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and Ant-Man were taken to the Raft while Captain America and Winter Soldier headed to Siberia to track down Helmut Zemo. Iron Man visited the Raft to find out from Wilson where Rogers and Barnes had gone.
After the Battle at the HYDRA Siberian Facility, Zemo was taken into custody and Rogers was forced to leave his shield behind, convinced by Stark that he didn't deserve it as he and Barnes walked away. Sometime later, Rogers broke into the Raft, where he managed to neutralize the United States Marshals Service and set Clint Barton, Scott Lang, Sam Wilson and Wanda Maximoff free.
After escaping, Clint Barton decided to retire once again and returned home to his family, as Scott Lang returned home to his daughter. Maximoff had joined Vision where they went to Europe and began their life together. Wilson decided to stick with Rogers. Thaddeus Ross contacted Tony Stark and asked him to bring in his renegade comrades. Stark, however, ended the call by pretending to be busy, apparently decided to let them escape.
Rogers and Bucky Barnes then made their way to Wakanda, where T'Challa promised to watch over Barnes, who chose to remain in cryogenic stasis until his mind could be cleansed of the mental programming. Later, Rogers along with Wilson joined Natasha Romanoff in stopping terrorists who were using Chitauri technology for committing mass destruction, without attracting any public attention.