Avengers: Infinity War, as well as its untitled sequel Avengers 4, will serve as the one-two punch grand finale to the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Stretching all the way back to the first Iron Man film, audiences will witness an epic conclusion to all of the elements that have been building for the last decade of Marvel movies. These two films will serve as a swan song of sorts for many long-standing characters, those who are played by actors whose contracts will be up, and who will move on to other roles beyond Marvel Studios.
Such will likely be the case for many of the original Avengers like Hawkeye, Thor, Bruce Banner/Hulk, Black Widow, Iron Man and Captain America — the team that started it all. But while the story of these characters may reach its end, we don’t yet know what form these ends will take. With Thanos, the Mad Titan, arriving on Earth as the major villain the Avengers will face, many assume that the alien tyrant, armed with his Infinity Gauntlet, will come to kill at least a few fan-favorites.
The first teaser trailer for Avengers: Infinity War definitly had a foreboding tone to it, something that warned of not only the scale of the ensemble film, but of impending danger – it truly looks like the next two Avengers films will be the, ahem, end of the line for many characters. While it would make sense for characters like Thor and Iron Man to make the ultimate sacrifice, there is one whose story shouldn’t end with death: Steve Rogers, Captain America.
Chris Evans’ original contract entitled the actor to appear in a total of six movies as The Sentinel of Liberty – his solo trilogy, as well as a trilogy of Avengers films. Now, when Infinity War proved to be such a massive undertaking, the movie was actually split into two parts, and Evans was gracious enough to extend his contract with one more film — one final appearance as Captain America. But it seems highly unlikely that the actor will do so again, meaning that Avengers 4 could be his last movie as the beloved super-soldier.
The simple fact that Steve is a soldier, ready to lay his life down for his teammates makes him an easy candidate as a potential victim of Infinity War or Avengers 4. But this is exactly why Steve shouldn’t be the one to die. Because we expect him to. Captain America is a hero, through and through, and he will stand up to anyone who deserves it. This is who he is, who he has always been, ever since he first graced the big screen back in Captain America: The First Avenger. Just like Steve stood up against an inconsiderate audience member, and just as he stood up against the Red Skull, Hydra and the government, so too will he stand up against Thanos, simply because, in the most basic of terms, the villain is just another bully.
Many expect that Captain America going up directly against Thanos means that the character will die, seeing as how Steve is just man with slightly-heightened strength, going up against a mad tyrant with a glove that could reshape reality. And to be perfectly honest, that is quite certainly a possibility. But Steve Rogers is a character who’s story simply shouldn’t end with such finality.
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