WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame
Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, wielding an Infinity Stone is inherently dangerous and can be lethal for many. But using all six at one time with the Infinity Gauntlet is fatal, unless the being using the stones is an especially powerful individual.
Now, one major fan theory about Captain America's ability to use the Gauntlet in Avengers: Endgame has been shot down.
As THR reports, Avengers: Endgame screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revealed that they don't believe Steve Rogers aka Captain America could have used the Gauntlet and lived. Fans theorized that Steve's ability to hold Thanos briefly at bay in the climax of Infinity War suggests that the stones recognized his willpower, which could have meant that the Super Soldier could've survived wielding the stones. However, the writers made a point throughout the film that only figures like Thanos and the Hulk were strong enough to use the Infinity Gauntlet and survive.
"I think Steve would be toast," Markus explained. "I think in that moment, Thanos is impressed by Steve's will. He's like, 'I can't believe this guy who apparently has no powers is trying this.' He's almost like, 'Really? Really?'" So, despite the super soldier serum pumping through his veins, Steve would have been incapable of surviving the Gauntlet."
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is in theaters now.