At the age of 35, Chris Evans may seem too young to retire from the role of Captain America. Then again, Steve Rogers was born in 1918, so the character is certainly due some much needed rest.
While the musclebound actor hasn't officially confirmed that he's ready to leave the #MCU just yet, a new article from Esquire strongly suggests that Avengers: Infinity War will be Evans's last film as Captain America.
"Settling in on the couch, he groans. Evans explains that he’s hurting all over because he just started his workout routine the day before to get in shape for the next two Captain America films. The movies will be shot back to back beginning in April. After that, no more red- white-and-blue costume for the thirty-five-year-old. He will have fulfilled his contract."
If that's the case, then it would make perfect sense for #CaptainAmerica to soon join Peggy Carter in that old retirement home in the sky. After all, purple-faced Thanos will be the biggest threat that the MCU has ever faced. By the time that Avengers: Infinity War is released, the menace of the Mad Titan will have been built up over the space of eighteen movies, so it would feel weird if someone didn't snuff it by the time the credits rolled. Here's why it's going to be the Star Spangled Avenger...
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Thanos Killed Captain America In The Comics
After being frozen in ice, shot by a brainwashed Sharon Carter and even destroyed completely during Marvel's Secret Wars, Captain America has proven himself to be a surprisingly resilient OAP, coming back to life time and time again, because, comics.
However, we wouldn't be surprised if the Russo Brothers draw inspiration from one particular Captain America death that took place during Infinity Gauntlet #4 (1991), where Thanos essentially kicked the ass of everyone in the Marvel Universe with glee and aplomb.
Wielding the god-like power of the Infinity Stones, Thanos proceeded to decimate each of our beloved heroes with a casual wave of his hand. After the Mad Titan suffocated Cyclops in a glass prison, ripped out The Vision's innards and turned Thor into broken pieces of glass, Captain America was left as the last one standing.
Despite lacking the raw power that each of these fallen heroes possessed, Steve Rogers bravely stood up to Thanos in this iconic moment that's destined for the Captain America hall of fame. Moments later, the Mad Titan then proceeded to blink the battlefield out of existence and presumably Cap along with it.
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As per usual, Captain America was brought back to life, this time through the power of the Infinity Stones, but what if Rogers stays dead by the end of Avengers: Infinity War? While we doubt that the Russo Brothers will re-enact this comic book scene panel by panel, there's a strong chance that the moment where Cap stands up to Thanos could make it in the final cut, before he's brutally cut down in front of his fellow Avengers.
Relive one of Captain America's most brutal fight scenes in the clip below:
If that turns out to be the case, then we couldn't imagine a more fitting end for both the Star Spangled Avenger and #ChrisEvans's time in the MCU. Tony Stark's vision of Cap's broken shield is surely leading to this heartbreaking moment, right?
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(Source: Esquire, via ComicBookMovie. Poll Image Credit: Marvel Studios)