Various news sources have been circling about how Chris Evans seems to be ready to step away from the Steve Rogers #CaptainAmerica role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe once his six-picture contract comes to an end. Some fans are upset, but I actually think it can be a HUGE opportunity for Marvel Studios and their universe. #AvengersInfinityWar is hitting theaters in 2018 with a fourth #Avengers film coming out the following year in 2019 and a lot of hype is surrounding these movies.
#ChrisEvans currently has starred as Steve Rogers/Captain America in a trilogy of solo Captain America films as well as both Avengers movies. It is perfectly reasonable that his body is becoming tired of the hardcore workout regiment he has to go through to portray the character. Not to mention the extensive appearances, interviews and promotional work all of the lead stars have to endure to market these blockbusters.
Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios have promised that these two Avengers films with Thanos as the villain will be a culmination of everything they have been building towards for all 10 years and 19 films. With Evans interested in moving onto directing his own films or starring in non-superhero stories, this can be a great opportunity for the #MCU to capitalize on his character's exit.
Here are 5 reasons I believe that the Steve Rogers Captain America character should die in Avengers: Infinity War.
5. Gives ACTUAL Stakes In The MCU
As Marvel Studios has pumped out film after film, the stakes have grown higher and higher. We grew from cities in danger, to the Earth in danger, to finally the entire galaxy is at risk for destruction. This is a world full of superheroes and not supposed to be the most realistic of circumstances. However, when galaxies are in danger, it becomes obvious that the heroes will save the day, and they will all be alive at the end. Throughout the MCU, they have avoided killing major characters. Agent Phil Coulsen and Nick Fury even came back to life after being "killed." What are some actual deaths? Thor's mother? Quicksilver? That it?
After saving the world and so many battles, it is just ridiculous that none of these Avengers have been killed. By having Thanos kill off Steve Rogers, it finally shows that not all of our heroes are safe. Obviously, with Marvel Studios being owned by Disney, they won't be killing off characters left and right. The only other character that would pack that kind of punch would be killing Tony Stark.
4. Gives Thanos Credibility
I'll be the first to admit that in the mid-credit scenes of The Avengers when Thanos showed his face, I turned to my friends and asked "Who is that?" Despite being a comic book fan, I didn't know much about #Thanos. Feige has been saying for years how everything with these Infinity Stones is leading to Thanos. The hype has been built to a point that many question whether Thanos can be that great of a villain. Marvel made a great choice in casting the talented Josh Brolin for the role, but he has done nothing but appear in two minor scenes that are basically cameos.
It is no secret that the MCU has struggled with their villains (besides Loki). Thanos is supposed to be the baddest of the bad. If you want to show he's here to be a major threat, have him kill off one of the leaders of the Avengers: Steve Rogers. It would be something that no other villain has done before him. Steve Rogers represents the ultimate form of good, and by having Thanos take him out, he will be the ultimate form of evil to be feared by the rest of the team.
3. Sets Up Sam Or Bucky To Become New Cap
In #Marvel comics, Steve Rogers has not been the only man to wear the Captain America uniform. There have been versions where Bucky, the Winter Soldier, puts on the red, white and blue in honor of his friend, while others have had Sam Wilson carry the famous shield. This has been talked and rumored for years — that one of these two characters will take up the mantle if Steve Rogers were to be killed off.
Personally, I would like to see Anthony Mackie's character Sam Wilson/Falcon to put on the Cap suit, because I find his character more interesting as a leading role. This could be a story in a future film: Bucky initially wearing the uniform, only to disgrace it in some fashion by killing someone. This could then set up Sam saying Bucky is "not fit to wear it" and the two battle over wanting to honor Steve's memory. Who knows, you want to be very progressive MCU? Let Black Widow become the new Captain America and give her a solo lead film.
2. Provide Arc For Other Characters
Besides finding out who will become the new Captain America, there are other Avengers who have been with Steve for years. It would be interesting to see how his death affects Tony Stark, Black Widow, Sam Wilson and Bucky (among others). This could be something that looms over movies heading into Phase 4. Steve was not only the leader of the Avengers, but he was a huge symbol for America in this universe, and his death would affect many of those who looked up to him.
There can be storylines where certain members of the team blame each other for his death, or they could debate over the direction of the Avengers. His death can affect them all in different ways that will change them going forward. Imagine a story where Steve's death haunts someone in the group so much that they simply give up trying to save the day anymore.
1. Could Be Most Powerful Moment Of The MCU
For nearly 10 years, Marvel films have provided plenty of entertaining moments. Looking back at it all, something it has lacked is some emotional and powerful moments. Think about all the MCU movies and what almost made the waterworks start going. It's really hard to think because whenever the hero's life was at risk, we knew they would make it out alive to star in the next franchise film. I honestly wish that was something that was kept secret. The same goes for announcing slates of sequels five years in advance.
What I'm picturing is a moment where Steve makes the ultimate sacrifice. Sure, we saw him doing that in Captain America: The First Avenger, but we KNEW he was going to survive it because he was going to be in The Avengers. Even when Tony Stark took that nuke into the wormhole in The Avengers, we knew he would survive because Iron Man 3 was already announced for the next year.
The reason that Steve Rogers's death would mean so much more is because we don't know if Chris Evans will be returning as the character. It can be emotional, dramatic and truly show that these Infinity War films we've been building to are special.
What do you think? Let's discuss in comments!
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