We've talked about the fates of Iron Man and Thor and probably muddied the waters up a bit. Just for the record; this is my prediction of those two pillars of the Marvel Trinity.
NOTE: PREPARE YOURSELF FOR SOME JACKEDUP SPECULATION!
Tony Stark will live on albeit without Robert Downey Jr. My take is Iron Man will leave the Avengers for reasons unknown to rebuild the franchise that made the MCU tick. We will probably see Iron Patriot or War Machine take his place in the line up which will give Jim Rhodes AKA Rhodey time to shine.
Thor will live also but will have to take to the throne of Asgard because of the death of Odin fighting the forces of Ragnarok. That will take him away from Midgard and the Avengers for a while. As for the future of the Thor franchise possibly with out Chris Hemsworth? I'm not sure. Thor CAN live on.That brings us to Steve Rogers, the original Captain America.
I've tried to seriously look a number of different scenarios concerning the future of the star spangled Avenger. But I'm just so convinced as so many are of Roger's future.
Captain America MUST and WILL live on. The costume, dare I say, the ideal is immortal. [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973) set up everything perfectly and I couldn't be happier with what Marvel is doing here. Obviously (dangerous word there...), Steve Rogers will die in one of three movies:
[The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035)
Captain America 3
[The Avengers 3](movie:738027)
In my opinion, he will fall fighting Thanos in the third Avengers movie. But there ARE merits to having him die in either of the others.
With Cap down, Thor forced to attend to Asgard and Iron Man in transition, this will leave the door open for a whole new set of Avengers More on that later. BUT, I believe that Bucky Barnes aka THE WINTER SOLDIER will assume the mantle of Captain America and lead the next team of Avengers.
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The one thing that sticks in my mind is the fact that Sebastian Stan has been signed for a total of NINE, count them, NINE movies! They have believed in Stan's ability to accept the mantle from the very beginning. And accept it he will! There is no doubt that we will be seeing the distinctive Bucky/Cap costume in the not too distant future.
What else can we expect? I'm sure an appearance by THIS guy!
As well as a suited up version of CROSSBONES!
We will probably see some romance with Agent Carter as well as a closure to the trilogy. Black Widow and Nick Fury? I'm not sure we'll see that much of them. But we WILL see the FALCON!
or we BETTER!
Baron Strucker will be in Age of Ultron. Bet on him finishing up in Cap's third movie. Baron Zemo? I would almost bet on a build up for him. I believe they have big plans for him in the next Avengers trilogy.
Like I said, nothing everybody else hasn't been saying, but I figured I had better give old Cap the same respect as I did Thor and Iron Man. My next article after the 4th will be about what I think the Avengers will look like after their final fight with Thanos.
Happy 4th of July! And enjoy the fireworks!