It is no great secret that Captain America has met his glorious end (more than once) in comic books. It happened both in Civil War and Infinity Gauntlet. It is a dramatic moment that grips anyone with a pulse, and is understandably a great source of drama as well as inspiration among the remaining Avengers. So why not do it on the big screen? Both Civil War and Infinity War are coming to the cinema. Is there any reason we should assume they might not off him? Who would replace him? Should he be replaced? Let's dive in...
The above images are a bit extreme on the foreboding side, so much so that they could be intentionally misleading the audience. Sometimes Chekhov's Gun can be used as a nice tactical diversion. Chekhov's Gun is a dramatic principle that would remove narrative elements which are unnecessary. i.e. If you talk about a gun in the first act you obviously plan on firing it by the third act. This could be just a big diversion. But one of his lines from [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973) is also a bit peculiar in light of this conversation, "You are my mission." Never thought about it that way, did you? Maybe I'm over speculating... maybe not.
Bucky is an obvious choice, and Sebastian Stan is doing a tremendous job in the role. From the knife fighting and choreography to the dramatic tension he really has made the Winter Soldier his own character. You sympathize with him, but you are very afraid of him. It could make for an interesting dynamic among Earth's Mightiest Heroes especially considering how much the roster is sure to change by the time we reach [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409). But is he the only option? What about this guy?...
Sam Wilson is about as good as they come. He knows how to take orders, but he can run the show if he needs to. It would be a great push in the diversity column, but is that reason enough to move forward? I don't know. He might be an excellent candidate. But is there anyone else?
Romanoff is a strong lead. She could definitely carry the story on. It is not beyond the scope of possibility, although I don't think I would give it a very high chance. Mostly she shines in the Marvel Cinematic Universe because she is a great supporting character. But who knows? The comics just made Thor a woman. Anything could happen. At any rate, I would love to hear your opinion on the subject. There are three poles to get you started, then feel free to give some details in the comment section below. Peace
Should Cap kick the bucket?
One down... two to go.
If so, then when?
Just one more.