While being America’s Ass and wielding Mjolnir gave Captain America some amazing accolades, they aren’t the reasons why ‘Avengers: Endgame’ co-writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus decided not to kill him in the film. As much as the “Infinity Saga” was based around the Infinity Stones and what Thanos would do with them, it was also about two men – Captain America and Iron Man.
Due to the nature of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark and Steve Rogers having their lives so entwined, their fates were as well.
According to McFeely:
“We realized over the course of the movies that Cap and Tony were on crossing arcs. Cap, who had started as completely selfless and was jumping on grenades willy-nilly, was becoming more self-interested. Not to say selfish, but if you watch Civil War, particularly, he’s making decisions based on what he wants, even if it breaks up the Avengers. And Tony started as the brash billionaire playboy, and the stakes are growing for him, the responsibility’s growing for him. We realized at one point, late in 2015, that for Steve to be his best self, he was going to have to get a life, and for Tony to be his best self, he might have to lose his.”
With Tony finally being the one who had “to make the sacrifice play, to lay down on a wire and let the other guy crawl over you” it meant that Steve’s fate had to be different:
“And that’s why [Captain America] can’t die in this movie. Because he was willing to die in the first one. That’s not a journey.”
Do you agree with Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus as to why Captain America had to live through ‘Avengers: Endgame’? Would his death have felt as significant as Iron Man’s? Share your thoughts in the comments below, True Believers!
Source: Heroic Hollywood