It’s been quite the run for Steve Rodgers since being thawed out from a 70 year slumber. He’s faced old enemies, new enemies, and led the Avengers in stopping not one, but two invasions of Earth. The old saying goes, “third times a charm,” and for Captain America, his time is coming. And it’s coming in the form of Thanos.
With the release of the new Avengers: Infinity War trailer, it seems pretty inevitable that a few of our heroes are going to bite the bullet at the hands of Thanos and his army. I mean, the mind stone is in the head of Vision, and we see it being extracted in the trailer, or at least attempting to. In addition, the story is apparently going to be split up into two parts, and the writing seems to be on the wall. It would make logical sense for part one to end with Thanos claiming victory over Earth, with all the infinity stones in his possession, and Earth’s, (and the Galaxy’s) mightiest heroes left defeated and with no hope of salvaging Thanos’ rule.
In order for this to happen in the first part, we’re going to have to see multiple casualties on the Avengers’ side of things. We don’t know who will all be in this movie for sure, and there even could be appearances from the small screen, all who aren’t safe from death in this film. Personally, I believe at least one of the big time players has to fall in order to make it a true revenge story come part two. And for me, that big time player is Captain America.
For one, he’s kind of replaceable. There’s already tones of rumours out there that Bucky Barnes or The Falcon can step into the role as Captain America when the next phase rolls in, my pick personally being The Winter Soldier, as I have a gut feeling that Falcon could be in trouble in the infinity war as well.
Part two is that the thing that makes Steve Rodgers Captain America, also has a ticking clock, and that’s a clock I believe that’s on its final ticks. The super serum that turned Steve Rodgers from a wimp to “the perfect man” doesn’t last forever, in fact in certain comics, it actually begins to poison him while wearing off. While I don’t think Marvel Studios will go with the latter, it’s still another reason that Cap won’t survive past Infinity War, not unless there’s a cure or something, but again, too far of a reach that Marvel Studios will go for that.
There has been speculation that maybe it’s Tony Stark who will be the one to take the fall in part one, but I see his future playing out a little longer with Peter Parker’s introduction into the MCU. Will his stay be long? I doubt it. But I think he’ll live past Infinity War and make appearances here and there until the next big Avengers instalment. But hey, nobody’s safe once Thanos reaches Earth.
It sucks that we’ll lose such a great hero and one of the biggest draws in the MCU, but Marvel has to pull the trigger on this in order to make the story arc have the impact that it deserves for these two films. If they repeated what they did with Civil War, there’s not as much drama and tension in part two as there should be. It’s just something that has to happen in order to raise the stakes to a “you have to see this monster get what he deserves” in part two.
That being said, now with Doctor Strange in the mix and the multiverse being a thing in the MCU, really anything is possible when you play with time and alternate dimensions. So this could be all for Steve Rodgers to be back at some point down the road. Who knows. Either way, Captain America isn’t making it past part one of Infinity War. And I’ll be sad.