Avengers: Endgame is going to be the final film for many of our heroes. But the ones that are surely leaving the MCU after this movie are Iron Man and Captain America. So with them leaving, the question that always arises is that who amongst these two heroes, who will be the one that bites the dust.
We know it for a fact that one of them has to die. The Russos have promised that the ending of the film will break our hearts, so there is no way that both of these leaders of the Marvel Cinematic Universe could survive. Either Cap dies, and Iron Man gets retired, or Iron Man dies and Cap is retired, or both of them would die as teased by Age of Ultron.
Keeping this in mind, Reddit user farores_winds has come up with his theory that argues Captain America to be the one that dies so Iron Man can retire. Here’s what he wrote:
Family/parenthood is the most important theme in both their arcs.
Captain America and Iron Man don’t get along not because of the Sokovia Accords disagreement, but because Bucky killed Tony’s parents. This theme of parenthood is incredibly important, and it sets the stage as the major motivation behind Tony’s character arc in phase 3. He hates Steve because his best friend killed his parents. He loves Peter Parker and sees him as a son. He had a dream about having a child with Pepper. And he is about to marry Pepper. This is a major theme. Parenthood and family.
On the flip side, Steve Rogers didn’t want to be a hero at the end of The First Avenger. He wanted to settle down with Peggy and have a family. But Captain America was willing to trade his own life so that others could live the lives that made them happy.
In Infinity War:
Cap says “We don’t trade lives,” yet has demonstrably shown throughout the MCU he is willing to trade his own.
Tony has a dream about having a child and is about to marry Pepper.
In the real world:
Both actors are on their last major role in the MCU.”
Till here, the premise of the theory is spot on, as this is what we all have noticed till now. Infinity War teased a wedding and Tony Stark being a father, while Steve has always been someone who would sacrifice himself to save others. So, this is what ought to happen, and this is what will probably happen. The Reddit user then continues to give us a way in which we could achieve this ending. He wrote:
“In Avengers Endgame –
In the final fight, a pregnant Pepper Potts will don Rescue. She fights because she feels Thanos is attacking her family, and that Tony won’t quit his addiction to defeating Thanos.
Thanos will be about to kill Pepper, and Tony’s unborn child, right in front of Tony.
Steve Rogers will sacrifice himself to save Pepper, very in line with his character arc and his “we don’t trade lives” mantra.
Tony will fight Thanos one final time. Tony will have the upper hand, filled with rage that Thanos tried to kill Pepper and that Steve sacrificed himself for Tony and his family, when he realizes he didn’t deserve that sacrifice. So he will fight Thanos to earn that sacrifice, truly embodying what it means to be a hero (for a long time Tony wavers between what is right and what is self-beneficial in his own movies). This is Tony’s chance to “become” Captain America. Tony will be the one who says “Avengers, Assemble.” And he will use his Iron Man suit and Captain America’s shield in combination to defeat Thanos.
Thanos will draw blood at one point, to which Tony will reply, “all that for a drop of blood?” At this point, the theater will be so fucking hype that everyone knows Tony is about to beat his ass down.
Tony will kill Thanos.
Tony will retire, and have his family that he always wanted.
Steve will die, sacrificing himself so that others could live the life they wanted, and the life he never was able to have.
I think it’s a fitting end for both Steve and Tony, and I honestly think they are the only 2 characters who “matter” in this film. I don’t care if Hulk comes out to play, I don’t care if Captain Marvel is stronger. They aren’t as well-developed. Thor’s arc is complete. He failed, but he got his super weapon. His arc will be totally complete when he goes back in time and has one final conversation with Loki and tells him that he loves him.
Dr. Strange saved Tony for a reason. Steve Rogers says “we don’t trade lives” for a reason. Both actors are done after this film, and I am going to cry my eyes out when Steve dies.”
So, this is pretty insane. While we can never have a confirmation for this to happen in the film, but still it is a cool attempt for a theory. Rest we would only know when Avengers: Endgame comes out on April 26.