Avengers: Endgame Writers Explain Why They Chose This Ending For Captain America
Technically it has been a week since people got to see Avengers: Endgame and looking at the Box Office numbers, we can be sure that 100s of millions of people in the entire world have already seen the film. So it is okay to get into spoiler talks now, as many people are aware of what happens in the big finale of the MCU.
Still, if you’ve not seen the movie, then here’s a Spoiler Alert for ya. Back off right now.
This film leaves us emotional as two of the greatest MCU characters retire so the rest could move on and further expand the Universe. Tony Stark laid down his life along with Natasha Romanoff, and Steve Rogers officially retired as he went back in time to live the life he never could.
While most of us were thinking that Cap was indeed going to die at the end of it all, he most certainly did not. He went back to to the love of his life, finished the dance he promised and had a peaceful happy ending. We saw him live a complete life and return in the present day as an old man, to pass on the mantle to a new & worthy friend, Sam Wilson. Falcon is the new Cap. Deal with it.
This was a satisfying ending, even though it probably has created a big unexplained query for us. We trust the MCU to explain it later on in the future, but till then let’s be happy that after giving his life to duty, Cap finally got to rest. Avengers Endgame writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus recently spoke to the New York Times, and they specifically talked about why they chose this ending among all the other things.
Here’s what they said:
“McFeely – From the very first outline, we knew he was going to get his dance. On a separate subject, I started to lose my barometer on what was just fan service and what was good for the character. Because I think it’s good for the characters. But we also just gave you what you wanted. Is that good? I don’t know. But I’ll tell you, it’s satisfying. He’s postponed a life in order to fulfill his duty. That’s why I didn’t think we were ever going to kill him. Because that’s not the arc. The arc is, I finally get to put my shield down because I’ve earned that.
Markus – A hero without sacrifice, you’re not going to get the miles out of that person that you need to for these movies. That’s what makes them a hero, it’s not the powers.”
As for Iron Man, the two writers took a different way to end things. We all thought what happened to Iron Man was going to happen to Cap instead, but using the Time Jump, they were actually able to switch it, and it all made more sense given that Tony was the one who started it all, even though Cap was the first Avenger.
“Markus – We had the opportunity to give him the perfect retirement life, within the movie.
McFeely – He got that already.
Markus – That’s the life he’s been striving for. Are he and Pepper going to get together? Yes. They got married, they had a kid, it was great. It’s a good death. It doesn’t feel like a tragedy. It feels like a heroic, finished life.”
So there you go. 3 of our favorites are almost done with the MCU, although Nat still has a prequel story to tell us, Cap could return to explain the Time Travel conundrum and Tony could return as an AI just as the Hologram at the end teased. Let’s see what the future holds for us. Avengers Endgame is currently playing in the theatres. Go watch the heck out of it. Watch it again if you’ve already seen it!