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While this is usually the case for every Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War looks like it will be an especially big game changer. Just like real life wars, there are expected to be casualties, and considering that few of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s heroes have died, losing one of the participants will be a huge deal. There have been a few candidates offered as possibilities, but a new report now details exactly how one of the lead characters might meet their demise.
Warning: there are MAJOR potential spoilers for Captain America: Civil War ahead!
Although there is reportedly a version of Captain America: Civil War where Steve Rogers makes it out alive, Geek.com has heard that the theatrical cut of the movie will end with the Star-Spangled Avenger dying at the end at Crossbones’ hands. This lines up with another rumor from last month, which said that we will also see Steve’s funeral. MCU Steve being assassinated closely matches what happened Ed Brubaker’s run of Captain America, where he was sniped by Crossbones immediately after Civil War, though it was a hypnotized Sharon Carter who delivered the “killing” shots.
This rumor should be taken with a grain of salt for a few reasons. For one thing, actor Frank Grillo recently said that the MCU’s Crossbones won’t shoot Captain America like his comic book counterpart did. Granted, actors have lied in the past, but even so, it seems weird for him to outright say this and then have the exact opposite happen. Also worth pointing out is that it’s been confirmed Chris Evans will appear in at least one of the Avengers: Infinity War movies (according to Geek, the second one), so we will see Steve Rogers again. This, however, doesn’t exclude the possibility that he’ll somehow be resurrected when Thanos comes to Earth, or that his presence could merely be through flashbacks.
The Geek report also mentions that actor Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. Winter Soldier, has been “fitted” for a Captain America costume. The previously mentioned January rumor also said that there will be three people teased as Steve Rogers’ successor: Bucky, Sam Wilson, and Sharon Carter. Since Bucky was the one who took the role after the original Civil War storyline, it makes the most sense for him to follow suit in the movies. Even if Steve doesn’t end up dying, that doesn’t mean he might not go into hiding, and while he’s gone, Bucky could easily fill his spot until Avengers: Infinity War, and possibly beyond. Whatever happens, the Captain America saga is in for a major change once the conflict over the Sokovia Accords concludes.
Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters on May 5, and even if Steve Rogers isn’t the one who dies, fans should still prepare themselves to see one of their favorites moving on to the great beyond.