Big things are on the horizon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Avengers: Infinity War right around the corner and Avengers 4 set to debut on the big screen next year, the entire silver screen Marvel world is about to build to a climax unlike anything seen in Phase One or Phase Two. In that regard, there are few characters whose arcs will pay off more than that of Chris Evans' Steve Rogers.
Captain America has always been one of the characters to watch out for as the MCU has built to this moment, and that seems even more poignant based off of the recent remarks made by the Russos stating that Avengers 4 would pay off story elements planted all the way back in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. On that note, we have put together a list of awesome Captain America moments that we feel need to pay off by the time the credits roll on Avengers 4. Let's get started with Cap's willingness to put his life on the line for the sake of others.
Steve's Willingness To Sacrifice Himself
Steve Rogers is a hero. There's really no way to get around that clear fact. From his first appearance on the silver screen back during the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, the character has made it very obvious that he will put his life on the line in the service of others. Now with the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe building towards a massive climax in the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, we need to see that idea taken to its natural conclusion with a major sacrifice by Steve.
To be clear, we don't know exactly how this will pan out. All we know for sure is that Chris Evans plans to walk away from Cap after Avengers 4, which means Marvel Studios will likely look for a way to take the character off of the board. Cap has sacrificed himself numerous times in the comics (particularly in the Infinity Gauntlet storyline), and he has gone on a number of suicide missions in the MCU, so it stands to reason that the next two Avengers films could offer up the natural conclusion to this long-running theme.
Steve's Love Of The Carter Women
Pretty much every solo franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe features at least one love story, but the one featured in the Captain America franchise is particularly tragic. At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve Rogers ends up in the modern era and loses his chance at a dance with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). However, over the course of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, Steve falls in love with Peggy's niece Sharon (Emily Van Camp) as he copes with Peggy's eventual death.
Both of these love stories bring something unique to the table, but neither of them has reached a satisfying conclusion yet -- which makes sense, as Steve Rogers hasn't had much time to settle down over the last few movies. With Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 on the horizon, we need to see a proper conclusion to both of these stories. Will Steve get to go back and have his dance with Peggy? Will he end up with Sharon in the end? There are plenty of directions for this to go, but no matter what, Marvel needs to wrap it up.