Although the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t going anywhere, Avengers: Endgame does mark the end of an era. Concluding both Phase 3 and this incarnation of the MCU that began in 2008 with Iron Man, the expectation has been that Endgame will either be the last time we see certain characters or mark their final appearance as major players in this franchise. Chris Evans’ Captain America is one of the top candidates on this particular list, and while we’re still not sure what fate holds in store for the Star-Spangled Man with a Plan, Evans did confirm that Endgame will wrap up the hero’s arc in the MCU. In Evans’ words:
I think just the completion of the arc. That’s safe to say, right? This movie does kind of provide an ending… He’s been through so much.
Chris Evans would have said more on that subject, but then he was interrupted by Robert Downey Jr. making a buzzing noise and saying “Judges?”, which was unquestionably a warning to Evans that he was too close to spoiler territory. From there, Evans spoke the “connections and friendships” he’s made during his time working in the MCU, prompting Downey to troll Evans about not making it to Paul Rudd’s birthday party. So while no more beans were spilled plot-wise, tea was spilled regarding cast gatherings.
This was just one of many topics discussed during the recent Avengers: Endgame press conference that CinemaBlend’s Eric Eisenberg attended, but it’s safe to say that what will happen to Captain America is one of the biggest concerns fans have going into this movie. When Chris Evans joined the MCU nearly a decade ago, he signed a six-movie contract (not including cameo appearances), though because that only took him through Avengers: Infinity War, he had it extended to he could appear in Endgame.
Beyond that, there’s been no indication that Evans will be around for Phase 4 and beyond, and Evans’ latest comment reaffirms that the arc that began with Steve Rogers being injected with the Super Soldier Serum in World War II, will reach a conclusion of sorts. However, just because the arc will end doesn’t necessarily mean that Avengers: Endgame will permanently conclude Steve’s story. Either way, hopefully fans will be pleased with the final stretch of this journey that kicked off in 2011 with Captain America: The First Avenger.
There hasn't been any shortage of theories of how Avengers: Endgame will end for Captain America, from being killed in battle to somehow traveling back in time to live out the rest of his years with Peggy Carter. That said, after Chris Evans tweeted about officially wrapping Endgame last October that indicated this was his final MCU appearance, the actor clarified soon after his post should not be taken as a spoiler.
Several months later, Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo said that Evans is “not done yet,” and that audiences would soon understand what he was talking about. That seemingly indicates that Captain America won’t die in Endgame, although let’s be honest, even if Cap did meet his demise, that doesn’t prevent the character from popping back up in flashbacks, hallucinations, etc. Whatever Endgame holds in store, given how the upcoming slate of Marvel movies looks, it’s reasonable to assume that Cap will be taking a backseat in this world as new and recently introduced characters are more prominently featured.
Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. For those wondering what’s coming up after this gigantic spectacle, look through our Marvel movies guide to learn what’s lined up for Phase 4.