Last week, Chris Evans announced that he had wrapped playing the role he had played for the past eight years. When that announcement came, everyone on the internet began to believe that since he was done with the character; Marvel would be killing off Captain America in the movie. While there is an unverified rumor about Cap’s fate in the movie involving a hammer and a big purple guy that points to him dying, there’s an actual quote from Kevin Feige where he puts to doubt the idea that a character’s story ending in the MCU means that they have to die.
Even before the release of Avengers: Infinity War, fans online have had a blood thirst to see the original Avengers killed off on-screen. There seems to be this belief online that since contracts are expiring, Marvel Studios will kill off the starring characters of their multi-billion dollar franchise. Thankfully, Marvel Studios isn’t run by fans on internet message boards, and we have Kevin Feige guiding the universe.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly back in March, Feige was asked about deaths and gave an answer that gives a big clue at how Marvel Studios views ending this story as well as the tone that Avengers 4 will have:
When we talk about resolution or a character’s story ending, are we necessarily talking about death?
People always will jump to that. That’s not necessarily what we’re talking about. I talk a lot, because I’m a big-ass nerd, about Star Trek: The Next Generation, “All Good Things.” That to me is one of the best series finales ever. That wasn’t about death. Picard went and played poker with the crew, something he should have done a long time ago, right?
After all the rumors that have come out about Avengers 4, his comment about “All Good Things” makes a lot of sense. TNG ended at the height of its popularity with a nostalgic celebration of its past seven seasons. That’s not to say it didn’t have great stakes (as everyone on the internet tends to demand in 2018), but it wrapped up the story in a satisfying way without slaughtering the main cast like people online want to happen with the Avengers.
Like “All Good Things”, the rumors are pointing to Avengers 4 being a nostalgic revisiting of the past ten years of the MCU that looks at key events through a new lens, along with a possible future that won’t exist if the past is successfully changed. There’s more to it, such as how a big parallel between Tony and Thanos may be crafted in such a setting, but that’s something to discuss at another time.