It’s that time of the day again, the hour where we delve once more into countless Avengers theories in search of what may be in store for Endgame.
By now I think we can all agree that there’s going to be some kind of time travel sequence and at least one of our heroes are going to perish in order to save the day.
Given the way Infinity War ended, it seems that much is pretty much a given.
The general consensus is that Captain America is going to be character that goes down in a blaze of glory. Rumours have been circulating for a while now that Endgame would mark the end of Steve Rogers’ time with the Avengers and a lot of theories are factoring that in.
Another has surfaced that speculates Rogers will die sacrificing himself to save a pregnant Pepper Potts and allowing Tony Stark to kill Thanos and retire Iron Man for good.
The theory has been put forward by Reddit user u/farores_winds, posting tot he site’s r/FanTheories subreddit, making the point that family will play a huge part in the stories of both Avengers.
Here’s the full theory:
“So as we know, this might be RDJ’s and Chris Evans’ final movie as major MCU characters (minor cameos aside).
With that in mind, here is why I believe they are the two most important characters to this movie and will together cause Thanos to die:
Family/parenthood is the most important theme in both their arcs.
Captain America and Iron Man don’t get along not because of the Sokovia Accords disagreement, but because Bucky killed Tony’s parents. This theme of parenthood is incredibly important, and it sets the stage as the major motivation behind Tony’s character arc in phase 3. He hates Steve because his best friend killed his parents. He loves Peter Parker and sees him as a son. He had a dream about having a child with Pepper. And he is about to marry Pepper. This is a major theme. Parenthood and family.
On the flip side, Steve Rogers didn’t want to be a hero at the end of The First Avenger. He wanted to settle down with Peggy and have a family. But Captain America was willing to trade his own life so that others could live the lives that made them happy.
In Infinity War:
Cap says “We don’t trade lives,” yet has demonstrably shown throughout the MCU he is willing to trade his own.
Tony has a dream about having a child and is about to marry Pepper.
In the real world:
Both actors are on their last major role in the MCU.
In Avengers Endgame (This is where the theory is located):
In the final fight, a pregnant Pepper Potts will don Rescue. She fights because she feels Thanos is attacking her family, and that Tony won’t quit his addiction to defeating Thanos.
Thanos will be about to kill Pepper, and Tony’s unborn child, right in front of Tony.
Steve Rogers will sacrifice himself to save Pepper, very in line with his character arc and his “we don’t trade lives” mantra.
Tony will fight Thanos one final time. Tony will have the upper hand, filled with rage that Thanos tried to kill Pepper and that Steve sacrificed himself for Tony and his family, when he realizes he didn’t deserve that sacrifice. So he will fight Thanos to earn that sacrifice, truly embodying what it means to be a hero (for a long time Tony wavers between what is right and what is self-beneficial in his own movies). This is Tony’s chance to “become” Captain America. Tony will be the one who says “Avengers, Assemble.” And he will use his Iron Man suit and Captain America’s shield in combination to defeat Thanos.
Thanos will draw blood at one point, to which Tony will reply, “all that for a drop of blood?” At this point, the theater will be so fucking hype that everyone knows Tony is about to beat his ass down.
Tony will kill Thanos.
Tony will retire, and have his family that he always wanted.
Steve will die, sacrificing himself so that others could live the life they wanted, and the life he never was able to have.
I think it’s a fitting end for both Steve and Tony, and I honestly think they are the only 2 characters who “matter” in this film. I don’t care if Hulk comes out to play, I don’t care if Captain Marvel is stronger. They aren’t as well-developed. Thor’s arc is complete. He failed, but he got his super weapon. His arc will be totally complete when he goes back in time and has one final conversation with Loki and tells him that he loves him.
Dr. Strange saved Tony for a reason. Steve Rogers says “we don’t trade lives” for a reason. Both actors are done after this film, and I am going to cry my eyes out when Steve dies.”