In the run-up to Avengers Endgame’s release, many fans believed Captain America would die by the film’s end. After all, he’s this pure messianic character who died in the comics after Civil War. But Avengers Endgame came and went and it was Iron Man who ultimately paid the sacrificial price, while Steve Rogers had the life he always wanted. Now director Joe Russo has revealed why Captain America wasn’t killed off.
Speaking with Comic Book, the director admitted that he and the writers wanted to “subvert expectations”.
He said: “Which is why we didn’t kill him.
“It’s not about trying to subvert expectations all the time, even though that comes into it.
“Typically when you’re in a writer’s room and you’re working through storytelling, and somebody says something feels obvious you go, well that’s the expectation.”
He added: “And it’s not that we don’t always meet expectations, but the job, I think, is to surprise people.”
Meanwhile, Avengers Endgame screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely agree.
Speaking with The New York Times, they pointed out how both characters were mirror images of each other in terms of where their character arcs started and ended.
They said: “Everyone knew this was going to be the end of Tony Stark.”
AVENGERS ENDGAME DIRECTORS REVEAL CAPTAIN AMERICA COULD LIFT MJOLNIR BEFORE, BUT CHOSE NOT TO FOR THIS REASON
They continued: “I don’t think there were any mandates. If we had a good reason to not do it, certainly people would have entertained it.
“The watchword was, end this chapter, and he started the chapter.
“In a way, he has been the mirror of Steve Rogers the entire time.
“Steve is moving toward some sort of enlightened self-interest, and Tony’s moving to selflessness. They both get to their endpoints.”
Source: Read Full Article