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When (not if) will Captain America die in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

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After watching The Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend, a completely random thought unrelated to the movie popped into my head, “someone better die fighting Thanos in the 3rd Avengers movie.”

The innate flaw of the superhero genre is that you know going in the superhero(s) are going to survive.  As franchises go on, this conceit is what basically causes them to creak, then crack, and ultimately crumble–the original Superman franchise comes to mind, as well as the Bond films before the Daniel Craig reboot.  But how much more would we enjoy a film if the survival of all the protagonists was not assured?

Steve Rogers’ death is assured.  Chris Evans has stated in interviews he would like to take a break from acting.  Sebastian Stan has a nine feature film contract with Marvel as Bucky Barnes.  It has already been established in the comics that Bucky takes on the mantle of Captain America after Steve is killed.  So the question is when and not if.  I believe it will happen during the 3rd Avengers movie against Thanos.  Why

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The destruction of Captain America’s shield is a very symbolic and powerful symbol.  And though the shield has been destroyed in the history of the comics a few times, only one of those times also involved Steve Rogers’ death:

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And unlike the comic death, this one will stick.  Quite frankly it has to.  Marvel has been upping-the-ante with each subsequent film.  With Guardians they have basically identified Thanos as the ultimate evil in the galaxy and the collection of the infinity stones the creation of the ultimate weapon.  How can there be no consequences to fighting him?  How can someone not die in the confrontation?  If no one does, then anything that follows cheapens everything.  I would be surprised if only Steve Rogers dies.  My guess would be Rogers, the Hulk, and Loki in an act of redemption saving Thor.

And what about Avengers 2 Age of Ultron?  Will anyone die then?  Who knows outside of the filmmakers and the studio.  But I wouldn’t be surprised if there is at least one major casualty:

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Like Captain America, Iron Man is also a mantle.

Ultron in the movie is created by Tony Stark.  will Avengers 2 be a modern retelling of the Frankenstein story?

 

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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014) – Review

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Writers:  Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

Directors:  Anthony & Joe Russo

Stars:  Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, and Robert Redford

IMDb Log Line:  Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history:  the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

Pros:

  1. Topical story that does not beat you over the head with morality  but makes you think.
  2. Human scale to the conflict
  3. Chemistry between the cast
  4. Great Ed Brubaker source material

Cons:  

  1. When you actually think about the end goal of the enemies plan, after their initial surprise attack they can be easily defeated with conventional forces.

Review:  A surprisingly emotional sequel that supersedes the original, and does not suffer any of the sophomore slump of the other Marvel Studio second franchise films.  Captain America:  The Winter Soldier is their best effort to date delivering emotion, character development, good story telling, and action you can follow and not be overwhelmed with; all while maintaining respect to the source material.  The greatest feat by the filmmakers is establishing the emotional connection between Steve Rogers and the Winter Soldier in only one film, where the comics had literal decades of history to work with.

Grade = A-

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*  Thanks to “filmhipster” for the new style of my reviews.  My free time for my blog has been much reduced, and the length of my previous reviews hindered my abilities to keep-up with my movie watching.  All that being said, I decided to adapt this short form “Consumer Reports” type of review to get back on track.