Could Captain America die in Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron? When the Avengers 2 trailer leaked from San Diego Comic Con 2014, the teaser showed off an image of Cap’s shattered shield. Tony Stark aka Iron Man is shown lamenting how his friends, including Thor, Captain America, Hulk, and Black Widow, are all dead. Joss Whedon also previously hinted that a major character would die in this movie, so what could this mean for Chris Evans and Captain America 3? Or could Iron Man’s death be the surprise twist at the end?
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the concept for art for Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron resembles an epic poster and gives a glimpse of just how overwhelming the drones armies of Ultron can be. If you want to know more details about how the leaked Avengers 2 trailer plays out I’d suggest clicking that article, but this is how it concludes:
“The final shot of the preview footage revealed actor Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, surveying the ‘the galactic wasteland of some destroyed planet,’ surrounded by the rest of the Avengers as they lay dead at his feet. The sequence, which may allude to the powers of Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlett Witch, also showed Captain America’s shield, battle-damaged and broken.”
Both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will play a prominent role in Avengers 2, and it’s possible that Wanda’s powers would allow her to manipulate the universe so this bad outcome is avoided. After all, as a mutant her “hexes” give her the ability to manipulate probability itself and in the comic book series House Of M her powers were capable of rewriting the entire universe. So perhaps all of these Avengers really do die within the movie, but, similar to how X-Men: Days Of Future Past used time travel to fix a bad future, the Scarlet Witch will work with Iron Man to restore them all. The other possibility is that Iron Man sees a premonition of a potential future, which almost amounts to the same thing plot-wise.
But Whedon’s hint seemed to indicate there would be a permanent death for the movies, so who could it be? We know Samuel L. Jackson will show up again as Nick Fury along with Agent Carter, but I doubt their deaths would count. Chris Hemsworth has already been talking Thor 3: Ragnarok for the next movie’s plot, although he did make a joke at Comic Con about how playing a female Thor for the eventual Thor 4 movie would guarantee an Oscar. Scarlett Johansson managed to pull off Avengers 2 even while pregnant, but perhaps with a new baby she may desire to end her role as the Black Widow. Johannson has been popular lately so I also doubt her death happening. There’s also talk of another Hulk movie so even that character’s death seems Hulk-smashed.
So could Captain America’s death be the major figure that was hinted at by Whedon? Fortunately, we can throw that speculation out the window as well since Chris Evans answered the question already when talking about his Marvel movie contract:
“I think when I’m done with this Marvel contract, I’ll take a little break from acting. With acting, you’re one piece in a very big puzzle…. I have a six-movie contract with Marvel and I absolutely plan on fulfilling them. This is without a doubt the biggest blessing in my life. Marvel has literally changed the game for me, and they make great movies. I did direct last year and it was a really fantastic experience, I really enjoyed it. So I’m certainly looking to do that a bit more, so when it comes to exploring other acting jobs I may not be as proactive in trying to find those, I may kind of stick with my Marvel universe in terms of getting in front of the camera, and then getting behind the camera outside of it.”
I’ll save you from having to count. Unless they are counting Evans’ cameo in Thor 2, he still has at least two more movies as Captain America after Avengers 2, although obviously contracts can be amended if both parties agree. This should mean Captain America 3 will happen; ergo, Steve Rogers will not die in Avengers 2.
Now, Robert Downey Jr. has made it no secret that he doesn’t want to continue his role as Iron Man, so Downey Jr. may have given us the necessary hint for Avengers 2 when discussing whether he’d ever return for Iron Man 4:
“Why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed? Most people are saying that right when they get knocked out. It’s down to Kevin and [Marvel Entertainment CEO] Ike [Perlmutter] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree. When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement.”
The second sentence could be interpreted to mean that Downey Jr. is slyly hinting at Iron Man’s death, but since he plays the Stark character so well that I have hard time seeing that happen, as well.
Unfortunately, that leaves poor old Hawkeye with no major excuse to linger around in the movie version of the Marvel universe. While it’s possible a new Avenger introduced just for the movie will die, Hawkeye makes the most sense so far since his character has less screen time and, last I checked, there has not been any major talk of a Hawkeye movie. Heck, the poor guy did not even qualify for the title of this article!
Which character’s death would upset you the most for Avengers 2? Do you think Hawkeye is the logical candidate for ironically being marked for death?
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