Without a doubt, one of the most popular movies in the Marvel franchise is Avengers: Endgame. It has action, comedy, drama and many moments that made audiences cheer, laugh and cry. Though one of the most touching moments took place when Captain America (portrayed by Chris Evans) was reunited with the love of his life and afforded an opportunity to walk away from his superhero obligations and live the way he always wanted to. And though the ending resonated with fans now it's being revealed why it all went down the way it did.
The highly anticipated Endgame came right on time after 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, which went on to gross a little over $2 billion worldwide. In a review of the movie The Verge wrote;
A decade of films have led up to Thanos, and Avengers: Infinity War delivers on that threat with a film that upends the entire fabric of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No character is safe from the far-reaching implications of his actions, and it’s impressive to see just how dark Marvel is willing to go for this story.
Even the biggest fan favorites are truly vulnerable, and the movie reinforces that idea — relentlessly, at times — as it sprints toward its final stunning moments. By the time the credits roll, audiences will no doubt be aghast at just how far the Avengers have fallen.
The Verge also summed up audiences thoughts in their review for Endgame, stating;
The entire film is constructed of callbacks, references, reminders, and reminiscences. It’s full of catharsis for its characters and its audience, sometimes through immense battles, sometimes through elaborate low-key conversations between characters, and sometimes through tiny, abrupt moments.
However, did you know that the ending we got was deliberately done for a reason? According to Showbiz Cheatsheet Captain America couldn't die at the end because of the type of superhero he had always been portrayed as. In an interview with Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely they commented;
“We realized over the course of the movies that Cap and Tony were on crossing arcs,” the writers explained. “We realized at one point, late in 2015, that for Steve to be his best self, he was going to have to get a life, and for Tony to be his best self, he might have to lose his…"
And that’s why Captain America can’t die in this movie. Because he was willing to die in the first one. And that’s not a journey.”
It may have been a hard decision for them to make as writers, as it was equally as hard for us as fans to see Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Start make the ultimate sacrifice for the good of the world. However, it just goes to show the care and consideration taken to bring such beloved characters to life. Endgame truly marks the end of an era.