MAJOR SPOILERS FOR “AVENGERS: ENDGAME” AHEAD.
By the end of “Avengers: Endgame”, the Marvel Cinematic Universe moves forward with the original team now very different to what they were at the start.
Both Tony Stark and Black Widow are dead and not coming back. Thor is a bit bulkier and now off in space charting his own course, potentially getting involved with the Guardians on an adventure. Hawkeye has effectively retired to become a family man, and Hulk has merged with Bruce Banner to become something else.
That leaves Steve Rogers/Captain America who is now a very old man in the present day timeline/current MCU universe who lived out his dream life in another one. It’s an effective capper to the story and now the film’s directors Joe and Anthony Russo have put a lingering possibility to rest – Evans has retired from the role. Joe Russo tells HappySadConfused:
“I think Chris – Chris is a very emotional person. I think maybe it’s evident if you follow him on Twitter, because he does put his heart into what he says. But I feel like he has to close the door on things and emotionally move onto the next thing.”
Fans have been speculating about a possible return, such as adventures in the alternate past with Steve and Peggy, but that’s not the case. In a separate interview with ReelBlend, the pair also spoke about one thing fans didn’t see in the film and they now confirm would have to have happened narratively:
Joe Russo: “He would have to encounter Red Skull. And nobody knows what the rules are when you return the Soul Stone.
Anthony Russo: “Nobody knows. But knowing Red Skull, he probably has a no-money-back policy.”
“Avengers: Endgame” is still playing in cinemas.