Marvel dropped a surprise trailer for Avengers: Endgame this morning and fans weren’t prepared. In fact, a quick visit to Twitter right now means you’ll come across a lot of broken wrecks. There’s a lot of things Marvel lovers couldn’t handle about the preview, but right at the top of the list is all the foreshadowing that maybe, just maybe, Captain America isn’t going to make it out of this movie alive.
One scene, in particular, shows a muddy Steve Rogers buckling up his shield – missing since Captain America: Civil War – and getting ready to go into battle, with the fearless soldier grimacing for whatever comes next. One fan summed up what all of us were thinking after watching this clip, writing:
Yeah… Captain America gonna die #AvenegersEndgame
— Elle (@ElleGenerico) March 14, 2019
Some criticized Avengers: Infinity War for not featuring Cap enough, but his heavy presence in the trailers leave us thinking Endgame will belong to him. And that’s probably not a good thing.
Infinity War was the Iron Man and Thor movie, and Endgame seems to be the Captain America movie. Which is 10000000% unfair since he’s gonna 100000000000% die by the end pic.twitter.com/wdMLjyodT4
— Nick (@nickjabad) March 14, 2019
Another piece of evidence for Cap’s fate includes the repeated chant heard in the new trailer, with the various heroes decreeing they’ll do “whatever it takes” to save the universe. That’s not ominous at all, right?
#AvengersEndgame Goosebumps…??#Thor Meets #CaptainMarvel ?
Iron Man comes back on Earth ?
Captain America ready for his last fight#WhateverItTakes means most of our heroes are gonna die..?? #EngGame #CaptainAmerica
— Sudhanshu Ginotra (@Humptysudhanshu) March 14, 2019
OK, so let’s say this really is it for Cap and we just have to accept that. Can fans deal with this fictional death in a mature, dignified manner? No, is the short answer to that. In fact, the threat of Steve’s possible impending demise gave one person an existential crisis about why bad things happen to good people.
NGL, if Captain America doesn't NOT make it out alive a part of my soul will be dead forever.
HE'S NOTHING BUT PURE AND GOOD. WHAT'S THE POINT OF ALWAYS DOING YOUR BEST IF ALL YOU EVER GET IS PAIN?????
— Simon #WatchTheExpanse (@Supyro) March 14, 2019
Another fan fears what long-term effects Cap’s death might have on their emotional stability.
If Captain America dies, I’m going to be emotionally unstable for the rest of my life #Endgame
— Stephen Long (@UABStephenLong) March 14, 2019
Chris Evans has been rumored to be leaving the MCU behind after Endgame for years now. The actor’s heartfelt salute to his time in the franchise on social media following the end of filming didn’t help the rumors, either. That said, the Russos have stated that Evans isn’t done with Marvel yet, but is that just a ruse to keep us off the scent, or a promise that Cap won’t perish?
We’ll find out when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26th.