Marvel Boss Confirms Chris Evans’ Captain America Was Almost Killed Off in ‘Endgame’

Marvel seems to have a strange obsession with cutting off heads. If it’s not Thanos losing his noggin, it’s Steve Rogers becoming Decapitated America. By now, Marvel fans know that Captain America almost met a gruesome fate in Avengers: Endgame, but the bloody demise went beyond an idea. It was actually drawn up, with concept art created. 

Captain America almost lost his mind, among other things 

Chris Evans
Captain America actor Chris Evans | Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

While Marvel fans were grieving Iron Man and Black Widow, there was some relief that Steve Rogers did not die in Avengers: Endgame. Instead, through the magic of time travel, Rogers reunited with Peggy Carter and aged gracefully. Spider-Man: Far From Home listed him among the dead, along with Tony Stark and Natasha. 

Avengers: Endgame‘s script once had something gruesome in mind. According to EW, the 2014 version of Thanos would have laid waste to the Avengers, throwing the severed head of Captain America at the good guys’ feet in defiance.

Joe Russo said: “We had most of the script working except for the third act, because Anthony and I were clinging to this concept that we wanted Thanos to walk up to the Avengers and throw Captain America’s head on the ground. We couldn’t give up on it, and finally we said, ‘All right, what if we don’t do that, can we find another way into the third act?’ And that’s when it turned into what it is now.”

While that might sound extreme on the surface, it is in keeping with a guy who thinks nothing of wiping out half the life in the universe with a single snap.

Would Disney have been okay with Captain America’s gruesome death?

Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed the scene came close to being a reality. We Got This Covered quoted him saying: “I think it ended up in a set of pages at one point in the script. There might be a piece of concept art somewhere with it.”

While the concept art has not surfaced yet, although there are lots of fan versions of it. We can’t help but wonder if Disney would have balked at such a scene since a bloody human head could conceivably result in an R rating — and Avengers: Endgame might have made only $800 million here instead of $858 million.

Screenwriter Christopher Markus said Captain America would have had his helmet on, but Thanos didn’t have his helmet when Thor chopped it off. We guess the rationale is “human head no, monster alien dude head OK.”

As it is, fans were generally pleased with the third act as it turned out: Rogers and Carter got their happy ending, and Sam got the shield. We’ll get to see how Sam’s story plays out in the Disney+ show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, while Carter will be seen again in animated form in the series What If, which rewrites Marvel history. Hayley Atwell’s episode imagines what would happen if Carter had taken the super serum that transformed Rogers. 

Where is Chris Evans going now?

While there has been some speculation that Evans could return to the MCU via the Loki series so we can find out how he got an Infinity Stone from Thor’s errant brother, all indications are Evans is done. His new movie, Knives Out, a murder mystery written and directed by Rian Johnson, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. 

An interviewer at the Hollywood Reporter noted that Evans’ profane character seemed almost like a rebuke to Captain America. Johnson replied: “Well, I’m always looking to surprise myself, especially if I know somebody is a terrific actor with, again, great range — which Chris Evans obviously is …For me it is just much more fun to say, ‘I wonder what it would be like to see them in this role that I haven’t seen them in before.”

Now we’ll just have to find out if Knives Out means a decapitation for Evans in this movie.