One Marvel Cinematic Universe fan has created the ultimate Captain America and Iron Man video, proving their characters had complete arcs in the Infinity Saga. Both Steve Rogers and Tony Stark’s journeys are over, at least in the present-day. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Tony sacrificed himself to save the world. Meanwhile, Steve traveled back in time to place the Soul Stone in its proper location, but stayed behind to live out his life with Peggy Carter. As a result, he’s an old man in the current timeline and unlikely to suit up anytime soon.
Iron Man and Captain America are arguably the biggest players in the MCU thus far, so it makes sense both of their stories essentially came to a close in Avengers: Endgame, the final film in the Infinity Saga. It’s also appropriate considering Iron Man effectively started the MCU with his 2008 solo film. Tony and Steve’s roles in Avengers: Endgame are still a hot button issue with many MCU fans. Most feel Tony’s arc was satisfying, albeit bittersweet. Steve’s choice, however, proved a little more controversial, though it did pay off on the story established in Captain America: The First Avenger.
One fan feels both Captain America and Iron Man had perfectly complete character arcs in the Infinity Saga. The YouTube channel Lessons from the Screenplay uploaded an impressive, nearly 17-minute long video breaking down both characters’ journeys, beginning with their first solo films and ending with Avengers: Endgame. Not only is it an excellent argument for their arcs being perfect as is, it’s also a fascinating look at key moments for both characters. What’s more, it shows how both Iron Man and Captain America evolved throughout the Infinity Saga and the effects they had on one another’s worldviews.
Captain America and Iron Man are the perfect candidates for this sort of analysis because, as explained in the video, their arcs are mirrors of one another, with Steve starting out possibly too selfless and Iron Man too selfish. By the end of the Infinity Saga, they’ve reached a balance, with Captain America thinking a little more about his own happiness and Iron Man doing the opposite. The video is also interesting for its look at the scripts of key MCU scenes, which help to illustrate the intent of both Captain America and Iron Man’s arcs.
The video is essentially taking the Infinity Saga and looking at it through a literary lens, using language that wouldn’t be out of place in an English classroom. With the recent debate over whether Marvel movies are “cinema,” this video is pretty good proof they are. Despite the flashy superhero elements, it shows the MCU functions the same way any movie with well-developed characters does, with the added challenge of making arcs work across dozens of films. The only downside of the video is that it might make fans even sadder that Captain America and Iron Man’s time in the present-day MCU is over for now.
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Source: Lessons from the Screenplay