Joe Russo recently talked to CB about Avengers: Endgame. There’s one specific part I want to address from the interview, but before we go on, this is your spoiler warning.
Now that we can talk about spoilers, the end of Endgame features Steve Rogers traveling through time again to return all of the Infinity Stones. The catch is that he doesn’t come back. Instead, Steve stays behind to live his own life.
This of course has made several fans wonder how that didn’t change anything, but that’s a discussion for another time. Russo was about that ending for Steve and their answer is, in short, they chose that path to surprise people.
I am one of those people who went into the film totally expecting Steve to die. I thought he was going to end up sacrificing himself to die. After all, he is a paragon of service. As long as he’s alive, he’s going to fight the good fight and they needed him to not be in any more movies. That being said, I was surprised by the Russo’s decisions and I was content with how they wrote him out of the story.
You can watch the full interview with CB below and the part about this question can be found at roughly 8:00.