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Rest in Peace, First Casualty of Avengers: Endgame: Steve Rogers’ Beard

You are the wind beneath my wings.

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There are things in our lives that bring us such joy—a smile to our face when nothing else could seem to. That was Steve Rogers’s beard. A man who has seen some things, Steve grew a beard to overcome the pain that was Captain America: Civil War and, with his break-up from Tony Stark, took it upon himself to let his beard grow and grow, onto his face and into our hearts.

The first time we saw the beard, we knew that it was love. A beautiful beard that brought us to our knees, Steve Rogers went from our Good Boy to the man we would spend the rest of our lives with, all because of the beard. For months, we talked about it, sharing our feelings about its development.

And now, without warning, the beard is gone—ripped from our grasps and taken too soon, just like all our favorite Avengers when Thanos snapped his fingers. We had to see a clean-shaven Steve Rogers talking to Natasha, crying over those lost in the new trailer. Our tears have quickly changed from those meant for faves who turned to dust in the wind to ones for the tiny facial hairs claimed by Steve Rogers and his razor.

“We lost a part of ourselves.” Damn right you did, and it’s a part we will miss.

It was too brief of a time for us all, just a quick moment when we felt the urge to hold Steve Rogers by the face and feel his beard. That dream is dead, just like Bucky Barnes, Peter Parker, Gamora, T’Challa, and more. Why did he think to shave? What was so important in that moment? His friends died, and the first thing he needed to do was shave? Why, Steve? Why?

Don’t we deserve the happiness of the beard? Don’t you think about us?

So this is for the beard that came into our lives when war-criminal Steve Rogers lived his life as a nomad. The rogue agent era of Steve’s time as Captain America may always be our favorite, the hottest Steve Rogers will ever be. His beard brought a ruggedness to him and showed us that Steve was losing his hope in those around him.

I’ll miss you. I’ll miss your smile, and I’ll still shed a tear every once in a while about the beard that once was and how much we loved you when you were here.

Rest in peace, my love. May you always be remembered as the thing that made everyone combust when we saw Avengers: Infinity War.

(image: Marvel Entertainment)

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