Steve Rogers/Captain America in Avengers: Endgame.

Steve Rogers and the Sad Story About That Compass

Please stop hurting us like this, Marvel.

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**This post contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.**

Now that the trailer for Avengers: Endgame is out, everyone is starting to theorize what we’re going to see in the fourth installment of the Avengers movies, one that postures itself as an ending. We’ve already talked about the reactions to the trailer on Twitter, but there was one that stabbed us in the heart and refused to let us live.

A Twitter user pointed out that the compass/locket that Steve Rogers opens as he’s crashing the plane in Captain America: The First Avenger is one of two times he opened it. The other? A scene in the Avengers: Endgame trailer where he holds up the picture of Peggy. So, the theory is that the only time that Steve Rogers opens it and looks at Peggy is when he believes that he’s about to die.

Like we needed that stab in the heart, right? The fact is that Peggy Carter had a full life without Steve Rogers. While it was short-lived, Agent Carter showed that Peggy struggled for a bit but then had a relationship with Daniel Sousa and was, honestly, fine without Steve. Did she miss him? Sure, but that doesn’t mean she spent her life pining after him.

On the other hand, it seems Steve continues to pine for Peggy (even though both of his best friends just died at the hand of Thanos and he’s looking at a compass). The thing is that Steve only looks at it when he doesn’t have another choice, when he feels like this is the end.

There’s already been a lot of talk about Steve Rogers dying in the upcoming movie, especially with Chris Evans and his tweets about the wrap of the film.

But then again, the Russo brothers have stated that Evans isn’t “done yet.” So what’s the truth, Jan? Is Steve going to look at this compass going into the final battle with Thanos, knowing what’s happening to him and his friends? Or is he going to survive the movie and continue to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Or is there maybe another option?

To be quite honest, we have no idea what they’re doing with the MCU after Avengers: Endgame, and maybe that’s a good thing. For so long, we’ve lived with these characters and followed them through villain after villain, but the fact that Steve Rogers is looking at his picture of Peggy, preparing himself for the worst, isn’t exactly a happy development in his storyline.

(image: Screengrab via Youtube/Marvel Entertainment)

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