I'm with you to the end of the line, pal.
*WARNING: This article contains spoilers for "Avengers: Endgame," please do not read ahead if you have not seen the movie!*
Let me just start off by saying that "Avengers: Endgame" was absolutely insane from the moment it started to the second it ended. It was truly the end of an epic era and all of the people involved did a fantastic job. I have never cried so much, laughed so hard, and fan-girled so viciously as I did in that movie theater. There was time travel, sacrifice, and a whole lot of butt whooping. While everyone comes back that died from the Decimation, we lost two wonderful souls. Rest in peace, Tony and Natasha. I blubbered like a baby.
But let's get into the Star Spangled Man with a Plan's ending. *cue the tears*
Captain America has been one of my favorites since the Marvel Cinematic Universe was gifted to us mere beings. There is no one like Steven Grant Rogers whom is so morally driven to do what is right and willing to plunge themselves into the unknown to save countless amounts of people. I credit him and Bucky Barnes with my overwhelming attraction toward men in a uniform, especially if it's vintage. Let's not forget that Mjolnir found Rogers worthy and he fought with it, my jaw has never been dropped to such low heights.
As Capsicle went back in time to return the Infinity Stones and Mjolnir to their original timelines and places, it seemed like Bruce Banner lost him in the Quantum Realm as the blonde-haired Avengers did not return in the five seconds allotted. I was freaking out along with Falcon and the Winter Soldier because I had went into this movie thinking that Cap was going to die as this was Chris Evans' last venture with the MCU. When the camera panned to an old man sitting on a bench, I knew what it had happened and my heart let out a little sob. He even ended up giving his vibranium shield to Sam Wilson.
He had finally got the happy ending he always deserved. He married his one true love, Peggy Carter, that he still thought about even after about 80 years and gave her the dance he had never gotten to before. All the fluff and fan-fiction could not prepare me for the heart-warming closing scene.
Again, I thought Captain America was going to die (unfortunately, the was Iron Man and Black Widow), the end of a legacy. After being trapped in the ice for nearly 70 years, introduced to the modern world, fighting for said world on a day-to-day basis, and having the world turn against him with the Sokovia Accords, I am glad that Rogers was given what he always wanted in the first place. There will never be another like him.
As the MCU comes to a close with their epic era and moves on, Cap will be no more. However, his legacy will still live on as it did when the world first it lost its First Avenger. While Steve is now a frail old man and will most likely pass on due to old age, he got to "experience some of that life Tony had been telling [him] to get." Thank you Chris Evans, Joe and Anthony Russo, and to the brilliant Stan Lee for helping shape this Star-Spangled Man.
"That is America's a**."
Yes, it is, Steve Rogers. Yes, it is.