The penultimate film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame, premiered this weekend. Fans across the world stumbled out of their respective theaters. This in a daze over the stunning three-hour conclusion of the Infinity Saga. I’ve had some time to mull over my feelings post-Endgame, and I have…thoughts.
Out of respect for the MCU, I’ll refrain from divulging any of the film’s major plot points and twists. Besides, I’m really only here to talk about one thing and one thing only: Captain America. More specifically, Captain America’s bare face.
Though, I was surprised and delighted when the good Captain made his appearance in the 2018 box-office smash Avengers: Infinity War. He’s always been attractive, but that beard took him to another level. This from friendly neighborhood superhero to “What would you like for dinner, Cap? Do you need a massage? A foot rub? My car keys? Access to my savings? Anything you want, just say the word, and it’s yours.”
Moreover, the Infinity War beard was thick, and it wasn’t just sexy. It also marked a significant shift in Captain America’s perspective. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, “God’s righteous man” was more agitator than Avenger. This estranged from both the U.S. government and former friend Tony Stark. This after siding with war criminal and Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes. On the run for breaking the Sokovia Accords. Captain America wasn’t so sure if his homeland really stood for truth and liberty and justice. But he still did, and he decided to fight for what he believed in his own way. Cap reunited with Tony and the rest of the Avengers in Infinity War. He is sporting a new attitude, a new suit, and that glorious, glorious beard.