A new piece of Avengers: Endgame fan art featuring Red Skull continues Captain America’s “Language!” joke from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
A new piece of Avengers: Endgame fan art continues Captain America’s “Language!” joke from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Establishing himself as an old-fashioned paradigm of righteousness in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Steve Rogers’ (Chris Evans) World War II-era aversion to profanity became a source of comic relief in Age of Ultron (2015). At the beginning of that film, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) swears, causing “Cap” to reprimand him by saying, “Language!” Of course, characters then mock Steve for the remainder of the movie until the latter calls Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) a “son of a bitch”—something Fury and Iron Man are quick to reprimand him for.
Steve’s comic relationship with profanity is turned on its head in Endgame, underlining just how much Steve has adjusted to modern day. In fact, Steve swears more in his “final” film than any other. At the beginning of the film, when the remaining Avengers are pondering their course of action in the wake of Thanos’s snap, the MCU’s heroes decide to go after Thanos, get the Infinity Gauntlet, and use it to bring everyone back. Before heading off into space, Steve says, “let’s go get this son of a bitch”—which doesn’t play for a laugh but rather adrenaline. Thankfully, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely decided to abandon the long-running “Language!” joke.
Digital artist Rachel Hoo recently posted some art to Instagram imagining a way in which Age of Ultron’s joke could’ve continued in Endgame. The piece references Red Skull’s role as the keeper of the Soul Stone on Vormir, consistently spouting characters’ parentage as they arrive. At the end of Endgame, Steve is tasked with putting the Infinity Stones back to their proper place in time, meaning he will have to take the Soul Stone back to Vormir and confront his old pal, Red Skull. Check out what happens below:
Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull serves as the primary antagonist of The First Avenger. At the end of that film, he disappears from Earth upon holding the Tesseract while trying to defeat Steve. In Avengers: Infinity War, it is revealed that Red Skull (Ross Marquand) was teleported by the Space Stone to Vormir, where he was cursed to serve as the keeper of the Soul Stone. Given the fact that Red Skull has clearly changed in his time away, many fans have wondered what Steve and Red Skull’s reunion might have looked like. Unfortunately, Endgame leaves Steve’s gargantuan (and seemingly impossible) task of putting the stones back to the viewers’ imagination.
Fans have often memed and/parodied Steve Rogers/Captain America’s time-travel exploits before his fateful dance with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) in Endgame. The above depiction is not only hilarious but fitting. Maybe someday audiences will get to see more of Red Skull and the now-old Steve. Evans reprisal as the character in future MCU projects continues to be heavily speculated/rumored and Marquand is still working with Marvel Studios on projects like What If…? With the multiverse in play, the possibilities are endless. That being said, someone will surely need to reprimand Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool when he inevitably drops the MCU’s first F-bomb.
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Source: Rachel Hoo
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