An alternative way on how Thanos could’ve destroyed Captain America’s shield by Ryan Meinerding
An alternative version of Thanos destroying the shield of Captain America is here for us, thanks to the newly emerged concept art for Avengers: Endgame. After the devastating loss to the Mad Titan in Avengers: Infinity War, the MCU heroes have another take at him, and with a more cohesive front, they are fortunately able to pull it off. With a successful Time Heist task, everyone who had been destroyed five years before were back again. However, before their return, the task to take down the Mad Titan was only on Iron Man, Thor and Captain America.
MCU’s top three heroes have been kept separate for most of Infinity War, so watching them team-up is a treat for fans. However, this is not an easy fight; Thanos defeats everyone relatively easily. At one point, Mad Titan was even able to destroy Captain America’s shield – using its war axe and cutting it in half. The scene could’ve gone a different way as revealed in a new concept illustration for Endgame.
Ryan Meinerding, Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development, shares his take on how Thanos can destroy Captain America’s shield. Instead of Mad Titan breaking it in half, the villain punches it straight through, shredding the shield from the centre. Check out the endgame concept art shared on their official Instagram account.
This moment would have been cool on the big screen, especially for Thanos, as he didn’t need his axe to destroy the indestructible Vibranium shield. It effectively reinforces how strong he is without the help of the Infinity Stones.
However, this scene robs Captain America of a subtle moment that sums up everything one needs to know about him. In the movie, after his shield getting cut in half and landing on the ground, he didn’t think about giving up. Instead, he tightened his broken shield belts, signalling that he had every intention of continuing the fight despite the odds of winning it. Fortunately, Iron Man and Thor came back up came right in time to help him.
Steve Rogers though no more in the MCU, but his legacy as Captain America will continue with Sam Wilson, who is his personal choice to carry the iconic shield. Sam’s adventures as Star-Spangled Avenger will be narrated in The Falcon and Winter Soldier, set after the Avengers: Endgame.