Forget for a moment about the impending showdown between the Avengers and Thanos after he wiped out half the universe. There’s an arguably more pressing issue to discuss, and that involves Captain America’s facial hair. Of course, we are free to wonder why the first Avengers: Endgame trailer revealed that Steve Rogers decided to shave after the events of Infinity War. It’s an inconsistency that has nagged at me, even while focusing on the quantum realm and how the superheros might defeat the Mad Titan. Well, the time has come to address the beard.
This is important, people. Depressed folks are prone to letting grooming fall by the wayside, so how did Cap (who was reeling from the loss of his best friend, Bucky Barnes) gather the energy to shave off his magnificent beard, hmm? I’m anxiously awaiting the Russo Brothers’ explanation, but in the meantime, this weekend’s Endgame press conference (where half the seats were left empty as a fitting tribute for “the fallen”) did at least address Cap’s beard in general. The cast members who were present voted on whether they preferred Cap with or without facial hair, and here’s how it went down in video form as captured by the New York Times‘ Kyle Buchanan. (We’ll tally in a moment.)