Reflection: The Decisions of Steve Rogers and Sheriff Woody

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If you read the title of this piece you’re probably thinking, “What the Hell is he going to be talking about?” I wouldn’t blame you if you did. But bare with me here. It should make sense in the end…ONCE you have seen Toy Story 4 and Avengers:Endgame. If you haven’t this won’t make any sense at all. So stop, go see Toy Story 4 and Avengers: End Game (if you’re one of the few Geeks who haven’t), then come back.

The Tale of Steve Roge

In the meantime, let’s start with Steve Rogers aka Captain America. As most people know by now, at the end of Avengers:Endgame, Steve Rogers made the decision to go after some of the life that Tony Stark had talked about. After returning the Infinity Stones to their proper places in time, he went and found the love of his life Peggy Carter and lived his life with her. As best as we can tell, it was a beautiful life and in the end, he passed on his shield to Sam to carry on the Captain America legacy.

Spoiler Warning

This is where you need to STOP 🛑 if you haven’t seen Toy Story 4. Unless, of course, spoilers don’t bother you. I would expect anyone who is STILL reading this has seen Toy Story 4 or doesn’t worry about Spoilers. Last chance. Ok.

The Tale of Sheriff Woody

Now we have Sheriff Woody. In a sense, Woody has been living his life doing the same kind of job Captain America has. Looking after those who can’t save themselves. In Woody’s case, his job has been looking after and when necessary, saving toys.

He never hesitates when that job is required. He just does it. Like Cap, he will take advantage of help when its available. In his case, instead of the Avengers, he has Buzz, Slinky, Rex, and the rest. It doesn’t matter if it’s a toy he knows or not. If it is in trouble, Woody is on the case. He also is willing to make a sacrifice to help another toy. Even if it means giving up part of himself to do it. Also like Cap, he is a natural leader who people (toys) tend to follow. (See Toy Story 1, 2 and 3).

In another similarity to Cap, Woody also had a girl that he lost. For Woody, it was Bo Peep. In addition, like Peggy, It turns out that Bo was a bad ass woman who could take care of herself. Woody found this out as he worked with Bo to try to save Forky. Just so he could return him to Bonnie. Again, looking to save a “Toy,” who in this case, didn’t even wanted to be saved, initially. The why of that is another story.

Decisions to be Made

Like in End Game with Cap, as the film reaches its conclusion, Woody also has a decision to make. He could go back with his friends to Bonnie, living the life he had grown used to. Or he could stay with Bo, and live a different life. One he might have had a chance at if she had not been separated from him. (He made a choice then too).

In both cases, neither Cap nor Woody’s final decisions were made in a vacuum. They both knew that if they decided to choose a different path, the people they left behind would be fine. However, this was an opportunity to live the life they could have lived, perhaps should have lived. Also, in both cases, they each left their legacies in good hands. Cap left his to Sam in the form of his famous star shield. Woody left his to Jessie in the form of his Sheriff’s badge. (Which also happened to be a star).

In the End

In the end, even though Woody is now with Bo, his job is still the same. He is still saving Toys and making sure that they are taken care of. But now, he is doing it with Bo and his new team at the Carnival. Although we didn’t see it, I would bet that Cap didn’t stop fighting criminals just because he was with Peggy. Chances are they fought side by side, in their own way, just like Woody and Bo.

So see, this did make sense…in an esoteric, someone has way too much time on their hands kind of way. Did you see Toy Story 4? If you did, how did you like the ending? Did it punch you in the feels? If so, you’re not alone. If you haven’t seen it, go check it out. It’s a great movie and a fitting conclusion…assuming this IS the conclusion this time. I mean, I thought number 3 was the end. What do I know? Either way, let us know what you think at GVNation.