This post includes spoilers for Avengers Endgame.
Avengers: Endgame heads Joe and Anthony Russo have an explanation for Captain America’s ending–which is just as well because what we insure on-screen doesn’t really make sense.
At the end of the movie, Steve Rogers tours back in time from the present era( 2023) to return the Infinity Stones to their original points. Then instead of reappearing where he left, he goes back to the 1940 s where he reunites with Peggy Carter and lives a long life with her. On the surface that’s a happy ceasing, but it also plays merry inferno with the MCU timeline–not to mention obliterating Peggy’s original life( and family) so Steve can get a second chance. Screenwriter Stephen McFeely like to remind you that Steve” earned” this epilogue, a was of the opinion that shortens Peggy from a protagonist in her own right to the heteronormative loot following the conclusion of Steve’s story.( One also “re wondering how” he explained the fact that he made out with Peggy’s niece .)
Emotional critiques aside, this vistum only draws appreciation if Steve created a new timeline, radically changing record after he returns to the 1940 s. That fits with the film’s earlier the purpose of explaining day wandering, where the Ancient One( Tilda Swinton) illustrates how branching timelines are created. The trouble is, the movie doesn’t confirm that’s what happened with Steve. He only reappears at the end as an old boy, with no rationalization for how he got there, and no visual cues like a time suit or Pym corpuscles. The behavior this situation is shot and edited establishes it confusingly unclear whether Old Steve just arrived from living 80 times in a separate timeline, or if he was there in the original macrocosm all along. In information, it literally proves Old Steve waiting to meet with Sam and Bucky , not arising from elsewhere.
Joe Russo accepted this conundrum in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.” If Cap were to go back into the past and live their lives, he would create a division world ,” he said.” The question then grows, how is he back in this reality to give the shield away ?” In other messages, Steve Rogers did create a brand-new world. And then he came back 80 years later to say goodbye.
Did Endgame create a new timeline with two Captain Americas?
We ensure Steve reunite with Peggy Carter in the 1940 s, after which we’re led to assume they got married. Decades afterward, Old Steve( somehow) returned to the original Endgame universe in 2023 so he was able to commit his shield to Sam Wilson. This answers our initial questions, but introduces a bizarre new detail: The new timeline seems to have two Steve Rogers in it.
Endgame implies that 2023 -era Steve Rogers( Steve 1) simply returned to the 1940 s, at which point his timeline diverged from the primary MCU. In this new world, Steve 1 marries Peggy. Nonetheless, this cosmo presumably contains a Steve Rogers already: Steve 2. And in 1945, Steve 2 is frozen in the Arctic Ice. So while we can imagine a happy new timeline where Steve 1 marries Peggy and presumably rescues Bucky from Hydra, Steve 2 is still … somewhere out there. Do these two Captain Americas wind up in a enjoy triangle with Peggy? Does one of them get together with Bucky, thus satisfying the two biggest carries in the franchise? Surely Steve 1 doesn’t just leave Steve 2 in the ice, anyway.
Did Bucky know all along?
Along with the confusing nature of Cap’s intention, numerous fans were perturbed by the minimal screentime he shared with Bucky. Their relation is the cornerstone of the Captain America franchise, so it was weird to interpret them say goodbye without a real discussion. Well, it turns out there’s an offscreen explanation for this too. In the same EW interview, Joe Russo hinted that Bucky already knew about Steve’s plan to stay in the past.
” Clearly he knows something ,” said Russo, referring to the scene where Bucky proposals farewell to Steve. By differ:” Sam doesn’t know something .”
So, are we meant to believe that Bucky had already matched Old Steve, perhaps in a scene that didn’t make it to the final piece? Or did Steve tell him about his strategy before leaving? It could be something that gets a proper rationalization in the upcoming Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV show.
The Russos have answered the two big questions about Captain America’s pointing, but the facts of the case that it needed explaining is arguably a problem in itself. While Endgame offered some explicit time-travel interpretation in earlier situations, Captain America’s epilogue still confused a lot of onlookers. The cinema doesn’t actually tell us where Steve travelled or how he got back. It leaves audiences be concluded that he developed a new timeline, and then somehow traveled back for a two-minute incident 80 years later. This wouldn’t be such a number of problems if Steve’s ceasing felt right on an psychological degree, but considering the complicated nature of its liaison with Peggy–and the fact that he and Bucky never got a proper send-off–it’s no wonder that love are picking that situation apart.