Avengers: Endgame Directors Clarify How or When Old Captain America Returned

Avengers: Endgame still isn’t done and dusted because not only is it playing in the theatres, people now own their own copies of the digital HD version of the film and every now and then, we get a now detail about the film. But there are still people who are apparently confused about the Captain America bit that happened at the very end of the movie. Captain America left to return the Infinity Stones & the Mjolnir, but he ended up spending a lifetime in the past along with the love of his life. Then he finally came back as an old man, but not from the Time Machine thing that the Hulk was operating.

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People were confused whether Captain America being back in time created a plot hole or not. But the Russos confirmed that he living in the past created an alternate timeline. Then after he lived his retired life, he used the Pym Particles to return to the prime timeline. He obviously knew about the moment where Sam, Bucky, and Smart Hulk would be waiting for him and so he was sitting right there on the bench.

People were still confused that how did Cap end up on the bench when he was supposed to return on the time machine. During a Reddit AMA on Wednesday, the Russos cleared the air around this question as well. They wrote:

“You are correct in that he would have had to have worn the quantum suit, using a Pym particle to make the jump. He’s not wearing the suit on the bench, because that is not the exact moment to which he returned.”

This means that Old Man Steve Rogers could have been present behind the scenes throughout the last decade or so. He didn’t get involved in any event as that would have changed the timeline creating another branch. He let everything happen exactly as it was supposed to. Keeping that in mind, this also proves the theory of Old Steve Rogers being present during Peggy’s funeral as well.

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The writers of the movie, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely recently confirmed this theory. As we discussed above, we don’t really know about the point of return for Steve Rogers in the prime timeline. Imagine if he came back to the year 2011. That means he would have been present in the prime timeline when the younger Steve Rogers was found in ice. And that brings us to the conclusion that there were always two Steve Rogers present in the prime Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. Things get complicated by this, but it’s amazing to imagine it.

Avengers: Endgame Chris Evans

Chris Evans deserves as much of an appreciation as Robert Downey Jr. gets for playing Iron Man. Sure he was in a way the Number 2, but we love him as much as we love Tony Stark. Evans talked about the challenges of playing Captain America at ACE Comic Con in Seattle. He said:

“The trickiest thing about the character is he’s a good man and so trying to find new ways to make it interesting, that was the challenge because he always puts himself last and it became such a … real collaboration between myself and Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios President] and the Russos and Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely in terms of trying to preserve his nature. He’s kind of a taciturn guy. He doesn’t kind of, you know there’s a lot of other characters in the Marvel universe who kind of use their words for creative advantage and Cap is a little bit more of a simple-minded guy and it’s hard to kind of create stories around him to at once create conflict, but not just make him the center cog where circumstance happens around him.”

We’d love it Marvel would somehow convince Chris Evans to return for 1 or 2 more films. Yes his arc is done, but who wouldn’t love some more from Steve Rogers. Imagine a movie that shows us his journey of returning the Infinity Stones, Mjolnir, and his alternate life with Peggy Carter. That’d be lovely.

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