How Two Versions Of Captain America Exist In ‘Avengers: Endgame’
Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely explained how two versions of Captain America could exist in the Marvel Cinemaic Universe timeline.
Avengers: Endgame established time travel rules in which altering the past creates a branched a timeline instead of changing the present or future, as is the case in most science-fiction stories. However, Captain America’s decision to reunite with Peggy Carter in the past after returning the Infinity Stones raised questions about whether the first Avenger lived out his life in a branched timeline or if two versions of him existed in the main MCU timeline the whole time.
In an interview with Backstory Magazine, Avengers: Endgame co-writer Stephen McFeely outline how two versions of Captain America could have existed in the main MCU timeline without disrupting how history unfolded:
“Here’s how we reconcile it. We think there have always been two Caps from 1945 to, say, now, and we just didn’t know that. That’s the loop, right? It’s not Back to the Future rules, it’s branch reality rules. This is not stepping on a butterfly that turns the world into Biff’s casino. You can’t alter your future by going back to the past.”
After reiterating the rules of time travel as explained by the Ancient One, McFeely confirmed that old Steve Rogers would have attended the funeral of Peggy Carter in Captain America: Civil War:
“[He] jumped to 1948 and decided to stay. So, his younger self is on ice somewhere and it’s only in 2011 that there are technically two Steves running around — to the point where if you were to look closely at Peggy’s funeral, there’d be an old man in the back named Roger Stevens.”
Stephen McFeely then added that audiences could not actually spot an old Steve Rogers if they revisited Captain America: Civil War and that the closing scene of Avengers: Endgame, where Steve and Peggy finally get to dance with each other, would have taken place “sometime after the second season of Agent Carter.”
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The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers:Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin.
Avengers: Endgame is now available on Digital HD and will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on August 13.