If there is one thing Avengers: Endgame fans could really agree on the ending, it was Captain America's time travel escapade. To what version of the past did Steve Rogers go? Did he create an alternative timeline by staying in the past, or did he live quietly in this one, witnessing the future from the sidelines? And to that end, where did he get the new shield? How did he travel back to the future, and why did he appear on that bench?
These are just some of the questions that come to mind about the movie's divisive ending. What's interesting is that not even the writers and the directors, who worked together on four MCU films, including the last two Captain America and Avengers installments, could agree on what happened.
Endgame Joe and Anthony Russo directors, let's double back Endgame premiered earlier this year:
Q: Did Captain America's action at the end affect the timeline? There was a time where two CA existed in a same universe?
A: To me, CA's action in the end was the fact he wanted to change anything, it's more like me has made a choice. He chose to go back to past and lived with the one he loved for the rest of his life. The time travel in this movie created an alternate reality. He lived a completely different life in that world. We don´t know how exactly his life turned out, but it is like to believe he still helped many others when they were needed in that world. Yes, there were two CA in that reality, it's just like what Hulk said, what happened in the past has already happened. If you go back to past, you simply created a new reality. The characters in this movie created new timeline when they went back to the past, but it had no effect on the prime universe. What happened in the past 22 movies was still canon.
And now let's check out what writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely said:
Fandango: So people are asking… Does this mean and old Captain America was hanging out this whole
Christopher Markus: That is our theory. We are not experts on time travel, but the Ancient One is exactly that when you take an Infinity Stone out of a timeline, it creates a new timeline. So Steve is going back and just being there would not create a new timeline. So I reject the "Steve is in an alternative reality" theory.
I believe that there is simply a period in world history from about "48 to now where there are two Steve Rogers. And anyway, for a big chunk of that one of them is frozen in ice. So it's not like they're running into each other.
This brings us to Fox 5 DC's new interview with the Russos, where the Steve Rogers question inevitably came up. The Russos stuck to their original explanation that Captain America created an alternate universe when he went back in time to see Peggy, but offered a bit more insight into the matter.
back, he would create a branch reality, "Joe explained. "Now that would exist in that reality reality with a second Captain America who was frozen in ice."
"Peggy understood that he was dead at that point in the storytelling because Cap went back to a point in time where nobody knew he still was alive, frozen in ice, "Anthony added.
More interestingly, Joe also explained how Cap would return to the future of the main timeline using Pym particles:" Now what's a story for another time, of course, if it was created in branch reality, it would then have to use a Pym Particle to come back to this reality to hand that shield off, ”he said. That's definitely an interesting idea, one that could very well see Marvel brings Chris Evans back for more Captain America adventures.
The Russo's explanation is the best one, as it plays well with the rules of time travel that were introduced in the movie . Alternate universes, and bring back the Infinity Stones to past points only ensure that universes have access to Infinity Stones, not that secondary timelines would fall into the main one.
Watch the full Fox 5 DC interview with the Russians brothers below and catch Endgame again in theaters to revisit the plot before Spider-Man: Far From Home launches this week: