Avengers: Endgame ends the story of a Captain America in a surprising and logical way. The Sentinel of Liberty has gone through much of his films – from The First Avenger to Winter Soldier to Civil War and every Avengers team – so just makes sense that his History closes a circle.
So it also concludes the book about a long-running mystery for his corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
[ Ed. Note: This post contains important spoilers for Avengers: Endgame ]
At the end of the film, Steve wants to bring the Infinity Stones to the respective films from which they originated. But he decides to take the long way home, and when he returns to the day after completing his mission, he is an old man. When he declares his friend Sam "The Falcon" Wilson the new Captain America, the film closes with the revelation that Steve has used the time difference to lead the happy life that his old friend Tony spoke of. He returned to the past, presumably about the time he crashed a Hydra plane into the Arctic waters. Why? To spend his days with the love of his life, Peggy Carter.
The Mystery of Carter Husband's Agent
The Winter Soldier, Steve takes a break to save the world to visit the Smithsonian Institution and look at the various monuments of his war effort. A documentary showing Carter reveals that she later married an unnamed man who was rescued in 1945 by Steve from a HYDRA blockade. After the end of World War II, she and the husband got married and had two children together. (One son and one daughter, of course, nuclear family tradition!) Then she would eventually leave the Strategic Scientific Reserve to found SHIELD.
Throughout the film and television versions of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Peggy's husband was never identified, resulting in massive fan speculation and theories. For a time many thought Peggy's solo series Agent Carter written by Avengers: Endgame the scriptwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, had shoved enough to the soldier who was dating Spying stories made Daniel spy out the unspoken, but obvious answer to Sousza.
That never quite summed up; Sousza lost his leg during the siege of Bastogne in 1944, a few weeks before Cap rescued the train from soldiers serving Peggy's alleged husband in 1945. According to producer Michele Fazekas, Agent Carter canceled before a third season, one would have finally given "options" for the man in question, if the identity were not fully disclosed. Even Haley Atwell, the star of the show, has never been able to give a definitive answer to the man's riddle. That should change after Endgame .
Steve Got His Dance With Peggy, Time Traveling "Plot Holes" Damned
Avengers: Endgame drops the crumbs for Cap to finally make the decision has to stay several times in the past while the team time was stolen. He always keeps his compass with her photo even during his trip to the Battle of New York (which causes Cap's jaw to drop in 2012 because "Loki" would not have it with him) and stares at her eagerly he hides in her office. The time with her is what he always wanted, and it's only natural that he takes the chance to win at the end of the film.
As we can guess from the ring on Old Man Steve's fingers, Peggy and he have knotted the knot in the past. He's shy when it comes to saying her name – in both classic Hollywood and Marvel fashion, it will always be a little mystery to the romance on screen – but this is one of the lucky endings. We know.
The time travel of everything is their relationship, and Marvel's ultimate "Infinity Saga" reward pays off, touches and gets a bit confusing. As Hulk says early, the present and the future can not be changed, and when you retreat into time, the past becomes the linear flow of time. So, Cap and Peggy got married and started a family. He has lowered his head over the decades and left everything running while he had his family, and then grew into the moment. Meanwhile, another cap was battling the battles we had seen before.
If Hulk's theory is correct, Cap is not the father of the children he has seen in previous films. That does not negate their relationship. This is a timelapse puzzle – and one that has appeared off-screen for maximum confusion. Are there also several Peggys in the Timeline? Did Cap jump back the father of her children before or after his rescue? (And at that time in that zigzagged time-lapse, criss-crossed by time, Cap found or rebuilt his shield after Thanos had broken it in half, another imperfection in the timeline That can not be undone?) The directors Joe and Anthony Russo Don This can not be clarified by the filmmaking – after Cap jumped, the camera slides to Old Cap, who, if Hulk and Tony Stark are right, all the time lived under cover, a happily married man. We just do not see the linear time logic that made everything possible.
For as many questions as the sequence raises, the emotional conclusion seems to be all final. Cap and Peggy get their dance. They get their lives. Kitty Kallen's rendition of "It's been a long, long time" plays it off and the movie is out. Nothing is undone, but there is something that feels like a final answer in the Marvel Universe.
Justin is a freelance writer from Kansas City, Missouri, and is frequently on Twitter, @GigawattConduit . He is also an avid lover of McDonald's M & M McFlurries and accepts that he has a dependency on them.