The directors of Avengers: Endgame have finally opened up about one of the most burning questions fans have had ever since the credits rolled. Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen the movie yet (though, based on the box office that probably isn’t too many at this point). Read on at your own risk.
Captain America was tasked with taking the Infinity Stones and placing them back in their rightful place in the timeline, as to not create any problems with the overall timeline. Yet, in a recent interview with Fox 5 DC, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo reveal, in a way, that Steve Rogers did, in fact, mess with the timeline, as he created a branch reality in order to live out his life with Peggy Carter.
“The way that it would work is that when Captain America goes back, he would create a branch reality,” Joe Russo said. “Now he would exist in that branch reality with a second Captain America who was frozen in ice. Now what’s also a story for another time is, of course, if he created a branch reality, he would then have to use a Pym Particle to come back to this reality to hand that shield off,” He added.
It’s made clear in Avengers: Endgame that time travel doesn’t work in the MCU like it does in most movies. They even slip in a nice Back to the Future joke in order to try and explain it all. Still, that didn’t make it any less confusing when fans started trying to sort out how things all went down. Were two Captain Americas running around at the same time? Were Peggy’s kids from the Time Travelling Steve? Anthony Russo also chimed in and had this to offer.
“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 Russo said.
On the one hand, this clears things up. Yet, in another respect, it makes things a whole lot messier. In any event, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers finally got to live out the life he deserved with Peggy. The messy aftermath takes nothing away from that. Here’s the synopsis for Avengers: Endgame
“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.'”
Marvel re-released the movie in theaters over the weekend with some bonus content after the credits in order to make one last effort to overtake Avatar at the box office for the all-time record. Unfortunately, Cap and the gang are still a little over $20 million away from making that happen.
Are you still confused over the time travel in Avengers: Endgame? Do you think we’ll ever see a movie or show breaking down what happened with Steve Rogers in that branch reality? Sound off in the comments below! Also, for those who feel the need, you can check out the interview clip with the Russo brothers below.