Captain America’s ending at the end of Avengers: Endgame surely raised a lot of questions, but it was a very emotionally satisfying ending for sure. It was done with such finesse that it certainly seemed like everyone was on board with the ending. But Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have admitted that not everyone agreed with them regarding Captain America’s fate in the movie.
On What Did The Writers And Directors Of Avengers: Endgame Disagree?
Endgame, being the last movie in the Infinity Saga attempted to give the original Phase One heroes some form of closure- sad or happy. Steve Rogers got lucky in that he was able to go back and be with Peggy. He then returned to the main timeline as a peaceful old man who lived a full life. Steve fans will agree that this was the perfect conclusion to Steve’s arc.
But the time travel questions which Endgame raised continue to be debated even to this day. This seems to have been an issue with the movie’s creative team as well. Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo maintain that Steve went to an alternate dimension and then came back to the prime timeline. On the contrary writers Markus and McFeely believe that Steve was Peggy’s husband in the prime timeline all along. But the writers understand that not everyone at Marvel will agree with their interpretation.
McFeely once again admitted that he was unsure if Marvel considers their interpretation official canon. In an interview with Canada.com he said that:
“It depends on what story Marvel wants to tell going forward. I don’t know if Marvel wants to tell any more Captain America stories or if Chris (Evans) is up for it. Do they want to tell an alternate timeline story.”
He further said that:
“Chris and I are partial to the idea that Steve is part of a strange, unique time-loop where he has always been there. The husband that you very purposefully did not see at Peggy’s bedside in Winter Soldier is Chris’ Steve. We have always thought that he was her husband. The movies you have been watching follow a line where he always goes back. To be fair, not everyone agrees with us. I don’t even know if Marvel agrees with us. But that’s what we think.”
What Can Fans Make Of The Divisive Viewpoints Between The Creatives?
The finale of a key character like Steve Rogers should have been something which the principal creative voices agreed on. While a little ambiguity sometimes can work but this is something which can significantly impact the MCU moving forward. But then again, MCU has also retconed a bunch of stuff so we think that universe will be fine.
Overall, while we would love to see Steve Rogers come back (maybe in a show featuring his and Peggy’s adventures?) But it’s better if Steve doesn’t enter the main timeline again. It will only serve to muck up things and confuse people more. Steve and Peggy both got the happy endings they deserved and that’s what matters, regardless of which version fans like more. As such, keeping aside the time travel shenanigans and disagreements, this was a character ending which was perfectly done and that’s what ultimately matters.
Did you know that old Steve Rogers was one of the pall bearers at Peggy’s funeral in Civil War? To know more about how that was possible, check out the video below: