Fans have always known that the Marvel TV shows and the MCU are technically connected with each other. But inspite of that they have remained pretty separate from each other. But there is one exception to this.
The One Series Which Ties The MCU And Marvel TV Together
That exception is the Agent Carter series which followed Peggy Carter’s story after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger for two seasons on ABC. The series takes place during World War 2 1946 and it helped in establishing how Peggy assisted in creating what would eventually become SHIELD. But the ending of Avengers: Endgame is making fans question the events of Agent Carter
What Was The Defining Scene?
Before we proceed further, note that there are heavy spoilers for Avengers: Endgame from here on out.
Avengers: Endgame finally acknowledged the television division of MCU. Viewers would have noticed that when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) go back to 1970 to get the soul stone they arrive at the early SHIELD headquarters. The next sequence is a Easter egg for the fans as they get to see James D’Arcy as Jarvis and it also shows Peggy working as SHIELD director as Steve looks on from behind blinds.
That moment was clearly emotional for him and later on defined this decision to not return to the present after he restores the gems to their specific timelines. That moment solidified his decision to head back to 1940s and reunites with Peggy who he called ‘the love of his life’. It is then an elderly Steve who makes contact with Falcon/Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) in the future. Steve then passes on his shield and Captain America title to Sam as he mentions having lived a beautiful life. It is Peggy and Steve dancing in the living room of their home in 1940s that marks the final moments of the movie.
What Went Differently?
This whole moment signified a huge change. Viewers of Agent Carter will remember that part of the reason why Peggy continued her work and went on to eventually establish SHIELD was Steve’s perceived death in the first Captain America movie. So theoretically, Steve not dying would affect that motivation and probably also change Peggy’s story and everything about Agent Carter as well right? That might not be so.
There has been a lot of debate regarding Steve’s decision, but the directors (the Russo Brothers) have basically explained that Steve creates a branched reality when he goes back to Peggy.
So in that new timeline, Steve could have never gone into ice and the couple could have formed SHIELD together to have a whole new set of adventures. Or maybe Steve played stay-at-home dad as writer Christopher Markus suggested. But no matter what happened, it actually preserved Agent Carter’s story. So fans got the best of both worlds- Peggy’s solo adventures and the happy ending she and Steve always deserved.
Avengers: Endgame is currently playing in theatres. Here is its trailer: