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Marvel Just Answered The Last Burning Question About Endgame’s Old Captain America


Summary

  • The Falcon & The Winter Soldier confirmed that the original Captain America is «gone» and never explained his final fate or decision to return to the past.
  • Ant-Man’s MCU book, «Look Out For The Little Guy,» reveals that Captain America’s mission and choice to stay with Peggy was never revealed to the wider population.
  • Captain America’s decision to guard his secret and not tell his story was the respectful way to protect his perfect ending, and it’s unlikely this version of Steve Rogers will be seen again.


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4 years after Avengers: Endgame‘s release, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has revealed something important about Captain America’s MCU ending. Chris Evans’ final appearance as the legendary First Avenger brought his arc to an end, with a surprisingly rare happy ending (given the fact that most of his fellow heroes seem cursed to die in heroic service). But there was always a nagging question about Cap that’s never been directly answered: does the universe created by the MCU movie timeline actually know his story?

The Falcon & The Winter Soldier made it explicitly clear that the original Captain America is «gone» in Sam Wilson’s own words, with the Smithsonian exhibition honoring his legacy. But that MCU spin-off never explained what was revealed about Steve Rogers’ final fate or his decision to return to the 1940s. Whether anyone knew the details remained unsaid. Marvel’s Phase 4 and 5 messed with Avengers: Endgame‘s ending in significant ways, adding heroes to the final battle, challenging its time travel rules, and most controversially, suggesting Don Cheadle’s War Machine was a Skrull for its events. But it seems Marvel consciously chose not to mess with Captain America’s ending.

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Ant-Man’s MCU Book Reveals Nothing About Captain America’s Ending

Scott Lang’s in-universe MCU book «Look Out For The Little Guy» has now revealed that Captain America’s mission to return the Infinity Stones to their correct timelines – and his choice to stay with Peggy – was never revealed. At least not to the wider in-universe population. «Look Out For The Little Guy» was commissioned in part by the Avengers to explain what actually happened from Thanos’ Snap, through the Blip and to the Avengers’ victory in the Battle of Earth. Lang reveals that multiple theories sprung up in the aftermath, and the Avengers chose him to set the record straight. That, in turn, reveals how the world knows so much about the events of Avengers: Endgame.

Interestingly, «Look Out For The Little Guy» consciously leaves out certain details. Lang stops short of describing Iron Man’s death in detail as it’s too painful; he also avoids explicitly saying that the Soul Stone’s guardian was in fact Red Skull; the Guardians of the Galaxy are almost entirely left out (bar a few mentions of some names out of context). And most importantly, Lang only explains the failed plan to return the Infinity Stones using the Quantum Tunnel that Thanos destroys during Endgame‘s final battle. He fails to include anything about Captain America returning to the past or his return as an old man in Endgame‘s last moments. And that’s very important, as it confirms the world seems to believe he simply didn’t return from the battle.

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The MCU’s Old Cap Secret Perfectly Pays Off His Last Line

Like it or not, the MCU already confirmed Marvel was never going to tell the story of Captain America’s second chance at life. Old Captain America’s final line in Avengers: Endgame – «no, I don’t think I will» – was the firmest indication that that story belonged only to Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter in their new timeline. The decision for Steve to consciously guard his secret, to preserve the sanctity of that story, meant that any retcon would be an insult to the character, no matter how much Marvel fans might want to see whether Captain America operated in secret after traveling back to the past.

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If Captain America does return in a future MCU movie (and the option of Avengers: Secret War does look the most likely), it’s unlikely this version of Steve Rogers will be seen again. Old Captain America is the ending Chris Evans’ character deserved, and just as Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in Deadpool 3 is likely to be a different variant to the one who died in Logan, the only way to be respectful of that perfect ending is to avoid it entirely. Captain America told the world that he refused to tell his story, even keeping it from one of his closest friends, and Ant-Man indirectly revealing that his post-Thanos story was never told to the public is the right way to protect that part of Avengers: Endgame‘s ending.

Scott Lang’s «Look Out For The Little Guy» is available to buy now.

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