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'Avengers: Endgame' directors say 'maybe there's a story' after confusing Captain America scene

Warning: Major spoilers for the end of "Avengers: Endgame"

SALT LAKE CITY — “Avengers: Endgame” director Joe Russo hinted in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly that there may be more to the story when it comes to the final scene of the film.

  • At the end of “Endgame,” Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) sends Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) off to the past with all six Infinity Stones with the goal in mind of bringing them back to the exact moments in time where they were taken, preventing any timelines from existing without the stones. (It’s a complicated time-travel mess, we know).
  • Seconds later, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) see an old man sitting on a bench, who turns out to be Steve Rogers sitting on a bench. He confesses that he found “a life” in the past and even got married.
  • The final scene of the film shows Rogers slow dancing with Peggy Carter, who he fell in love with in the original “Captain America.”
  • Now, this may seem like a sweet moment, but it could pose problems. In “Endgame,” the Ancient One tells Banner that going back in time and changing history might have created a separate timeline, which would raise questions about how Rogers would return to the modern present.

The Russo brothers answered the question: “If Cap were to go back into the past and live there, he would create a branched reality,” Joe told Entertainment Weekly. “The question then becomes, how is he back in this reality to give the shield away?”

Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), War Machine/James Rhodes (Don Cheadle), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and
Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), left, War Machine/James Rhodey (Don Cheadle), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) in Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Endgame."
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“Interesting question, right?” Joe said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “Maybe there’s a story there. There’s a lot of layers built into this movie and we spent three years thinking through it, so it’s fun to talk about it and hopefully fill in holes for people so they understand what we’re thinking.”

More evidence: There’s another hint in that scene that there’s more to the story. Just before Rogers leaves to travel back in time, Bucky tells Steve, “I’ll miss you,” which means that Bucky probably “knows something,” Joe Russo told EW. But Sam, meanwhile, doesn’t know anything.

  • Interestingly, Sam and Bucky will return in a Disney Plus show called “Falcon and The Winter Soldier.” But because Sam took on the identity of Captain America at the end of “Endgame,” the title of the show might change.
Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in "Avengers: Endgame."
Nebula (Karen Gillan), left, and Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Endgame."
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Another theory: Of course, there’s a theory going around that Rogers may have always been Peggy’s husband in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The “Captain America” films taught us that Peggy Carter married someone who was a soldier in World War II. And she says that Captain America saved the man who would later be her husband. Other than that, we don’t have a ton of information on who he could be.

Well, the theory posits that it’s Rogers, and that Rogers always went back in time and became Peggy’s husband. We know. Time travel.

  • “So Cap and Peggy married and started a family. He kept his head down over the decades and let everything play out while he had his family, then grew into the moment. All the while, another Cap fought the battles we’ve seen before,” according to Polygon.

But this would mean that Carter’s children that Steve saw in previous films wouldn’t be his children, though, based on the rules of time-travel established in the film, according to Polygon.

  • “That doesn’t negate their relationship. This is a time travel conundrum — and one that’s occurred off-screen, for maximum confusion. Are there multiple Peggys coexisting in the timeline, too? Did Cap jump back in time before or after he rescued the father of her children?” Polygon asked. “Directors Joe and Anthony Russo don’t clear this up through the filmmaking — after Cap jumps, the camera glides over to find Old Cap, who, if Hulk and Tony Stark are right, has been living under cover this entire time, a happily married man. We just don’t see the linear time logic that made it all possible.”