Captain America’s Fate in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Was Deliberately Left a Mystery to Marvel Fans

Captain America’s (Chris Evans) journey may have come to a fitting conclusion in Avengers: Endgame, but there are still many unanswered questions surrounding his storyline. Cap’s decision to remain in the past, for instance, has ignited speculation that there are now alternate realities in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). While fans will continue to debate the consequences of Captain America’s decision, Endgame writers recently revealed that his fate was deliberately left a mystery.

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‘Endgame’ writers dish on Cap’s ending

In the final scenes of Endgame, Captain America was sent back in time to put all of the Infinity Stones in their rightful places. The task was meant to stop the creation of multiple realities, which could lead to major issues down the road.

But after finishing his mission, Steve stayed in the past so that he could live the life he always wanted with Peggy Carter. The move was a sweet conclusion to Cap’s story and was a heartfelt way to send him off.

According to We Got This Covered, it also opened the door for potential alternate realities, not to mention a slew of questions about Cap’s life with Peggy.

For Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the questions surrounding Captain America’s ending were purposefully left unanswered so that fans would keep thinking about all of the possibilities.

“Those are unsatisfied questions. Those are intrigued questions. I’m delighted at people still chewing over this thing. You know, if it’s ‘That’s stupid and I don’t like it and I’m talking about it because it was dumb’, that’s one thing. But if it’s, ‘I honestly don’t know, and it’s kind of cool to think about’, that’s great.”

What really happened to Captain America?

Fans have been debating what happened to Captain America ever since Endgame hit theaters earlier this year. Some fans believe that he created an alternate reality while others think that staying in the past closed Cap’s time loop.

There is no way to know for sure what happened to Cap unless Marvel releases a new movie that explores that storyline. But for Markus, he previously stated that Cap did not make another reality when he left the Avengers in the future.

Markus understood that Captain America simply lived out the rest of his days in the past and did not diverge from the main timeline. He also believes that Cap has always been Peggy’s husband, so staying in the past did not alter her timeline either.

Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo have debated this theory and offered their own version of events. For them, Captain America did create an alternate reality when he stayed in the past, though it is not clear if that will ever be dealt with in the MCU.

Fans disagree with Captain America’s ending

Fans have also expressed their thoughts on Cap’s storyline in Endgame. Some fans believe that having the character remain in the past and get the life he has always wanted was something he deserved.

Others disagree. Some viewers argue that Captain America was way more invested in his friends in modern times, like Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Sam (Anthony Mackie), and that leaving them behind is something Cap would never do.

Fans will likely debate this for years to come, though Markus pointed out that Cap’s somewhat selfish decision in Endgame is a reflection of how much his character has grown since the first movie.

This is why Cap lived and Iron Man died

Captain America and Iron Man (Robert Downy Jr.) were two of the main characters in the MCU — and both of their storylines reached a fitting conclusion in Endgame.

While Cap got to spend the rest of his days with the woman he loved, Tony Stark sacrificed himself to save the entire universe. To Markus’ previous point, their endings were a complete reversal of how their journeys began, which is why Iron Man had to die in Endgame while Cap chose to live.

“We realized over the course of the movies, that Cap and Tony were on crossing arcs,” McFeely explained. “We realized at one point, late in 2015, that for Steve to be his best self, he was going to have to get a life and for Tony to be his best self, he might have to lose his.”

Fans may disagree on how Captain America’s story ended, but there is no denying that Marvel did an amazing job developing the character in the last few movies. And given all of the mystery surrounding his journey, there is always a possibility that Cap could return for one last adventure.

After all, who doesn’t want to find out what Captain America was up to all those years in the past?

In the meantime, Marvel is gearing up for the start of Phase 4 of the MCU, which starts with Black Widow this May, followed by The Eternals in November.