Those who saw Avengers: Endgame know that Steve Rogers did not meet the same fate as Tony Stark, who sacrificed himself to ensure Thanos’ defeat. His sacrifice looms large over Spider-Man: Far from Home since Tony Stark was Peter Parker’s mentor in all things super-heroic.
In a post-Endgame world, Spider-Man: Far From Home also acknowledges the status of other Avengers. The movie does call into question just how Captain America‘s disappearance was framed.
Recap: What happened to Steve Rogers?
After Thanos and his minions turn to dust thanks to Tony Stark’s snap, the work was not quite done. The infinity stones had to be returned to their original timelines, and that was Captain America’s job. They send him off in time, expecting him to return instantaneously.
Except he doesn’t. The other Avengers struggle to bring him back and think something has gone wrong. Sam and Bucky spot an elderly man sitting nearby. That’s Steve Rogers, who has returned to the present day with his mission a success, and he turns his shield over to a surprised and humbled Sam.
In the flashback that closes the movie — and this entire 11-year saga — we see that Steve chose to live his life with his beloved Peggy Carter. So, bottom line, Steve Rogers did not die in Avengers: Endgame. So what the next MCU movie says about him is quite curious.
‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ mentions Captain America
Strictly speaking, Captain America does not appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home as he did in Spider-Man: Homecoming, where he had a bit part making hilariously earnest public service announcements. However, the quick use of his image in the new movie raises some interesting questions.
Spider-Man: Far From Home opens with a tribute to fallen heroes, as told by the student news team at Peter Parker’s high school. With amusingly amateurish graphics, we see that the fallen heroes are Vision, Black Widow, Iron Man and … Captain America.
Three of those four check out, as they met their demise during Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers: Endgame. We know that Captain America did not die, so what gives?
Explaining Captain America’s disappearance
Although we know Captain America is not dead, he’s gone after the final battle with Thanos, as far as the world knows. Steve Rogers ended up living out the rest of his life in secret, not wanting anyone but the Avengers and Peggy to know what had happened to him, so the Avengers let the world believe that Steve Rogers gave his life for the world. Which he kind of did.
There’s actually an earlier Marvel equivalent to this. In the 1977-1982 TV show The Incredible Hulk, after David Banner becomes the creature, he allows the world to believe that he died in an explosion at his lab. This way, he can go around from town to town trying to find a cure for this Jekyll and Hyde existence. He doesn’t do that much to conceal himself, considering he’s always called David B-something.
Of course, comic book movies and TV shows aren’t always known for airtight logic. Comicbook.com quite reasonably wonders why Iron Man’s demise got so much attention, while the equally iconic Captain America only merits an “Oh yeah, he died too.” The answer to that is that Tony Stark was more personally important to Peter Parker than Steve Rogers was, but these are the questions that pop up if one thinks too hard.
As Comicbook.com rightly states, “it’s a loose end that needs to be tied off… eventually.”