Steve Rogers Didn’t Consider 1 Heartbreaking Reality Before Creating a New Timeline

A leader of men and heroes, Steve Rogers/Captain America is one of the most iconic superheroes of all-time. The hero is played by Chris Evans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), beginning with 2011s Captain America: The First Avenger.

Captain America is a member of the original Avengers team and has been a main character of the long-running series of films since the beginning. One of the storylines the character has struggled with is his tragic love story with the founder of S.H.I.E.L.D, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell).

Due to the extremely dangerous nature of their chosen professions of saving the world, the two star-crossed lovers had great difficulty in being together. 

Who is Steve Rogers/Captain America? 

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Even before Nick Fury imagined a team made up of Earth’s mightiest heroes, lowly New-Yorker Steve Rogers was transformed into Captain America in 1942, right in the middle of World War II.

Rogers, whose dream to be a member of the United States Army was rejected many times, was the recipient of the super-soldier serum that gave him his extra-human powers of strength and healing.

After defeating the evil Nazi Johann Schmidt/Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), Captain America was forced to crash a plane that contains the Tessaract and weapons of mass destruction.

After the crash, the patriotic hero was frozen for 70 years, until his discovery by modern-day S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. This prolonged freeze prevented Steve the chance to be his true love and dance partner Peggy, who he was only able to see for a short time when Carter was as an old and dying woman. Captain America persisted through the tragedy and used his powers to save the world with the rest of The Avengers on several occasions.

Then in Avengers: Infinity War, the heroes faced their greatest foe yet, Thanos (Josh Brolin). Unfortunately for Cap and the rest of the universe, Thanos proved too powerful to defeat, and the Mad Titan was able to destroy half the life in the universe with a snap of his fingers. 

How and why did Rogers and The Avengers change their timeline? 

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In Avengers: Endgame, The Avengers must deal with the emotional trauma and destruction caused by the evil Thanos and his Infinity Gauntlet. To do this, the remaining members of the team use Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), and Professor Hulk/Bruce Banner’s (Mark Ruffalo) superior minds to combine quantum physics and Pym Particles to successfully time travel to find the Infinity Stones before Thanos can get his massive purple hands on them.

Their plan is successful, but comes at the cost of the lives of Avengers Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Stark/Iron Man. Following The Avengers epic battle against Thanos and his army, Captain America is sent back in time to restore the fragile timeline of the past. It is not yet how The Avengers adventures in time travel will affect the future of the MCU, but there will likely be serious and potentially dangerous repercussions.  

What do fans say Rogers did not consider when changing his timeline?

After Captain America puts the Infinity Stones back in their correct place and time, he is supposed to return to the present where his friends the Hulk, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) are waiting for him.

Instead of meeting in the specific rendezvous point and time, an aged Captain America returns and sits on a nearby bench, waiting for his friends. He entrusts his famous shield to his good friend Sam, who will take over the mantle in the upcoming The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Disney+ original series.

It is clear to Sam that Steve has lived a good life, getting to dance and live with his true love Peggy. While Steve appears satisfied with his choice, many fans wonder if the superhero had to live through the devastation of attending Peggy’s funeral for a second time. In Captain America: Civil War, Rogers must attend the funeral of his love despite only getting to spend a short time together.

Despite this sad thought, Steve is likely more than willing to trade the years that he and Peggy were able to spend together for anything, including attending his love’s funeral once again.