There has always been two Steve Rogers in the MCU’s timeline according to Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The first is the original that we followed from Captain America: The First Avenger up until Avengers: Endgame. The second is the time-traveler that lived out his days as Peggy Carter’s mystery husband.
Here’s how we reconcile it. we think there have always been two caps from 1945 to, say, now, and we just didn’t know that. that’s the loop, right?
When talking to Backstory Magazine, McFeely discussed the consequences of Steve’s fight against his 2012 self along with his retirement. He said, “It’s not Back to the Future rules, it’s branch reality rules. This is not stepping on a butterfly that turns the world into Biff’s casino. You can’t alter your future by going back to the past. We sort of created our own time travel rules wherein, as the Ancient One says, if you remove an Infinity Stone from a timeline, that creates a branch reality.”
According to McFeely, Steve Rogers sealed the branched realities. He said, “We think Steve went back, put all the stones back, clipped those branches. Those are fine. And after he did the last one, he jumped to 1948 and decided to stay. So, his younger self is on ice somewhere and it’s only in 2011 that there are technically two Steves running around – to the point where if you were to look closely at Peggy’s funeral, there’d be an old man in the back named Roger Stevens.”
However, when fans asked if they could go back and spot Old Man Rogers at Peggy’s funeral in Captain America: Civil War, McFeely said, “No, no, no, no, no.” Markus added, “but feel free to download Civil War legally and investigate.”
How does Loki’s Disney+ show fit in?
If what McFeely claims is true, then how is Loki’s Disney+ series set in an alternate reality? In Avengers: Endgame, the trickster god steals the Tesseract amidst the chaos, causing a new timeline to form. This is the version of the character that the show will follow. However, if Rogers snipped all the branches, this can’t happen.
With Russo’s and Feige making contradictory claims to the writers, it’s not surprising that there’s an incredible amount of confusion. Time travel is a messy tool to play around with and it looks as though McFeely and Markus may have tripped over their own feet.
Does Captain America’s ending conflict with Agent Carter?
Peggy is an SSR agent and a co-founder of S.H.I.E.L.D. She led her own series on ABC called Agent Carter which took place right after Captain America: The First Avenger. The show had two seasons but was unfortunately cut short. So, where does Steve Roger’s time travel fit into all of this?
McFeely clarified, “that dance you see takes place sometime after the second season of Agent Carter.” It would seem that Steve Rogers gave Peggy time to mourn his passing before wiggling back into her life. With him being in the same timeline, that also means that he let H.Y.D.R.A. infiltrate her organization without saying a word.
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