An Avengers: Endgame parody video has shown just how difficult it would be for Steve Rogers to avoid changing the future. Time travel is a notoriously difficult concept for any movie to work with, in large part because there's no real-world analogue. As a result, every franchise has to establish its own rules, and precious few manage to navigate them in a consistent manner.
In the case of Avengers: Endgame, the controversy stems from the very end of the film. Steve Rogers was sent on one last mission, returning the Infinity Stones to their proper place in time in order to cauterize the parallel dimensions the Avengers had created. That done, he decided to head back to the 1940s and live out his "Happily Ever After" with his beloved Peggy Carter. But did that mean he'd created an entirely new alternate reality, or did it mean an older Steve had secretly been part of the MCU all along, watching from the shadows? Amusingly, even Avengers: Endgame's writers and directors don't seem to agree on this point. The Russo brothers think the former, while writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely insist the latter.
A new parody video by The Warp Zone explores just what married life would have been like for Steve Rogers if Markus and McFeely's interpretation is correct. It's absolutely hilarious, and shows Steve desperately trying to avoid changing the future by not giving anything away to his wife Peggy, who of course was director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and would have been perfectly positioned to take advantage of any insights Steve unwittingly gave.
The parody video perfectly demonstrates why the Russo brothers' interpretation is far more attractive. Captain America went so far as to tear the entire Avengers team apart in Captain America: Civil War because he couldn't just stand by and watch a situation go south. If he's been part of the MCU all along, then that means Steve Rogers simply watched as some of the most horrific events in the 20th Century took place. While it's true that he probably didn't know about all of these - there's no evidence Cap ever spent a significant amount of time leafing through the history books to work out what he'd missed - he'd have certainly picked up on some of them. Even more disturbing, Steve would have been forced to conceal Hydra's existence from his own wife, even as Hydra manipulated her. What's more, he'd have simply ignored the fact his best friend Bucky was a prisoner of Hydra all this time, undergoing torture and brainwashing.
In truth, there's a simple reason Avengers: Endgame's time travel doesn't make any sense; because Marvel changed their model of temporal mechanics partway through production. The basic rules were established in a scene featuring Tilda Swinton's Ancient One, and according to Swinton, she was called in for reshoots to make extensive changes to that particular piece of dialogue. Hopefully, the MCU's approach will become clear in the future, given that Spider-Man: Far From Home seems to be toying with the Multiverse.
Source: The Warp Zone
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019