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War Machine's Captain America Plot Hole Doesn't Make Sense

With a simple question in a deleted scene in Avengers: Endgame, War Machine created a Captain America plot hole that doesn't fully make sense.

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In Avengers: Endgame, War Machine asked Captain America a question that has been bothering fans for years, but he just created a plot hole that doesn’t fully make sense. With over 20 interconnected films, it’s not surprising that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a number of plot holes that will most likely remained unsolved, but it seems like some of them were created just for the laughs or for fan service, like War Machine did in a deleted scene from Avengers: Endgame.

The Avengers: Endgame scene shows Rhodey a.k.a. War Machine and Steve Rogers trying to pinpoint key moments from the past to go back and get the Infinity Stones before Thanos does. When Rhodey asks Steve about the Tesseract, he says it was at the bottom of the ocean after he crashed the plane in order to neutralize the bombs on board. Rhodey then makes the big question: why didn’t Captain America jump out of the plane?

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As seen in Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America was fully capable of jumping out of a plane without a parachute and into the water, which has made many fans wonder if he could have saved himself by jumping out of the plane in Captain America: The First Avenger. But jumping out of a stable plane is completely different than jumping out from one falling down at full speed. As fast as he could have ran to the exit and jumped, he wouldn’t have survived – so he was better off crashing the plane in the water and turning into “Capsicle”.

Steve Rogers Frozen in Captain America The First Avenger

Jumping out of the plane could have also changed the trajectory of it, risking it crashing somewhere else and making Captain America’s efforts completely useless. The plane not only had the Tesseract on board but also a couple of bombs, which is why he decided that crashing into the water was the best option, saving lives in the process. Of course, staying in the plane was also a plot detail so that he could be frozen for decades and come back to lead the Avengers.

Leaving this War Machine and Captain America scene out of Avengers: Endgame was for the best, as it didn’t bring anything to an already packed story. While it would have been a fun moment and one fans would have definitely related to, the last thing the MCU needs is more plot holes, and this particular one not only makes little sense but will also remain unsolved.

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Key Release Dates
  • Black Widow (2020) release date: May 01, 2020
  • Eternals (2020) release date: Nov 06, 2020
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) release date: Feb 12, 2021
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021) release date: May 07, 2021
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) release date: Nov 05, 2021
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