Captain America May Return to the MCU, Just Not in the Way We Think

Captain America, our beloved patriotic hero who found his way into our hearts, if not immediately, then gradually over the years. Unlike Iron Man, Captain America did not perish at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame but he did pass over the mantle to Sam Wilson/Falcon to become the new Captain America in the coming years. It’s sad to think we won’t have Steve Rogers anymore in the next few phases of the MCU and yet…maybe we will still have him around. Not in a literal sense but in a figurative sense. You’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. Well, let me elaborate.

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As you may remember Steve Rogers was tasked with putting all of the stones back but instead of returning to his friends like he should’ve he decided to stay in the past and live out his life with Peggy.

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In Captain America: The Winter Soldier Peggy tells the reporter in a video: “That was a difficult winter. A blizzard had trapped half our battalion behind the German line. Steve, Captain Rogers, he fought his way through a HYDRA blockade that had pinned down our allies for months. He saved over a thousand men. Including the man who would become my husband as it turns out. Even after he died Steve was still changing my life.”

Immediately we assumed that she had gone on and married some guy in the army that Steve had saved but apparently that didn’t happen. A particular sentence in this scene now stands out to me. It’s when Peggy says: “Even after he died Steve was still changing my life.”

We can now believe that Peggy thought Steve was dead only for him to return to live the rest (or at least most) of his life with her.

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In the very next scene, we see Steve Rogers looking at some pictures of Peggy and her children. The writers of Avengers: Endgame has confirmed that the children in these pictures are in fact Steve Roger’s kids. Yeah. Mind-blown!

But how can this be? How have we never seen or heard of his children before? And do they have Super-Soldier serum flowing through their veins? It’s very possible that they do but here’s the reason we may not know of them…until now.

To understand what exactly happened when Steve Rogers went back in time and how he returned to the current time as a 100+-year-old man we have to look at something Professor Hulk says in Endgame.

“Changing the past doesn’t change the future. Think about it. If you travel to the past…that past becomes your future…and your former present becomes the past…which can’t now be changed by your new future.”

Okay, even written down it still seems confusing but I’m going to take a crack at this time travel riddle the writers presented in Endgame.

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The first thing Hulk says is this: “Changing the past will not change the future.” So instantly, the notion that Steve Rogers’ plan to stay in the past with Peggy will affect the future is nonexistent because it doesn’t. Everything transpired like normal but Steve Rogers’ reality was the only thing that was altered.

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Next, Hulk says: “If you travel to the past…that past becomes your future…and your former present becomes the past…which can’t now be changed by your new future.”

In other words, when Steve went through the time machine and stayed in the past that became his new reality while his young self became part of the past. So, in a way, Steve Rogers lived two lives.

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One as a young man who volunteered for a dangerous science-experiment, survived the experiment, became the world’s first Super-Soldier, was frozen for nearly seven decades, became an Avenger, lost to Thanos, helped defeat Thanos, and then went back in time. This Captain America essentially died (of sorts) in the current reality, as he never returned to his friends.

Old Steve Rogers’ story began, however, when he put the Infinity Stones back and then decided to live the rest of his life in peace. This Steve Rogers lived a parallel reality. One where he lived as Captain America in anonymity, choosing to live in secret with Peggy throughout the rest of his years until the time was right to show himself again.

Of course, there comes the question, well what was Peggy doing all of that time? Remember, “Changing the past does not change the future.” In other words, when young Steve went to see Peggy when she was old that was real because that was the past. In Steve’s new future as an old man, Peggy in her final years was probably at home with him and her children surrounding her before she died.

So, can Steve Rogers’ children show up in Phase 4 of the MCU? Yes, it is very possible that this could happen. They would most likely be in their 50-60s range but, if they do have Super Soldier Serum in their veins, they would still look like they’re in their late 30s’ to mid-40s’ range.

Steve Rogers could have given them strict orders never to reveal themselves until a certain point in time, making their absence during the world-ending events of the last several years palpable.

If they did show up as the ultimate Super-Soldier duo in the coming years it would be a way to keep Captain America’s legacy going beyond just Falcon’s claiming of the title. They would be saving the world as Steve Rogers’ actual children and the thought is truly thrilling if it did happen.

What do you think? Would you love to see Steve Rogers’ children make their heroic debut in either Phase 4 or 5 of the MCU? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have an incredible day.

 

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