Avengers: Endgame co-writer Christopher Markus has seemingly confirmed a popular fan theory centred on Steve Rogers aka Captain America.
Towards the end of the Marvel movie, Rogers takes it upon himself to return the Infinity Stones back to the timelines and places that he, Iron Man, Black Widow and the gang retrieved them from in their attempt to stop Thanos.
But he takes a little longer coming back than expected and when he does return, he’s an old man because, as he explains to pal Sam Wilson, he stuck around in the past and shared a happy life with lost love Peggy Carter.
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With that, some viewers deduced that there would have been two versions of Rogers existing in the events leading up to Endgame, and speculation amplified when an eagle-eyed fan spotted an older man carrying Peggy’s coffin at her funeral in Captain America: Civil War. Now, Markus has revealed there could be some truth to that…
“I would like to believe that through some sort of bullshit time loop paradox – throw in the words you use when you’re bullshitting science in a movie: ‘some sort of quantum paradox’ – that there are indeed two Captain Americas in the MCU timeline,” he said at a San Diego Comic-Con panel (via ScreenRant).
“That Steve Rogers who looped back into time has therefore always been there, and that he is living somewhere else in the movies you’re watching.”
While he may be into the theory that there are two lots of Chris Evans within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Markus isn’t entirely on board with Steve being a pallbearer. Instead, he supports the idea that he’s at the ceremony as an unsuspecting guest somewhere.
“What I really like to believe is that there’s an old man sitting in back at Peggy’s funeral in Civil War, and that’s old Steve Rogers, watching young Steve Rogers, carry old Steve Rogers’s wife up to the front of the church.
“Can I explain it scientifically? Not really, no,” he jokingly concluded.
Avengers: Endgame is out now.