Okay, brace yourselves Marvel fans, because Steve Rogers is MUCH older in the finale of Endgame than you realised. By at least a decade we’d wager, maybe more.
That’s down to a whole variety of factors, which we’re about to get into, but before we demonstrate our sums, we’re going to hit you with the result. Steve Rogers is 109 years old when he sits down on that bench. Yeah, we know.
And, before you assume that we’ve included the years he was frozen in ice, we’re not actually Loki and we’d never trick you like that.
Because if you count the 66 years Rogers spent as a patriotic popsicle, he’d actually be 175 years old. Yes, that is indeed insane. We don’t want to calculate the cost of all the birthday presents Bucky owes his best pal, but we’re pretty sure he’s going to be bankrupt after he’s sent them.
So, how did we get to this result? We’re going to pop down our shield and pick up our calculators to show you.
Steve is born in 1918, so far, so good. The young soldier is given the super serum in 1941, aged 23. That’s when they timey-wimey trouble starts.
Captain America: The First Avenger covers several years and ends in 1945, which would make Steve 27. At the end of that film, he crashes into frozen water and is perfectly preserved.
He’s able to survive as a side effect of the serum – he doesn’t die, his metabolism just slows down. This isn’t a Jon Snow situation, more of a Steve Ice scenario (and we’ve just found our rap name).
Rogers is released from his icy prison 66 years later, in 2011, in Avengers: Assemble. That technically makes him 93, but we’re going to go ahead and allow him to stay 27. He’s had a tough ride, the kid deserves it.
Infinity War takes place in 2018, which makes Steve either 34 or 100 years old. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and say that the opening of Endgame happens before his next birthday. That would still make him either 39 (or 105) after the film makes its five-year time jump.
At the end of Endgame, Steve travels back in time to be with his true love Peggy Carter, and have that dance he missed out on. Most people estimate he went back to 1947, as that’s the earliest point he would have been able to return to.
But we’re going to play it super safe and say he went back to 1953, as that’s the first canon year that we know Carter was married (from a flashback interview in The Winter Soldier). It would approximately match up with how old he would have been in that year – his body is 39 but his birth certificate says 1918 – no one’s going to freak out over his looking five years too old.
That means there are 70 years between Cap going back to hook up with Carter, and the moment he sat down on that bench to hand over his shield to Sam. So, by our calculations – even giving Steve a few years leeway here and there – he’s still 109 in that scene, while also technically being 175.
Of course, there’s a scientific reason Steve’s able to survive for this long – the super serum given to him by Abraham Erskine not only enhances his strength, it contains a healing factor so strong we’re surprised Steve’s aged at all by the time Endgame’s ending rolls around.
The super serum enhances the body’s metabolic, cellular and chemical processes, enhancing Steve’s ability to recover, building up greater resistance to fatigue and exhaustion. It also allows the super soldier to fully recover from any injury without drugs, medicines or other medical treatments.
The serum affects the levels of Steve’s dopamine, testosterone, adrenaline and various other endorphins and hormones, enhancing the chemical’s effects to amplify Steve’s physical and mental performance.
So, yeah, basically, it’s like the Holy Grail in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and, for all we know, Steve’s going to live for another 109 years after the events of Endgame. Now there’s a Disney+ spin-off series we’d like to see.