Spoilers ahead for anyone who still hasn’t caught Avengers: Endgame yet.
Ahead of the premiere of Avengerse: Endgame, Chris Evans and some of his fellow Avengers pals went to Shanghai where they participated in a fan event that included a Q&A component. The question Evans was asked had to do with the Time Stone and what Steve Rogers would do if he had unfettered access to the stone. Evans said:
Alright, have you seen Avengers: Endgame yet? If you haven’t yet, now’s a good time to exit. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya twice.
In this context, Chris Evans is answering a question specifically about the Time Stone and in the movie the group leapt into the past via the Quantum Realm, through the use of Pym Particles, and kept on track through a nifty device that was created by Tony Stark.
But it certainly toes the spoiler line regarding what actually happens in Avengers: Endgame.
That’s because at the end of the movie, Cap does ultimately opt to alter his timeline and head into the past. He returns all of the Infinity Stones to the points where the Avengers borrowed them after returning the trillions lost during the snap back into existence. When he’s finished, instead of heading back to the Avengers’ present, he returns to Peggy Carter in the past to resume the life he has always yearned for.
At the very end of the movie, after all the time travel is done, Steve Rogers shows up, now an old man, and cedes Cap's shield to Sam, who will be the new Captain America moving forward.
It’s a sentimental and lovely ending, particularly thanks to a shot of Steve and Peggy dancing, and it wraps up the MCU’s first 10 years rather neatly. Still, Chris Evans plays with fire a little bit here with his answer, and I wonder if Kevin Feige was sweating a little on the other end of the stage. Of course, we've known forever that Steve Rogers longed for Peggy after being unfrozen. However, his comment is pretty damn close to Endgame’s ultimate ending.
Although, if you were to ask the audience at the Shanghai event, which happened before the movie premiered, they were less pleased about the Peggy Carter answer than they would have been about someone like Bucky. At one point while Chris Evans was answered, a Bucky chant was started by the crowd, and Evans responded, noting,
These days, she’s actually a lost and found love.
Catch Avengers: Endgame for a second round in theaters as the movie starts heading to the $2 billion mark. Or, take a look at what we know about what’s coming in Marvel’s Phase Four.
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