Captain America’s Age in Final Scene of Avengers: Endgame
Infinity Saga got its closure with the release of Avengers: Endgame this year. This closure also marks the beginning of the next chapter in the MCU. But there still remain some questions which are baffling fans all across the world. One of these questions is regarding the age of Steve Rogers/ Captain America in one of the most poignant scenes of the film. In the scene, Cap passes his shield onto the Falcon or Sam Wilson. In other words, the man sitting on that park bench is not young, as many think he is.
Jen Underdahl’s Comments on Captain America’s Age
The visual effects producer of the film, Jen Underdahl, recently made various comments about the different elements of Endgame and Infinity War in an interview. One of the many questions that she gave answers to was about the creation of the look of Old Captain America.
According to her, they had to ask a lot of questions in order to work out the creation of that look. One such question was what Steve Rogers would look like when he is 106. Others such as what his skin would be like were also taken into consideration. It is after these that Rogers’ profile was created to give him a 106-year-old super soldier look.
Why 106 years old?
Again, there are questions as to why the number 106. Underdahl states that we have to note a piece of important information about Steve Rogers. This information is his birthdate. Rogers was born on July 4, 1918. Catching this into consideration, Steve will be 105 years old in 2023, the year when most of Endgame takes place. But a minor change is okay since 106 is close enough to the actual dates.
Despite the fact that it is somewhat of a correct answer, the number sill has discrepancies. This is because Steve does not quite have a straight line on the calendar. Considering he was born in 1918, he should be around 27 when goes into the ice in 1945. Also, he remains there for the next 66 years, if Captain America: The First Avenger ends in 2011. Also, he starts to age once he comes out of the ice, meaning in present-day Endgame, he should be around 39 years old.
39 is also the age he is when he goes back in time to reunite with Peggy Carter. According to Stephen McFeely, some co-writer of Endgame, the reunion happens in 1948. Therefore, this makes him 39 in terms of aging.
To simplify things, if we consider that Peggy dies in 2015, this means that she spent 67 years with Rogers. This number makes Steve around 106 years old. This gives rise to the assumption that maybe Steve used a Pym Particle to go to 2023 which is where we see him at the end of the movie. However, the whole idea of time travel and the use of Pym Particle and different timelines sort of creates a grey area of confusion. This could also mean that he did not use the Particle. So, 106 seems an age close to both the story as well as his creation. He would still be 106 if not for the time-traveling or being frozen.