We know Marvel Studios’ film releases built upon each other over the first 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The opening tag with the studio’s logo went from featuring images of the comics that inspired the films.
As the grand finale to more than a decade’s worth of storytelling, Avengers: Endgame is piled with connections to the movies that preceded it.
Even so, there are still some nuggets tucked away in the movie meant to perk up the eyes and ears of comics fans.
So fans may have caught these Easter eggs if they have watched in deep.
One of them concerns Captain America. It might provide a clue about the future of the MCU. But before we get into it, we’ll warn you that several spoilers will follow.
The element of time travel has long served the science fiction genre well, and it has been the base for the final installment of Avengers series.
But the time travel through the Quantum Realm in Endgame offers more to claim the Infinity Stones before Thanos.
Captain America’s Arc Explained.
Steve Rogers is arguably less emotionally damaged at the start of Endgame that the others, perhaps because the loss has become part of the job for him.
His trips to 2012 and 1970 give him the opportunity to confront his own stoic resolve and mission-driven agenda.
After seeing Peggy again, he realizes that an inability to move on from the past doesn’t have to be a flaw for him.
As the story goes, Avengers teamed up and went straight to 1970.
Steve Rogers hides in what he finds out is Peggy Carter’s office as the S.H.I.E.L.D. director at Camp Lehigh.
While seeing the love of his life in her prime, we overhear something about how an operative named Braddock hasn’t checked in.
Captain America makes some bold choices at the end of Avengers: Endgame.
He didn’t pop straight back to the present after returning the Infinity Stones to their rightful places. Instead, he chooses to stay in the past to finally have that dance with Peggy Carter.
He re-emerges as an old man, having lived a full life.
The final shot of Endgame is Steve and Peggy finally getting their long, overdue dance.
It’s a sweet moment that gives Steve Rogers and Captain America the happy life and ending they never had, but it’s also totally out of character. Fans require a lot of mental gymnastics to be believable.
Cap gives his shield to Sam Wilson, a.k.a. the Falcon, anointing him as the new Captain America while his other famous sidekick, Bucky, the Winter Soldier, looks on in approval.
This is another nod to Spencer, who wrote the comics featuring the Falcon as Cap in a story that looked at whether America was truly ready to see a black man take up the star-spangled mantle.
There was no geekier moment in “Endgame” than when Captain America wielded Mjolnir, the mystical hammer of Thor, which can only be held by whomever the hammer deems worthy.
With Mjolnir in hand, Cap also provides the top geek moment when he lets out an “Avengers, assemble,” Cap has raised Mjolnir to the sky multiple times in Marvel Comics.
Peggy Jealous scene from Captain America 😋
His potential to wield the hammer was also hinted at in 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” when Captain America was able to budge Mjolnir ever so slightly when Thor wanted to prove that no other being could lift his No. 1 weapon.