Just to be upfront and very clear: This entire post is top to bottom spoilers regarding Avengers: Endgame. Proceed at your own risk following this tweet from the Russo Brothers declaring the end of the cast’s silence concerning the movie:
If, like me, you left the theater after your showing of Endgame covered in your own tears and desperate feelings of hope before slowly reevaluating the things in the flick that didn’t quite click, worry not. The Russo Brothers (Joe and Anthony) answered a few of those lingering questions for the Chinese media and Webbed Media kindly translated. The Russos also spoke with Entertainment Weekly.
First things first: How is Ned (Jacob Batalon) the same age as Peter Parker (Tom Holland) when they see each other at school at the movie’s end?
The reason Spider-Man saw his friend again in high school at the end was simply that his friend was unfortunately also dusted like Spider-Man was. Of course, there are people in his grade who didn’t die and they are probably already in college by now. To those dusted people, they had no conscious in the past 5 years. They didn’t know what happened. It’s as if they had just woke up from a long sleep. The only one who was aware o[f] how many years has passed was Doctor Strange because he has already seen that when he was time mediating on Titan. Parker’s reunion with Ned was a touching moment. There are also people who indeed moved on but were suddenly reunited with their lost ones. Yeah, it’s kind of a complicated world now.
Did Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) live out an alternate timeline with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) or in ours? If so, whaaa?
If Cap were to go back into the past and live there, he would create a branched reality. The question then becomes, how is he back in this reality to give the shield away? Interesting question, right?
Maybe there’s a story there. There’s a lot of layers built into this movie and we spent three years thinking through it, so it’s fun to talk about it and hopefully fill in holes for people so they understand what we’re thinking.
For example, the old Cap at the end [of the] movie, he lived his married life in a different universe from the main one. He had to make another jump back to the main universe at the end to give the shield to Sam.
So they’re saying that our Captain America married Peggy in an alternate timeline where other things happened? Also, how did Bucky (Sebastian Stan) already know what Steve was going to tell Sam (Anthony Mackie)?
The Russos confirm — Bucky knew… Somehow, he was aware that Cap was going to live in the past, and it’s probably more than just intuition. “Especially when he says goodbye,” Joe explained. “He says, ‘I’ll miss you.’ Clearly, he knows something.”
But how? Has Winter Soldier already met with Old Cap at some previous point? It seems the answer is yes.
On the other hand, Joe adds, “Sam doesn’t know something.” Falcon has no idea about Old Cap, which is why The Winter Soldier urges him to go up and talk to the now-elderly Steve Rogers. Bucky already has the answer to the questions Sam is going to ask.
We still have no idea if Steve hid in the shadows as Peggy’s unknown husband in that dimension/timeline. Also, did he bounce into our timeline sometimes to rescue Bucky sooner? Were there two Winter Soldiers in our timeline at one point, one saved by Cap and one not? If so, how did Bucky know? If not, HOW DID BUCKY KNOW?!?!
So many more questions remain and it is nearly guaranteed that some will be answered by Disney’s new streaming service or future movies. They got us again.