I don’t know about anyone else, but the first time I saw Avengers: Endgame in theaters, I was absolutely blown away. I loved the exploration of the characters’ trauma following Thanos’ victory. A lot of people have made a big deal about the movie feeling plot-less after Thanos’ first death, but that was not an issue for me; the movie has no driving force at that moment because the heroes have no driving force beyond trying to recover from what had happened. Not to belabor the point, I enjoyed every aspect of the movie. The shock value (Cap wielding Mjolnir, the A-Force sequence, and the like) wore off for the second viewing, but it is still enjoyable on repeat viewing.
And then Captain America got his “happy ending” at the very end, and my mind was blown with the possibilities.
That’s where I want to go in this article: talk about the alternate reality created by Steve Rogers’ decision to go back to 1945, right after his presumed death, and create a new life in the past with Peggy Carter. Frankly, I think this alternate reality is the most interesting of the 6 (see below) created by the movie, and it would be a fantastic basis for a Disney+ series in the future.
Alternate Realities Created by Avengers: Endgame:AR 2018- created by Barton testing the time travel and taking his son’s baseball gloveAR 2014- the one where Thanos jumps ahead to the main universe and gets snappedAR 2010- Rocket and Thor mess with the events of Thor: The Dark WorldAR 2008- the Avengers play with The AvengersAR 1970- Steve and Tony infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.AR 1945- Steve’s “happily ever after”
Before getting into what’s different, there’s one myth that needs to be dispelled: