Avengers Endgame and a certain missing weapon [SPOILERS]

Heads up: this is about a specific plot point in Avengers: Endgame. Do NOT read this if you haven’t seen the movie yet. You’ve been warned.

At the end of the movie, Cap goes back in time to return the stones to their original timeline. He takes with him his shield and Thor’s hammer: Mjölnir.

Cap doesn’t return from the trip as planned,  and the crew notice an old man sitting on the bench. At this point Old-man Cap gives his shield to Mac. Very nice and touching scene. But, where’s Mjölnir?

One explanation I like is that during Cap’s time travels to return the stones he returns the Power Stone last, to 1970, and that’s where he stayed, with Peggy. At this point, there would have to be two Captain Americas in the same timeline that the MCU has traveled for the past 10 years. The Old-Man Cap decided to live with Peggy, in seclusion. (He couldn’t exactly go out and advertise who he was, could he?)

Update: in the comments Chris Estrada points out that Cap almost certainly goes back to the 1940s to be with Peggy. I highly suggest reading his entire comment. It sheds a lot more light on this topic.

If this is what happened, then Cap would have taken on a role of a average, nondescript citizen, and he would have to have an agreement with Peggy not to influence the timeline.

So here’s Cap, putting down his hero persona and living as a regular citizen. He has his shield and hammer, probably stored away in the hall closet. But at some point, Cap is no longer “worthy” of the hammer; he’s mowing the lawn instead of fighting the good fight against evil.

And so Mjölnir sits, unmovable, in the hall closet. I picture a scene of one day Cap goes to pick up the hammer and it doesn’t budge; he suddenly realizes he’s no longer a hero.

Unfortunately, none of that works for the continuity of the timeline. Because Cap would have to have left Mjölnir back in Asgard to replace the one that Fat-Thor brought back with him. Basically, they borrowed Mjölnir from the past to fight Thanos.

The big problem with Cap going back to live a life with Peggy — Peggy was already married and had a child with another man. We know that from an interview with Peggy shown in Captain America: Winter Soldier, recorded in 1953. We can say that maybe Peggy and this man were no longer together by 1970 when Cap went back — that’s believable. However, again in Winter Soldier there’s a scene with Cap and old Peggy, and she definitely doesn’t remember a relationship with him after he went down in the plane in the arctic.

The only way this works is if Cap told Peggy what would happen in the future, that he would be thawed out of the ice, and at some point she would have to convince young Cap that they never had a life together.

That’s some serious fan-wanking, but pretty much every single story that involves time travel requires those sort of blinders. Don’t pull too hard, or the whole story unravels.

I’m not complaining. I think Endgame did a fantastic job of injecting time travel into the plot in a playful and thoughtful way. But it’s not flawless. Clearly, this wasn’t the plan all along, because if it were they could have added a few tiny easter eggs in the previous movies that only hatch during the time travel scenes.

What do you think? Are there any other temporal paradoxes that the story glosses over?

What’s New in the RunPee App Version 5.0 – Movie posters can can draw on, MCU Peetimes at a glance, and much more!

We slaved a while over this one, but we’re proud to present the latest update to the RunPee app. This version has a way to be creative and make personalized movie designs using your finger as a brush; an exclusive MCU film hub where RunPee collected every Peetime for ALL the 22 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and counting); an improved Peeple’s Movie Poll; and the cleaner Movie Info Screen interface fans begged us for. The RunPee Family is super proud of this brand new update, and we hope you love it too.

Let’s start with the details of the RunPee app Version 5.0 BIGGIE. Presenting the New MovieMeme:

MovieMeme
RunPee Sis and her Grand Daughter Nanna Johnson collaborated on this one together: this is a fun way to bring the generations together meaningfully. Try it.
  • #MovieMeme  — This is the most exciting change to the RunPee app update. You get to be creative and directly play with movies to your spirit of fun or inspiration. This is pretty unique. Use your finger as a “paintbrush” to draw on a movie poster! (Or use a phone stylus – whichever you prefer.) Go ahead: add crazy designs —  mark it up to make it silly, inspirational, or meaningful —  stamp your own personality on it!  You can also add text at the top or bottom to add quotes, jokes, or insights (it’s an optional feature, but adds to the fun and makes it look really good).

So, you can design your own movie poster based off the original, and share your art to friends, family, and the world though social media, email, or text. RunPee makes this super easy to do.

(Note: make sure to send a copy to yourself every time to keep it, since you get a fresh new one to try with on each visit to the RunPee app. )

Anyone at any age can do these drawings, and we’ve had great responses from RunPee beta testers as young as 6 and as old as…well, great-grandma age. 😉

Experiment, and enjoy! We designed this feature in the app update purely for you to have fun.

Other Key New Benefits to the RunPee app update:

  • Caught up in the Avengers craze? Planning a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) rewatch ahead of Endgame? (And seriously, your plan start NOW.) We made it simple to see all the MCU movies’ details. Tap on the menu — top-right — and select “MCU Movies“. Tap next to Captain America’s iconic shield: you’ll find every Peetime for every Marvel Cinematic Universe vault, all in one place on the RunPee app. Whew! That’s a lot of movies. You’re welcome. 🙂

MCU Movies

  • Movie Info Screen — this part of the RunPee app has a new look that’s cleaner and easier to use. Scroll down and tell us if you like the new layout. We’ve made this change in response to fan requests for less screen clutter, without losing the features you already enjoy, especially the Peetimes, Extra Scene details, and our in-house Movie Reviews.
  •  Peeple’s Poll — The RunPee app now gives you the option to “hide” the movie poll results from others until after you voted. This way you can vote without being influenced by seeing the current results. You can do it either way with the tap of a button.

As always, let us know what you think of the changes in the update to the RunPee app – both good, bad, or constructive. Contact us at [email protected].

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