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[This post contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. Read at your own risk.]

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Last night, I watched Avengers: Endgame for the third time. I really love rewatching the final 15 minutes when Sam “Falcon” Wilson assumes the mantel of Captain America from Steve Rogers. It’s a beautiful scene and then we get the bonus of receiving closure on the Steve Rogers/Peggy Carter love story. 

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My question is what happens next? If the military discovers that Steve is alive back in the 1940s, they will want him back. He’s an expensive strategic asset. 

So that means that Peggy must keep him secret. 

To that end, does this mean Peggy leaves S.H.I.E.L.D.? If she continues working there and maintaining the long hours and work ethic she’s known for, wouldn’t she risk revealing her secret? You’d think it would slip out somehow.

And then, if she does leave her employer, that means that the show Agent Carter is no longer canon and she wouldn’t appear in Avengers: Endgame.

It stands that the final scene of Endgame could screw up a large chunk of MCU continuity, wouldn’t you think?

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Dave2

As a member of SHIELD, Peggy has access to everything she needs to give Steve an entirely new identity. But I have no idea how somebody as globally recognizable as Captain America... especially back then... gets away with not being spotted. Does he go out in makeup disguise every time? I have no idea. Maybe he took some alien tech when he returned the stones which allowed him to easily disguise himself. That seems the more "comic book acceptable" explanation.

kapgar

Well, sure she has access but I’d think it might get a little suspicious and she’d be looked at sideways because of it. Or they’d come after her and find Steve and their idyllic postwar life would fall apart.

Ren

Head canon: This all happens in an alternate timeline from which he returned offscreen and found his way to the bench. In that timeline, he could have changed everything or almost nothing. It's hard to imagine him sitting on the sideline as history unfolds, though.

Mostly, don't think too much about what happens when Cap starts traveling back to return the stones: there are lots of unaddressed problems there (rebuilding the Tesseract, space travel, whatever happens with the soul stone).

kapgar

We think it’s an alternate timeline. We don’t know for sure. He may have returned to the original or the first alternate or, sheesh, this is confusing.

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