Avengers: Endgame came to an emotional close when Steve Rogers was revealed to have gone back in time and lived out a long and happy life with Peggy Carter. Depending on how you view the mechanics of time travel in the MCU, that could mean there’s been two Captain Americas in the timeline all along. And fans think we might’ve got a glimpse of Old Man Cap at an earlier point in the franchise.
Remember Peggy’s funeral in Captain America: Civil War? One shot depicts an elderly gentlemen as one of the pallbearers of the late S.H.I.E.L.D. co-founder’s coffin. There’s an idea that this could be Steve, as the man’s hairstyle resembles Old Steve’s from the final scene of Endgame. He’s also diagonally opposite from what could be his younger self, so they wouldn’t encounter each other.
Here’s a screengrab of the shot in question:
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Presumably, it wasn’t the intention behind this moment to tease an older Cap, but given what we’ve learned since then it’s fair enough if some fans wish to make it their personal interpretation that this is indeed Steve, attending his wife’s funeral and making sure to keep out the way of himself and his friends.
As previously mentioned, though, whether you subscribe to this theory depends on whether you side with the Russo brothers’ reading of Cap’s final scene or Markus and McFeely’s. The directors have explained that Steve created a new timeline when he went back to be with Peggy. The writers, meanwhile, believe that Steve would’ve remained in the prime timeline and has been hanging around out of sight all this time.
As even the filmmakers have differing opinions on Avengers: Endgame‘s time travel, this theory is as valid as any other. But do you like to think this is old Captain America in Civil War? Feel free to have your own say in the comments section down below.