Warning: this article contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame!
Avengers: Endgame ties up countless loose threads from the first decade of the MCU, but perhaps no bit of closure is more satisfying than seeing Steve Rogers travel back into the past, reunite with Peggy Carter and finally earn the happy life he had been denied for so long. And according to Endgame screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, there was never any other option for wrapping up Cap’s journey. He was always destined to go back in time and hang up his shield for good.
That’s one of many takeaways from The New York Times’ new interview with Markus and McFeely. McFeely was adamant. “From the very first outline, we knew he was going to get his dance,” the writer said, referencing the tragic ending of 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger.