Avengers Endgame: Steve Rogers Left One Branched Timeline Unattended
During the time heist of Avengers endgame, many-branched timelines were created. However, our Super brave captain Steve Rogers fixed all those branched timelines except one. At the end of Infinity War, Thanos was victorious in erasing half the life of earth, and it took the almighty Avengers 5 years to bring all those people back. Even though they managed to undo Thanos’ snap, they had to make many sacrifices to do so.
What went down in Avengers Endgame’s Time heist?
Planning and executing the time heist wasn’t easy in the first place. All The Avengers had to go back in time to retrieve all the six Infinity stones. After they successfully reversed Thanos’ snap, they had to return all the Infinity stones to their respective places so that the timeline could not be disrupted by the creation of any new branched timelines.
Being the responsible Avenger, Captain Steve Rogers was chosen to return all the stones to their original places. However, when Steve went back in time, he decided to live with his ladylove Peggy Carter in the 40s. Marvel Studios didn’t reveal much about what happened when Steve decided to stay with Peggy, but the viewers naturally assumed that Steve was successful in his mission. But there’s something that Captain Steve Rogers forgot, a branched timeline.
Before executing the time heist, the Avengers needed to test the theory of time travel. Initially, Ant-Man, aka Scott Lang, was supposed to travel back in time, given his expertise in the area. However, due to several mishaps, Clint Barton was sent back in time.
Which branched timeline did Steve not rectify?
Clint Barton successfully travels back to his farmhouse before Thanos’ snap. To prove that their plan was working, he took a baseball glove with himself while returning to the present time. Now according to Avengers endgame’s time-traveling rule, Clint created a branched timeline when he brought back that baseball glove from his home.
For the same reason, Steve Roger also had to return Mjolnir that Thor took from the 2014 timeline with the reality stone. However, Clint returning the baseball glove was never shown in the MCU timeline. This means that the branched timeline created by Clint Barton’s action is still not fixed.
However, The Avengers didn’t know about these time-traveling rules at that time. They didn’t realize that their slightest actions could have implications on the bigger universe. They were only trying to find out whether or not their time heist would work, And once they found out that the time heist was possible, they moved onto their next step.
When the heroes were done with the time heist, they didn’t even get the time to relax because they had to deal with the unfortunate death of Natasha Romanoff, followed by hulk’s blip and then the ultimate battle with Thanos. So it is not really their fault that they forgot about this branch timeline created by Clint’s trip to his farmhouse. Now fans want to know what happened to that branched timeline and if it was left unattended.
Is this a part of something bigger?
So far, the branched timeline hasn’t been mentioned in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we don’t know if it will be brought up in the future. It’s also possible that the surviving Avengers doesn’t even remember about this. Now that the multiverse is officially introduced in MCU phase 4, it can play an essential role in the Marvel Universe.