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Captain America: How House of M Gave Steve Rogers His Endgame Ending
Brandon Zachary
2021-07-06T06:29:46
Captain America House of M Endgame
Captain America House of M Endgame
The final moments of Avengers: Endgame revealed that the Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnation of Steve Rogers got to live an idyllic life where he was able to return to his original time and live a happy life with Peggy Carter. But this isn't the only time he's gotten to see how that possibility could have played out.
Captain America #10 by Ed Brubaker, Lee Weeks, Jesse Delperdang, Mike Perkins and Matt Milla imagined the "perfect" life that Scarlet Witch gave Steve Rogers when he was trapped in the House of M reality -- and revealed a dark contrast to the happy ending the Steve Rogers of the MCU received in Avengers: Endgame.
After Scarlet Witch targeted the Avengers during the events of Avengers: Disassembled, she was brought to Genosha to try to overcome her mental issues. But her brother manipulated her into utilizing her powers to recreate reality -- creating a world where mutant-kind was the dominant species. Part of this plan involved giving each hero their own ideal version of their life out of hope that the heroes would decide not to fight against them. This included Captain America, whose life was reimagined to have never been frozen in the aftermath of World War II. In this version of events, Captain America wasn't thrown from the drone in the waning days of the war to be frozen for decades. Instead, he held on and was able to reroute it directly at Baron Zemo -- killing him instantly and saving both himself and Bucky.
Leading the Invaders for the rest of the war, Captain America was even able to successfully capture Adolf Hitler when the Allies took Berlin, ensuring Hitler was brought to justice for his crimes. Steve was able to return to America and, within a year of the war's end, married Peggy Carter. Steve is brought before Senate Hearings on Mutant Activity -- in this world led by the infamous real-world Senator Joseph McCarthy -- and Rogers is forced to surrender his title as Captain America when he refuses to inform on his allies within the Invaders. Rogers was quickly recruited by NASA and became the first man to step on the moon -- doing so over a decade earlier than in most timelines thanks to the collaborations between human and mutant scientists.
But Peggy insults Steve for making the monumental moment a known partnership between human and mutant, which conflicts with her duties at S.H.I.E.L.D. monitoring mutant activity. The stress eventually leads to their divorce, and Steve can only watch as the world shifts and mutants become more prominent -- chief among them Magneto, who quickly reveals his ideals for a world where mutants are the dominant force. Rogers spoke out about this rule, resulting in his forced retirement. Steve eventually grows old and alone -- with the other heroes even deciding against recruiting him for the final battle, reasoning the aged hero wouldn't be able to do much in the coming battle against Magneto's forces.
The House of M version of Steve Rogers is a harrowing reminder that sometimes getting what you want isn't the dream come true that you could hope for. For the Steve Rogers of the MCU, he was able to go back in time and live out a life with Peggy Carter that was seemingly a pleasant and happy one, unburdened with conflict. But the House of M world was still harsh on Steve Rogers, leaving him in a wild world that was a far cry different from the place he fought for in World War II. It's a dour look at how getting to live his life unhindered wouldn't have automatically made Steve Rogers have the perfect life. While the MCU version got a happy ending, House of M hints at how high -- and low -- a post-World War II Captain America could have gone.
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