When the Scarlet Witch changed reality in House of M, she gave Captain America a bitter interpretation of what life could be like if he were never frozen.
The final moments of Avengers Endgame revealed that the incarnation of Steve Rogers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe went on to live an idyllic life in which he was able to return to his original time and live a happy life with Peggy Carter. But this isn’t the only time you’ve been able to see how that possibility might have developed.
Captain America # 10 by Ed Brubaker, Lee Weeks, Jesse Delperdang, Mike Perkins, and Matt Milla imagined the “perfect” life Scarlet Witch gave Steve Rogers when he was trapped in it. House of M reality, and revealed a dark contrast to the happy ending that the MCU’s Steve Rogers received in Avengers Endgame.
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After Scarlet Witch attacked the Avengers during the events of Avengers: Disassembled, was taken to Genosha to try to overcome her mental problems. But her brother manipulated her into using her powers to recreate reality, creating a world where the mutant type was the dominant species. Part of this plan was to give each hero their own ideal version of their life in the hope that the heroes would decide not to fight them. This included Captain America, whose life was reinvented so that it would never have been frozen after WWII. In this version of events, Captain America was not thrown from the drone in the final days of the war to be frozen for decades. Instead, he held on and was able to divert it directly to Baron Zemo, instantly killing him and saving himself and Bucky.
Leading the invaders for the remainder of the war, Captain America was even able to successfully capture Adolf Hitler when the Allies took Berlin, ensuring that Hitler was brought to justice for his crimes. Steve was able to return to the United States and, a year after the end of the war, he married Peggy Carter. Steve is brought before the Senate Hearings on Mutant Activity, in this world led by the infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy, and Rogers is forced to give up his title of Captain America when he refuses to report on his allies within the Invaders. Rogers was quickly recruited by NASA and became the first man to set foot on the moon, doing so more than a decade earlier than in most timelines thanks to collaborations between human and mutant scientists.
But Peggy insults Steve for making the monumental moment a known association between humans and mutants, which conflicts with her duties in SHIELD by monitoring the activity of mutants. Stress eventually leads to their divorce, and Steve can only watch the world change 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 about this rule, which resulted in his forced retirement. Steve eventually grows old and lonely, with the other heroes even deciding not to recruit him for the final battle, reasoning that the elderly hero might not be able to do much in the next battle against Magneto’s forces.
The House of M Steve Rogers’ version is a heartbreaking reminder that sometimes getting what you want is not the dream come true you could wish for. For Steve Rogers of the MCU, he was able to go back in time and live a life with Peggy Carter that was seemingly nice and happy, free of conflict. But House of M The world was still rough on Steve Rogers, leaving him in a wild world that was very different from the place he fought for in WWII. It’s a stern look at how living your life unhindered wouldn’t have automatically made Steve Rogers have the perfect life. While the MCU version had a happy ending, House of M It hints at how high (and low) a post-WWII Captain America might have gone.
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