Solauren wrote: ↑
It's also possible that Captain America returning the Soul Stone, undid the sacrifice, and Natasha is alive, but in hiding, going back to pure undercover work.
That would be my hope, yes.
On the subject of returning the Stone: I can't be the only one annoyed that Cap ran into Red Skull again and it took place off-screen.
Now, big question: What was Steve Rogers life like when he went back in time? How the hell did he and Peggy keep that quiet?
Did Peggy's niece know about the time travel? I mean, in effect, she was making out with her Uncle!
Did Steve manage to live the quiet life? He once said he couldn't just walk away from someone in trouble....
I believe the directors said he created an alternate timeline with Peggy. Which irks me in kind of the same way Gamora coming back does- these aren't
the characters we lost coming back/getting a reunion. Past whatever point the timelines diverged, they are in some sense different people, with different memories and experiences. Using clones to "replace" someone to allow for a happy ending is an old trope, of course, but its always feels creepy to me. Because you're treating what are essentially different people as interchangeable, so that their love interest can get a happy ending. If that's what happened, Cap isn't getting reunited with his one true love- he's screwing a woman who happens to look like her. Okay, that's obviously an oversimplification, because they'd have the same genes and up to a certain point the same experiences, but at some point their lives diverged, and these are unique people. There's something very dehumanizing to me about treating clones as interchangeable (and yes, I'd say the same if the clones were male characters, in case anyone's wondering, although it does always seem to be a female love interest who gets replaced by an identical substitute in these scenarios).
Two quotes come to mind:
"Killing your own clone is still murder."-Odo, Star Trek: Deep Space 9.
"A man is the sum of his memories, a Time Lord more so than most."-The Doctor (I don't recall which one, might have been Five).
The point being, each clone is a unique person, and having different memories makes them different people, even if they started out identical.
On a whole bunch of levels, the more I think about it, the Cap/Peggy ending is something that seems really sweet the first time you watch it, but makes less and less sense character-wise the more you think about it.