MCU: 7 Ways Peggy Carter Is Steve Rogers’ True Love (And 7 Ways She’s Bucky Barnes)

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It’s not possible to look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Captain America and not bring up the names of Peggy Carter and Bucky Barnes. Both characters were constants in Steve Rogers’ life, even when they weren’t physically present. He certainly loved both Peggy and Bucky, and the latter was also considered in a romantic sense to many fans.

Although Peggy was his real love interest, Steve’s love for Bucky was such that they can be considered each other’s true loves, even if viewed in a platonic context. Again, Steve and Peggy’s relationship cannot be understated, which means there are valid reasons to consider both characters under this notion.


Updated August 4, 2022 by Colin McCormick: The release of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier furthered Bucky Barnes’ storyline in the MCU, and Peggy Carter found herself in an even more elevated role in the animated What If…? series, and again in live action in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Even without Steve Rogers, these characters have proven to still be very compelling, but it seems fans will always remember the original Captain America when they think of either in the MCU.

Peggy Carter

They were still there for each other after some time apart

Despite the eventual happy ending, the romance between Steve and Peggy was quite tragic at times. When Steve sacrificed himself to take down the Hydra plane, Peggy thought she lost him. But it is shown that she never forgot him, keeping him in her mind all these years.

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While Steve survived the plane crash, when he woke up he found that time had robbed him of his chance at a happy life with Peggy. However, he also keeps a torch burning for her, visiting her when she dies of old age and never letting go of the idea that they could have been together.

She admired him before he was a super soldier

Peggy is clearly impressed with Steve’s physical transformation when he becomes a super soldier. However, it is also clear that her admiration for him began when he was just a thin, kind-hearted young man.

Bucky obviously knew Steve long before he was Captain America, but Peggy may see him in a way that even Bucky doesn’t. She recognizes his bravery and noble spirit that he would be a good hero even without the muscles. This is something that is effectively explored in the What if? series when Peggy becomes Captain America but still loves Steve.

She was his vision of a perfect life

At least in Steve Rogers’ eyes, partly because of the expectations of his time, having a family and living with Peggy is what he wanted. In fact, whenever the idea of ​​a happily ever after came up, Steve’s thoughts went straight to Peggy, no matter when or where.

This was shown in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where Steve was under the influence of the Scarlet Witch and Peggy was seen returning from the war. At the end of the movie, he told Tony that the idea of ​​having a family disappeared when he fell on the ice and broke up with Peggy. Of course, he realized this vision Avengers: Endgame back to Peggy.

He gave his future life for her

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) in Avengers: Endgame

Although there are some aspects of their relationship that don’t make sense due to Steve’s knowledge of the future, the two were finally able to have a happy ending. This was possible when Steve decided to give up his life in the future and remain in the past.

At this point, he was the leader of the Avengers, got his friends back from the Snap, and regained the public’s favor. However, Steve chose to say goodbye to Bucky to go back to Peggy, as being with her was worth all of this to him.

She was in his mind when he thought he was about to die


At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve believed his time had come when he decided to crash the plane and sacrifice himself. He placed a photo of Peggy nearby so it would be the last thing he saw as he radioed her.

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What he thought was his last conversation was about contemplating what a dance with Peggy would be like, as he wanted to have the image of them together as his last thought. Also, Peggy was also his first thought when he woke up in the future.

He thought of her even after her death

What’s interesting to note is that Peggy was largely a memory for Steve in the MCU, as her only full story unfolded in Captain America: The First Avenger. For the most part, Steve still thought of her as the person he most wanted to be with.

Even though Bucky’s absence crossed her mind, it didn’t overwhelm her like Peggy’s did. Although Avengers: Endgame It proved that the past Steve could stop at the mention of Bucky, Peggy remained in his mind for years after his death.

He ended up spending most of his life with her

Some fans of Agent Carter feeling that Peggy was more suited to Daniel Sousa than Steve. Regardless, the MCU’s Steve Rogers spent almost his entire life with Peggy. While it’s not canon in the Captain America comics, it’s clear that Steve and Peggy were meant to be.

After being in the future for eleven years, he traveled back in time to be with Peggy, which lasted several decades. Indeed, Steve was with Peggy for so long that her time with Bucky pales in comparison, with Steve claiming that she was “beautiful” this time when he ran into old Sam.

Bucky Barnes

They both know what it is to be a man out of time

Bucky smiles at Steve at the bar

Even though Steve has a lot of good friends that he’s been through many times, like saving the world, he’s still a bit of an outsider. As someone who was from the 1940s and suddenly woken up in the 21st century, he has always felt displaced.

The only other character who understands what has happened is Bucky. Both Bucky and Steve, men of the 1940s, live in an era in which they do not belong. Whenever they are together, they seem more comfortable as they finally have someone to connect them to the life they once knew.

Their story together saved Bucky

Steve carries Bucky while they are both injured

While there are many tragic stories in the MCU, Bucky may have the most painful of them all. He is haunted by his time as the Winter Soldier and is controlled by Hydra for much of his life. it’s likely he would have stayed that way if it weren’t for his friendship with Steve.

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As Steve and Bucky face off Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bucky is ready to fulfill his mission to kill Steve. But it’s Steve’s determination to remind Bucky of who he is and the history they share together that allows him to break free from the brainwashing.

He went to any lengths to save him

The detailed history of Bucky’s time as a brainwashed assassin must be answered The Falcon and the Winter Soldieralthough he was first rescued by Steve during Captain America: The First Avenger. This was just the beginning as Steve saved Bucky many times in the MCU.

After going into the heart of danger to rescue Bucky in the first film, she decided to die with him Captain America: The Winter Soldier until Bucky saved his life. He also almost died at the hands of Iron Man while defending Bucky. It’s a testament to how much he loved Bucky that he was willing to die every time for him.

Their connection was from their youth

ASteve’s entire youth had Bucky’s presence involved. They were legitimately lifelong friends. Peggy only knew him for a short time while Bucky was there for Steve through all of his struggles.

This is why Steve loved Bucky so much, as he stated, “When I had nobody, I had Bucky,” which was shown when Bucky was there for Steve after his parents died. The fact that they still remembered and valued their childhood even when they were technically over a hundred years old speaks volumes for Bucky’s influence on young Steve.

No one took the place Bucky had for him

Bucky and Steve meet in Infinity War

Some might argue that Sharon Carter replaced Peggy as Steve’s love interest, as she did in the comics. The place Bucky held in his heart remained his alone as no one came close to the level Steve placed Bucky on.

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While he had a number of close friendships with the likes of Tony Stark, Sam Wilson, and Natasha Romanoff, they still didn’t qualify for the title of best friend the way Bucky did with Steve. In terms of that connection, Bucky was irreplaceable.

She broke off his other friendships and became a fugitive to him

bucky and steve

The efforts Steve made for Bucky cannot be understated, this being the greatest of all. Although he initially had no proof of Bucky’s innocence, Steve insisted that he was not responsible for the bombing of Captain America: Civil Warand refused to side with Iron Man.

Steve chose Bucky’s friendship which made his friendly rivalry with Iron Man more serious and broke up the Avengers. More than that, Steve defied the governments of the world and became a war criminal, all because of his love and devotion to Bucky.

It shaped his outlook on life after Bucky

of Stephen the story has been told and the characterization he had was possible because he shaped his vision after Bucky. Steve aspired to be strong, confident and a good man like Bucky was during his youth, which motivated him to become a soldier.

The person who embodied the spirit of Captain America comes down to Bucky. After Bucky’s initial “death”, Peggy used Steve’s love for Bucky as a way to help him move on by reminding him that the respect he had for Bucky should be valued for his sacrifice.

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