How was the Soul Stone returned to Vormir by

Captain America after he traveled back in time?

And was its former keeper,

the Red Skull

freed after someone took the Stone or did he stay around like a store manager waiting in case someone came for a refund?

  • With no obvious way to leave the planet, I'm assuming he's just stuck there.
    – Valorum
    Apr 28, 2019 at 17:09
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    I like to think Cap landed at the foot of the mountain like everyone else, but then just tossed the stone up into the air and thwacked it with his shield, right into Schmidt’s face on the peak just as he was packing up his spare shawls to leave. Apr 28, 2019 at 18:24
  • I feel they rushed this part and hoped no one would notice
    – Nigel Fds
    Apr 29, 2019 at 5:53
  • Stuck it in an envelope with the words “ return to sender “ and have it to red skull.
    – Samalot
    Sep 4, 2019 at 22:33

2 Answers 2


The instruction Banner gives to Steve is pretty clear.

Bruce: ...Remember, you have to return the stones to the exact moment you got 'em or you're gonna open up a bunch of nasty alternative realities

Which implies that he would return the Soul Stone to its previous resting place (care of the Red Skull) a few seconds after Clint received it. Red Skull would still be waiting at the top of the cliff.

"Red Skull would probably put the Soul Stone back to its location, and wait for the next unfortunate Stone seeker to make sacrifice. Cap and Red Skull probably won't fight. It's because it's his mission to return the stone to its original place. The Red Skull is also no longer the same Red Skull from CA. He is more like a ghost, you could almost say he's a completely different entity now. He only exists to guard the Stone, his past conscious may or may not exist anymore"

The 17 questions most wanted to know in "Avengers 4", we asked the director Russo Brothers - (in translation)

It's not really clear whether someone taking the stone would unbind the Red Skull from the temple per se, but it certainly seems that whatever happens next would take more than a single "moment".

  • Too bad Cap couldn't exchange the Soul stone for ***'s soul back, since her body would presumably still be present at the bottom of the drop point at the time Cap returned the stone. Apr 29, 2019 at 3:13
  • I think the emphasize is on "nasty" in Bruce's quote. Some of the stones cannot just be put back. For example the tesseract was destroyed, Cap can only bring back the plain space stone.
    – Chris
    Apr 29, 2019 at 5:55
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    @Raj - But was he 'unfreed' when Captain America turned up a microsecond later and put it back where it was before.,
    – Valorum
    Apr 29, 2019 at 17:09
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    @Raj - That was the entire plan, approved by the Sorceror Supreme herself.
    – Valorum
    Apr 29, 2019 at 17:21
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    @Chris - He has the Time and Space stones. This means he can go anywhere in the universe and reverse the flow of time on the various objects the stones were housed in
    – Valorum
    Apr 30, 2019 at 21:43

Valorum's answer does a good job of explaining why Red Skull would likely still be on Vormir and that the two wouldn't fight. However, it doesn't explain how the Soul Stone is returned. Markus and McFeely were asked that question for the HeroBlend podcast, here is their response:

Stephen McFeely: It's a good question. I think it is an everlasting exchange.

Christopher Markus: There's a slot.

Stephen McFeely: That's right. Yeah, that's right. It's like an old time bank. It's a pneumatic tube.

Christopher Markus: You put it back, but you don't get anything in return. It's not like a pawn shop.

Cinema Blend, How Does One Return The Soul Stone? We Asked The Avengers: Endgame Writers

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