Originally Posted by KangConquers
The movie was very vague about the timeline. I was never under the impression that Cap was frozen exactly right at the end of the war. It felt like mid-1944 to me. Either way, 26-27 when he was frozen.
We see him disappear, and that is promptly followed by the montage of VE-Day celebrations, and Stark finding the Tesseract around that time. Stark is clever, has both Tesseract energy samples and Arnim Zola in custody, so he likely would have found the Tesseract quickly, instead of it taking him a year.