Obviously, nothing is confirmed concerning the specificity of Avengers: Endgame and its plot. However, I must ask that anyone prone to hissy fits in the comments after reading posts no one made them click on should probably skip this one. If any of the purported clues are accurate, some of this may be spoiler-y.
As for this post’s title as seen in your URL, time travel has been a rumored plot point for Endgame since the credits rolled on Infinity War.
A month ago, Samuel L. Jackson spoke with Entertainment Tonight about Captain Marvel, putting it out there that she’s a hero who can time travel.
“I mean, [the Avengers] are up against some really, really tough odds right now — we saw throughout Infinity War — so now we know that we need something that’s as powerful as Thanos. And at some point, we’ll find out how powerful she is and all the things that she’s capable of. She’s one of the few people in the Marvel universe that can time travel, so…”
Today, the internet is once again buzzing with Jackson reiterating to Total Film Magazine that Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel could put herself before or after the events of Infinity War.
“She can time travel so maybe she can get ahead or behind or whatever, and figure out what all that is.”
Note that a publicist was present during the first interaction, with Jackson repeatedly getting the okay before dropping information to the interviewer. With this second proclamation of powers ahead of Captain Marvel’s March 8, 2019 release. These admissions lend credence to theories based on the Endgame trailers that dropped in December and this month.
Before those screenshots and breakdowns, let’s remember the ending of Ant-Man and the Wasp. Before Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) jumps back into the Quantum Realm to snag treatment for Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfieffer) reminds him to avoid any time vortex he sees. Cue the Snap that leaves Scott Lang adrift in the Quantum Realm.
So when Lang shows up in the trailer, fans did some digging. The surprise shot of Scott on camera as he calls out to the other heroes proves he escaped the Quantum Realm, but when? The upper right-hand corner of the screen says “archive” but Natasha/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) tells Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) that the message is new. Is it new because Lang traveled to that point in time — supposedly 1983 — and left the message that they are now viewing?
At one point in the trailer, Captain America is back in his Winter Soldier suit. Some think that this — and his fond look at the photo of Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) — points to a revisit of the timeline of Winter Soldier and their reunion; Possibly even a push back to the timeline of First Avenger?
It should also be noted that set photos — which may or may not be an attempt to throw fans off — showed various actors dressed in their costumes from previous films. This includes bruises, haircuts, beards, and street clothes as well as superhero gear.
In an attempt to zip this all up, the basic idea is that via Ant-Man’s command of the Quantum Realm and its time vortices and/or Captain Marvel’s time-travel ability, the remaining Avengers move back through time to intervene at key points of the last 10 years of Marvel movies. When Infinity Stones came into play, they rewind to those points and make changes to insure that the Snap seen in Infinity War cannot happen.
In the end, knowing that time travel likely plays a key role in the film doesn’t guarantee anyone’s survival. It also doesn’t take anything away from revelations we may see throughout the rumored three-hour runtime. We may have a piece of the puzzle, but Marvel and the Russo Brothers are always willing to switch to chess while we stare at them, mouths agape.
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