Avengers: Endgame Directors and Writers Answer Fan’s Biggest Questions

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Avengers: Endgame was an experience for viewers worldwide. It left fans with the feelings of nostalgia, loss, and cheers which we were all delighted to soak in. However, the events of the movie left fans with more questions than ever about the plot, happenings and the whole timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since its inception.

In a bid to clear our doubts and some of the questions we also asked in our post 4 Confusing Things From ‘Avengers: Endgame’ That Marvel Needs To Clarify, Endgame directors, The Russo Brothers, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely took some time out to answer some of the questions we’ve had since watching the highest-grossing movie of all time.

HOW DOES THE TIME TRAVEL WORK IN AVENGERS: ENDGAME?

Joe Russo gave his most comprehensive explanation in a Q&A (via QQ):

“If you go back to the past, you simply create a new reality. The characters in this movie created new timelines when they went back to the past, but it had no effect to the prime universe. What happened in the past 22 movies was still canon.”

That’s why War Machine can interrupt the opening scenes of Guardians of the Galaxy by knocking out Star-Lord, because his presence there has created a whole new timeline. It’s the Thanos from this new timeline who pursues the Avengers forward in time, and is then killed, explaining why the prime timeline’s Thanos still happened. By the same logic, Steve Rogers has created a new timeline by going back to be with Peggy Carter. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, he somehow makes the jump from this timeline back to the prime one in order to give Sam the shield.

Oddly enough, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, have a different interpretation. As Markus explained:

“We are not experts on time travel, but the Ancient One specifically states that when you take an Infinity Stone out of a timeline it creates a new timeline. So Steve going back and just being there would not create a new timeline. So I reject the “Steve is in an alternate reality” theory.

I do believe that there is simply a period in world history from about ’48 to now where there are two Steve Rogers. And anyway, for a large chunk of that one of them is frozen in ice. So it’s not like they’d be running into each other.”

DID MARVEL CONSIDER ANY OTHER POSSIBLE TIME TRAVEL MISSIONS?

Earlier drafts of the script saw the Avengers travel back in time on slightly different missions, because Marvel didn’t originally want to revisit the Battle of New York from The Avengers at all.

“There’s a moment in the MCU, if you’re paying very close attention, where the Aether is [on Asgard] and the Tesseract is in the vault,” Markus explained. “In that iteration, we were interested in Tony going to Asgard. He had a stealth suit, so he was invisible, and he fought Heimdall, who could see him.” As part of this mission, Thor was even supposed to come face-to-face with his past self, an idea that was passed on to Captain America instead in the final draft.

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