The film that will drop a conclusion to the first three stages of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame has set the official launch date as April 26th. Endgame is as controversial as the prior MCU films created by the Russo brothers, and the record includes The Winter Soldier, Civil War and Infinity War. Recent leaks revealed details about the movie’s plot scenes, but now that the film is out, we’re ready to throw some thoughts. Mind you, do not read from this paragraph forward unless you saw the Endgame. If you’re still here, it means you’ve already seen it and you have questions the time travel processes.
Part One: The Hulk explanation
The one plot component that has a huge role in the development of those arcs is time travel, more exactly the way Marvel handles it. It is exceptional but it also has a big obvious flaw in it.
Even though the film doesn’t get scientific about time travel, it does crumbles all that we were programmed to think and accept about time travel.
Professor’s Hulk explanation reveals everything: how wrong it is to think that by changing the past will also change the future. He explains that ‘if you travel to the past, that past becomes your future and your former present becomes the past, which can’t now be changed by your new future’.
Part Two: The Ancient One
So, you can’t go back in time in order to change the future, but what you do in the past does have a prompt impact on the future of that one timeline. The principal MCU timeline is good as long as you don’t make important changes to it. The Ancient One explains how the lack of an important element like the Time Stone would design an extra timeline that could conclude in a disaster for her reality. What that means is that each crumple in time would birth extra timelines of events, a multiverse that the MCU Avengers cannot control.
Connecting this with what Hulk said, you result with the definition of time travel in the MCU: you cannot change any affairs in the past in order to correct the future, and any changes that you make in the past will promptly birth a new timeline that could end up in a contrasting way to your own timeline.
To add to this, the Tony Stark time travel machine requires three parts, including the special protection suit, the time-and-space GPS (on their wrist), and the Pym particles that energizes journeys through time.
The major time travel plot issues
There are two significant issues with time travel. Firstly, Steve Roger’s timeline: did he come to 2024 MCU timeline from his timeline? If that’s the case, why didn’t he appeared by using the Quantum Realm machine that Hulk sent him back in time with? Did he actually lived his life in the MCU timeline and hoped to be alive to give back the shield to Sam and Bucky in 2024?
The second issue is that no one talked about the way Nebula brought Thanos and his transport to 2024. 2014 Nebula took both the GPS and the Pym particle from 2024 Nebula, needing them to join the Avengers in the future before she took her father. That means that Thanos didn’t have any of these elements so how could 2014 Nebula have brought 2014 Thanos to the future without them?
There is a possible explication though
2014 Thanos and 2014 Nebula have access to the knowledge that 2040 Nebula brought. That means they can try to clone the GPS and the Pym particles, having all the time in the world to do it. Because Thanos and Co. have extremely advanced technology, they can recreate as many watches and Pym particles they need. And then, indifferent of how long it takes Thanos to design the technologies, Nebula would bring them to the future of his timeline at the same moment in time.
It’s just that Marvel never addressed this probable plot hole in Endgame.
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