Avengers: Endgame is arguably the most anticipated movie ever made. With limited information through trailers and some unconventional leaks coming from set photos and the actors themselves, the hype around this movie has continued to build up ever since the release of Avengers: Infinity War.
Following the decimation of half of all life in the universe, the Avengers, consisting of Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Captain Marvel, Thor, Hawkeye (Ronin), Black Widow, Rocket, Nebula, Ant-Man, War Machine and Okoye, return to battle to try and reverse Thanos’ snap.
Part of the journey is the end.Tony Stark – Avengers: Endgame
With such high stakes and limited details regarding the plot, there has been an abundance of theories that have surfaced as to how the movie will unfold for audiences come theatrical release. With that being said, here are 10 Avengers: Endgame theories to keep in mind going into the movie.
1: There’s A Time Jump In The Movie
The most likely theory to come into fruition, based off of trailers and the overall census of many moviegoers, is that there will be a time jump at some point in the movie. It isn’t quite definitive as to how long the time jump will be; however, a good estimate is said to be around 5 years.
The theory first originated before the trailer was first released, with many YouTubers and moviegoers alike stating that there will most likely be a time jump between the beginning of Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War. Although that wasn’t quite the case with the release of the Endgame trailers, it was somewhat spot on. Instead of occurring at the start of the movie, it occurs somewhere throughout. With the most recent of trailers, it has been perceived that the remaining Avengers will try and confront Thanos within the first 15 minutes of the movie, and will most likely fail. It is at this point in the movie that the time jump will occur.
Black Widow’s hair is the clear evidence given throughout the trailers that a time jump is definitely going to occur. Unless they digitally changed Black Widow’s hair to put the audience off track, her hair definitively proves that some time will pass. Throughout the trailer, it goes from blonde and short, to long and red.
With all of that, it can be stated with a high level of certainty that a time jump will occur in Avengers: Endgame; however, the true question is will there only be one? Will the Avengers do a time jump back in time?
2: There’s A Reverse Time Jump – Travelling Back In Time
Set photos were leaked early on, after the release of Avengers: Infinity War, showing Scott Lang’s Ant-Man in costume with the rest of the Avengers… during the battle of New York. Therefore, without a shadow of a doubt, the theory of time travel within Avengers: Endgame began. With the end credit scenes of Ant-Man and The Wasp showing Scott Lang going into the Quantum Realm, Janet Van Dyne’s character warns Lang about the idea of a time vortex. With leaked set photos, and this line of dialogue, it has reinforced the idea of time travel heavily throughout the upcoming MCU blockbuster.
There’s one simple piece of the plot that helps support this theory. Why did the snap occur at exactly the moment it did with Scott Lang’s Ant-Man still in the quantum realm? If it had happened 5-10 minutes before or after, this theory could somewhat be squashed, especially considering that the team wouldn’t be able to fully understand the idea of time vortexes without Janet Van Dyne’s character. However, leaving Lang in the quantum realm would have forced him to find a way to return to reality, whilst also learning more about the quantum realm in general.
With the Avengers: Endgame ‘Special Look’ trailer, it showed certain members of the team travelling through space, and it can be noticed that neither Iron Man or Ant-Man were present. With the initial trailer released, it showed Ant-Man showing up at Avengers HQ before the time jump (first theory stated above). This will likely mean that both Iron Man and Ant-Man will team up to try and bring the idea of time travel into the movie, which is what the new white suits would be used for.
3: Avengers: Endgame Uses Hologram Technology Instead of Time Travel
During an interview, the Russo brothers stated that a piece of technology introduced in Captain America: Civil War, was going to be part of the upcoming Avengers movie. And, throughout that movie, there was only really one new piece of technology that could be incorporated within Endgame. The hologram technology that Tony Stark uses as therapeutic equipment could be used as a way of recreating the battle of New York.
The leaked set photos from Endgame includes one where a briefcase has the words, ‘Binary Augmented Retro-Framing’, written on it. This is a clear correlation to the technology Tony Stark presents in Captain America: Civil War, with Joe Russo himself stating that it would be beneficial for viewers to watch Civil War to get an idea of what to expect come Avengers 4.
The only thing that holds this theory back in regards of realism from others is that the Russo brothers are known for diverting from the truth in order to keep the integrity and plot of the upcoming movie a surprise. Evidently, this could all be a wild goose chase to send viewers in the wrong direction and to catch everyone completely by surprise once the movie actually hits theatres.
4: Thor Dies Early On In The Movie
Thor, one of the original and founding members of the Avengers, has consistently been one of the strongest characters within the MCU. His level of power and strength was only increased with his latest inquiry of the battle axe, ‘Stormbreaker’. So far, Thor has gone through major character developments and alterations and has evidently reached the end of his character arc, along with others like Captain America, Iron Man and the Hulk.
However, unlike Cap and Iron Man, the likely hood is that Thor will die early on in the movie, during the first battle with Thanos after the snap (before the time jump). This is reinforced by the trailer shot, where the surviving members of the Avengers are walking through the Avengers HQ, with Thor missing from the rest of the cast.
5: Professor Hulk
Throughout Avengers: Infinity War, a 2 hour and 40-minute movie, Hulk was only apparent for a couple of minutes. The opening scene, which showed the decimation of the Asgardian ship at the hands of Thanos, was the only time that the fully transformed version of Hulk appeared onscreen. Although there are snippets of Hulk throughout the movie, they were there for predominantly humour reasons.
The battle between Hulk and Thanos on the Asgardian ship not only showed the green giant get his ass kicked, but also illustrated the true power of Thanos, and after that point, Hulk wasn’t to be seen anymore. It was originally theorised that Hulk was scared to face Thanos again, trying to avoid the same fate; however, the directors of Avengers: Endgame, stated that Hulk was, in fact, tired of being a fail-safe for the minuscule Banner. They stated that Hulk believed he was relied on too much by Banner, and that Hulk himself wasn’t happy about that.
Evidently, a conclusion needs to be reached for Bruce Banner’s and Hulk’s character arc, one that shows them get past their differences and instead unite to fight off the threat of Thanos. This is where Professor Hulk comes in. Professor Hulk is the combination of both Hulk and Banner. The physical form is from the green giant, while the mind is Banner’s.
If done correctly, this would complete the three movie character arc for Hulk and Bruce Banner that started back in Avenger’s: Age of Ultron, resulting in a satisfying conclusion to one of the original members of the Avenger’s roaster.
6: Iron Man Creates A New Infinity Gauntlet
For a while now, the implications of Doctor Strange’s decision to give up the time stone for Tony Stark’s life have yet to be fully understood. With clear dialogue from Doctor Strange stating that he will let both Iron Man and Spider-Man die in order to protect the time stone, it was a clear surprise that at the end of Infinity War, with Iron Man’s life in the balance, Doctor Strange decided to cough up the time stone to stop the death of Tony Stark.
Before being dusted away, Strange stated one piece of line that somewhat justified his answer, ‘There was no other way’. This came after Doctor Strange looked at 14,000,605 possible futures to find out in which scenario the Avengers succeed in their attempts to stop Thanos. It could have been that the only way to succeed was to originally lose, or that Iron Man was an integral part of stopping Thanos. Either way, Doctor Strange was the reason Iron Man was still alive at the end of Infinity War.
As a result, many have speculated that Iron Man will play a huge role in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, likely dealing with the idea of time travel. The theory is that using the quantum realm, Tony Stark travels back in time, gathering the infinity stones for himself, and using a newly made gauntlet to reverse the snap. This theory is supported by the casting, with Eitri the giant dwarf, the maker of the original gauntlet and Thor’s Stormbreaker, having a two-movie contract with Marvel. Consequently, he will likely appear in Avengers: Endgame.
With the help from Eitri, Tony Stark could create a new Infinity Gauntlet, travel through time, collecting the infinity stones to help reverse the snap. It may sound crazy, but this is a comic book movie after all.
7: The Snap Split Reality Into Two
The snap, which dusted away half of all life in the universe, is considered to have killed all those snapped away. However, what if that isn’t the case? Instead of ceasing to exist, the snap actually split reality into two, creating a multi-verse. This would help Marvel move forward in the long run as it could help introduce new characters, and bigger than life storytelling for future MCU movies. What if the next couple phases of MCU movies focused on a villain that threatened the entirety of existence, and life on a multi-verse level, instead of just one universe.
It would not only help introduce cosmic entities, like The Living Tribunal, but also have plots and characters from a range of multi-verses, instead of focusing on a single one.
The likeliness of this theory coming to fruition is unlikely, as it would still mean that the majority of people within the original universe are still dead, which is a dark tone to carry forward, but would still be a cool premise to focus the movie on. What the Russo brothers stated is that they wanted to create a movie that wasn’t so heavily reliant on the comics, and tell a story that hasn’t already been told. With this theory, they could be doing something like that.
8: The Final Battle In Avengers: Endgame Is In New York
New trailers and teasers released by Marvel have shown snippets of Iron Man flying over New York. This may be a long stretch, but what if the final battle in Avengers: Endgame takes place in New York. This would not only be a homage to the first Avengers movie but could be a way to signify the ending of a decade long span of interconnected movies. It would act as a way of closing the series, with the final battle taking place where it all originally started.
Additionally, for a hero like Captain America, where he truly became the heart, soul and leader of the Avengers during this sequence, it would be a significantly adequate way of having him sacrifice his life for the greater good, or having Iron Man sacrifice his own life, similar to that in the original Avengers movie.
9. Captain America Doesn’t Die
With contracts ending at the climax of Avengers: Endgame, many have suspected that the majority of the original and founding members of the Avengers will likely sacrifice their lives for the greater good, to restore all the lives lost during the snap.
However, recent interviews where Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans are talking to Entertainment Tonight, Mark Ruffalo states that during a scene, he finds out Chris Evans’ character, Captain America, actually got married to someone. This links to not only the time travel theory, but dismisses the theory that Captain America dies; instead, he would return to the past to live the life he was supposed to live. The marriage could potentially be between Steve Rodgers and Peggy Carter.
This would end the character arc for Captain America; a figure who was always out of his own time, and one that didn’t truly fit within the modern era. Having him return to the past to live the rest of his life as he would’ve done had he not sacrificed himself to save the world, would be an emotional and satisfying conclusion to one of the best MCU characters.
10: A New Villain Will Be Introduced In Avengers: Endgame
For such a massive movie, there was eventually going to be leaked plot details and potential spoilers. However, instead of the leaks coming directly from the actors or production staff, the majority of the biggest leaks for Endgame surfaced through the merchandise. The problem with movie merchandise nowadays is that the distributors need to get the stock in beforehand, before the theatrical release, to ensure that it all met the standards and was ready to be sold once the movie was officially released.
Evidently, a ton of information regarding the plot and characters were leaked. On the Thor merchandise, the packaging states that the mighty Thor will wield Stormbreaker in his battle against new foes, while Rocket’s merchandise stated that Rocket will join a new crew (likely the remaining Avengers) to defend the universe from an even greater threat.
The new villain, in this scenario, could potentially be Nebula, as in the comics, she gains control of the infinity gauntlet, using it to seek revenge on Thanos. The movie could potentially go this direction, or could completely switch, with the new villain coming from a different perspective entirely, i.e. a new villain coming the repercussions of time travel and quantum realm usage.
As the Avengers use the subatomic plane and time vortexes to reverse the snap, the meddling could result in a new villain being introduced into the MCU. It may sound crazy, but typically, the merchandise that Marvel is associated with is spot on, as seen with the new suits the Avengers possess. The white suit, depicted in the trailer, is an exact copy of the suits used for the merchandise.
That’s it. That’s all the theories that could potentially be a part of the cinematic blockbuster of the year. It may not be all of them, in fact, it’s 100% not going to be all of them, but it may be a few. With that being said, which is your favourite Avengers: Endgame theory?