Avengers: Endgame truly deserves the top spot that it has got. It was action-packed, it was sweet, emotional, terrifying, thrilling, complex and many other things. But most of all, it was satisfying. People do argue that some things don’t really make sense. But when you look at those things from the perspective of the creatives, they do.
The most confusing aspect for people was the new concept of Time Travel that this film introduced us to. Ultimately when you think about everything related to time travel, alternate realities and a bunch of other fictitious shenanigans, the unlimited possibilities of it all do give you a headache.
But you’ve gotta give credit to the creatives doing their own thing and dissing what every other film involving Time Travel did. Since people have got their hands on the digital HD release of Endgame, they’ve also got the exclusive commentary track of the film. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo along with co-writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have solved a bunch of queries that people had from this movie.
The bit you need to focus upon is where they shy on their version of how Time Travel is supposed to work. Those who thought that Time Travel in this film was Ludacris, and the creatives were crazy to use it in the way they did are actually wrong. Apparently, all the technicalities were confirmed by a genuine renowned Quantum Physicists. Here’s what Christopher Markus had to say:
“Speaking of adult in the room, his [Hulk’s] explanation is essentially what we were told by genuine quantum physicist brought into the room to explain time travel to us.”
The two writers, Markus and McFeely also explained the time travel concept in a little more detail during their San Diego Comic-Con presentation. The elucidated:
“McFeely – ‘Back to the Future is bullsh-t.’
Markus – [This is a] direct quote from a physicist.
McFeely – What other franchise could do what we were allowed to do? Go back to the other movies to get your six MacGuffins and bring them forward to solve your problem and allow yourself to do all sorts of emotional triage as you do it — people get to meet their fathers and mothers and whatnot. But if you operated by Back to the Future rules, every time you went back and came back, you would have a new Biff’s Casino.
So you can imagine that if every time a new universe was created, we would get nowhere, and we wouldn’t know how to solve anyone, because which one did what? It was not helpful to us and we were worried that maybe we couldn’t even do this idea.”
Talking about the quantum physicist who claimed Time Travel from other films to be incorrect, it was actually him who explained the fact that Scott’s knowledge about the Quantum Realm will be the key to Time Travel in Avengers: Endgame. Stephen McFeely continued:
“[The physicist said], ’It probably doesn’t work that way, as much as I love those movies, it probably works this way. If it works, again, which it doesn’t. So the idea that a branch reality is a quantum travel — we got Scott Lang, maybe we can do something with this. There’s a lot of light bulbs going off when we did some homework.”
Hopefully, the upcoming films will add certain consequences to time travel because otherwise the stakes would never be high and everyone would go back in time and create a bunch of nasty alternate realities. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would probably be the film that does that. As Baron Mordo said, “The bill always comes due.”
We can actually expect that the multiverse is related to these alternate realities that have been created. But the future films will have to explain this to us. So, we’ve gotta wait. Here’s the upcoming slate of films:
Black Widow on May 1, 2020, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall of 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, WandaVision in Spring 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, What If…? In Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, and Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021.