Avengers: Endgame – Someone Travelled to the Year 2988 & We Didn’t Notice

Avengers: Endgame was a time travel movie but it wasn’t the cliché time adventure you’re used to. MCU established new rules for time travel. The stakes in a time travel film are extremely high because everyone has usually seen the future and is aware of what’s going to happen if things don’t go right. So there’s always the element of nervousness throughout the plot that keeps you invested in the story. Avengers: Endgame even with its different rules had that, and in fact, people were more invested into the plot because they’ve already seen what Thanos has done.

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As we all know, the Avengers went back in time and brought the Infinity Stones to the future so they could undo what the Mad Titan did to the entire Universe. But as Tony Stark said, you mess with time and it tends to come back to bite in your ass! This bite came in the shape of a massive Sanctuary that Nebula brought from 2014 to 2023. Thanos brought his entire army to the future and then destroyed the time machine.

But before he emerged from the machine, Nebula was setting the year for his arrival and there was this hologram that showed the history of all the ventures that the Avengers took before Thanos’ arrival. An eagle-eyed fan on Reddit who goes by kobikwahbz pointed out that the previous three dates of Ventures were May 2012, January 2988 & November 2009. Take a look towards the top-right half of the following picture:

Now, we know for sure that Scott, Bruce, Steve, and Tony went to 2012 during the events of the first Avengers movie. But the other two teams went to 2013 and 2014. The question that arises is who exactly went to 2988? And what was the business in 2009? Hawkeye took a test run probably to the year 2017 or 2018 before the snap because his daughter seemed to be around the same age she was right when she was snapped. So, he clearly didn’t go to 2009. Another counter-question – The Avengers clearly had just one extra set of Pym Particles for a test run. So, how did they manage to get more before Steve & Tony went back to the 70s?

Joe Russo recently confirmed that there are a few major Easter Eggs that no one has spotted yet. Now we know that Marvel can actually base an entire movie depending on one little Easter Egg. So, could we see a relevance of these other two ventures through time in future movies? Marvel didn’t release any movie in 2009, so no events, in particular, took place in that year.

As far as the question of 2988 is concerned, this seems to be a year in the future. But what if it is the past that this Easter Egg points out. Comicbook.com points out that the First Battle of Svartalfheim took place in 2988 B.C., where Thor’s grandfather Bor first encountered Malekith and the Dark Elves, and the Aether was also in play. So, perhaps this venture was suggested by Thor and the Avengers considered the theoretical possibility of travelling back to the ancient past. They could have designed a possible plan of venture, and then decided against it.

The same could be for the case for year 2009. SHIELD had possession of the Tesseract and the Mind Stone was still at the Sanctum Sanctorum. So just like 2988 B.C., the Avengers could have considered going back to 2009. But since Natasha pointed out that 2012 had 3 stones in close proximity at a particular point of time, the Avengers decided to go there instead. All this is just an assumption, and Marvel could perhaps tell us something different in future films. We’ll have to wait and see.

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Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Vin Diesel as Groot, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, William Hurt as General Ross, Tilda Swinton as Ancient One and Josh Brolin as Thanos.

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