Avengers Endgame Theories and Unanswered QuestionsOctober 1, 2020
Are you searching avengers endgame theories? Avengers: Endgame is finally here, and now that you know how it plays out, there’s still plenty left over to discuss. The movie is arguably one of the first in the MCU not to have an eye on the future, but that doesn’t mean there are intriguing snippets for what is to come and questions that we need solving. This is your last chance to avoid all manner of spoilers, so you have been warned.
Where’s Gamora gone?
The time-wimey shenanigans result in the 2014 version of Gamora making it to the present day. During the epic final battle, she ‘reunites’ with Star-Lord, only this version of Gamora has never met or fallen in love with him. Once the war has been won, we don’t see Gamora again in the movie, only Star-Lord looking wistfully at her picture.
With the Guardians of the Galaxy now reassembled (with added Thor), they are about to set off on a mission, presumably to find Gamora. But there’s no hint of where she might go. Where do you go when you time-travel nine years into a future where that timeline’s version of you is dead?
When will Black Widow’s solo movie be set?
Now it makes sense that the Black Widow film has been kept so secret, as any details might have spoiled that she dies in Avengers: Endgame.
Hawkeye says that because Black Widow sacrificed herself to get the Soul Stone, her death “can’t be undone,” much like Gamora’s couldn’t. So the simple solution is to set her solo movie in the past, during one of Hawkeye and Black Widow’s earlier missions, pre-Avengers.
Narratively, that would be a bit disappointing given we know her ultimate fate, so we’re secretly hoping that, like Gamora, there’s a way for her to come back. Or maybe the film is set during the five-year time jump at the start of Avengers: Endgame. For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
What’s the deal with Old Man Cap?
Most of the time-travel stuff operates in Avengers: Endgame after it goes the alternate timeline route where you can’t change the past. However, the film introduces a great big paradox in the form of Old Man Cap. After the battle has been won, Captain America does what Hulk agreed on the Ancient One and reflects the stones where the Avengers took them from, a reverse time heist if you will.
But Cap then chooses to settle in the past and live a full life with Peggy Carter. His decision to remain in the past presumably set up a new timeline, so he can’t possibly be an older man in the main MCU timeline. Or can he? Perhaps Old Man Cap spent his life working with Hank Pym on the Quantum Realm, using what he knew to figure out a way for the Quantum Realm to be used as a time-travel machine and a timeline traveling machine.
This is pure guesswork on our behalf to solve the paradox, but it happens to be true. It sets up the possibility of multiverse adventures for our favorite superheroes in the future. Alternatively, it could just be that the Russos and the writers thought it was a nice ending if you don’t think about it too hard, and we won’t ever speak about it ever again.
How was the Aether returned to Jane Foster?
Talking of Cap’s reverse time heist, the largest of the stones wouldn’t have been an issue to return. The Reality Stone is a different matter. First, Cap would have had to change it back into its liquidy Aether form, raising the icky possibility that Cap would have to re-inject Jane Foster with the Aether. Poor Jane. She’s suffered so much already.
How did Cap return the Soul Stone?
While we’re on a mirror time heist roll, the other tricky one to return would be the Soul Stone. You know, the one you have to kill to acquire. Thanos sacrificed Gamora to get it in Infinity War, and then Black Widow sacrificed herself so that Hawkeye could get the stone in Avengers: Endgame. But considering Cap is rendering it, does that negate the original deal?
Could this be a way for the Black Widow film to take place in the present-day timeline? Opening scene: Cap goes back to Vormir and has a chat with the Red Skull, urging him, ‘Can we have our friend back please?’ and returns the stone. Or did Cap just quietly put the rock down next to Black Widow’s lifeless body?
When Spider-Man is: Far from the Home set?
As expected, Peter Parker comes back in Avengers: Endgame when the Snap is reversed, although five years later. But when we see him back at school, we also get the return of his best friend Ned, and he’s unchanged too, so we guess he was snapped for five years again. The first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home seemed to confirm that Peter’s classmates Michelle, Flash, and Betty are all the same age.
So perhaps Peter’s entire year was unlucky in the Snap, and they all got dusted, meaning that Far From Home takes place after Avengers: Endgame. But there is also the chance that the sequel takes place after Spider-Man: Homecoming but before both Avengers movies. It’s unlucky, but at this moment in time, it could happen.
Is Vision dead?
A different character whose MCU future is up in the air is Vision as, after his death (well, two deaths) in Infinity War, he doesn’t return at all in Avengers: Endgame. Like Black Widow and Gamora, it seems that his demise is a continual one, even though he’s got a Disney+ TV show coming up with Scarlet Witch, WandaVision, so he’s got to come back in some form.
Elizabeth Olsen has teased that the show might be set in the 1950s, so are we in for more time travel? In the comics, Scarlet Witch and Vision had two children, created out of a demon’s soul, so that could be a source of inspiration. Equivalently, with Shuri now back, maybe she reveals that she copied Vision’s Mind Stone (which she was working on in Infinity War) and can bring him back?