The Avengers: Endgame trailer has plenty of mystery, but it's already hinting at the presumed time travel plot. After all of the suspense and build up, Marvel Studios finally debuted the trailer for Avengers 4 and gave anxious fans the first look at the culmination of the MCU. The launch was rumored but never confirmed, allowing for the surprise to manufacturer hype for a very somber teaser.
Even without any prior marketing, what Marvel set up in prior movies, set photos, and even several rumors helped provide plenty of evidence to support the belief that Avengers: Endgame is going to involve time travel. Shots from production showed a recreation of the Battle of New York from The Avengers, with Robert Downey Jr. wearing the same Black Sabbath shirt, Chris Evans in the redesigned Captain America outfit, and Chris Hemsworth once again sporting Thor's long hair. This could easily be for a flashback or use of the Binary Augmented Retro-Framing (B.A.R.F.) technology introduced in Captain America: Civil War. But, it was future photos of Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) also present for the battle that further showed Marvel's hand.
There have even been rumors from casting that point to time travel being in Avengers 4. Emma Fuhrmann joined the cast in secret and has been rumored to be playing an older version of Ant-Man's daughter Cassie Lang. Some thought this could be explained through a time jump, but the Avengers: Endgame trailer doesn't indicate time jump of any sort. If Fuhrmann is an older Cassie Lang, then it would signify the heroes traveling not only back in time, but also to the future.
The biggest piece of in-universe evidence for time travel though came in a line of dialogue in Ant-Man and the Wasp's mid-credits scene. Janet van Dyne tells Scott to watch out for "Time Vortexes" when he goes back into the Quantum Realm. When he enters and is left stuck in the realm thanks to Thanos' snap killing Janet, Hank Pym, and Hope van Dyne, these vortexes were theorized to be his way out. And, even though Avengers: Endgame's trailer doesn't blatantly show the heroes at a different point in time, it does tease the film's time travel nature on more than one occasion.
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Ant-Man Archive Footage
The final scene of the Avengers 4 trailer shows Captain America and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) watching security tape footage from around Avengers HQ. The cameras show Ant-Man has escaped from the Quantum Realm and is now visiting the base of operations to see if anyone is inside. He says, "Hi, is anyone home? This is Scott Lang. We met a few years ago at the airport, in Germany, and I got really big." When this clip comes up on their screen, Cap immediately asks, "Is this an old message?", to which Black Widow responds by saying, "It's the front door." This seems to indicate that this is indeed a new message, but a closer look may show it's newly discovered but an old message.
In the top left of the video footage, it's tagged as being "archive" footage, meaning this video is not from a live feed. This would indicate that this is something that happened at a previous point in time, while still making this the first time that Cap or Black Widow are seeing this footage. But, if that were the case, then how come no one was around to let him in and why doesn't Cap or Black Widow know about it? Well, some eagle eyed fans may have spotted the number 1983 next to the archive, but the coloring and distance makes that difficult to confirm. If it is 1983, then that could mean the archived video is from the year 1983.
If this video is showing that Ant-Man not only does escape the Quantum Realm, but also winds up in the past, then the Avengers would learn Ant-Man has already traveled through time. Potentially, Scott could be the one to bring this video to their attention in an effort to prove what he accomplished. Not only does this then explain Cap and Black Widow's responses, but also shows them a potential path to victory against Thanos.
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- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019