Clues continue to mount that Avengers 4 will revisit the Battle of New York - but how, and most importantly, why? Avengers: Infinity War left the MCU in total chaos following Thanos' snap, effectively wiping out half of life in the universe. As the remaining Avengers scramble to find a way to get out of the predicament that the Mad Titan left them in, it seems like the answer lies in the past, particularly six years ago, when Earth's Mightiest Heroes first assembled to defend Earth against Loki's takeover attempt.
The final act of Joss Whedon's The Avengers, the Battle of New York is one of the biggest and most important events in the MCU thus far. While Earth's Mightiest Heroes' have successfully fended off the Chitauri and defended Earth, it resulted in some unexpected consequences that the Avengers had to deal with a few years later as seen in Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming. And apparently, it looks like it will also have a huge part to play in next year's Marvel ensemble film.
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Avengers 4 Is Revisiting The Battle of New York
The first indication that Avengers 4 is re-examining the Battle of New York came late last year via some set photos featuring Tony Stark wearing the same Black Sabbath shirt he was sporting for the most part of The Avengers. While there's nothing wrong with re-wearing certain articles of clothing, it's not something we usually see in these movies (be it armor or casual wear). Interestingly, however, the bruises on his face weren't present during the t-shirt scenes fom the first Avengers because he got them during the Battle of New York - meaning that the scene where he's wearing the same shirt in Avengers 4 is a new look at what went down right after Loki's defeat. Also included in the set of photos is an older Stark wearing a S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform - again, something that we've never seen before.
This is backed up by a different batch of images featuring a long-haired Thor and Loki wearing the same Asgardian outfit during his failed attempt to take over Earth, as well as a mouth-guard during his arrest towards the end of the 2012 blockbuster. The images, (including the aforementioned ones featuring Tony) leaked online almost the same day last November. Both scenes are filmed on the same building further proving that the images are all part of a single sequence showing what happened in the aftermath of the Battle of New York.
The last batch of set photos from Avengers 4 that corroborates with this theory emerged later in principal photography. In fact, it's the last sequence the Russos filmed before they wrapped up filming. An older Tony is once again present in the sequence, but this time, he's with Ant-Man, Hulk, and Captain America. While the rubble in the background can easily be from any other action set piece in the MCU, Cap wearing his original uniform gives it away.
More recently, another set of images from the Atlanta filming location of Avengers 4 also checks out with this claim as it looks like directors Joe and Anthony Russo re-created a specific backdrop from the Battle of New York. While it's not an exact replica from the first Marvel ensemble flick, the said background is very similar to the destruction path Tony trod right after he was knocked down by one of the Chitauri ships, just before Nick Fury informed him that a nuclear missile has been fired toward the city.
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