Which Marvel movies will Avengers 4 revisit through time-travel? It's long been clear that the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4 is some sort of time-travel film. Set photos have shown a number of heroes in older costumes, while Paul Rudd was spotted on set in a scene evoking the Battle of New York. Leaks and rumors have supported this, suggesting that Earth's surviving heroes will visit the past in an attempt to rewrite history and avert the "snap."
It's a smart approach for Marvel to take, allowing the studio to resolve the cliffhanger of Avengers: Infinity War while celebrating the last decade's worth of movies. Given that many major Marvel actors' contracts are running out, it could serve as a final victory lap before big names leave the MCU for good.
It's still not clear why the Avengers are traveling through time, although it's widely assumed to be a direct attempt to stop Thanos; to claim the Infinity Stones before him to change the past or assemble an Infinity Gauntlet of their own. While the reasoning is unclear, we do have a sense of where. From set photos, strange costuming decisions and other rumors, here are the MCU movies it looks like we'll be revisiting.
The Avengers - the Battle of New York
2012's The Avengers the most important movie in the MCU up to that point. This was the film that would make or break the entire shared universe model, finally drawing all the disparate elements together for the first time. It's crucial from an in-universe perspective, too, with the Avengers assembling in order to defeat an alien invasion. What's more, they did so in public, meaning the Battle of New York serves as a defining moment for superheroes; for the first time, humanity was forced to confront a reality of gods and monsters, aliens and super-soldiers.
There's abundant evidence that Avengers 4 is definitely revisiting the Battle of New York. The first hint was when set photos showed Tony Stark wearing the same Black Sabbath shirt he wore for most of that film. Significantly, his face was bruised, suggesting that scene was immediately after the heroes drove back the Chitauri army. This was then backed up by a number of set photos showing Thor and Loki in their classic Avengers-era costumes, all filmed at the same building as the Stark scene. One even showed Loki being taken away in chains, just as in the original movie. A final batch of set photos provided conclusive evidence, with Captain America wearing that "old-fashioned" uniform - standing next to an older Tony Stark and, most surprising of all, Ant-Man - this final piece pointed towards time travel.
The Avengers was the only time in the history of the MCU when two Infinity Stones were in the same place - Loki had possession of both the Tesseract (the Space Stone) and the Scepter (the Mind Stone) - so if the Avengers really are traveling back in time to collect the six, it would be a smart place to visit. The big question from all the photos, of course, is who's a time traveler and who's not?
Guardians of the Galaxy
2014's Guardians of the Galaxy was another crucial movie for the MCU. While other Marvel films had flirted with the cosmic - most notably the Thor movies - they had done so by balancing time spent in space with scenes set on Earth. Guardians of the Galaxy, however, embraced this weird and wonderful side; it was a planet-hopping adventure populated by colorful and varied aliens (as well as Chris Pratt). In story terms, the film fleshed out Thanos' character and role a little bit more, for the first time explaining what the Infinity Stones were, hinting at their supreme and unlimited power.
This may be another film the team visits in Avengers 4. In September 2017, a number of Marvel actors - including Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan - supported a charity campaign to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. While most attention was rightly focused on the worthiness of this cause, eagle-eyed viewers also noted that both Saldana and Gillen were wearing versions of their costumes from Guardians of the Galaxy. There's only really one reason they'd be doing so; the actresses were filming scenes wearing those older costumes. Alongside them were Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, although they likely came from the Ant-Man & the Wasp set.
Prior to Avengers: Infinity War, the Power Stone was only seen in Guardians of the Galaxy; hidden on Morag, then in the hands of various parties before the Nova Corp. hid it away on Xandar (where Thanos eventually stole it from). That makes the events of this movie the only time in recent history where the stone has been out in the open, and thus the best moment for any time traveling Avengers to visit. Because it's only suggested by costumes, it's hard to know specifics, although the presence of the then-antagonistic Gamora and Nebula suggests some troubles ahead.
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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 05, 2019