Captain America has a plan to defeat Thanos in Avengers: Endgame - and we think we know what it is. Before Steve Rogers became a super soldier, he was just a kid from Brooklyn who didn't like bullies and would stand up to them no matter the cost. So, when Thanos threatened to snap half of all life in the universe out of existence in Avengers: Infinity War, Cap finally came out of the shadows to try and save the world once again. But, he and the rest of the Avengers failed.
Marvel Studios is trying to hide as much as possible about Avengers: Endgame and what it will contain, and so far they're doing a fairly good job. With less than three minutes of footage released to this point out of a possible 3 hour runtime, we've only scratched the surface of what Endgame will be. It is strongly believed that the Avengers' goal in Endgame will be to reverse Thanos' snap in some form and resurrect everyone who died in Infinity War.
Figuring out what this plan is going to be appears to be up to Captain America, who looks to have reclaimed his role as leader of the Avengers with Tony Stark still lost in space. He's used to giving the orders, but his most important plan yet is slowly coming together. From what we can gather, it appears to include assembling a new Avengers roster and traveling through time to try and take down Thanos. Here's how Captain America may be planning to defeat Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.
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Everything Avengers: Endgame Trailers Have Revealed About Captain America's Plan
Marvel's marketing strategy for Avengers: Endgame has been to show as little as possible while still being able to drum up interest, and Captain America has been at the heart of the campaign. The first trailer showed that he's clean shaven but also still dealing with the emotional loss. The newly released Super Bowl TV spot further highlighted just how difficult this has been on Steve, as he's seen attending a group therapy session to mourn. But, the first Avengers: Endgame trailer also confirmed that he will develop a plan that he is not entirely confident in, but hopes it will work - because he doesn't know what he'll do if it doesn't.
The stakes are higher than ever and Cap's plan appears to be somewhat of a last ditch effort to save the day. This forces Cap to assemble a brand new Avengers roster as evident by the end of the Super Bowl footage. He is shown leading the team through a hanger at Avengers HQ and the lineup looks to be Thor, Black Widow, Rocket, Ant-Man, and War Machine. There does appear to be another person behind War Machine, but it is unclear who it is. We know Bruce Banner is at this location and with the team, so it could be him, especially since Ronin doesn't appear have been recruited yet based on Black Widow's still shorter hair. This could be the first venture for the group, which is why Natasha Romanoff is seen reassuring Steve that his plan will work during the first trailer.
Evidence Captain America's Plan Is Time Travel
So what exactly is Captain America's plan? Well, the logical move is for them to do everything in their power to undo the snap by any means possible. Everyone involved with Endgame and the MCU has insisted that the snap victims really are dead, so this could wipe out the notion that they're all actually in the Quantum Realm, the Soul Stone, or some other reality. Instead, there is plenty of evidence that suggests the endgame for the Avengers is using time travel as a means of executing their plan. One of the biggest signs of this was set photos that surfaced during production of Endgame that recreated the Battle of New York from The Avengers.
In the photos, an older Iron Man is joined by present day Captain America and Ant-Man, as well as a version of Hulk. They all were seen with strange devices on their hands and dots on their suits that are commonly used as reference points for CGI to added in post-production. There's been reports of old MCU characters coming back too, and while some theorized this could just be Tony's Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing (BARF) technology at work, there is no clear reason why this technology would be used so prevalent. BARF only allows users to access memories, so they can't change the past, present, or future. Time travel is the best explanation for different versions of characters appearing at prior events and how familiar faces can reappear.
However, there's also been the reveal of new, white Avengers suits (with the hand devices from the set photos) that are believed to be Quantum Realm suits. Almost all of the core Avengers members will wear one of these suits according to toy leaks. Hank Pym wore a similar looking suit in Ant-Man and the Wasp to travel into the Quantum Realm, and the film's post-credits scene introduced time vortexes to the realm that Ant-Man was left in after the snap. This all indicates that the plan will be to use the Quantum Realm to time travel, but they'll only get the idea when Ant-Man returns.
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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