Co-writer Christopher Markus says that Avengers: Endgame can't reboot just one part of the MCU. Teaming up with directors Joe and Anthony Russo for the fourth time for the upcoming ensemble film, Markus and his writing partner Stephen McFeely are tasked to cap off the 22-film arc that the franchise has been treading for more than 10 years now. The foursome are credited for the universe's last two biggest projects such as 2016's Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Before that, the writing duo worked on the first two Captain America solo movies.
Next month, Marvel Studios will roll out this year's most-anticipated film as the remaining heroes pick up the pieces from their catastrophic loss against Thanos (Josh Brolin). The Mad Titan successfully collected all six Infinity Stones and executed The Decimation, which disintegrated half of life in the universe. With the original Avengers surviving the ordeal, they're set to re-assemble to avenge the universe against the villain with the help of some new allies like Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). Not much is known regarding Endgame's plot but at this point, it's highly speculated that it will see the heroes will travel back in time as part of their mission to restore peace and order. With this comes a slew of theories that they might be rewriting parts of MCU's history to secure their win against Thanos, but Markus says that it won't be the case.
As part of Empire's (via ComicBook.com) feature on Endgame, the writer maintained that the established MCU continuity will still exist after the events of the Phase 3 capper. He explained that since all these stories are interwoven with each other, it's impossible to just change a small part of it since it will have repercussions on other events in the franchise.
"The MCU continues to exist. What happens to be in it is a fluid and evolving thing where, because it's all connected, you can't reboot one. All the parts have to work together. Things continue, but like life, losses are real, and change is real."
Markus' comment squashes speculation that the Avengers will travel back to certain parts of MCU's history that are directly linked to the Infinity Stones and their whereabouts when Thanos finally made his move to collect them. Set photos hint that they will re-explore the Battle of New York from 2012's The Avengers, which involved two of the elemental crystals - the Tesseract/Space Stone and Loki's scepter/Mind Stone. Hints that the events of the first Guardians of the Galaxy will be revisited back up this theory since that film dealt with the Orb/Power Stone.
In hindsight, it doesn't really make sense for the Avengers to dabble with past events and snatch away any Infinity Stone that will encounter. Avengers: Endgame is touted as the culminating film of the MCU's The Infinity Saga and it's a disservice to everything that they've built in the last decade if the upcoming movie significantly change the established lore. Having said that, this makes it much trickier to predict why the heroes are going back in time. The film's marketing is not really giving anything away plot-wise so it's probably best to just wait for its theatrical release to find out how things shake out for the Avengers.
Source: Empire (via ComicBook.com)
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
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