The time travel suits in Avengers: Endgame originally had a very different look inspired by tech from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. After 11 years and 21 films of build-up, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe were delighted to see how Avengers: Endgame turned out. The blockbuster met or exceeded the expectations of many, with repeat business (and a savvy re-release) propelling it to become the highest-grossing movie of all-time.
After a record-crushing opening weekend where it eclipsed over $1 billion worldwide, there has been plenty of interest in all the different versions of the film that could've happened. Alternate plotlines have been discussed by the creative team ad nauseam, with different missions and a different finale considered. These tidbits of information have been great fodder for discussion over what could've been. Now, a behind-the-scenes look at the VFX process on Avengers: Endgame shed light on an alternate design for the film's time travel suits.
The Avengers each wore one of the white and red time travel suits so they could shrink down to size and move through time in the Quantum Realm. Most fans have noticed how similar the designs are to Hank Pym's Quantum Realm suit from Ant-Man and the Wasp. But in a new interview with Wired, Visual Effects Producer for Marvel Entertainment Jen Underdahl recently revealed how Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 originally played a part in the design of them. She revealed never before seen pre-viz that had the helmets of these suits be entirely made of the breathable mesh tech that the film used. You can see some of the designs at the 10:52 mark in the above video.
This may just be pre-viz of what these helmets could look like, but it became clear early on that this would not be a suitable design for the movie. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo decided that these helmets would not work even when this design was done. From that point on, Underdahl and her team retooled the look and gave each suit - which were 100% digitally made - the Ant-Man-esque helmet that Avengers: Endgame features.
Even though this is a quick and early look at these helmets, there's no question that the final masks that were chosen were the best way to go. These breathable mesh helmets simply do not work with the rest of the suit. That said, Underdahl's team did still incorporate a piece of the mesh into the final designs, as it serves as the visor in the helmets. Because of this small detail, these time travel suits combine some of the most advanced technology in all of the MCU. Tony Stark's time travel wrist devices and nano-tech are merged with the Ant-Man design and Pym Particles shrinking abilities, and they're protected in all environments with the breathable mesh provided by the Guardians. Thank goodness for Tony, Scott Lang, and Rocket all being around to make these suits possible, as Avengers: Endgame would've been a very different film without them.
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