Going into Avengers: Endgame, there’s only one question on fans’ lips. Ok, there’s actually a lot of questions we have about the movie event of the year, but right at the top of the list is how the heck are all those dead heroes wiped out by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War going to return? With numerous sequels in the pipeline, there’s no way the likes of Spider-Man, Black Panther and the Guardians of the Galaxy are staying as piles as dust, but how will they be saved?
The general theory is that some kind of reboot of the timeline will provide the answer, thereby neatly undoing the deaths as easily as the snap of the fingers from Thanos that snuffed them out in the first place. The filmmakers have long maintained that the demises are genuine though and the characters won’t be cheaply retconned back into existence.
That’s something that writer Christopher Markus, who co-scripted Infinity War and Endgame with Stephen McFeely, is sticking with. While speaking to Empire Magazine, he was asked about a potential universal reboot and insisted that the “losses are real.”
“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.”
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Markus is definitely careful to neither confirm or deny anything in this reply, as though he suggests a change to the timeline isn’t happening, he merely says that it would have to take the whole MCU into account. Then again, Markus and McFeely have certainly shown an impressive ability to navigate the entire franchise together in previous movies, so I wouldn’t put it past them to rewrite continuity in a satisfactory way.
However it goes down, it seems that Markus wants us to prepare for an emotionally-devastating movie that’ll have some serious ramifications for the future of the MCU. And we’ll see just what him and McFeely have in store for us when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26th.