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Marvel Fans Have a Theory For How Avengers: Endgame Can Use Time Travel to Fix MCU Plot Holes

While also stopping Thanos on the side.
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At this point, most Marvel fans would agree that some sort of time travel will be used in Avengers: Endgame to reverse Thanos's snap. The most likely option is that Ant-Man will find a way to use the Quantum Realm to travel back in time to warn the Avengers of what's to come. And while that would be pretty useful in fixing the whole dusting apocalypse, it might also explain some of the happenstance in the past Marvel movies.

As one Redditor asks in a new post: "There are a few 'oh, that's convenient' moments in the MCU, and what if the Avengers' actions in the past are what allowed for some of those moments to happen?"

Yeah, superhero movies are pretty much based on coincidence. Almost every origin story is thanks to some sort of serendipitous moment—getting bitten by a spider, a chance meeting, etc, etc.

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Why did Hank Pym choose Scott to be the new Ant-Man? What if Scott goes back in time and meets Hank, he needs his help and gains his trust by telling him all about the future, his family, and that is why a few years later Hank goes after Scott? Because he knows he has to.
And why did Mordo take Doctor Strange to meet The Ancient One when he was just another tourist wandering around Kathmandu? What if, when going after the Time Stone in the past, and meeting up with The Ancient One back then, she learns about the future and the importance of teaching Stephen?
Have the actions set in the past shape what is to come, and the kicker is that the modified future is already what we saw in the other movies.

This would, actually, be a pretty smart way to re-write—and make sense of—the traditional superhero origin story. Yes, it takes away a little bit of the fate aspect, but it also makes these stories a whole lot more logical. Why would Hank Pym choose some petty criminal to help him out and wear his very valuable shrinking suit, unless someone from the future told him to do it? Makes a lot more sense to me.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.comMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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