– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I don’t know about you, but I let out a mildly stunned exhale during Avengers: Endgame when Thor beheaded Thanos and the title card “Five Years Later” popped up. There had been many theories about what could happen in the film, but I truly didn’t expect them to go through for an extended five-year time skip.

It was a bold decision from the filmmakers, but why five years? What was it about five years that made it the perfect amount of time? Speaking with Wired, co-director Anthony Russo answered that very question:

“We wanted to pick a time that was long enough to force everybody to move on. We wanted everybody to go through a life cycle where they had to commit to an existence where this was their new reality. Five years seemed like the right amount of time for that.”

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So, there was no scientific or specific way they came to this conclusion. From the sound of it, they just went with an amount of time that felt right to them, and in all honesty, it sounds like they made the right choice. Five years is long enough to where people had to adapt and suffer through the events of the previous film, but not so long that it felt like there’d be no point in everyone returning.

What do you think of this choice for the film? How long would YOU have made the time skip? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.