It’s true. The majority of movie fans today went to the school of Back to the Future for their cinematic time travel degrees. The franchise had a simple and straight forward way of explaining time travel. This is why the scene in Avengers: Endgame, you guys know what I’m talking about, is so great.
Back to the Future writer Bob Gale recently appeared on the Russo brothers (directors of Avengers: Endgame) Pizza Film School podcast. Gale spoke about the now-famous scene and why even though it makes fun of his film he takes pride in Back to the Future
“One of the things that I’m really proud of is that we were able to explain time travel in a way that even a nine-year-old can understand it. That scene in Avengers: Endgame where they’re sitting around and talking about time travel, I understand that when they first previewed the movie, [it] didn’t have that scene in it. I was told that in the focus groups, people said, ‘Well, wait a minute, in Back to the Future they could do this and they could do that.’ And the filmmakers realized, ‘Oh damn, we gotta deal with that, because everybody’s knowledge of time travel, today, in 2019, comes from those movies. So they had to put that scene where Ant-Man says, ‘What do you mean? Back to the Future’s bullshit.”
Within the world of cinema, film’s own unique time travel rules are generally accepted, as long as the film continues to abide by them. Once a film breaks its own rules, it loses most moviegoers (I’m not sure if any film is 100% perfect). I can tell you that Back to the Future is one of my all-time favorite films, and I thought Avengers: Endgame was fantastic. I enjoy them both for their overall stories as well as their play in one of my longtime fascinations, time travel.
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