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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you’ve been following all the leaked set photos for Marvel Studios’ Phase 3 capper, Avengers 4, then chances are you’ve, like us, come to the conclusion that there will be some real time-travel elements in the film.

In some of the set photos, we’ve seen Captain America in his suit from the first Avengers film, we’ve seen Black Widow wearing her Captain America: Civil War outfit, and some others that allude to past events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But is there really a time-travel element, or is it something else?

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Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Avengers 4 co-director Anthony Russo gave a hint as to what could actually be going on.

“It’s interesting, because yes, there are photos that always leak, and then there’s lots of conjecture about what those photos mean. Certainly there is a five-minute sequence in Civil War around a piece of technology that was laid in for a very specific reason. So if you go back and look at that film, you may get a hint as to a direction.”

If you’ll recall in Captain America: Civil War, Tony Stark’s intro sequence shows some tech that allows him to look back on moments in time and sort of relive them in a way he wished he actually did in real life. This tech was called Binary Augmented Retro-Framing (aka B.A.R.F.).

With that in mind, is it possible that all these scenes are being looked back on in some sort of simulation? To what end? And does this discount the possibility of Doctor Strange using the Time Stone?

So many questions!

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SOURCE: Happy Sad Confused

  • M@rvel

    I think they’re trying to throw us off the scent. For what purpose would Tony need to go back and relive all those moments?? I can’t imagine going back to the Chitauri assault would give them any kind of pointers on how to defeat Thanos???

    • steadymobb

      Then why would they travel back to that time then?

  • Yas

    My guess:

    At the end of Avengers 3, one of the Avengers will be revealed as a Skrull. My money is on Cap or Black Widow. Perhaps the Reality or Soul stone reveals this in a big final battle. Or maybe said hero dies a heroic death only to morph back into a Skrull when dead. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Captain Marvel appears at the end of Avengers 3 for this very reveal.

    We then have Tony (just like in the comics) obsess over who else could be a Skrull and he uses this tech to try and find out.

    • TheOct8pus

      I think it’s headed into Secret Wars territory as well

  • FlyteTyme

    I reckon The Avengers will defeat Thanos and this will cause an alternate reality to the one that exists, and will reveal the Fantastic Four, X-Men etc, setting up an expanded/alternate universe with all the Fox characters.

    • TheOct8pus

      That would be cool, but Marvel doesn’t own those rights yet. That deal is still held up in court awaiting approval from the DOJ….

    • TheWhyteMaN

      I am thinking the exact same thing.

  • TheOct8pus

    The more that comes out about Avengers 4, the more confusing it gets…. I’m just gonna take one thing at a time! First Infinity War, then I’ll start speculating…

  • Kratos

    well we’ve seen the power of each stone individually….but we have yet to see the their full power when used in conjunction with each other, ie when ALL of them are on the gauntlet. these “leaked photos” that seemingly allude to events that have already played out in previous films may consequently take place again as a result of that power being unleashed against our heroes….albeit now with possibly altered outcomes.

  • Smerdyakov

    Perhaps the whole movie is a two hour chip show from previous films.

  • axebox

    It wouldn’t be an epic comic book film without some healthy Deus Ex Machima thrown in the mix.

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.