Why Avengers: Endgame directors used time travel even though it’s “ludicrous”

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Note: The following article contains Avengers: Endgame spoilers, if you still somehow haven’t seen it!

Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo have spoken in detail about the record-breaking blockbuster’s controversial time travel plot.

a group of people posing for the camera: Pepper Potts, Scarlett Witch, Captain Marvel, Shuri, Avengers Endgame

© Marvel Studios Pepper Potts, Scarlett Witch, Captain Marvel, Shuri, Avengers Endgame

One aspect of the movie that has been hotly debated since its release is the latter half of the film, which sees different groups of Avengers travelling back to different points in their own timeline to change key events.

This created a fractured timeline that allowed a past version of Thanos, Nebula and Gamora to invade the future, and splintered various alternative timelines that will pave the way for the upcoming Loki series.

In the commentary track for Endgame (via ComicBook), the Russo brothers acknowledged that the time travel element of the film was always going to be problematic.

“Ultimately we realised that, look, time travel doesn’t exist, so it’s a ludicrous notion,” Joe explained. “It’s a construct of genre filmmaking.

“I think when we all bought in on it was when we realised the emotional scenes that could take place between the characters and people that they loved who are no longer with them.”

Avengers: Endgame

© Marvel Studios Avengers: EndgameRusso also mentioned that the benefits of incorporating time travel ultimately outweighed the downsides because it gave the Avengers the ability to write wrongs from the past – and provide feel-good moments like Steve Rogers passing the torch.

“Ultimately, if you’re entertained by them coming up with the plan, executing the plan, and then you’re emotionally fulfilled by what they do while they’re executing the plan, it’s worth the construct,” he added.

The promotion for the home video release has also shed light on other important moments from Endgame, including one key scene that nearly didn’t make the cut and why one character didn’t get a proper goodbye.

Avengers: Endgame is out now.

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