There’s already plenty of time travel focused speculation for Avengers: Endgame, based on leaked set pictures showing the Avengers revisiting the Battle of New York and toys with outfits very similar to Quantum Realm suits. But a new theory suggests that the Avengers could be going back in time to fight a younger version of Thanos, potentially preventing the events of Infinity War from ever happening.
Thanos wearing the Gauntlet and his armor is interesting.
the Gauntlet may still be a formidable weapon after the Decimation but the fact he’s wearing his armor and wielding a sword leads me to believe the Gauntlets strength was been greatly diminished. pic.twitter.com/EYGn0AZjjl
— pepper potts/baela targaryen fan account (@jakebakersays) January 20, 2019
A leaked picture of a Thanos action figure shows the Mad Titan not only wearing his golden armour again, but also wielding a double bladed sword. Reddit user ak2sup posted a theory that, since Thanos achieved his goal of wiping out half the universe and now seems to have retired, the Thanos we’ll be seeing in Endgame must be a younger version of the character – most likely from the time of 2012’s Avengers Assemble.
It adds that if the Avengers manage to defeat him in the past, the events of Infinity War will be erased without affecting the wider MCU timeline too drastically.
Of course the Armour doesn’t necessarily mean that this is a younger Thanos – the Infinity Gauntlet was fried by the end of Infinity War, so it’s not unreasonable to suggest that Thanos may need some extra protection and a new weapon this time round. The Endgame trailer also shows Thanos’ Armour and helmet propped up on display; while he’s not wearing it now, it’s in easy reach should he choose to wear it again.
We already pretty much know most of the characters who disappeared at the end of Infinity War will be coming back in some way, either in their own sequel films or TV shows streaming on Disney+. This does make it likely that time travel will be involved, especially in light of Samuel L. Jackson’s comments that Captain Marvel can time travel, but we’ll have to wait till April 26th to know for sure when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters.
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