With months left to speculate about the events of Avengers 4, and very little to go on, every new detail matters and theories abound. But the theory that the Avengers will use time travel to undo the events of Infinity War just got a little more plausible.
During filming for Avengers 4 earlier this year, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) were seen in photos from what appeared to be the Battle of New York set from the ending of the first Avengers movie, except with one major difference -- Ant-Man was there too. And since Ant-Man didn't actually meet the Avengers until the events of Captain America: Civil War, fans were confused. In another set photo, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) was back sporting his flowing locks, even though most recently he's had a much shorter 'do.
These details might mean nothing, but post-Avengers: Infinity War, a theory emerged that the Avengers could be using time travel to reverse the tragic events of the film. Time travel would explain how Ant-Man ended up at the Battle of New York, Thor's follicular changes, and it even might explain how Captain Marvel -- whose upcoming film is set in the '90s -- fits into the plan.
In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed gave some credibility to the theory when discussing yet another piece of the puzzle: the time vortex in the Quantum Realm. When asked about the use of time travel in Avengers 4, Reed didn't deny the possibility.
“Based on the science that we’ve set up in the first [Ant-Man] movie and this one, I won’t rule out the possibility, because, again, we are dealing with a time vortex," said Reed. "That could happen.”
At the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) was left caught in the Quantum Realm, with the entire Van Dyne family falling victim to Thanos' snap, and seemingly no one aware he'd been trapped there. Reed also confirmed Lang does not have the same ability to leave the Quantum Realm as he did at the end of the first Ant-Man film, leaving him in an even more dire situation, with no escape route that we know of... yet.
Will Lang somehow use the time vortex to round up the Avengers and save the future from the past? Will he swing by the '90s and grab Captain Marvel? If only we could time travel to 2019 and find out.