Time travel is always a messy thing, and despite its success, Avengers: Endgame's five-year-jump is making the Marvel Cinematic Universe a little bit more complicated for fans. Thanks to the five-year-jump, the MCU is currently set in 2023, adding a bit more difficulty in understanding the timeline of the franchise.
Still, despite the added complexity, Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo say that the time jump won't in any way be changed in future films.
Marvel just recently released Endgame on Digital HD, and on the director's commentary track (via ComicBook.com), the Russo Brothers and writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus discuss the Infinity War sequel's time jump and how it's here to stay.
"The premise here is a very complicated premise, right?" Anthony Russo said during the commentary. "You know, bringing people back from five years ago is a messy proposition any way you look at it. Not even talking about the time travel complexities of it. You know, that's something I know some people like to think about after watching the movie..."
"It's like if you were in a plane, what happens to that now when you come back?" McFeely said, pointing out a concern that fans have long since been expressing on social media.
Joe Russo's response was that the MCU timeline moving forward would be "really complicated."
Still, the director insists that the best thing about the movie is doubling down the time jump, veering away from temptations of reversing everything. Now, it seems like films following Endgame are going to have to tread even more carefully so that it keeps up with the main narrative of the MCU.
Avengers: Endgame is now available on Digital HD.