When Thanos murdered half the universe with the Infinity Stones at the climax of Avengers: Infinity War, it was always going to take something fairly radical to unring that bell. Avengers: Endgame doesn’t disappoint, as the Avengers travel back in time to obtain the Stones before Thanos collected them, to perform a reversal of the ‘snap heard around the universe’.
Thing is, time travel works differently here than in other movies. Back To The Future may be “a bunch of bullsh*t”, but Avengers: Endgame makes it clear what some of the potential consequences might be.
In this scenario, there’s a single timeline: but travel back and change events in what was your past, and you create an alternate reality, what Endgame (and its directors, the Russo brothers) have called a branched timeline. As the knock-on effects from your interference reverberate throughout the new history, events unfold differently.
Following Thanos’ defeat, it’s Captain America who returns the Infinity Stones to their original times, fulfilling a promise made to Earth’s former Sorcerer Supreme, the Ancient One. But the genie won’t go back in the bottle. Screwing around with time travel never ends well.
Extrapolating organically from the internal logic of the film, here are ten twisted timelines that the Avengers should never have allowed to occur.
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