Joe Russo Answers Big ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Questions (SPOILERS)
It happened. The ten year Infinity Saga has run its course now that Avengers: Endgame has been released. The movie wraps up the saga, the events in Avengers: Infinity War, and Marvel’s quest to do something never before seen on screen.
But as the movie came to a close, it felt as if there were still many questions to be answered. Of course, as much was done in that three hour runtime and much was done over those ten years. But Co-Director Joe Russo sat down and answered a number of questions we, and presumably you, were asking to help shine some light on a number of those open items.
Why didn’t Doctor Strange just cut off Thanos’ hand?
Joe Russo: Thanos’ skin is almost impenetrable, we don’t know whether Doctor Strange had the capability to do it. If he failed to cut it on time, Thanos would still be able to do the snap. Doctor Strange realized this issue during his millions of test runs.
Will Black Widow be resurrected when The Soul Stone is returned?
Joe Russo: [The] process is irreversible. Even if you have returned the stone to its original location, you wouldn’t be able to get the person back. In fact, it’s not really returning the stone, more like putting it back properly. The tribute soul for the Soul Stone will forever be sealed in that place, therefore Black Widow is gone forever.
Why did you choose Iron Man to wield The Infinity Stones in the end?
Joe Russo: Thor in this movie couldn’t do it, only Hulk was strong enough to do the snap without dying. We are still not sure whether Captain Marvel can also withstand all the power of Infinity Stones at once. The reason we chose to let Iron Man do it in the end was because he was the closest one to Thanos at the time. In all the futures Doctor Strange foresaw, Iron Man was the only one who could get close to Thanos and do the snap. People usually think the death of a hero is a horrible tragedy. But we think this is different. When his death was able to bring back hope, to save half of the universe, then his death was powerful and meaningful. We shouldn’t feel too sad or angry about it.
What year did Steve Rogers go back to stay with Peggy Carter?
Joe Russo: We can’t answer it for now. This is a story that happened in an alternate reality. Maybe it will be revealed in the future.
Did this create two Captain Americas in the same timeline?
Joe Russo: To me, Captain America’s action in the end wasn’t the fact he wanted to change anything, it’s more like me has made a choice. He chose to go back to past and lived with the one he loved for the rest of his life. The time travel in this movie created an alternate reality. He lived a completely different life in that world. We don’t know how exactly his life turned out, but I’d like to believe he still helped many others when they were needed in that world.
Yes, there were two Captain Americas in that reality, it’s just like what Hulk said, what happened in the past has already happened. If you go back to past, you simply created a new reality. The characters in this movie created new timeline when they went back to the past, but it had no effect to the prime universe. What happened in the past 22 movies was still canon.
When Captain America returned the Soul Stone, did he come face-to-face with Red Skull?
Joe Russo: Cap and Red Skull probably won’t fight. Red Skull would probably put the soul stone back in its location, and wait for the next unfortunate stone seeker to make a sacrifice. It’s Cap’s mission to return the stone to its original place. The Red Skull is also no longer the same Red Skull from The First Avenger. He is more like a ghost, you could almost say he’s a completely different entity now. He only exists to guard the stone, his past conscious may or may not even exist anymore.
How did Thanos bring his army into the future without the Time Stone?
Joe Russo: There is a guy called Maw in his army, who is a great wizard. Thanos himself was a brilliant genius. Those two easily reverse engineered and mass produced Pym Particles.
Could the Time Stone be used to bring back Tony Stark?
Joe Russo: If you save Iron Man, it will still not change the fact that Thanos will eventually win the war. Among the 14 million possibilities that Doctor Strange saw, Iron Man’s sacrifice is a must for that one win scenario.
This is five years later. How does that impact the dusted characters?
Joe Russo: Yes, those people that were lucky to survive the snap are 5 years older than the people who just got back. The reason Peter Parker saw his friend again in high school at the end was simply because his friends were unfortunately also dusted like Peter was. Of course, there are people in his grade who didn’t die and they are probably already in colleges by now.
To those dusted people, they had no conscious in these past 5 years. They didn’t know what happened. It’s as if they had just woke up from a long sleep. The only one who was aware about how many years has passed was Doctor Strange, because he has already seen that when he was time mediating on Titan. Parker’s reunion with Ned was a touching moment. There are also people whom indeed moved on but suddenly were reunited with their lost ones. Yeah, it’s kind a complicated world now.
How exactly does time travel work in Endgame?
Joe Russo: Both the Ancient One and Hulk were right. You can’t change the future by simply going back to the past. But it’s possible to create a different alternate future. It’s not a butterfly effect. Every decision you made in the past could potentially create a new timeline. For example, the old Cap at the end movie lived his married life in a different universe from the main one. He had to make another jump back to the main universe at the end to give the shield to Sam.
So, in the end, it was a mouse that saved the universe?
Joe Russo: Yes, the MOUSE SAVED THE UNIVERSE. Among the many realities in those 14 million possible futures Doctor Strange foresaw, the mouse failed to press the button and thus the heroes failed in those alternate futures.
The Easter Egg during the end credits. What was that about?
Joe Russo: It was our way to say goodbye to Tony Stark. Nothing more.
Okay, but why didn’t Black Widow get a funeral?
Joe Russo: Did you forget when the heroes were mourning for her after they returned from the past? Maybe her funeral happened off screen. Maybe it will be shown in a future installment, because there are still tons of stories in the MCU that are waiting to be told.
Avengers: Endgame is still in theaters, and Project-Nerd will have plenty more to say on it.
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