Time Travel is Hard

Starting next Monday I plan on introducing a new weekly segment to my site where I talk about Marvel… original, I know. To start the addition off, I plan on focusing on the different theories that could happen in Avengers Endgame. The tricky part is that I want all of these ideas to come from the minds of the Thinks of a Thoughter crew. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be times when our ideas seem similar to other theorists out there, after all, there’s only so many possibilities that could happen in this movie, and of course, if a theory of ours is inspired by something we see on Instagram or Reddit, we’ll be more than happy to give them credit for sparking the idea that we’ve decided to run with.

Now with all of that out of the way, I would like to make it very clear that trying to write a well-crafted story that both ties in 10 years of storytelling and also delivers a proper goodbye to some of the most beloved characters to have ever graced the big screen is incredibly hard and I am in no way suggesting that I can and will do a better job than the hard-working team at Marvel.

Also, I don’t know how many of you guys have ever tried to write a plausible story about time travel, but it’s incredibly difficult. Not only is there a challenge in making sure that your ideas actually fit and aren’t contradicting one another but there’s also the challenge of making sure that at the end of the day, the story that’s written is fun.

Terminator is a great example of a movie that we all think of as a great time travel movie but in reality, it’s a great movie while, at the same time, being a FUN time travel movie. There is a difference. Don’t believe me? Imagine you’re writing Terminator and you start poking holes in your story. Before you know it, you’re questioning the logic of Kyle Reese being John Connor’s dad. John Connor sent Kyle Reese into the past and that’s what leads to John Connor being born but how did this timeline start? If Reese never goes back in time, there is no John but there has to be a John to send Kyle back in time. Kyle Reese plus Sarah Connor equals John Connor but you need John Connor to exist for Kyle Reese to be sent back and what about the robots? At some point, they discovered time travel and sent the Terminator to kill John which is actually what lead to John sending Kyle into the past. So if you really think about it, had the machines not sent a Terminator into the past to kill John, John wouldn’t have sent Kyle and Kyle wouldn’t have fathered John so the only reason the machines even have to do deal with John is because they try to kill him before he’s even conceived…

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See what I’m saying? The original Terminator definitely has its flaws when it comes to telling a sensible time travel story but who cares? It’s one of the best science fiction movies of all time. With my theory for End Game, I had everything laid out and basically finished and then while talking to Matt (Secret Thoughter M) I suddenly realized that there was a GIANT plot hole in my story. Everything I had worked on no longer made sense. The ultimate question though is, does that really matter? Yes, it’s important that the theories I present make sense but I think that it’s even more important that the theories are actually fun. So for those of you that stumble upon this series and find holes in the storytelling, know that we’ve tried our best, and even if none of what we theorize about shows up in Endgame, the ultimate goal of all of this is to just have fun.

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