Could ‘Avengers 4’ Involve a Time Travel Plot?

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The plot of Avengers 4 has remained tightly under wraps – we don’t even know the title! But as the comic book movie sequel continues production, secret plot details have inevitably begun to surface.

Since Avengers 4 started production in August 2017, there have been some exciting snapshots of new costumes, gnarly hair cuts, and lots of grim-faced Marvel superheroes. But the most intriguing picture of all — a set photo of Chris Evans in a familiar costume — could have wide-ranging implications for the plot of the fourth Avengers movie, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that follow it.

Warning: Possible spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 follow.

What does the future of the MCU look like? A little retro, to be honest. On Wednesday TMZ released a photo of Chris Evans on the set of Avengers 4, clean-shaven and wearing his old Avengers-era Captain America suit. It’s a patriotic outfit that Steve Rogers had shed long ago, since he started working for S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He later repurposed his old World War II fighting outfit, but he never went back to that “old-fashioned” stars and stripes get-up from the first Avengers.

So why is he wearing it in Avengers 4? Well, the most obvious answer would be: time travel.

Yes, that does seem like a huge leap of an answer to a makeover, but like a certain 2017 movie wisely said, Marvel has been giving us all the clues. Nerdist first picked up on it after combing through the costume changes and mysterious Robert Downey Jr. Instagram pictures back in December. First, there was an online photo from Downey Jr. featuring a hole in his shirt for the arc reactor that Tony Stark used to have. Jeremy Renner was seen sporting a costume that looked eerily similar to Hawkeye’s Ronin persona that he may have adopted in a future or altered timeline. Casting calls have been made for scenes possibly set in the ’60s and ’40s. Captain Marvel, whose solo film is set in the ’90s and deals heavily with the quantum realm, will make an appearance in Avengers 4. And Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is also centered around the quantum realm, is reported to have a major impact on the events of Avengers 4.

It all adds up to more than just a few flashbacks. This could mean a whole Back to the Future-style plot where the team jumps through time and space, attempting to change history itself.

Traveling in Time and Space

Okay, this is the part where the theorizing starts. Put on your tinfoil hats.

Avengers 4 will very likely follow Thanos beating the Avengers and finishing the completion of the Infinity Gauntlet, scattering the team into alternate timelines or dimensions in the process. The story could follow them going to key moments in history — the battle of New York in the first Avengers film, the ’90s when Captain Marvel first gains her powers — and attempting to change its course. Or they could be attempting to foil Thanos’ early grasps for the Infinity Stones. This could be a result of the Time Stone that we were first introduced to in Doctor Strange, which Stephen Strange used against Dormammu, or the Avengers could be making use of the quantum realm — a dimension that transcends time and space.

If Avengers 4 does indeed have a time travel plot, this opens up infinite (pun intended) possibilities for the MCU. This could be the universe-shattering event that Kevin Feige and the Anthony and Joe Russo have been hinting at, a whole new chapter for the MCU that involves not just the cosmos, but alternate worlds and alternate dimensions.

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Very Cool Trailer for Vintage Time Travel Indie Comedy ‘Future ’38’

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“See you in 1938.” Let’s kick off the New Year by taking a time travel trip into 2018! A trailer has launched for a wacky little indie film titled Future ’38, a spoof of classic screwball comedies from the 1930s. The story involves a man being sent via time travel into the future, 80 years ahead to the year 2018, to help them figure out how to solve their problems in the past. Something about defeating Hitler, but then he falls for a young lady, and it all becomes a big mess. The film’s cast features Betty Gilpin, Nick Westrate, Ethan Phillips, Sean Young, Robert John Burke, and Ilana Becker, with an appearance by Neil deGrasse Tyson. This actually looks very fun! Yes, it’s super cheesy, but it seems like they nailed the tone and balance of humor and quirk and screwball-ness for a very amusing, entertaining little film. Might be worth a watch. ›››

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Movie Story Type: Time Travel

In Hollywood movie circles, there are genres like Horror or Science Fiction, cross genres like Action-Thriller or Drama-Comedy, and sub-genres like Romantic Comedy or Mystery Thriller.

Then there are Story Types, a shorthand way to describe a specific narrative conceit that is almost always tied directly to the movie’s central concept. They can be found in any genre, cross genre, or sub-genre.

Knowledge about and awareness of these story types can be a boost not only to your understanding of film history and movie trends, but also as fodder for brainstorming new story concepts. Mix and match them. Invert them. Gender bend them. Genre bend them. Geo bend them.

Movie story types exist for a reason: Because they work. Hopefully this series will help you make them work for you.

Today: Time Travel.

Time travel has inspired storytellers for centuries and Hollywood hasn’t slacked off in that department either. Here is a short list of time travel movies:

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949): A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

The Time Machine (1960): A Victorian Englishman travels to the far future and finds that humanity has divided into two hostile species.

Time Bandits (1981): A young boy accidently joins a band of dwarves as they jump from time-period to time-period looking for treasure to steal.

The Terminator (1984): A human-looking, apparently unstoppable cyborg is sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor; Kyle Reese is sent to stop it.

Back to the Future (1985): In 1985, Doc Brown invents time travel; in 1955, Marty McFly accidentally prevents his parents from meeting, putting his own existence at stake.

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986): Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989): Two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Twelve Monkeys (1995): In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Timeline (2003): A group of archaeological students become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve their professor. The group must survive in 14th century France long enough to be rescued.

One of the most interesting movies in recent memory is this one:

Looper (2012): In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self.

Here is the trailer:

The time travel setup leads to great moments like this:

And this:

What is it about time travel that makes for a potentially appealing story?

  • It’s an excellent ‘what if’ scenario, one that can grab a viewer’s imagination
  • Great FOOW (Fish-Out-Of-Water) dynamic, not only different place and culture, but also a different era
  • Major complication typically in time travel movies: How the hell do we get back?
  • Play to viewer’s wish fulfillment — to go to the past and see how things really were like or go into the future and experience how things will be

There’s also this: Time travel movies will often get us to consider the mystery of time. Every moment we live, time passes. And yet, we generally go about our day to day lives hardly thinking about time. But think on this: If you live to be 80 years old, you will have lived for…

948 months
4,122 weeks
28,855 days
692,538 hours
41,552, 284 minutes
2,493,137,087 seconds

Time travel movies can make it feel as though the limitations of our life (after all, each of us is born with an ‘expiration date’) are permeable, that we can somehow stretch the amount of time we’ve been granted to live.

What are your favorite time travel movies? And what time travel movies did I not include in my list?

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“That’s not a typo. But it is aspirational,” Musk said, upon revealing his plans. 

How Musk plans to do it is by not only via reusable rockets, which is the core of SpaceX’s model, but also focusing the company’s efforts on developing an even bigger, fully reusable vehicle. 

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Watch: 5 Travel Tips for Jet-Setting Filmmakers

If a you’re filmmaker who travels all around the world, here are some tips that will make each journey a little easier.

Traveling can be a headache, especially if you’re doing so for a film shoot. Not only do you have to plan your trip, but you also have to organize and transport all of your essential gear.

Here to help you get an idea of what needs to be done when you hit the road or take to the skies is photographer/filmmaker Peter McKinnon, who lays out five tips in the video below.

Choose the right bag

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97 tech companies signed on to a 54-page amicus brief—a document, submitted to a court, by non-litigants who have an interest in a case. The brief, filed to Washington State court, opposed President Trump’s ban on immigrants arriving from one of seven Muslim-majority nations. 

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Snap, Uber and Facebook file brief opposing Trump’s travel ban


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The brief was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit late Sunday nightBloomberg, which first reported the news, wrote that the document was planned for later in the week. The process was sped up however due to challenges presented by the administration’s executive order, which bars travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. 

Participants include Netflix, Square, Salesforce, Airbnb, Uber, Pinterest, AppNexus, Twitter, Yelp, Reddit, Kickstarter, GitHub, Glassdoor, Box, Mozilla, Dropbox, Twilio, Zynga and Medium. Read more…

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