The guys on the Comic Book Cast have a brand new Avengers 4 theory that involves Tony Stark traveling back in time.
They base their theory off some recently released leak Avengers 4 set photos that show Tony Stark wearing his Black Sabbath shirt from The Avengers as well as the scar and bruising he received when he was fighting the Chitauri’s from the first Avengers movie.
They go on to detail they will be traveling back in time in order to course correct the future. While they don’t say why they will need to course correct the future one can only assume Thanos’ power is too much of a match from them.
However, they do go on to detail how they will time travel. There are two possibilities. Dr. Strange could open portals through times like he can in the comics. However, that would require Dr. Strange’s power level to be radically enhanced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Last we saw, he was still have difficulty open regular portals in the current timeline. Although we do get a glimpse of his increased acumen in a Thor: Ragnarok trailer. It’s possible we might see an expanded set of powers for the good doctor in just a few days.
The second option is to use the Infinity Gauntlet and the Time Stone. We know Dr. Strange has the Time Stone in the form of the Eye of Agamotto. However, just like we haven’t seen Dr. Strange open portals in time, we also haven’t seen the Time Stone be used to travel back in time. We’ve only seen it create a loop in time which was used to fend off Dormammu.
The Comic Book Cast is convinced time travel will take them back to the time of the Avengers. However it’s possible this might just be a flashback scene. Another idea could be the resetting of reality for the Marvel Cinematic Universe altogether. The Avengers was the first appearance of Thanos. It would make sense to reset reality to that point in order to try to gain the upper hand on him. It could prevent the Tesseract from being moved to Asgard, where Loki currently rules after the events of Thor: The Dark World. The Avengers could keep the Tesseract in their position and use it as a weapon against Thanos when he comes calling.
What do you think? Will The Avengers use the Time Stone to travel back in time to the original Avengers movie or could reality be reset, or is it a simple case of a flashback scene?