Was Ant-Man Right? Back to the Future Co-Creator Talks Time Travel with Endgame Team
During the finale of the series Russo Bros. Pizza Film School, Joe and Anthony Russo were joined by Back to The Future screenwriter Bob Gale as well as Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, who penned the script for Avengers: Endgame. The hour-long discussion shed a great deal of light on the themes of time travel rules that connected the two blockbusters, which also necessitated name-dropping Back to the Future in the superhero ensemble feature.
But as Bob Gale pointed out, despite Avengers: Endgame attempting to distance its own rules of time travel from Back to the Future, the heroes ended up pretty much treading the exact same path in their own story as Doc and Marty.
As Joe Russo clarified, Ant-Man's disparaging remark regarding Back to the Future was not meant to be disrespectful, but rather an acknowledgment of the immense shadow cast by the movie on every other time travel film that came after it.
Time travel is one aspect of sci-fi that writers generally try to avoid because it opens the storyline up to pesky paradoxes, and the persistent question as to why every fresh threat is not dealt with by going back in time and eliminating the factors that lead to the creation of the threat in the first place? For better or for worse, the MCU has now opened itself up to that particular can of worms, as well as the introduction of the Multiverse in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, meaning the world of the ...
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