With Avengers: Infinity War fast approaching, it’s hard to imagine what the future for the Marvel Cinematic Universe might have in store. Lucky for the internet, set photos from the untitled Avengers 4 have started to pop up. Images from what looks like the 1940’s, Captain America in his suit from The Avengers, and destroyed New York streets have had fans speculating about the possibility of time travel. The theory itself isn’t without its merits–of the two Infinity Stones Thanos is confirmed to have, the Time Stone is notably missing. It isn’t out of the realm of possibility for the heroes left standing after the events of Avengers: Infinity War to harness the power of the Time Stone as kind of reset button.
While The Russo Brothers, directors of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, like the fan theories, they suggested there may be something else behind the scenes in question. While speaking as guests on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Anthony Russo had this to say:
“It’s interesting, because yes, there are photos that always leak, and then there’s lots of conjecture about what those photos mean. Certainly there is a five-minute sequence in Civil War around a piece of technology that was laid in for a very specific reason. So if you go back and look at that film, you may get a hint as to a direction.”
The technology he is referring to is Tony Stark’s Binary Augmented Retro-Framing, or B.A.R.F. if you want to use the greatest acronym ever made. Stark presented this technology to a crowd of MIT students in an early scene of Captain America: Civil War, reliving the last time he saw his parents alive.
The Russo Brothers suggest that this is the cause of the Avengers 4 scenes set in the past. With this new bit of information in mind, fans have been looking at the previous set photos through new eyes. New theories that have cropped up revolve around B.A.R.F. being used as a training program for new team members (which could explain why Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man is seen in set photos that seem to take place during The Battle of New York).
Of course, all of this is still speculation, and we won’t get any real answers until Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018.
Source: Happy Sad Confused