Endgame’s ending could lead to some VERY weird results for people.
Warning: Avengers: Endgame spoilers ahead! Back out if you haven’t seen the movie yet!
Avengers: Infinity War ends with Thanos snapping his fingers and making half of all living things in the universe disappear. In Endgame, which sees a time jump to five years later, the good guys prevail, defeat Thanos, and create a way for all the snapped people to return to earth presumably in the exact spot where they first vanished. That’s great news for guys like Spider-Man and Black Panther who showed up safely back on Titan and Wakanda, respectively, but for the average person on earth, this could definitely cause some… problems. Here are four very bad places to return from the snap.
In the rules of Avengers: Endgame’s universe, returning from the snap ensures a five-year time jump and your body returning to the location that you originally vanished from. That is, assuming you return to the exact place you left. If so, that means if you were in an airplane flying overseas during the snap, you would return to the sky in the exact spot you were in, but your plane would not since it either successfully landed without you five years ago or crashed if both pilots got snapped, too. Basically, you’d miraculously appear in mid-air with no plane, most likely attempting to finish your in-flight meal or movie before falling hundreds of miles to your death in the middle of the ocean.
Picture this: you’re at work, going to the bathroom on company time, sitting on the toilet and getting paid for it. You’re living the dream. You reach for some toilet paper to finish your business and then suddenly, you disappear from existence. Five years later you return to the exact location you left, still in a squatting position with your pants down reaching for toilet paper. Only now your company is out of business, your office has been demolished, and you’re basically pooping in an empty parking lot while total strangers walk by staring at you. Oh, and you’re unemployed, too.
Side note: when you get snapped during a poop, does your poop vanish with you since it’s technically an organic extension of your own body? These are the things that keep me up at night.
Half of the earth’s living species disappearing in a snap would have devastating effects on homes and local businesses. With half as many people on earth, the furniture in your home might get rearranged a bit while you’re gone, so returning to your living room after the snap might mean clipping through a couch or table or even stuck inside a recently built concrete wall which is a horrible fate that’s usually only a risk for teleporting mutants like Nightcrawler who don’t exist in the MCU… yet.
Instant death is a terrifying result, but what about living in a world where everyone you loved had already moved on without you? Imagine being married, laying next to your partner in your own bed at home. The snap happens, you vanish, your partner grieves, but then ultimately gains the strength to move on without you over the course of five years, falls in love, remarries, and your old partner’s new partner has now moved in and is sleeping in your bed. You return from the snap in your own bed, next to your partner, but there’s a random person in your spot now and they’re… hairy and naked. And hopefully sleeping and not making love to your partner. Either way, welcome home. Good luck sorting all that out!
So where do YOU think the worst place to return from the snap would be? Do you think Marvel will ever explore these terrifying scenarios in future films? Let me know in the comments below, and stick with IGN for all your comics, movies, and vanishing toilet needs.
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