Avengers: Endgame’s Time Travel Devices Could Have Looked Very Different

Tony Stark with the time travel device

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Avengers: Endgame may have hit theaters back in April, but the massive blockbuster is still a regular subject of conversation in the movie world. The Russo Brothers crafted a massive blockbuster, which traveled through the MCU's timeline and featured every single hero in the cinematic universe. Development and design for Marvel movies is always a very specific process, with alternate designs and concept art being revealed in the months following release. That includes the time travel devices that Tony Stark invented, which could have looked really different.

The second act of Avengers: Endgame was all about the Time Heist, with the surviving heroes traveling through the timeline to procure the Infinity Stones. Each of those characters was equipped with what Iron Man lovingly refers to as a "time space GPS." The final design was a small band that fit around the Avengers' hands, but it could have looked quite different. Check it out below.

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Well those are certainly unique designs. While the one outfitted to The Avengers on their final stand against Thanos were much less colorful and flashy. In fact, it was easy to forget that each of the characters was wearing the gadgets throughout the Time Heist.

Adapting comic book movies into film is no easy task. The hardcore fandom is apt to judge harshly, especially regarding how accurate each new movie is to the source material. Costumes and props provide a particular challenge, as studios sometime want to tone things down to make them more believable. As such, Marvel usually has a variety of alternate designs-- including Avengers: Endgame's time travel accessories.

This art comes to us from the social media of Rodney Fuentebella, a concept artist who has worked on a ton of Marvel movies including Avengers: Endgame. Fuentebella has been with the studio since Captain America: The First Avenger, and has worked on a variety of the studio's franchises including Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Panther.

Two different alternate designs are shown here, each with distinctly different looks. The first seems a bit closer to the design that was ultimately landed on for Avengers: Endgame. It looks like another hand strap, although it's got Iron Man's signature colors more prominently featured. This is a motif that would extended to the Nano Gauntlet as it was passed around in a wild game of hot potato in Endgame's final battle.

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It should be interesting to see which Marvel movies Rodney Fuentebella ends up doing concept art for next. There's some very exciting movies coming down the pipeline, as well as live-action shows coming to Disney+. With so many projects arriving, there's going to be plenty of alternate designs ending up on the cutting room floor.

The next installment in the MCU is Black Widow in May 1st. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.