Avengers: Endgame Writers Explain How Harry Potter Influenced Their Time Travel Rules

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*Warning: This story includes spoilers for Avengers: Endgame*

Following the devastating conclusion of Avengers: Infinity War, all eyes were on the creative team behind the franchise to develop a satisfying way to reclaim the Infinity Stones and resurrect the fallen heroes in Avengers: Endgame. This week, Endgame screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely explained part of their creative process in developing this plot device, offering one unexpected influence: the Harry Potter series.

In the film, the surviving Avengers use Ant-Man’s Quantum Realm technology to travel back in time and acquire the past versions of the Infinity Stones, meaning that Markus and McFeely had to develop their own time travel rules. Per ComicBook.com, the co-writers researched time travel films including Back to the Future, but ultimately concluded that its rules wouldn't fit.

“Everyone thinks that's how time travel works, because that's a great movie, maybe the best of its subject,” McFeely said. “But if we were to do that, to do something in the past and it would screw up your future, we're gonna do that six times. We would have no way to follow that.”

Instead, they drew inspiration from the rules of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which includes a time travel mechanism in the form of the Time-Turners. "I do love that third Harry Potter movie, where a stone will break a vase, and you won't know why, but the scene's fine and it doesn't take you out of it," McFeely explained. "Then when you come back around [during the time travel sequence] and you realize that they had thrown it at themselves."

Like Prisoner of Azkaban, Endgame sees its protagonists actively interacting with the past, with some characters even meeting their past selves, and paradoxes from the time travel sequence—such as Thanos’s past self dying in the future—being left unresolved.

[h/t ComicBook.com]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Miss the Arcade? This Retro Arcade Cabinet Brings Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga to Your Home

Amazon
Amazon

It's hard to find a video game character more iconic than Pac-Man, but his female counterpart gave him a run for his money when she debuted in 1982. Now, Ms. Pac-Man is available to purchase as a retro arcade cabinet taken straight from the golden age of gaming.

The arcade cabinet, which is selling on Amazon for $3300, combines Ms. Pac-Man with the classic space shooter game Galaga. The hardware also includes the hidden bonus games Pac-Man, Speedy Pac-Man, Speedy Ms. Pac-Man, and Rapid Fire Galaga.

Playing Ms. Pac-Man on the cabinet at home feels just like playing in a real arcade. The joystick and buttons that players remember have been faithfully recreated. There's even a coin slot like you'd find in the real game, but this one has been deactivated so you can chase your high score for hours without stocking up on change. The side panel is decorated with the original Ms. Pac-Man artwork, making the cabinet an eye-catching piece of home decor even when you're not using it.

If you have space in your basement, rec room, or any room in your house for a 5.6-foot-tall arcade cabinet, you can order the product from Amazon today with free shipping. If you're looking for a more low-key way to celebrate your love of Pac-Man, Monopoly recently released a special Pac-Man edition game complete with a miniature arcade cabinet.

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