Post updated July 8th, 2019 at 08:24 pm
Very few will deny the emotional weight of Hulk putting on the Infinity Gauntlet, and snapping his fingers, bringing the snapped off population back into existence. But if we put on our thinking caps, there’s also no denying the logical lapses of that incident. For starters, where did the people who disappeared during the snap appear during the blip? Spider-Man: Far From Home suggests that they would return to the exact same spot. In the film, we see half a basketball team disappear mid-match, only to reappear during another match, 5 years later. But this begs the question: What about people who disappeared while they were in an aeroplane thousands of feet in the air?
In an interview with HuffPost, Spider-Man: Far From Home director, Jon Watts gives his take on the issue.
“What would happen to people in motion, if you’re in a car or in an airplane? Obviously, they didn’t blip back in the middle of the sky and fall to the Earth because so many people would die. There are so many questions, but we just stuck with the ones that made sense in our story. I was like, you know what, I’m not going to touch that one [safe returns of snapped air passengers].”
Reading the quote above makes me believe that neither Jon Watts and possibly not even the writers of Avengers: Endgame has a clear and logical explanation of the blip. Watts added:
“That’s the thing. Everyone arrived back safely somehow. I don’t think suddenly people were raptured back to Earth and plummeted into the ocean. That would not be the happy ending that [Tony Stark] was planning. There are so many ideas we had. I was talking to [Markus and McFeely] about twins. We were talking about what would happen if one twin blipped out. It’d still be twins, but one of them would be five years older, which would be really strange.
Thanos said all living entities, all living beings, half of all of them, so does that include bacteria? Did half of the stomach bacteria inside of you disappear and people get really sick?”
This is a genuinely interesting plot hole/concept that I hope will be explored more in the coming films or TV series, but I highly doubt that will be the case. If Spider-Man: Far From Home is any indication, the blip, even when addressed will be done so in a comedic manner.