One of the questions that popped into the minds of a lot of fans while watching Avengers: Endgame was: Where would those that were snapped away by Thanos reappear after Hulk’s snap? Would they magically pop up in front of their houses? Would they appear in a Pizza joint? Wouldn’t that have been ideal? Or would they reappear in the exact same spot they got dusted?
We didn’t get answers until Spider-Man: Far From Home, which named the reappearance ‘blip’ and showed us that those who got dusted indeed reappeared at the exact same spot. We see a bunch of students get dusted during a high school basketball match, only to reappear 5 years later on the basketball court during another match. It’s an incredibly funny scene, but also one that may have created more plot holes.
If everyone blipped at the exact same spot they got snapped away, then what about those who were blipped in the middle of a flight? Would they suddenly emerge thousands of feet in the air only to fall to their doom? According to Kevin Feige, this isn’t the case. In an interview with Empire, Feige explained:
“If people were in an airplane when they were dusted, they didn’t return at 35,000 feet. They didn’t fall to their deaths because Smart Hulk is smart, and when he snapped… You can wish for whatever you want and you can wish for everyone to come back safely. Done.”
I don’t know if I quite like this simplistic explanation. One of my favourite aspects of the snap/blip was that it left the door wide open for a lot of philosophical and societal explorations. What would happen to the people who blipped back only to find out that their husbands and wives have moved on and remarried? What happens when people reappear thousands of feet only to fall to their death? Wouldn’t that have been even more depressing for their friends and family? But with the quick comedic scenes in Far From Home and Kevin Feige’s explanation, it really does seem like Marvel Studios is ready to move on and away from dealing with the more nuanced and interesting repercussions of the snap/blip.