WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, in theaters now.
There were some confusing moments at the end of Avengers: Endgame, but that is expected when time travel is used as a plot device. As a result, everyone from the screenwriters to the directors has been trying to explain things like Captain America staying behind.
However, another problem that a number of fans pointed out was the fact that Tony Stark's plan was to keep everything the same, but bring back the people snapped out of existence. This means that everyone who was left behind is now five years older than those snapped away. This caused confusion when Peter Parker returned to school at the end and Ned was there to greet him.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, co-director Joe Russo said that was easy to explain because Ned disappeared too.
“So… Ned disappeared as well,” Russo said. “That’s the two of them seeing each other for the first time after having disappeared.”
That brings to mind some interesting questions regarding the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, because not all his classmates should have disappeared, and those left behind are likely finished with high school.
The trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home show Ned, MJ and Flash Thompson along with Peter Parker, which means the most important characters were snapped out of existence by Thanos and returned. This is clear because they all look the same age. The only main character not seen is Liz, who moved away.
“There could be kids who are now much older than them and no longer in high school,” Joe added. “But Ned and he both disappeared and are returning in that moment.”
The question is how will the movie deal with the fact that possibly half of their classmates are now five years older and have moved on.
The reason Spider-Man: Far From Home was the first movie after Avengers: Endgame changed the franchise's status quo was to show the new Marvel Cinematic Universe from the point of view of the most down-to-earth character in the entire franchise -- the wide-eyed teenage Spider-Man.
The other question deals with Peter Parker meeting Nick Fury for the first time in the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer -- despite them both being at Tony Stark's funeral. However, for answers to that, fans will just have to wait for the movie.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos.