15 essential Avengers: Endgame theories to know before the premiere

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Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Bruce Banner and Wong in Avengers: Infinity War. Image courtesy of Disney.

B.A.R.F. tech could have a vital cameo

No, the Avengers won’t be using nausea-inducing technology against Thanos to get the Gauntlet and revert the universe’s fate. Also no, we won’t stop making terrible jokes about abbreviates in a fictional universe. Unfortunate name aside, B.A.R.F. (Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing) tech has been ominously hinted at by the Russo brothers and in some Avengers: Endgame set photos.

Referenced in Captain America: Civil War, some B.A.R.F. tech was photographed on a red carrying case on the Avengers set. Since B.A.R.F. is primarily shown before Tony’s M.I.T. presentation in Civil War and helps any who wears it relive past traumatic events to work through them, the technology could help the remaining heroes work through any latent rage or PTSD from Thanos’ attack so that they can focus on their next fight and undoing the tragic snap.

Conversely, Tony or any other tech geniuses, like Shuri or Bruce, could alter the tech within the B.A.R.F. glasses to create some pseudo-mind-controlling technology to use against Thanos or some form apparent villains, such as Loki in the first Avengers film. B.A.R.F. taps into the hippocampus, which is responsible for memories and emotions (particularly emotions associated with long-term memories). As it currently stands, tech itself could impact how certain people or a particular Titan views a traumatic event, like the death of their entire planet.

However, altering the tech could adjust how someone wearing the B.A.R.F. glasses remembers a past event. Inserting false memories borders on nefarious territory, but if the theory plays out on-screen, it could help the Avengers reverse the snap or stop it from ever happening. That scenario relies on some time travel in the equation, but it’s still possible.