Understanding the Difference Between Snapping Fingers and Blip in the Marvel Movies

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been built with great care over the years, setting up quite a saga that culminated in the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Ultimatum. But, just as the events of those two great films were built on what happened before, now what happened in them still reverberates through the MCU – a very visible fact when it comes to the famous Snap of Fingers of Thanos.

Titan’s actions have had major impacts, and although they have been largely reversed, the consequences do not cease to exist. This started to be addressed in movies with Spider-Man: Far From Home, the first MCU film after Ultimatum. It was then that audiences were first introduced to the term Blip, although it returned to screens during Marvel’s last release, WandaVision, when the series told Monica Rambeau’s story.

However, it wasn’t clear to everyone that there is a difference between Snap Snap and Blip, or what that difference is. Therefore, we will explain the events related to both, so that there is no doubt about it. Let’s start?

The snap of the fingers

Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.

Infinite War tells the story of Thanos, showing his campaign to conquer the Six Infinity Gems in order to achieve his primary goal of wiping out half of life in the universe. When the movie begins, Thanos’ crusade is already underway and the villain already owns the Infinity Gauntlet and the Jewel of Power, obtained by him from Xandar, after defeating the new troop. Also at the start of Infinite War, he gets the Space Gem, and later events show his way to the other four gems.

At the end of the film, Thanos conquers the Six Jewels, then gaining the power to achieve his goal. The villain then snaps his fingers, using the power of the Gauntlet to decimate half the life of the entire universe, causing living things to disappear at random. Earth became Ground Zero because of this massive energy discharge and over 3 billion people were wiped out on the planet, although it was not the only one affected.

The event had dire consequences, leaving governments in a state of complete chaos, orphaned children and countless people psychologically shaken by the abrupt disappearance of their loved ones. Survivors across the universe were unable to do anything, having to come to terms with the reality that Thanos placed on them, as they were unable to stop him.

It is the climatic event of Infinite War and its subsequent consequences that is referred to by the term “finger snapping”. So, the Snap of Fingers ties into the first half of the two films that focused on the conflict with Thanos and the villain’s success in his design, also being called the Decimation due to the effects his actions had throughout the universe.

The Blip

Bruce Banner with Stark’s nano-gauntlet in Avengers: Endgame.

The events related to the Blip occurred five years after the Snap of Fingers, resulting from the Avengers ‘attempt to reverse Thanos’ actions. Ever since the villain destroyed the gauntlet and jewels after achieving his goal, it was necessary for the heroes to travel back in time and go back in time to acquire them, using a nano-glove built by Tony Stark to use his power.

With the jewelry in hand, it was decided that Bruce Banner would be chosen to wield the new glove, reversing the effects of Snapping Fingers and bringing back the life decimated by Thanos. Banner succeeded, and everyone who had been erased returned to the nearest place where they disappeared where they were safe. However, other lives taken as a result of the villain’s actions or lost in the heroes’ attempts to remedy the situation could not be returned.

It is this second snap of the fingers, made by Banner, as well as the results and mainly the return of the missing, which is called the Blip. The term was introduced in Spider-Man: Away from Home, which also establishes it as the name given to this particular event. In WandaVision, the reference to Blip occurs in Episode 4, when the story of Monica Rambeau is told from the moment she returns, being “pushed” back to life.

According to Jac Schaeffer, showrunner of the series, the choice to show the character at this point was made for several reasons, one of which was to establish more directly when WandaVision is taking place in relation to the MCU, as well as to show a little of the consequences of the return of all these people after five years. The tone chosen for the series, more serious, and the chaos of the moment the Blip occurs, were intentionally different from the previous approach in Spider-Man: in addition to wanting to give more weight to such a big event, Schaeffer has said he wanted to set a different tone from previous episodes of WandaVision.


Monica Rambeau comes back to life after the Blip, at WandaVision.

As is clear from the definitions, Blip and Finger Snap are deeply related, but they are not the same, being a consequence of the other. The Blip only happened because Thanos ‘actions were successful, wiping out half the life of the universe, and then he could return once the Avengers’ efforts are successful.

It wasn’t Feige and Marvel’s original idea, however. According to the president of Marvel Studios, “Snap Finger” was a term coined by fans, and the production always referred to the first event and the disappearance of people as “Blip”. However, Feige rethought the question and decided to distinguish between the terms, explaining in an interview with Fandango the answer he found to differentiate the two:

“We narrowed it down to, the Snap of Fingers, is when everyone’s gone at the end of Infinite War. Blip is when everyone goes back to the end of Ultimatum… and that’s how we fine-tune the settings.

Feige’s definition makes it pretty straightforward, establishing that the Snap of Fingers is the first, played by Thanos and wiped out half the universe, while the Blip refers to the second, played by Banner, which reverses the effects. by Snap of Fingers.

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