The Blip was the occurrence in which Bruce Banner wore Tony Stark's Nano Gauntlet. As Hulk snapped his fingers, the effects of Thanos' Snap on the universe were reversed, with the deceased half of its population being resurrected five years after their demise.
As all of the Infinity Stones were gathered back into the present, the Avengers realized Black Widow sacrificed herself to gain the Soul Stone. Determined to not let Romanoff's sacrifice be in vain, Tony Stark, Rocket Raccoon, and Bruce Banner began working on a new Infinity Gauntlet using Stark's nano technology. Once it was completed, Rocket asked who was going to be the one to reverse the Snap.
When Stark, Rocket, and Banner completed the Nano Gauntlet, Thor volunteered to put it on, but the Avengers refused to let him because he was neither physically nor emotionally stable enough to wield such power. Thor insisted on wearing the gauntlet, but Bruce Banner warned his teammates that because of the Infinity Stones's gamma radiation, the Nano Gauntlet would kill anyone who tried to wear it, Thor included.
Banner volunteered himself, explaining that his body could withstand the Stones' radiation and made him the most likely to survive using the Gauntlet. While Stark ordered F.R.I.D.A.Y. to initiate lockdown procedures across the facility in case the Gauntlet's energies proved to be too powerful to contain, an alternate Nebula began to sabotage the quantum time travel machine as Banner put on the Gauntlet.
Banner channeled the power of the Stones through his body, severely scorching his arm up to his shoulder in the process. With his last sign of power, Banner snapped his fingers, which ultimately brought everyone who Thanos snapped back to life in either the area they disappeared at five years ago or a nearby safe alternative.
- "I will shred this universe down to its last atom and then, with the stones you've collected for me, create a new one teeming with life that knows not what it has lost, but only what it has been given. A grateful universe."
"Born out of blood."
"They'll never know it. Because you won't be alive to tell them."
- ―Thanos and Captain America
Ant-Man guessed that the mission of resurrecting the universal population worked, as he looked at the inner garden at a flock of birds that appeared out of nowhere, while at the same time Hawkeye received a call from his wife, who had previously perished in the Snap. As the group started to realize their mission had been completed, a dazed Bruce Banner looked up and noticed Thanos' mothership, the Sanctuary II, from above the window ceiling.
Before he could react, the Sanctuary II fired upon the New Avengers Facility, destroying it and causing the Avengers to be separated from each other in the collapsing debris, although Hawkeye is able to take possession from the Gauntlet during his fall into the sewers. Rogers, Stark, and Thor were the only members to have remained on the ground level floor. The trio then confronted the time-remnant Thanos of 2014, who now sought the Stones to reset the universe in his image by shredding it down to atoms and starting over. This confrontation happened concurrent to the time-remnant 2014 Nebula who tricked an exhausted Barton into handing her the Nano Gauntlet.
Following a long struggle, Stark and Thor were soon rendered out of commission, leaving Rogers left to face Thanos, who summoned his armada in full force. The effects of the Blip then became apparent during the ensuing battle when Captain America received a transmission from Falcon, one of the victims of the Snap, and the rest of those resurrected started appearing shortly thereafter through portals created by Doctor Strange and a group of other sorcerers. Ant-Man then became Giant-Man upon finding Banner, Rhodes, and Rocket buried and drowning under the facility ruins, carrying them to the surface for the final battle with Thanos. With the united army of Allied Avengers, Rogers led the charge against Thanos' forces.
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All across Earth and the universe, the trillions who were once killed by the Snap were brought miraculously back and at the same age and at the same location they were five years earlier. Most of the resurrected celebrated their return. The ones who survived the Snap inevitably had grown five years older. Many of the previous victims were misplaced from their homes. Resurrected students found themselves five years behind their former classmates. Because many of Midtown High's previously snapped failed to go through the entire school year, they were told that they had to restart all over again. Hulk made sure to save anyone that had perished in the Snap in a place like an airplane was resurrected in a now safe place.
Behind the Scenes
- The term "Blip" originated in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and was used to describe both half of the population disappearing due to Thanos' Snap as well as their resurrection five years later. However, following the movie's release, Kevin Feige clarified that despite Marvel Studios internally referring to both events as the Blip, the widely accepted adoption of the term "Snap" would now be used to denote Thanos' use of the six Infinity Stones in Avengers: Infinity War, while "Blip" would henceforth be referred to as Bruce Banner's reversal of the Snap in Avengers: Endgame.