|For Thanos' genocide, also referred to as the Blip, see Snap|
The Blip was the result of the Time Heist, in which Hulk wore Tony Stark's Nano Gauntlet to resurrect the victims of Thanos' Snap across the universe. The event was successful, and the half of the universe that was previously wiped out by Thanos was then revived.
When all of the Infinity Stones were collected during the Time Heist and returned to the present, Tony Stark, Rocket Raccoon, and Bruce Banner began working on the Nano Gauntlet using Stark's Nanotechnology but based on their knowledge of the former Infinity Gauntlet. Once the Nano Gauntlet was completed, Rocket asked who was going to be the one to actually use it in order to restore the victims of the Snap.
Once Tony Stark, Rocket Raccoon, and Bruce Banner had completed the assembly of the Nano Gauntlet, Thor volunteered to wear the Gauntlet, but Stark, Steve Rogers, and James Rhodes noted that he was neither physically able nor emotionally stable enough to wield such power. Banner then warned his teammates that because of the Infinity Stones' unique gamma radiation signature, the Nano Gauntlet could kill anyone who tried to wear it, Thor included.
Banner volunteered himself, explaining that his body would have the best chance to have some resistance to the Stones' radiation and that this made him the most likely to survive using the Gauntlet for their plan. Readying themselves, Stark ordered F.R.I.D.A.Y. to initiate lockdown procedures across the New Avengers Facility in case the Gauntlet's energies proved to be too powerful to contain. Meanwhile, the alternate Nebula began covertly sabotaging the Avengers' Quantum Tunnel as Banner put on the Gauntlet.
Once worn, Banner channeled the power of the Stones through his body, severely scorching his right arm from his hand up to his shoulder in the process. Focusing to the best of his ability despite the intense pain, Banner screamed as he snapped his fingers, which ultimately restored everyone who was a direct victim of the Snap by safely returning them either to the specific location they disappeared at five years ago or the nearest safe alternative out of danger.
- "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[src]
Ant-Man guessed that the mission of restoring the universal population to life worked, as he looked outside and took notice of a flock of birds that appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. At the same time Clint Barton received a phone call from his wife, who had previously perished in the Snap. However, a dazed Bruce Banner looked up and noticed the Sanctuary II from above the window ceiling.
Before Banner 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. Barton was able to find and recover the Nano Gauntlet during his fall into the tunnels below the Facility. Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Thor were the only Avengers to have remained on the ground level floor of the Facility. They then confronted an alternate Thanos sitting amongst the ruins, who was unimpressed with the results of the initial plan and now sought to use the Stones to reset the universe in his image by shredding it down to atoms and starting over. This confrontation happened concurrent to the alternate Nebula who tricked an exhausted Barton into handing her the Gauntlet.
- "Over five years ago, half of all life in the universe, including our own Midtown High was wiped from existence. But then eight months ago, a band of brave heroes brought us back. They called it the Blip. Those of us who blipped away came back the same age. But our classmates that didn't blip grew five years older."
- ― Betty Brant[src]
The effects of the Blip then became apparent during the ensuing battle when Steve Rogers received a transmission from Sam Wilson, one of the victims of the Snap, and the rest of those restored to life started appearing shortly thereafter through portals created by the Masters of the Mystic Arts. Ant-Man then became Giant-Man, upon finding Bruce Banner, James Rhodes, and Rocket Raccoon buried and drowning under the New Avengers Facility's ruins, carrying them to the surface for the final battle with alternate Thanos. With the united army of Avengers and allies, Rogers led the charge against Thanos' army and the battle began.
In the immediate aftermath, the Blip led to a large amount of chaos and panic. In a Louisiana hospital, for example, Monica Rambeau returned from having been killed in the Snap to find the hospital in chaos as people were randomly reappearing and everyone scrambled to reach their loved ones and help patients, causing the hospital to be overrun. Rambeau discovered that her mother had survived the Snap, but was later killed by cancer. Other doctors, such as Karen Oggerton, were lucky enough to also have their patients be killed and then returned at the same time, so they finished the procedure.
In Midtown School of Science and Technology, the school gymnasium at first seemed to have little-to-no audience with only the players, but then much of the student audience and band players who had crumbled to dust five years ago suddenly been resurrected. Most of the resurrected celebrated their return. The ones who survived the Snap had grown five years older in the time it had taken to bring the victims back to life.
However, the Blip was not without repercussions. As a result of the five years between the Snap and the Blip, many of the previous victims were displaced from their homes. The mass displacement of so many people was so acute it caused the United Nations to create the Global Repatriation Council, a supranational organization which was given a mandate to help the returned people get housing and several forms of social security.
Meanwhile, restored students like Peter Parker, Ned Leeds, Michelle Jones, Flash Thompson, Betty Brant, and Jason Ionello found themselves five years behind their 2018 classmates due to not having aged the five years. Because many of Midtown's previously snapped failed to go through the entire school year and take finals, they were told that they had to restart all over again, notably with Parker's class having to retake junior year during the remnants of the 2023-2024 school year.
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. Despite this, the Snap is referred to as the "Blip" in WandaVision and also in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
- While it is known that the Blip was incapable of reviving individuals sacrificed for the Soul Stone, it is unclear if the Blip revived victims of Thanos' campaign who died through means other than the Snap. For example, Hulk implied to Thor that he could revive the half of the Asgardian population killed during the Attack on the Statesman when convincing him to rejoin the Avengers, but it is unclear if he did so.
- Avengers: Endgame
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (footage)
- Marvel's Kevin Feige on the MCU Multiverse, Far From Home Post-Credits Scenes and the Future of Spider-Man
- Avengers: Endgame
- Kevin Feige Reddit AMA
- WandaVision: 1.04: We Interrupt This Program
- The Daily Bugle
- WandaVision 1.08: Previously On
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: 1.02: The Star-Spangled Man
- Spider-Man: Far From Home