I love time travel! The vast majority of time travel movies and comics have the assumption that when you travel back in time and change something, that also changes the present from where you left. Another popular idea is that traveling in time creates an alternate dimension. The third one is, of course, that you can’t change anything or that the changes don’t affect the present, or that there are fixed events that can’t be changed. Of course, the first is the most dramatic plot device.

Some of my favorite time travel movies, comics, and TV shows include:

1, Back to the Future trilogy

This is still a wonderful, fun classic of time travel. The movies work best when they are viewed very close together.

2, X-Men Days of the Future Past by Chris Claremont and John Byrne

While I enjoyed the movie, too, the original comic still packs a punch today. It’s only two issues long and has spawned sequels, prequels, copycats, and a movie.

3, Avengers Forever by Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern, Carlos Pacheco, and Jesus Merino

This twelve-issue-long maxiseries is a love letter to the Avengers comics and the fans. Busiek tries heroically to tie together the different origins of various Avengers, the Vision being the most prominent. The core team itself has characters from the past, present, and future. Recommended to people who are very familiar with the Avengers’ history.

4, The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect by Peter David and George Perez

This is a dystopian future where Bruce Banner has changed to the Maestro who rules the Earth with an iron fist. This being a Hulk comic, of course, the present-day Hulk is brought to the future to fight his evil self.

5, The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix by Scott Lobdell and Gene Ha

Jean and Scott have just married and are on their honeymoon but a strange old woman yanks their minds into a dystopian future. There Scott and Jean raise Nathan Summers, the future Cable who is Scott’s son. Together they face the grim future and try to bring up Cable with Xavier’s ideals. But they can’t tell Nathan who they are.

6, Fantastic Four/Avengers: Domination Factor by Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Bob MacLeod, Dennis Janke

An eight-issue maxiseries where every other issue is a FF story and every other is an Avengers story. Doctor Strange sends the astral forms of both hero groups to their past looking for mysterious stone apples. The heroes must confront again their most painful memories while inside their own younger bodies. The issues set in the past are drawn in 1960s style, which was fun.

7, Avengers: Endgame

Of course, I had to include this movie. I loved the way that the characters visited pivotal scenes from the previous movies. And Tony got to have a moment with his dad. There are some things I didn’t care for in the movie but I loved the time travel bits.

8, Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Yes, I know the plotline is silly. It’s still highly entertaining.

9, Legends of Tomorrow

The first season of this show was quite cheesy but I thoroughly enjoyed the other seasons. Sadly, it was canceled in spring but I’m happy to rewatch the episodes.

10, X-Men Days of the Future Past movie

The movie took the central idea of the comic. I liked most of the changes but I still wish Kitty Pryde had been the lead character instead of Wolverine.

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