Again, the cycle was infinite, until it wasn't. We don't know how many times Kaworu has met and advised Shinji and subsequently died.>>228456058
While this is partially headcanon, I don't think it's a stretch to assume the anti-universe, the Logos, the "Realm of the Gods", whatever you want to call it, was the literal metaphysical embodiment of creation through thought. That was the only way Gendo could be with Yui: if he wished it into existence and thus create an "imaginary world". However, in that space all thoughts can become reality and thus any distinction between imaginary world and real world is moot. The metaphysical space Gendo and Shinji enter is tied to ALL realities, imaginary or otherwise, including those of the fans and audience. It isn't breaking the fourth wall, but the fifth in it's suggestion that the very creation of this series is escapism itself, but we can choose to end the cycle and go back to create a new reality. This is why the EVAs are destroyed at the end. They are thought out of existence so that it is impossible for any of the events of any series (or even the headcanon of yours truly) to have occurred in anything but our minds. Shinji and Mari and all the other characters have started a "new beginning" with a new story, but without the cycle of the EVAs to interfere. Thus, the final shot shows Shinji and Mari running up the stairs in traditional animations, morphing into 3D CGI animation as they run out of the station and finally zooming out to show a real shot of Hakone in the audience's world. They, all of them, have become us.>>228456170
Nah, it's a perfect title because Shinji finally does what he's supposed to do, instead of fucking it up through irrational emotion or running away. He puts his faith in others and they put their faith in him. He creates a new beginning for everyone, including himself. It is unclear if Shinji and Mari still know about the EVAs since they technically never existed now.