I have a theory I think might explain why the universe has accelerated in a way that doesn't require dark energy. I'm wondering if someone has proposed this theory before (did some research and couldn't find anything).
The theory is that the big bang was essentially a huge super-nova-like eruption inside an even larger universe. Just like the visible universe has super novae that happen inside much much larger galaxies and dust clouds, so could the Big Bang have been a huge explosion in a much huger universe. The acceleration we have seen evidence of could, then, have been caused if the big bang was off center in the huge amount of matter in the outer universe - ie if one side exerted more gravity than the other, mass closer to that side would accelerate away from mass closer to the center of the big bang.
I imagine a huge black-hole sucking in a giant swath of matter from the greater universe, coalescing into a small area that leaves a large space around it rather empty. Then when it explodes (or perhaps it just emitted large amounts of matter out of it via something like hawking radiation), it fills this space again with what we now see as our universe.
This theory doesn't seem to require any sort of bizarre unknown physics, like dark energy, singularities or anything else that causes divide by 0 errors in established physical equations. Has it been proposed before? Also, I'd be interested to know if anyone has any concrete reasons why this theory wouldn't work.