obviously, as well as potential spoilers for
Were not even donesitting shiva for our fallenInfinity Warheroes, yet the ending of the third Avengers installment doesnt exactly encourage mournful introspection. Instead, Thanoss genocidal victory inspires an anxious anticipation for the untitled follow-up out in theaters only a year from now which is an incredible feat for a movie that features so many superheroes, its a wonder there isnt an Avenger named Kitchen Sink.
But because of our insatiable need for instant gratification coupled with a binge-culture atmosphere, there is nothing more tortuous than the cliffhanger. Or more succinctly, as they say in comics, Argh! Fanboys have a tendency of passingthis timeby theorizing and speculating on story lines with sources as disparate as the canonical material, leaked set photos, or what Robert Downey Jr. had for breakfast (by the way,it was two eggs and three tomato slices).
Below, well share with you an aggregate of the three best theories weve discovered online after drawing from the bottomless wells of geekdom and one we made up ourselves.
Sebastian Stan revealed inan interview with theIndependentthat he was excited by the opportunity of having filmed a scene with Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer, who portray Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, also known as the originalAnt-Man and Wasp,respectively.
Now that weve seenInfinity War, we can speculate about the scenes inclusion in the fourth Avengers movie. Either that, or at the risk of offending anyone, Sebastian Stan just safely assumes he has shot a scene with everyone in the MCU.
But this small revelation actually suggests the importance of Scott LangsAnt-MantoAvengers 4and the possible inclusion of theQuantum Realm, an alternate dimension only accessed either through magic, mystical teleportation, or by shrinking to subatomic levels via the Pym Particle. This is also a dimension in which traditional notions of time and space are irrelevant.
Perhaps this alternate reality is a way for the Leftovers to access the Multiverse and travel within timelines that either manipulate the narrative or preemptively defeat Thanos before he makes like a Pokmon and collects em all. But dont take my word for it. Listen to the second-gen Wasp herself, Evangeline Lilly: Ant-Man and Wasp are experts in the quantum realm then that does open a whole entire new multiverse to enter into and play around in. This would also help explain why Scott Lang was revealed in on-set photos alongsidea 2012 iteration of Captain America.
Theres a scene toward the end of Infinity War that in some ways deviates tonally from the taut and frenetic pace of the movie, and it follows Thanos snapping his fingers,singing Ive Got the Power,and killing off half the universes population. The genocidal nihilist then comes face-to-face with Gamora as a child in an ethereal landscape, presumably within the Soul Stone, which would make sense considering Dad of the Year sacrificed his own daughters life in exchange for collecting this gem on Vormir.
As the comics dictate, the Soul Stone enables those that possess it to steal and control all souls, both living and dead. Its also a pocket universe, or an alternate dimension, that doubles as a purgatory for the souls its collected. It seems that Gamora is there and its possible that the trillions of lives Thanos took are there as well.
And to get them all back, the Soul Stone requires yet another sacrifice. But not just any sacrifice: As Johann Schmidt informs Thanos, the Soul Stone requires the interested proprietor to exchange the life of a loved one for it so they can truly understand the repercussions of possessing the power stored within.
And heres where Theory No. 2 gets truly depressing. Forgive us for going to a dark place, but the precedent ofInfinity Warand the promised culmination of the MCUs ten years warrants it. As the most senior alumni and with a contract resolution in sight, it would seem that either Chris Evans or Robert Downey Jr. are up for a Big Moment, or an unprecedented mic drop. This could mean that either Captain America asks Iron Man to take his life in exchange for the countless lives lost aimlessly in the Soul Stone, or vice versa.
Are you tearing up just thinking about it? Gosh, we hope were wrong, but imagine the impact of that heartbreaking moment as we leave the theater having just witnessed the ultimate sacrifice.
As some Avengers prep for battle on planet Titan, Doctor Strange analyzes 14,000,604 timelines, but only one results in Thanoss defeat. And as Strange says at the end ofInfinity War, moments before his demise, It was the only way. This implies that while it may feel like Thanos and his bedazzled Isotoner are the victors, in reality, this is the timeline trajectory as Strange intended.
This timeline also unfolds, as rumor has it, withAvengers 4opening five years after the tragic events ofInfinity War. Which explains small minutiae, like why Scott Langs daughter, who is an adolescent in the upcomingAnt-Man and Wasp, was just cast in the final Avengers filmas a teenager. Or perhaps this is also why were seeing photos of a gray-haired Tony Stark dressed in a S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform. However, this could also mean that in the five years since half the world turned to dust in the wind, Stark modified the unfortunately acronymed B.A.R.F. (the Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing) and with it is traveling virtually to key moments in the Avengers past and observing and analyzing them for insights into how to defeat Thanos.
But if youre still insistent on the role of time travel (even though the Russos arecoyabout its involvement), in 1998, Marvel published a 12-issue limited series calledAvengers Foreverin which the character Rick Jones,who has folk singer listed as one of his abilities, recruits various members of the Avengers past, present, and future to form a timeline-crossing superteam. And withAvengers 4set photos leaked online ofa golden tressed Thor, orthose cars from the 1940s, or the fact that Black Widow hasred hair again, thats totally a possibility.
Then again, why travel back in time to recruit the heroes still very much alive in the present? Is that really what it takes to defeat ol Five Goldfingers? Or maybe, just maybe, all of this retro shooting is the Russo brothers preparing for their very ownTime of Your Life montage video?
WithHela smashingThors hammer Mjolnir inThor: Ragnarok, the god of thunder needs a new weapon, which brings him to planet Nidavellir. Its here, on this far away planet, that Thor, along with Rocket Raccoon and Teen Groot, encounters the weapon-forging dwarf Eitri. Its also here where were shown a forged prototype for the Infinity Gauntlet, or a first and perhaps abandoned attempt at creating the only utility in this universe that could harness the power of the six Infinity Stones.
The shot is so intentional that we have no choice but to consider its relevance and speculate about its potential as a plot device forAvengers 4.
Now remember, after Thanos uses the gauntlet during the films climax, were shown that straining its full potential has burnt the gilded mitt to a crisp. And if Thanos has lost his only functioning gauntlet, he can no longer harness the power of the Infinity Stones. The key takeaway here is that itshisonly functioning gauntlet.
Lets take a short tangent for a moment. Theres a Hong Kong-based company calledHot Toysthat produces stunning and incredibly lifelike, one-sixth-scaled collectible figure of pop-culture characters. Each of these high-priced and coveted action figures are always unveiled a few months prior to its respective and coinciding movie. For example, pictures and preorder information for theInfinity Warcollectibles were released as far back as March. But with these announcements come spoilers and speculation, and companies like Hot Toys, which values its relationship with movie studios, takes painstaking care to prevent gratuitous spoilers.
The preorder forSteve Rogers/Captain America Hot Toy Infinity Wariteration went live a couple weeks back, and when it did, it obscured pictures of two mystery weapons. The figure itself also comes out in June of2019, which is a whole month afterAvengers 4.Collectors speculated that the obscured armaments could include a new vibranium shield crafted by TChalla after Rogers gave his to Tony Stark at the end ofCivil War. Others considered that this was the first appearance of Captain Americasplasma shield, which we first saw inIron Manissue No. 145. But heres what were thinking
But not just any gauntlet its the one we spotted on Nidaviller. And Captain America uses it against Thanos in an ultimate showdown of epic proportions. Imagine, in this corner, standing six feet tall, weighing 200 pounds, and bearded; and in this corner, standing, gulp,eight-feet-two-inches, weighing, um,985 pounds, and purple. Round after round of golden-fisted jabs and uppercuts. Its the fight of the century and only one walks out alive.
And while Thanos has the formidable advantage, Steve Rogers, to his credit,could do this all day.
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