With Avengers: Infinity War so close you can taste the vibranium, speculations and theories are coming in thick and fast. Everyone involved in the film has kept so mum on the subject, one would think they’d signed a real-life Sokovia Accord. Apart from minor hints here and there, fans are left to their own devices to craft up the rest of the tale.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe which kicked off with 2008’s Iron Man and it’s billed to wrap up all the dangling threads that have been leading up to Thanos’ invasion. With a lot of witticisms and superhero fisticuffs in store, as a comic enthusiast, I will break down the end of this epic saga.
Considering that Avengers 4 was called "Part 2" to Infinity War, the split finale is often used as a way of calling a wrap on the cast. Although Infinity War Part 2 might be a launchpad to bigger and better things, we might be saying goodbye to the first generation of Avengers. Therefore if Marvel does want to close out Avengers in a big way, Infinity War is probably the biggest way they can go.
On the page in the 1991 story 'The Infinity Gauntlet', Thanos finally succeeds in collecting all the Infinity Gems (as they're known in the comics) and erasing half the universe only to court Death (his romantic interest). The only way Marvel heroes were able to defeat the Mad Titan was because he took off the gauntlet at one point.
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Entering the realm of pure speculation, it is safe to assume that time travel might be the key in the first instalment of Infinity War. Should Thanos succeed in collecting most of the Infinity Stones, there is a high possibility that Doctor Strange might use the Time Stone to go back in time and give the Avengers another shot. If that were the case, it would make sense if the second go around with Thanos takes place in Avengers 4.
To further support my argument this theory comes to light when in an interview Benedict Cumberbatch revealed that he was the only cast member to have read the full script for Infinity War. He said, "I had to sort of understand what the context was… I’m kind of trying to hold the multiverse together so kind of needed to know what goes on between the brackets."
Just based on the trailers alone, in a clip Doctor Strange tells Tony Stark, "I went forward in time to see all the possible outcomes." Stark asks, "Did we win any?" However, all we get is a grave stare from the wizard.
Further defending my argument, while talking to a leading media house, Sebastian Stan who essays the role of Winter Soldier a.k.a. Bucky Barnes described filming a huge battle scene. He said, “You look around and you just saw everyone from Samuel L. Jackson to Michael Douglas to Michelle Pfeiffer. Everybody was there.”
However, in Ant-Man, Pfeiffer’s character, the Wasp, supposedly got lost in Quantum Realm years ago so if she showed up to battle alongside the Avengers, it could mean that Doctor Strange’s tinkering with time ended up with the Wasps revival.
That being said, there is a high possibility that Marvel will use Infinity War to thin ranks by killing its beloved heroes. While we can't say for sure which hero would bite the bullet, things don't look quite good for Vision and Loki.
Since the movie hinges on Thanos obtaining the Infinity Stones, it's no brainer that Vision might die at the hands of Thanos. However, it's likely that he might return back to his previous incarnation as Jarvis. As for Loki, Thanos still is peeved at Loki's inability to secure Earth and the Tesseract whilst also losing the Chitauri Scepter in the first Avengers film.
Others who are likely to kick the bucket are Nebula and Hawkeye. Hawkeye’s disappearance in the trailer and the promotional clips is raising alarms for many MCU fans and therefore we wouldn’t be surprised if things didn’t turn out well for this hero. As for Nebula, she’s known to fly solo so her demise wouldn’t be alarming. And while many signs do point at our Cap’s death, let’s not jinx it.
Needless to say, this culmination of Marvel's Phase 3 is bound to shake the superhero genre as we know and leave many speechless.