Infinity War was easily one of my Top Three experiences at the theater all year. For weeks afterwards, I was swapping theories with friends and co-workers about the effects of the “snap” and Marvel’s next move.
In my opinion, Infinity War is the most grounded story that Marvel has produced in its 10 years, which says a lot because up until this point, I had considered Civil War to be the most realistic. In terms of looking like our world and featuring gigantic real-life consequences, Civil War was a sight to behold. However, the filmmakers were able to actually improve upon that formula and deliver yet another star-studded smash hit.
I went on opening night and spirits were definitely high. As the action grew more and more intense, I could hear people audibly questioning the choices that the characters were making. Thanos’ defeat of “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” was soul-crushing. To see characters like Captain America and Thor beaten down, left bruised and bloody, and with no hope of a comeback was unprecedented. Not to mention the biggest shocker of all: that characters like T’Challa, Doctor Strange, Mantis, Wanda, and Drax cease to exist by the movie’s end. The final act was a doozy, and I wasn’t expecting such a visceral reaction from my fellow audience mates (let alone myself).
Here’s a few of my favorite theories (some have since been confirmed by the filmmakers and/or cast):
- Our beloved heroes are not actually dead, but trapped in the “soul stone” (or another dimension), which means a reverse “snap” might be the thing to bring them back.
- Doctor Strange is the only person who knows the final “endgame” (see what I did there 😏), as is heavily implied by his change in behavior when he willingly gave Thanos the “time stone”. There’s also the short spiel he gives Tony about seeing only one positive outcome.
- Hulk isn’t actually afraid of Thanos, he’s got something else going on internally. If I had to guess, it’s an issue that goes back all the way to Age of Ultron. If you’ve been paying attention, you know something has been off with Banner for awhile.
- Gamora really is dead dead dead. Although, I did see a lot of chatter about time travel being a real possibility in the next installment. If this theory is accurate, then the heroes could likely go far enough back in time to before Quill’s lady love was killed, hence sparing her life. No telling if this means the same for others who were killed like Loki, Heimdall and Vision.
- Avengers: End Game will likely see the actual death of Captain America. This theory has been given a lot of weight in recent months since Chris Evans has been pretty vocal about “hanging up his shield“.
I’ve really enjoyed seeing Evans in the role. Cap is the ideal hero and I’m not ready for a (fictional) world where he doesn’t exist. Watching him die will likely be just as traumatic as watching Peter Peter “die” in Tony’s arms. I should also mention that Evans is one of the stars whose contract will end after Avengers: Endgame.
- Okoye and/or M’Baku will lead Wakanda into battle in A4, since the king is a little indisposed for the time being. I guess anything is possible at this point and with both of these characters being fan favorites, we’ll just have to see.
- Hawkeye may have lost his family in the “snap”. Although he doesn’t actually appear in Infinity War, Jeremy Renner is definitely in the trailer for Endgame and sporting a much darker look. This theory has only come about since the trailer’s release so again, we’ll have to just wait and see.
- Ant-Man has a story line with the Quantam Realm that could possibly play a huge part in bringing back the heroes who disappeared. I’ll be honest, this one is pretty confusing and I won’t even pretend to comprehend all of the ins and outs. But nonetheless, Scott will *definitely* appear in Endgame in some capacity.
If you somehow still haven’t seen the trailer for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, check it out below:
What are you looking forward to seeing most? Have any of your own wild theories? Tell me all about it in the comments down below!