These Infinity War theories explain what could happen next. Let me tell you why I’m a little bit hopeful after such an incredibly devastating Marvel movie.
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Well, we all know what happened, don’t we? Star-Lord couldn’t keep his temper in check and belted Thanos on his “nut sack of a chin.” Next thing we know, Thanos is on Earth ripping the Mind Stone from Vision’s forehead. (Did anyone else think, wow, both these dudes are purple. It’s Grimace vs. Purple Pie Man!) Then — snap! And half of the folks in the universe fall to ashes. (I lie awake at night, hearing Peter Parker begging, “I don’t want to go! I don’t want to go!”)
Having everyone turn into ash makes sense. Thanos said that, in his “merciful” way, he wouldn’t be killing them so much as making it like they never existed. Instead of our heroes falling to their knees in agony or bleeding out from their eyes, they just disappeared. (How merciful is it, though, for them to realize what was happening to them? Not so much.)
Having everyone ash out, though, is the key to one of my Infinity War theories.
Let’s back up several scenes in Infinity War, to when Thanos and Gamora landed on Vormir. They trekked up the mountain (why didn’t they just Space Stone their way to the top?) to discover that the Soul Stone had a keeper. And that keeper was none other than Red Skull, a villain we hadn’t seen since Captain America: The First Avenger. (Side note: Red Skull wasn’t played by Hugo Weaving in Infinity War, but by Ross Marquand; Hugo Weaving was pretty vocal back in 2011 about how he didn’t enjoy making a Marvel movie.)
Specifically, the last time we saw Red Skull, the Tesseract shredded him. Then, a beam of light — very much like the Bifrost — appeared, then disappeared, along with Red Skull.
At the time, fans could only speculate what the Tesseract had done with Red Skull. Infinity War answered that question for us: It sent him to be a Stonekeeper on Vormir.
My Infinity War Theory
In real life, we know that there will be more Marvel movies, like Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, and solo movies for Black Panther, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. There might even be a solo movie for Black Widow, if Hollywood can get its act together. So, in real life, we know that these characters live on. That means there has to be a way to bring them back.
Now, I know when our heroes ashed out there wasn’t a bright beam of light to take them away. They left behind puddles of ashes. But what if the Infinity Stones had a similar affect on the Avengers? What if the Infinity Stones sent them to another place? It could be that, although their bodies disappeared, their souls went somewhere else. They wouldn’t necessarily go to another planet, like Red Skull, but possibly to another dimension. We saw Thanos visit another dimension (Hell? Heaven? Limbo?) after he snapped his fingers. What if the souls of the Avengers (and the Guardians) are just waiting for someone to bring them back?
If this theory is true, however, three characters would still be dead: Loki, Gamora and Vision. They were killed before Thanos disintegrated half the people in the universe. Again, we know there’s another Guardians movie coming out, which means Gamora has to come back. I mean, she’s the female lead. As for Loki and Vision, I’m not so sure. I am sure that there is a whole legion of female fans who would launch a campaign like we’ve never seen to bring him back.
The Other Infinity War Theory
My second theory is much more likely, and lots of people on the internet have the same idea. It’s possible someone — Wong? Captain Marvel? — could use the Time Stone to turn back time and kill Thanos before he can snap his fingers.
There’s a lot of evidence that the Time Stone could save everyone. Not only did Doctor Strange use it in Doctor Strange and Infinity War, Thanos also used it to briefly bring Vision back to life and restore the Mind Stone. Dead people can come back if you reverse time. Perhaps that scene is foreshadowing a similar scene, albeit on a much larger scale.
This second theory is much more plausible. If it’s true, then the mystery becomes who will use the Time Stone, and how.
Do you have an Infinity War theories? Tell me in the comments!