The following will be covering heavy spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War along with my own speculation/predictions for what could be going on in the untitled sequel. Read at your risk as while I’m not always right, this article could reveal things you don’t want to know about Avengers 4.
Last chance the spoilers are coming!
It was quite ballsy for Marvel to kill-off that many superheroes on screen, despite most fans understood it was for more emotional effect than anything else. Not including the ones that were actually killed.
However, Doctor Strange makes it clear that the only way for them to win is to let Thanos get what he wants. A huge cliffhanger but unlikely will see the likes of the Guardians (all but Rocket), Spider-Man, and Black Panther all removed from the MCU before their sequels begin filming.
Marvel might keep characters like Loki, Gamora, and Heimdall dead but there is a good chance since the others were killed by cosmic powers means they could be brought back by cosmic powers.
I’m sure Dragonball Z fans can see where I’m going with this.
There is a good chance the people Thanos has killed via guantlet have been transported to another realm/dimension. Places like limbo, Hel, and Valhalla exist in the MCU, this could have been teased with young Gamora and even in Black Panther when speaking to his anceastors.
So, in comic book theory, there might be a way for Doctor Strange and others to communicate with Stark explaining what needs to happen to bring them back.
Valkyrie, while we didn’t see her die her job is to bring heroic Asgardians who have fallen to the realm of fallen heroes, Valhalla.The realm of the dead is also teased with Thor’s vision in Age of Ultron which seemingly has come true with most of the Asgardians have been killed.
There could be a way they could reverse what Thanos has done via time-travelling or some sort of cosmic enity that changes these events like a second guantlet.
Eitri happens to still have the Infinity Guantlet mold and could likely build another one if they really need it to fix what happened. Adam Warlock seemingly won’t be in these films but there are plenty of other characters that could wield the second guantlet those being Nebula, Thor, or even Hulk. It’ll be interesting to see who takes Warlock’s spot.
Thanos’ back story on Titan was finally explored and Kevin Feige has confirmed there is early development on an Eternals movie. The Mad Titan just happened to be part of this cosmic race of superpowered aliens which could play a role in the sequel as maybe they’ll need another Eternal to weild the second guantlet. This could be a smart way to lead into the Eternals solo film.
It seems like the suriving members will have have plenty of time to figure things out as there is likely going to be a big time jump when Avengers 4 opens.
Thanos might not be the only threat the MCU still faces in this upcoming film and beyond.
Tony tells Pepper he has this dream about their child named Morgan. This character exists but has been represented as a villain and bully.
Actually, Morgan has a hand of creating Avengers supervillain Kang The Conquer after sliting Nathaniel Richard’s throat and hospitalizes him putting him onto his path to supervillain. Kang is best know for his time-tavelling abilities which comes from technology which could connect to all the time shanegaians teased in set photos.
Kang also has a superhero alterego which happens to be Iron Lad, a member of the Young Avengers. A teenage Cassie Lang is expected for the next film which could explain a big time jump in the MCU and tease the involvement of the Young Avengers.
Last fall, we reported on an Avengers 4 casting call for Japanese thugs (Yakuza) taking place for a Tokyo-set fight sequence shot in Atlanta with Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) possibly as his new alterego Ronin (confirmed via set photos). The call also mentioned that these Japanese actors would be wearing “facial prosthetics” this gave us the impression that this could be teasing or setting up Secret Invasion as Barton might be tracking down Skrulls (they happen to have ties to Thanos).
The Skrulls could be how the Captain Marvel movie connects to Avengers 4 and why Fury calls up Danvers in the button scene.
Fury seems to have assigned Barton on sort of mission (maybe how he stayed out of prison?) before he turns to ashes after paging Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, could he have assumed this was a Skrull event and needed to call in the big guns?
We’ll have a full year to keep the theories going but it’ll be hard to top that ending for sure.