Alright kiddos, time to gather around ye olde internet campfire. Papa Steve has some potential Avengers Endgame Spoilers and some Thanos spoilers, and I figured it’d be best to share them with you.
Before we go any further, let’s get some things out of the way.
There are potential Avengers Endgame spoilers ahead, so steer clear if you want to preserve your viewing chastity. Now, none of this is set in stone. It’s something the UTF staffers have been able to cobble together from the Final Trailer and some behind the scenes set pics from earlier last year.
If you know anything about our comic book guestimations, then you know we have a solid 50/50 track record. About 50 percent of the time we’re right on the money, and the other 50 percent of the time we’re SOOOOOOOOOO wrong that we’re forced to hide in our back closet for weeks on end to escape the never ending scholdings from you kind internet denizens.
Alright, so here’s the deal.
Thanos wants to reverse The Snap.
From everything we’ve seen, we imagine that Thanos, the dude who literally wiped out half of life in the universe, wants to reverse it.
Why would he want to do such a thing?
Maybe he realized that he could use the Infinity Stones to double the Universe’s resources, as every plot hole hunter surmised after Infinity War? Or perhaps he misses late night cuddles with Ebony Maw? But we have a far simpler theory…
He wants Gamora back.
We’re placing our money on the fact that Thanos wants his daughter back.
It’s not as crazy as it sounds. We promise.
We have 2 basic resources for this theory: the original Infinity Gauntlet series AND the movies.
Let’s start with the comics
If we were forced to break the Infinity Gauntlet comic into its most basic parts, it would go…
Thanos Get the Gauntlet—-> Thanos snaps 50% of people out of existence —-> Thanos regrets his decision—–> Thanos helps the heroes reverse the Snap
We know very well that the Russo Bros. and the folks at Marvel Studios have taken great liberties with this classic saga, but the soul of it has more or less stayed the same.
In Avengers: Infinity War, did Thanos get the Gauntlet? Yes!
Did Thanos snap 50% of the people out of existence? Yes!
So, we’re two for two so far.
Now, in between those two massive plot points, much has changed. Thanos’s motivation for acquiring the Infinity Stones isn’t to please Mistress Death, but instead to bring balance to the universe. And in the films, Thanos spends much of his time assembling the Gauntlet, but in the comics, he already had amassed his shiny glove in the preluding issues.
BUT… the spirit of the story remains the same.
Since the film and the comics were so similar in tone, I think it’s safe to say the general arch will remain consistent.
The next steps are obvious… Thanos will regret his decision. In the comics, Adam Warlock peers into Thanos’s soul, and discovers a being who doesn’t consider himself worthy of the Infinity Gauntlet. Warlock manages to convince Thanos to join his side. There’s a bunch of other weird stuff going on, like the fact that Nebula has come into possession of the Gauntlet, but let’s sweep that under the rug.
Thanos joins the good guys!
Now, let’s step away from the Infinity Gauntlet comics, and look at what we’ve seen in The Avengers: Endgame promotion that can support this.
What we know from the film footage
A few brief notes: I am a big believer in the time travel theory. I think that the heroes are going to travel through time, replay the greatest battles of the MCU, and save the universe by defeating, once again, the familiar villains from the original movies.
BUT… that’s a huge leap. If the Russo brothers went that route, it’d be almost ENTIRELY disconnected from the original Infinity Gauntlet comics. Don’t worry. I’ve got a ton of theories on how that’ll play out, but for now, let’s focus on the way in which the comic book Infinity Gauntlet will be played out in the big screen…
The Russo Brothers have claimed that all of the trailers and sneak peaks of the film are from the first 30 minutes of the film.
Well, we’ve seen our heroes COMPLETELY assemble. Iron Man returns to Earth, Captain Marvel finally joins The Avengers, and they confront Thanos in what appears to be the rubble of an Avengers facility… maybe.
Well, if this all happens in the first 30 minutes, what the hell is the rest of the film going to be about? Where is the conflict?
Here’s what we Bourbon laden, Unleash The Fanboy writers believe….
In the latest clip, The Avengers picked up a radiation signal that Thanos was using the Infinity Stones again. Why would he be doing this?
Thanos is desperately trying to reverse The Snap, but he can’t.
The Avengers, not knowing that Thanos himself has the same goals as them, assemble to confront him.
In the sneak preview from a few days ago, we saw Thanos arrive to confront The Avengers through a portal. Was that derived from the Space Stone? It didn’t look like it to me…. It looked more like the Bifrost.
Did Thor transport Thanos from his homeworld to the Avengers facility?
If that’s the case, the same scenario played out in the original comics.
Well after the Snap, Adam Warlock requested that Doctor Strange transport Thanos to Earth, after which Warlock convinced Thanos to join the good guys.
Well, let’s just shuffle some characters around, and we can achieve a similar scenario.
The Avengers decide to confront Thanos, Thor possibly Bifrosts him to Earth, they duke it out, and then…
Remember that scene in the final trailer? Where the Marvel Trinity of Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America approach a kneeling Thanos?
Thanos is super blurry in the background, but he appears defeated. Not physically defeated, but self-defeated. And our heroes don’t approach him as attackers. They approach him apprehensively, with the same body language that Warlock and Strange had in the comics.
We believe that the heroes tried to fight Thanos, but quickly realized that their goals and Thanos’s were aligned.
So… what happens next?
Again, I think the Russo Brothers will follow the spirit of the original Infinity Gauntlet comics, but as they’ve stated time and time again, all of the promotional material from Avengers: Endgame only shows the first 30 minutes of the film.
I really have no idea what they’ve cooked up.
I like the time travel idea. So I bet after realizing Thanos is no longer their enemy, The Avengers set on a path to either capture or destroy the Infinity Stones that were portrayed in each Marvel Movie. So we’ll basically get a ‘What-If?” version of each major Infinity Stone movie… The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World, etc…
At some point, Nebula will probably seek revenge using the power of the Infinity Stones, just like the comics, but without any footage to tether to the original comic book panels, I couldn’t tell you.
If I were a betting man I’d say…
Nebula is the Secondary Antagonist
At some point in the story, she’ll have access to the power of the Infinity Stones, and she’ll try to exact revenge on her father, Thanos. Will Thanos finally realize his failings and make peace with Nebula? Will he sacrifice himself to absolve her rage? Or will he duke it out with her?
I’m not sure, but I can’t wait to see!
I hope our theory is fun enough for the folks who enjoy spoilers!
As we are all fanboys and fangirls, I hope you leave some comments below. And don’t worry if you wanna let your mean side out, we’ve got thick skin. Lay into us!
Here’s those bold predictions all rolled up: