We finally made it, after 10 long years and sitting through so many movies we are at the end of what I’m calling the “Infinity Stone arc” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avengers: Infinity War releases at the end of April and boy do I have some questions and a few theories that I hope are answered in the films.
Where is the Soul Stone?
In a handful of the Marvel movies we have seen one of the six infinity stones (Power, Space, Time, Soul, Reality, and Mind). Each holds an incredible amount of power and when used in tandem with the Infinity Gauntlet, which we will most likely see Thanos do, can lead to terrifying results.
Many thought the Soul Stone would be seen or even be a plot point in Black Panther but as the credits rolled many found out that the stone was nowhere to be found. We have no clues as to where the last stone is but part of me still believes it is in Wakanda just hidden from literally everyone. In Black Panther, T’Challa and Killmonger ingest a Heart-Shaped Herb that not only gives the speed and agility of the Black Panther but also lets them speak with the dead. While this isn’t what the Soul Stone is typically used for, it wouldn’t be the first time the MCU changed some rules. It’s possible that underneath the herbs lies the Soul Stone, the only problem with that is the coloring of the herb. It was purple while the color of the Soul Stone is orange. So maybe the stone isn’t in Wakanda at all which leads to my second question.
Why does Thanos go to Wakanda?
I highly doubt Thanos needs vibranium for whatever reason. Actually, I know exactly what ends up in Wakanda. This guy.
Vision and Dr. Strange have something that Thanos wants and those are the Mind and Time Stones. In the second trailer for the movie we even see a few Avengers including Scarlet Witch and Vision walk out of the Quinjet in Wakanda. While the trailer goes through the motions of showing and not showing us what we want to see you can hear Tony Stark say, “we have what Thanos wants, so that’s what we use,” before showing a closeup of Vision and the Mind Stone shining brightly as well as Dr. Strange and the Time Stone (Eye of Agamotto). It is safe to assume a battle, THE battle is going to happen on Wakandan grounds and the fate of Vision (and maybe a few other heroes) will be determined there. We see a glimpse of Dr. Strange being tortured by a member of Thanos’ Black Order as Scarlet Witch possibly watches in horror. Although, in one of the last bits of the trailer when Cap is trying to hold back Thanos we see only two of the stones in the gauntlet. Maybe the heroes succeed for the time being?
Where are Hawkeye and Ant-Man?
Two trailers, a bunch of EW magazine covers, and one amazing poster and we still have no sign of Hawkeye or Ant-Man in the movie. It is possible that the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp movie will take place during the movie or possibly moments before but what about Hawkeye? Is he on his farm with his family because he finally retired? Or is the MCU taking another cue from the comics and giving him a new identity?
That’s Ronin, he’s pretty cool. In the comics, Clint donned the Ronin codename and attire sometime after the Civil War event (along with him dying and being resurrected) and joined the New Avengers. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, the members of Team Cap (Falcon, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and Captain America) and Black Widow are now fugitives and that explains the new looks for a few characters but, we still have no information about Clint.
Someone has to. Someone always dies in these giant events in the comics. Not too long ago, Marvel announced six movies to come after the fourth Avengers movie starting in 2020. 2019 will be seeing the release of Captain Marvel, the untitled fourth Avengers movie, and a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. We know that one of the films in 2020 will be Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 and it is probably safe to assume that Black Panther 2 is one of the films in the works as well considering how well it is doing in theaters.
In the comics, the Guardians of the Galaxy have often acquired members of other groups into their own. Iron Man, Ant-Man, Kitty Pryde, and even Venom (Flash Thompson) have been members of the Guardians so it’s not impossible to say that someone like Mantis or Nebula will kick the bucket (Nebula) and be replaced with someone else. Loki is one of the more well-known villains of the MCU due to the charisma that comes off of Tom Hiddelston’s performance but he’s just a pawn in Thanos’ plan. At the end of Thor: Ragnarok, Loki takes the Tesseract from Asgard as it holds the Space Stone. While we know Thanos does in fact acquire it, does he simply let Loki live and continue to serve him? Or does he kill him?
War Machine is seen in the trailers for Infinity War suiting up with everyone else to take on Thanos’ army but outside of that, how much time does he have? Don Cheadle is great in the movies but James Rhodes hasn’t had any type of character development that could be expanded upon in future films. I even questioned, back before Captain America: Civil War released if he was going to die in the film. He didn’t but whose to say it won’t happen here? Falcon and the Winter Soldier (who might be called White Wolf in the film) are a coin flip. Both characters have been Captain America at numerous times in the comics after Steve dies or “retires.” But with Bucky given the codename of White Wolf, and being a fugitive, I think he will stay in Wakanda and help T’Challa in Black Panther 2. Both could live and I’d be fine with it. Bruce Banner/Hulk at this point one of his powers should be immortality. He has died numerous times in the comics only to come back madder than ever. Black Widow has the potential and fan outcry for a solo movie, but she’s also going up against aliens (again!) so we’ll see.
Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man are the big three. My theory is that if Cap lives, Tony dies and vice versa. I have no real theory about Thor because Thor: Ragnarok was a surprise hit and by killing Thor I question what will happen to the Asgardians he rescued at the end of the movie, unless they all die in the movie.
If nobody dies in the movie but retires instead, that’s fine too. Cap steps down and gives his shield to Falcon and he becomes the next Captain America. Tony stops being in the field and stays at the Avengers base where he gives out intel and works on new gadgets. Thor joins the Guardians of the Galaxy because why not. Basically, what we would be getting either during or after the fourth movie is the MCU version of the New Avengers.
Will Captain America finally say “Avengers Assemble!”?
He almost said it at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron before the screen cut to black. This would be the perfect opportunity to do so as a way to gather everyone together to fight for their life and boost morale.