Written by Rick Warren / gfn21
The day has finally come. Tonight, I’ll be seeing Avengers: Infinity War for what will likely be the first of many times. Honestly, unlike any of the previous films, I have no idea what will happen. Still, I’ve tried to make the best guesses I can, and in this article I thought that I’d share them. Check out some of my IW predictions, and feel free to respond with some of your own.
The Movie Will End With “The Snap”
Let’s kick this list off strong; by discussing the final moments of the most ambitious crossover event in cinematic history. I genuinely think that Marvel is willing to make this movie the “Empire Strikes Back” of their universe, and in turn, allow The Mad Titan to succeed in his goal of wiping out half of existence. There is no better way to do that than “The Snap”, an iconic moment from the comics where Thanos does just that. With the Russos’ goal being to “make Thanos this generation’s Darth Vader”, killing a few heroes and causing minor damage will not be enough. A snap of his fingers being able to decimate everything, however, would be, and I think Gamora mentioning that specific event is more than just a wink at those who have read the books.
Further, this outcome would lead directly into my next prediction…
Why Hawkeye Isn’t In Any Promotional Material…
Hawkeye has never seen more love than he has in the past month, and that’s largely due to his new status as a meme among Marvel fans. Clint Barton joins Ant-Man on the extremely small list of Marvel heroes not on posters or in trailers, and his lack of involvement has led to confusion. As one of the original six Avengers, it is odd for him to be missing from the lineup in the biggest Avengers film yet. The tie-in prequel comic offers a simple answer: he retired for real this time. I there’s much more going on here, though. Hardcore fans who have kept up with the set photos know that Clint will become Ronin in 2019’s untitled Avengers sequel, and I think we’ll get an idea of why here. When Thanos snaps his fingers, and half of human life ceases to exist, some or all of Hawkeye’s family will be part of the unlucky half. It will be an incredibly dark moment to witness, and it is the perfect way to set Clint on a new path.
Next up, a safe prediction…
Thanos Forces Thor To Watch Loki’s Death
In a shot seen in multiple trailers, the massive purple hand of Thanos can be seen gripping Thor’s head. It’s been widely assumed that this is Thanos crushing the God of Thunder’s skull, but I think the shot is misleading. We know that Loki has the tesseract, and given his character development in Ragnarok, I think it’s unlikely that Loki is trying to join Thanos and the Black Order. It seems much more plausible that Loki would see the Asgardians being killed and use the stone as a bartering tool to convince Thanos to stop. Regardless of whether he does, I can only see this move ending with the death of Loki as punishment for his failure during the Battle of New York. If Thanos were to kill one of the most popular MCU villains during his first moments on-screen, he’d immediately be as imposing as he needs to be. Even more villainous would be forcing his brother to watch, and I’m confident that is exactly how this scene will play out.
Up next, an attempt to explain a line uttered by my favorite character ever…
Why Spider-Man Apologizes
If you are one of the people who watched the SDCC of Infinity War, you likely remember Spider-Man saying “I’m sorry” to Iron Man. However, why is he apologizing to Tony? I have two guesses, but both are flawed:
Speaking of death…
At Least One Guardian Will Die
With the writers for the film recently bringing up that they were given complete freedom in determining whether any character lives or dies, the Guardians of the Galaxy are not as safe as many think. While Star-Lord, Mantis, Rocket and Groot likely have “unkillable” status in this film, the other members of the team don’t have that luxury. Gamora, aside from her flashback sequence with dear old dad Thanos and her conversation with Tony, has been completely absent from all the official footage. Her role is clearly being hidden, and her relationship with her adopted father Thanos makes her extremely vulnerable. Perhaps the Soul Stone requires the death of a loved one to activate, and Gamora dies because of that? In an even more dangerous position, however, is Drax the Destroyer. He seems like a prime candidate to go down in Infinity War, as his entire story has been tied to Thanos murdering his family, and Drax mourning them/planning for his revenge as a result. When he sees Thanos, I doubt he’ll be able to keep calm… and I doubt he’ll survive a fight with him. Finally, Nebula sealed her fate as soon as she went off on her own to kill Thanos. I think it’s very likely that one (or all of these characters) do not make it out of Infinity War alive.
Finally, a prediction that tackles the biggest question of all: where is the Soul Stone?
Captain Marvel Is Trapped In The Soul Stone
With Adam Warlock being teased in Guardians Vol. 2 but confirmed by the Marvel higher-ups not to be involved in Infinity War whatsoever, it’s a safe bet that someone will fill his fairly large role from the books (The Hulk taking Silver Surfer’s spot and crashing into Doctor Strange’s sanctum is an example of this at work). I think that no character would be better than Captain Marvel for the job. Brie Larson was rumored to appear in the film and name-dropped by the Russo Brothers themselves, which has had fans thinking for a while. The best theories I have seen are that she is trapped inside the Soul Stone (yes, you read that right). For starters, we have no idea how this stone works or where it is in the MCU, and this idea works with what we know about the character’s place in the overarching narrative. It both gives her a way to be involved and more importantly than that, it explains where she’s been over the years. With her movie set in the 1990s, there has to be an explanation for her disappearance afterwards. Further, with Nick Fury confirmed to have a large role in the film, it’s surprising that he wouldn’t have tried to contact Captain Marvel about the Avengers Initiative… if he knew she was still in action. The only reason she did not help in the Battle of New York or in Ultron’s attack on Sokovia is that she couldn’t. Obviously her spot in the MCU wasn’t planned back then, but having Captain Marvel trapped within the Soul Stone would be a great way to explain what she’s been up to since the 90s, and would make for a great surprise when she escapes. It has been said that Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Captain Marvel, tell the story of what happens between Infinity War and Avengers 4. How could this be done with a movie that is set nearly three decades before?
That’s all I’ve got! As I post this I’m getting ready to go to the Infinity War premiere, and I could not be more excited! If some, all or none of these predictions come true, I know I’ll have a blast regardless. Check back tomorrow for a review of the movie, and thank you for reading.