Avengers Infinity War: What Comes Next?

Avengers Infinity War: What Comes Next?

What will the events of Infinity War lead up to?
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*WARNING: This article features references to the events that transpire during Avengers: Infinity War. If you haven't seen the movie, and don't want to be exposed to spoilers, wait until AFTER you see the movie to read this article.





The events of Avengers: Infinity War has Marvel fans the world over asking one simple question:

What now?

With an ending unlike anything seen in a superhero movie before, Avengers: Infinity War sets up Avengers 4 in an interesting way. The ending suggests that Thanos will continue to play a role, but that's really all we know. Until a title is announced, and a trailer released, all anyone can do is make predictions. Here is what I believe will transpire in the next Avengers movie:


1. Most of the "dead" characters won't stay dead

As one would expect, a good amount of characters die in this movie. However, while some of the deaths were expected (Loki, Vision, Heimdall), other ones (Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Bucky, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, all of the Guardians of the Galaxy except Rocket, Falcon) were not. However, most of these characters (specifically the latter group) are unlikely to stay dead. The latter group was killed by Thanos' infamous snap after assembling all of the Infinity Stones, so it is very likely that the damage will be reversed by the time Avengers 4 is over. The only member of the latter group who is uncertain to come back is Gamora, who was killed before Thanos' snap.


2. Red Skull and Captain America meet again

One of the biggest surprises of the movie came in the form of the return of the Red Skull, who was looking after the Soul Stone. This opens up the opportunity for Captain America to have one last face off with his arch-enemy. It would also be interesting to see if Red Skull decides to return to Earth, as he no longer has to watch over the Soul Stone.


3. The story will be about undoing the damage

Despite the downbeat ending to the movie, you know that somehow the heroes will come out on top in the end. Thus, the majority of Avengers 4 will be about cleaning up Thanos' mess. Whether it is done by time travel or the Infinity Stones (which still appear to be intact) remains to be seen, but this tale will have a happy ending (for the most part) one way or another.


4. It will lay the ground work for the Fantastic 4 and X-Men

The acquisition of the Fantastic 4 and X-Men film rights couldn't have come at a better time, as far as introducing them is concerned. Even if the Avengers defeat Thanos and revive most of the other heroes lost, the universe won't be the same as it was before. Thus, the future introduction of the Fantastic 4, the X-Men, and the mutant race can be explained as consequences of Thanos' abuse of the Infinity Stones or the heroes possible exploits in time traveling.


5. Captain Marvel will be the one to defeat Thanos

In the post-credits scene to the movie, Nick Fury sends out a message before dying due to Thanos' Infinity Snap (yes, that's what I'm calling it). That message was for Captain Marvel, as seen by the symbol shown on Fury's pager. Described by Kevin Feige as the strongest hero in the MCU, look for Captain Marvel to cement herself as the new face of the franchise by taking down its greatest villain.


6. Dr. Strange's plan will be revealed

Arguably the most shocking moment of the film (aside from a bunch of the heroes dying) is Dr. Strange willingly giving up the Time Stone to Thanos. Prior to this moment, Strange revealed to his group that he looked into over 14 million (14,000,605 to be exact) possible futures, and only one has them defeating Thanos. It appears that allowing Thanos to (for the moment) complete his goal is part of the plan, but rest remains to be seen.


7. The original Avengers will trade their lives for the others

It is no coincidence that the original members of the Avengers (Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, and presumably Hawkeye) are among the group that did not perish after Thanos' Infinity Snap. This will undoubtedly lead to the heroes who started it all having one last stand against the Mad Titian. I firmly believe that the climax of the film will see them sacrifice themselves in order to resurrect the other fallen heroes in a sort of passing the torch moment. On top of that, they will finally say "Avengers, Assemble!".


8. It will hint at the next big villain

Thanos may ultimately fall, but someone will surely take his place. The MCU isn't itself without a big villain to build up to, after all. The question is who that villain will be.

Is the Red Skull reveal a sign that he will be that villain?

What about another destructive force like Galactus?

Could the Skrulls have a greater impact after appearing in the Captain Marvel movie?

Could villains associated with the X-Men and Fantastic 4 such as Dr. Doom or Magneto take on that role?

Zemo is still (presumably) out there, so could it be him?

Dormammu?

Mephisto?

The Beyonder?

Regardless of who it is, there will certainly be life after Infinity.

Cover Image Credit: AllPosters

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Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.
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Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.


2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.


4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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