Avengers: Infinity War is making a killing at the box office! Chances are you've already seen the movie so I want to discuss the lead-up to Avengers 4, rather than writing a formal review of this film. That being said, we're getting into spoiler territory so continue reading at your own risk.
Thanos acquires all six Infinity Stones and wipes half of the universe from existence. The heroes I thought would die still survived and the heroes I expected to live were the ones to perish; I wasn't expecting Black Panther or Spider-man to go out the way they did. The movie ends with Thanos smirking as he watches the sunset then the credits roll.
Reading the names on screen was almost like reading an obituary. Unlike past Marvel movies, which typically have a happy ending, no one applauded and no one spoke for a few moments after viewing Infinity War, still trying to process what just happened.
So where do we go from here? We know that a Spider-man: Homecoming sequel is already in the works and Black Panther made a ton of cash so it's a safe bet that these two will definitely return.
Oh, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will come to theaters in 2020 so it's guaranteed Star-Lord and his posse will return (minus Gamora?). The question still remains: How can the surviving heroes, the original Avengers, undo the damage caused by Thanos?
Although we don't know much about Avengers 4, we can still theorize. First and most importantly, Nick Fury is included in a post-credits scene, where he sends a distress signal to Captain Marvel. She'll play a huge role in the next movie for sure, but I don't know much about the character.
I know that she's in the air force and she's incredibly powerful. Her solo movie debuts next year, just before Avengers 4, but it is set during the 1990's. I'm curious to see how she becomes a super-heroine, the extent of her abilities and to find out what's kept her occupied for so long. Why didn't Nick Fury call for her help during the first Avengers movie, for instance? Only time will tell.
Then we have Ant-Man and the Wasp to look forward to this summer! The events of this movie take place just before Infinity War. Perhaps the Quantum Realm could factor in to saving our heroes?
Speaking of which, what exactly happened to them? I don't think they simply vanished, given the source material. In the comics, the soul stone allows the user to steal, alter, and control the souls of all living or deceased beings. On top of that, it acts as a gateway to a pocket universe. Because the soul stone's abilities weren't explicitly stated in the movie, I'm theorizing that they're either trapped within the soul stone itself or they were sent to a parallel dimension.
Recently the directors came out and said that undoing Infinity War's ending would come at a high cost. Because of their statement, I'm confident Steve Rogers will die and Bucky will take his place as Captain America. Chris Evans' contract has run out and Sebastian Stan still has a few more movies to star in before his contract expires. Hawkeye and Black Widow could both die, since they're arguably the least useful Avengers, but I think they're doing something more with Jeremy Renner's character before letting him go.
There have been sooo many fan theories going around since the movie released. You've probably heard of them or may have a few theories of your own! We can make as many predictions as we want, but you never truly know when it comes to Marvel/Disney. We have a few clues that could tell us something about Avengers 4's plot, but we won't know for sure until May 2019!