Infinity War is perhaps the greatest movie Marvel Studios has ever made. The movie was unlike any other Marvel movie as the tone was darker with a little dash of humor (ofcose). The Stakes were exceptionally high in this one. The heroes paid dearly for messing with Thanos. He was teased in the post-credits of ‘The Avengers’ and since then he has been built as this ‘Darth Vader’ figure of the MCU. Well, he turned out to be 20 times more menacing than him and he had no remorse whatsoever, unlike Vader.
The Mad Titan was in total control of everything unlike in the past where he outsourced responsibilities to his minions who failed to get the job done. His only purpose in life was to bring balance to the universe as he thinks populations on different planets (including his homeworld Titan) are unchecked and chasing finite resources. So, in order to bring balance, half of all life in the galaxy must be exterminated.
He is a powerful cosmic warlord but he ain’t a GOD with limitless powers. So, he got the Infinity gauntlet made from Eitri while killed the rest of the Dwarves. He went on a quest to collect all six Infinity stones scattered across the universe. Each of these stones represents cosmic singularities that control fundamental aspects of existence. Once these immensely powerful objects are assembled in a gauntlet, they have the capability to do untold damage to the galaxy.
Finally, the Mad Titan had his way, he snapped his fingers wearing the gauntlet with all the Infinity stones and the movie ended in a mother of all cliffhangers. While many kissed their tombstones at the end of the movie, one character who everyone expected to die in Infinity War survived to tell the tale. And that character, if the comic books are to be believed, is the key to defeating the Mad Titan. But can she do it? Can [SPOILER] beat Thanos like she did in the comic books??
SPOILER ALERT: Major Spoilers for Infinity War Up Ahead……
One of the most surprising survivors of Infinity War was someone everyone believed will be given a quick death at the very beginning of the movie. The one we are talking about is Nebula. Nebula was perhaps Thanos’ most hated of his children. Thanos preferred Gamora over Nebula and did gruesome experiments on the latter just for the fun of it.
So, in Infinity War, when Nebula finally decided to go against her father’s wishes and rebel against the Mad Titan, everyone thought that she will either be killed personally by Thanos or she will die along with the countless others when Thanos snapped his fingers. She didn’t. Nebula survived. But is there a hidden meaning as to why she is still breathing? The comic books tell an interesting tale.
In the Infinity Gauntlet arc, Nebula defeats Thanos and undoes everything Thanos had done using the six Infinity Stones, including reversing the deaths of millions Thanos had massacred. Will the MCU take a similar route? Will Nebula be the true hero of the MCU who will defeat Thanos in Avengers 4?? Well, it is certainly possible but the makers have denied adapting Infinity gauntlet plot for the Avengers 4.
The third Avengers movie is based closely on Jim Starlin’s 1991 Infinity Gauntlet saga. But if you examine it closely, you will see that the movie is based more on the prequel story arc to the Infinity Gauntlet called The Thanos Quest.
The Thanos Quest saw Thanos roam the universe searching for the six Infinity Stones while Infinity Gauntlet began with Thanos already possessing the Infinity Gauntlet as the heroes tried to stop him. Nebula makes an appearance in Infinity Gauntlet. She is a relatively minor character in the story arc until she manages to grab hold of the Gauntlet from Thanos himself and becomes a threat even greater than the Mad Titan.
Nebula in the Infinity Gauntlet saga
In the 1991 comic book arc, Nebula is killed and later revived by Thanos as a burned up shell of her former self that Thanos takes pleasure in torturing. When the heroes attack Thanos, he gets distracted and Nebula uses this opportunity to snatch the Gauntlet from Thanos and undo everything Thanos ever did using the Gauntlet.
Adam Warlock, who is trapped in the Soul World, then attacks Nebula through the Soul Stone and she is later forced to relinquish control of the Gauntlet to him. Nebula turns out to be the unexpected hero in this story arc.
Can Nebula snatch the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos in Avengers 4?
While Nebula wasn’t turned into a half hot, half cold husk in the movie. Infinity War did show us that she was tortured by her own father. Thanos has now even killed the only person Nebula loved truly. Gamora is dead and Nebula has all the more reason to go after Thanos now.
As an asset to the Avengers, Nebula’s worth to the Earth’s mightiest heroes is pretty damn huge. She is the only one who knows Thanos personally and might have any clue as to where he went after the end of the movie.
There is one more thing that we need to be scared of. Nebula is by and large an anti-hero, not a good guy. So the second she grabs the Gauntlet from Thanos, she might declare herself the ‘Omnipotent Nebula’ and go mad with power like she did in the comic books.
In the comics, it was Adam Warlock trapped within the Soul World who stopped Nebula. Many theories claim that Gamora is now trapped within the Soul World like Adam was in the comic books. What better way to stop a power-hungry Nebula than her own sister, the only person she truly cares for in the whole universe??
Well, we will find out in Avengers 4 if Nebula has a solid character arc and whether she exacts a revenge on Thanos who tortured her and forced her sister Gamora to give up the location of Soul Stone. Right now, Avengers Infinity War is playing at a theatre near you.
The movie opened to a record-breaking $640 million opening weekend; became the fastest ever to reach Billion dollar mark within just 8 days and is now officially the highest grossing superhero movie of all times.
The movie is directed by Russo brothers who are well known for pulling off big comic-book ensemble movies. It is produced by Marvel Head Kevin Feige & Co including veteran Marvel comics writer Stan Lee. The script is co-written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The official movie synopsis released by Marvel is as follows:
“Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment”.
The cast is simply groundbreaking as it has brought some of the biggest stars including Josh Brolin (Thanos), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Peter Dinklage (Eitri), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Peter Dinklage (Eitri), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Karen Gillian (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Dave Bautista (Drax), Paul Bettany (Vision), Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury) and Cobie Smulders (Mariah Hill).