With the end of Infinity War, a lot of the fans were left speechless. The ending was a cliffhanger of epic proportions and sent shock-waves across the nerd community who doubted MCU. It subtly ended on a note that was a clear shout out to all the haters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Marvel can go dark if they wanted to. The stakes could be lifted high if Marvel wishes so.
It would not matter in the long run as most of the heroes who died will undoubtedly be brought back because they already have their own future solo movie projects and the fact that – Let’s be real, it’s Marvel. Although, the Infinity War writers disagree and stress upon the fact that deaths are real. Here’s what Christopher Markus said:
“[Avengers 4] doesn’t do what you think it does. It is a different movie than you think it is. Also…[the deaths are] real. I just want to tell you it’s real, and the sooner you accept that the sooner you will be able to move on to the next stage of grief”.
While the Mad Titan certainly had a charm to the way he did things in Infinity War, he stole Infinity stones through brute force and assembled them in a gauntlet. Here’s how Russos described the plot:
“With “Infinity War,” the biggest new element to the movie is Thanos and the fact that he’s entering the storytelling in a very bold, strong way, to the degree that he’s almost one of the leads. We’ve shaped an interesting narrative around him that in some ways leans heavily on a heist film in the fact that he’s going after the infinity stones in a much bolder, successful way than he has in the past. The entire movie has that energy of the bad guy being one step ahead of the heroes. We looked at a lot of movies that had that heist-style energy to them, and that brought some inspiration”.
Despite the Mad Titan accomplishing his mission of bringing balance to the universe when he snapped his fingers wearing the gauntlet with all the six stones, as a result, half of all life in the galaxy wiped out.
The movie failed to answer a simple question – How was Thanos able to defeat the Nova Corps, one of the Universe’s strongest armies hailing from the planet Xandar, by himself? We finally have a theory to help us there. Presenting Infinity War – Here’s how Thanos manages to obtain the Power Stone from Nova Corps!!!
The thing about Thanos is that he plans everything beforehand. He waits for the perfect moment to strike and when that moment comes, he decimates his opponents with one full sweep. Thanos waited for the perfect moment to go after the remaining Infinity Stones on Earth.
Odin, the Allfather of Asgard and the protector of the realm of Midgard was dead. Ego, the Celestial who could actually hold his own against Thanos and has the power to defeat him, is dead.
The Ancient One, the supernatural protector of Earth who has been safeguarding the planet from threats well before Thanos entered the scene, died in Doctor Strange. The time was ripe for Thanos to make his move. And move; he did.
Apart from having no opposition to fight back in the entire universe, Thanos has his own army and an entire band of famous mercenaries called the Black Order to back him up. The Black Order commands the ruthless outrider forces, savage beings that are ready to die for their master.
The outriders are beings genetically designed by Thanos himself to act as his torchbearers of doom. Thanos uses them as scouts as well as his personal army for taking down anything he wishes to be taken down.
But what could is an army of beats against the mighty Nova Corps? The Outrider army fared well against the fairly technologically superior Wakandan forces. They even managed to circumvent Wakanda’s precious energy shield tech, forcing T’Challa to order his people to open a section of their own wall to let the Outriders in.
That is how scary the Outriders are but they are still no match for the Nova Corps who can just blast them to smithereens from afar and unlike Earth, Xandar’s deep space monitoring capabilities should be naturally more advanced and their orbital defenses much stronger than our planet’s.
So even if Thanos tried to break in, he would have been shot down from light years away. Case in point, when Thanos attacks Xandar, he possesses none of the Infinity Stones. So Thanos is just another supervillain until then. A powerful one but still, without the Infinity Stones, he is nothing against the combined might of Xandar.
So this is where we have our theory to help us out.
Comic books fans would remember that the Black Order is made up of not four but five supervillains who have pledged their loyalty to Thanos. The movie shows us Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Black Dwarf and Ebony Maw. But it doesn’t show us the fifth one.
Super Giant is the fifth and final member of the Black Order and coincidentally, she is counted as the most powerful member of the Order. Super Giant has mind control abilities and she was found by Thanos as a child in an asylum for the mentally unstable. What if she is how Thanos got the Power Stone?
Remember that Thanos never goes in first. He sends his Black Order generals to soften the enemy before barging in. Super Giant has enough mind control abilities to drive an entire city insane. What if she was airdropped along with an Outrider battalion right into the middle of the Xandarian capital city where she unleashed her power and made the Nova Corps go insane (She can do that, we have checked). Super Giant could then be the one who delivered the Power Stone to Thanos.
But the Nova Corps aren’t to be bested that easily, could have hurt her badly. Maybe she was injured pretty badly during her fight with Xandar. Or maybe because Super Giant’s fight with the Nova Corps was so severe that the resulting injuries lead to her eventual death? Nevertheless, a destroyed Xandar is the cue for the MCU to now focus on the legendary Nova, the superhero that everyone hopes will be a part of Marvel after Phase 4. Unwittingly, Thanos has paved the way for one of his greatest enemies to rise back and defeat him.
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Avengers Infinity War is playing in theatres worldwide. The movie has become the highest grossing superhero movie ever with over $1.8 Billion till now; it also reached the ‘billion dollar mark’ in just 8 days.It is directed by Russo brothers, produced by Marvel President Kevin Feige & Co, the script is co-written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The ensemble cast is stunningly awesome 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), Cobie Smulders (Mariah Hill).
The official synopsis reads:
“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain”.