April 27, 2018, was the day of judgment when everything changed for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we saw a completely different era emerge from the ashes of the one that ended in Captain America: Civil War. Was it a coincidence that the entirety of the plot and characters went so dark, or is it just Disney trying to remind us that they too can play around with mature themes even if they have no intention of ever creating substantial storylines. When you think about wiping out half of all creation, balance is not something that pops into your head.
Instead, your motivations could be something linked to carnage, death, or destruction and it would even go down better with the audience. But no, Disney wanted to associate the movie and the villain with their animated productions that is the only reason we’ve received a tamed down Thanos who is proficient at fan service but not much else. The entirety of Infinity War was focused on one thing and one thing only, Thanos’ pursuit of the infinity gems and the fulfillment of his lifelong goal of death and destruction. The Titan does fulfill it, but at what cost?
If only someone had told us that the three words ‘I am Iron Man’ would one day lead to extinction of half of all life in creation when this hero of ours will stand and stare at the reality of it all, at all, the destruction that this Mad Titan wrought on this iteration of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We see that the Titan is a lethal force of nature who is on a mission to collect infinity gems and he does not care what level of murder or genocide he has to commit to getting these infinity stones. We see that the movements of Thanos are precise and lethal to the point that his mere existence has become a threat to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But what fans are interested in is no longer the war, no, we already saw the carnage, saw the destruction a war like this can bring, the question that resides in our minds now is that how will these casualties be treated in the future and how these casualties are going to fit in the larger scheme of things of Phase 4. What fans are most worried about is the question of whether we will see the characters return from the dead and how these apparent deaths will act as a motivator for current survivors of the snap.
So we all know how that story ended. Thor leapt for an Infinity Gauntlet powered Thanos and impaled Stormbreaker (The weapon fit for kings) through his chest, but the mad Titan mocked the God of Thunder (should’ve gone for the head/hand) and then proceeds to snap his fingers while wearing all the six infinity stones on his Infinity Gauntlet hand.
Then the unthinkable happens, slowly but surely half of all creation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins to dissipate. They literally become dust in the air as half of all life is ‘dusted’ away. The heroes who meet their end this way include but are not limited to Spide-Man, Dr. Strange, Black Panther, Peter Quill, Drax, Mantis, Groot, Scarlett Witch and many other unknowns (it was half of all life in creation after all).
But here I have a theory that redefines everything you think you know about the ending of Infinity War. Let’s take a look, shall we? Disclaimer: this theory comes from Reddit. Now, the theory suggests that the movie opens with a simple marvel logo flash, no fancy music and barely any open credits. Then we proceed to the battle of Wakanda and the moment of the snapped.
As the snap occurs we find Black Panther scream in horror as he finds that everyone else is being dusted. We watch in confusion as everyone that was spared in Infinity War is dusted away and everyone that was killed is alive here. We stay confused until Doctor Strange wakes up on Titan and puts two and two together.
The theory is that the snap of Thanos actually split the dimension of our reality into two parts leading to a faux reality being formed for all those who were “dusted” during the events of Infinity War and Doctor Strange is the only one who knows anything is wrong. Is this theory plausible? Probably we will see it play out in Avengers 4. Unlikely!