The advent of Thanos into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was marked with the death and destruction of earth’s mightiest heroes. The Mad Titan arrived with a purpose and moved with deliberate intent. The forces of the earth (and the universe) fell at the feet of this tyrant of the dark quadrant and his rage.
The purpose of the Mad Titan was fulfilled when Wakanda fell. He collected all of the infinity gems and snapped his fingers (using the only device capable of harnessing the power of all the infinity gems, the INFINITY GAUNTLET), this snap was felt across the universe (and especially on earth) as half of all life literally transposed to dust in the wind.
The good guys lost, the war of Thanos came to an end. It was rather surreal to see a ‘villain’ or rather an antagonist of the MCU to win for the first time.
It’s not something that Marvel does often (departing from set clichés that is) or even something that Disney is fond of. But it is a well-known fact that failure can be an effective plot point for character development. It seems that the studio is pursuing this strategy here.
Fans know, that there is no way Disney and Marvel will permanently let go of the Marvel properties that have just returned home ( case in point Spider-Man) and hence it is expected that all of the characters that die in Infinity War will come back to life come Avengers 4. But the real question is how will this happen, or rather what retcon policy will Marvel choose this time.
Anything that the studio can come up with will hardly surprise comic fans. We have been through 70 years of comics and we have seen every kind of retcon in the comic world imaginable. We have seen time travel, we have seen rebirth, we have seen alternate realities and we have witnessed attempted successions.
Hence, it is more than likely that anything that happens in Avengers 4 will be inspired from one or more comic storylines relating to the infinity gauntlet and Thanos himself. It is hence pertinent to note here that anytime Thanos has gained any kind of semblance on the infinity gems in the comics, it has always been the soul stone that has been his downfall and led to his ultimate demise.
This is the first piece of evidence that must not be ignored when speculating the possible plot of Avengers 4.
The next fact comes from behind the scenes of Marvel Studios. And this is not just from the sets of Avengers 4 but from a movie that set up the only character to stand up to Thanos in Infinity War. The only man who was able to put up a fight against Thanos in Infinity War was Dr. Stephen Strange. The good doctor pushed his magical prowess to near limit when he took on the Mad Titan but it was not enough, he lost like everyone else.
In the movie ‘Doctor Strange’ we see the Ancient One take Strange on a tour through the realms. The dimension before the dark dimension is referred to as ‘Benevolent and life-giving’, it has since been confirmed that this is, in fact, the quantum realm.
These two evidences must be closely analyzed and when done so, the logical solution presents itself. It seems that the life-giving element in the quantum realm is closely related to the soul stone. Now, bear in mind, that all of this is blatant speculation but at this point, it seems that this confirmation of the benevolent and life-giving is the final nail in the coffin of Thanos.
Not only will the quantum realm be paramount in helping the Avengers time travel come Avengers 4 but it will also be the salvation for all the lost souls of Avengers: Infinity War. It is more than likely that everyone who lost their ‘existence’ in Infinity War will be resurrected in Avengers Annihilation.
The entire premise seems a little shaky and a bit far-fetched but hey so does every genius idea. Feel free to tell us what you think of our theory and what is your opinion on the upcoming plot of Avengers Annihilation. And for everything Marvel, do stick around.