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Avengers: Endgame – Tony Stark May Have to Die 14,000,604 Times

While we spend these last couple of months before Avengers: Endgame, it is a surety that more & more theories will keep coming in until we actually see the film. It has been 10 months since Infinity War came out and we still haven’t stopped talking about it. Most of the theories have originated from what Doctor Strange did on Titan. He used the Time Stone to view 14 Million+ future alternatives and found 1 where the Avengers actually won.

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The many theories that we have seen focus on Doctor Strange having created not one, but multiple time loops. There has been a piece of evidence from the past coming from Kevin Feige himself. He said that the finale of Doctor Strange could have a much greater significance for the future of the MCU. The finale apparently brought in the use of a Time Loop to beat Dormammu.

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And now a new theory has come in from Reddit User alexandrepigeot who brings in a suggestion upon how the Time Loop may be used in Avengers: Endgame. Here’s what the theory says:

“We need to rework our definition of “winning”. The Russo brothers have hinted many times that they would not go out of their way to undermine the ending of Infinity War so I don’t personally feel like in Endgame they would just outright undo the snap. The movie will most certainly end on a bitter sweet note, compromising between some things saved and some things lost forever.

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One thing that bugged me however is that Doctor Strange stated there were 14 million 605 futures that he visited and only 1 of them lead to victory. I’m not going to discuss whether or not he lied at this point (or if he just stopped counting the moment he found one good outcome), what I want to focus on here is the fact that Steven Strange only had mere moments between “viewing” the futures and his own decimation, meaning everything he did that would lead to that one victorious outcome had to be done in those few minutes.

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And what did he do exactly? He told Stark and Nebula (the others present got dusted) about the one winning scenario, pretended that there was a point in fighting Thanos, then willingly gave him the stone. Assuming he didn’t zap back and forth in time behind the scenes during that time, that was all he did and, apparently, that was enough to reach that one scenario.

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In my opinion, there is only one way this could work out, that is if Doctor Strange set up a time loop before dying. Not on Thanos, but on Tony Stark. He trapped Tony and Nebula in that moment, doomed to die in space 14 million 605 times before finding a way to escape their destiny and fly back to the others to save the day.

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This is why in the Endgame trailer we saw a calm and resigned Tony Stark leaving a defeated message to Pepper Pots… He is not hoping to survive, he is in the process of giving up trying (refer back to Groundhogs Day when Phil Connors decides that he’s never going to escape his looping day ever and gets depressed over it).

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In that moment of pure desperation, Tony will be dying over and over and, in the process, he will learn an invaluable lesson of trust and acceptance. He will forgo his control issue (still very present, as demonstrated by his relationship with Peter Parker) and learn to let go of some things to gain others.

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Remember that he is very much hell-bent on saving everyone and everything and Doctor Strange simply knew that it was not a possible outcome and that, unless he matures first, Tony would have never compromised on this.

So first, he had to show Tony how to humbly accept defeat which is why he fought with Thanos, losing the battle to win the greater war in the heart of Tony Stark.”

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While we don’t know whether this could work or not, but we have to say that this indeed is one of those wild theories which are out there. Things may not exactly go in the ways that have been stated over here, but some of the occurrences of Avengers: Endgame may be along these lines. There will most probably be some significance of the Time Loop(s) hidden in Avengers: Endgame, but we cannot be sure of where this Loop actually began.

So let’s just give this theory a little Thumbs Up, and wait for the movie to decide what really happens. Avengers: Endgame comes out on April 26.

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