Avengers: Infinity War ended on one of the biggest twists in a feature-length movie. Avengers: Endgame will show us the aftermath of the Snap, but Infinity War did extremely well to make people believe in the cause that Thanos was pursuing. Half the people in the world actually believed Thanos was right. Well, whatever the problems we are facing, Genocide on a global (Universal) scale is certainly not a solution for that. But booking tickets for Avengers: Endgame did make people feel that what Thanos did in the film should have happened in the real world.
But we are here to discuss the repercussions this planet would have to face if the snap would have really happened on Earth. As Fandom, Thanos would have only taken us a back to how things were a few decades back. His agenda was sort of “correct” but if we do the math, there are currently 7.6 billion residing on the planet, and the snap would have made it 3.8 Billion people. Those are the numbers we had in 1970s. This means that in about 4 decades, or let’s say half a century (keeping certain precautions in mind) people will grow back to the same number.
This is what screenwriter Christopher Markus also said last year:
“Sadly if you cut the number of people on earth in half today, it only takes us back to 1970. We were very well populated at the time. It’s not like a devastated hellscape. It looks like ‘Mary Tyler Moore.’”
So, what Thanos did was just postpone the problem, and gave the world a few decades more to survive by killing half of the people right now. This isn’t a permanent solution. Moreover, Justin Christensen, a research scientist at the UCLA Physics Department has now pointed out statistics which prove that the Snap would have made things much worse for people to survive.
Christensen says that there are around 20,000 planes in the sky across the globe at a particular point of time, and if we were to assume that half of those planes lost their 2 pilots (assuming there are 2 on each plane), then those 200 lives on every crashing plane will be at risk. These are all assumptions, but they are logical. Multiplying 200 by let’s say 9k or 10000 planes, we’ll get to 2000000 million lives lost in an instant.
And those weren’t even the snap victims. Imagine this scenario in different places and situations – on roads, boats, trains, etc. Millions of lives which are dependent upon certain key people would be lost if those key individuals were to turn into dust in an instant, and the scientist has pointed out that this would cause the demise of another 0.3%.
But we are still not taking into consideration that how codependent the people in this world are on each other. This sudden loss of life could lead to break in the supply chains and ultimately people could suffer issues with access to food, water, medicine, and other important life needs. The survivors will be in total chaos as their lives, which may or may not be dependent upon the victims would be at risk, due to potential shortages and other connected events.
Here’s what Christensen says:
“Without people to maintain and fix vital systems, things like electricity and clean water are likely to be lost to a large fraction of the remaining population. Many people will likely face food and medical supply shortages. How people react to these challenges, and how many people will die as a result is tough to say, but certainly more deaths will result.
Human lives are not just dependent upon each other, but they are also dependent upon the Flora & Fauna that exists all across the globe. Those are also the “resources” that Thanos wishes to free for the survivors. So again, multiple lives that are dependent upon these living resources in our surroundings will be lost.
The snap could only work in the real world if the people are made aware about it days prior to it, so they could accept that there’s no other choice, and make precautions all across the world. But even that may not work as the other worldly resources are not completely in our control. So Thanos’ plan will ultimately fail in any scenario. Mass Genocide isn’t the answer that he seeks. It isn’t the solution that he wants to provide.
Avengers: Endgame will have to address the aftermath that we are talking about right now, and it will have to prove Thanos’ fundamentals to be totally wrong. If the snap would exist for real, then the world will be devastated. The Universe will feel the wrath of the Decimation, and ultimately things will fall. It will be the total opposite of what Thanos wants.
So let’s see what Avengers: Endgame will do about this. Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame will open on April 26, and it’ll presumably star Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Renner Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Paul Rudd, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tessa Thompson, Evangeline Lilly, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Katherine Langford, Stellan Skarsgard, Ava Russo and Brie Larson.
Here’s the new synopsis of Avengers: Endgame:
“Thanos snapped his fingers in Avengers: Infinity War, and half the life in the universe instantly dissolved. Now a ragged group of surviving warriors, including Captain America, Black Widow, Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk works to counteract the Mad Titan’s genocidal action.
Since our heroes couldn’t stop Thanos the first time, what makes them think they can win in a rematch? The answer may be in overwhelming power, thanks to Captain Marvel, or in the tiniest spaces between atoms accessible to Ant-Man. Avengers: Endgame will rewrite the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. When it’s all over, nothing will be the same.”