Avengers: Endgame has not only marked the end of an era, but it has given us the means for a new one. Not only has Endgame led to the setup of several upcoming films, but it has also laid down the beans of the next big story arc that the MCU could follow. But will the next decade of movies involve the biggest elements from the first one, i.e. the Infinity Stones?
The Infinity Stones drove the stories of the first 11 years’ worth of films and now it seems that the MCU has put them on the back bench. We are led to believe that we won’t be getting them back, but people have serious doubts placed on the fact that we’ve already seen the last of them. We didn’t even get to explore stones like Reality and Soul properly so it is entirely possible that they could return. Certain characters like Doctor Strange, Adam Warlock, and possibly even Vision depend upon the Infinity Stones. So they could be back and it has already been teased by the directors.
The stones from the past have been put back but what about the stones in the present. Thanos did say that he reduced the stones to their last atom using the stones and the Russos have teased their return using that very statement:
“Thanos only reduced the stones to the atomic level. The stones are still present in the universe.”
There’s that, but what if the stones are already back? Hulk used the Infinity Stones from the past to restore everything the way it was 5 years ago whilst keeping the developments of those 5 years intact. So what if the Infinity Stones that were “destroyed” were also restored to the way they were? If Hulk’s snap undusted everyone, then it could have also respawned the Stones.
Technically the stones were destroyed a few days after Thanos’ initial Snap, but if everything that went away using the stones was restored, then the Infinity Stones might have been brought back to their former glory as well. The MCU has to figure out a way to bring them back, but what if they’ve already brought them back? This is Marvel we’re talking about. Anything could happen, so we’re not crazy to think this way.
If this is actually the case then the bigger question that needs to be answered is that where exactly are the Infinity Stones? Did they get respawned back at The Garden? It could very well be a possibility. What’s great is that with the Infinity Stones coming back, we could actually get to see MCU’s Infinity Watch being formed and that would be really interesting to take forward.
The Infinity Stones are important to the storyline of the MCU as they are the ones that maintain a singular unified timeline. With the stones gone there could be chaos. So even if they are at their last atomic level, they could still be maintaining the balance of nature.
Also, another reason why the MCU might need the Infinity Stones back is to explain the sudden entry of mutants whenever Marvel decides to introduce them. Wanda and Pietro Maximoff were created by the Mind Stone and they are Mutants in the comics. There were many other failed subjects before the twins became successful pawns of the experiment. So what if they’ve got the X-Gene and the stones unlocked it. Keeping that in mind, we know that the snaps caused massive power surges of Gama Rays throughout the planet. So what if these power surges could have unlocked the X-Gene in the humans turning them into mutants?
Let’s see what really happens. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Vin Diesel as Groot, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, William Hurt as General Ross, Tilda Swinton as Ancient One and Josh Brolin as Thanos.