The Marvel Cinematic Universe has developed into a massive media franchise. Part of the reason for the success of the franchise is how Marvel studios have evolved their style of storytelling over the last 13 years. They have learned how to make the villain the center point of a narrative extending a large number of movies. Foreshadowing is an acquired skill for the MCU. For infinity stones the process was gradual, but fans got final confirmation from the vision of Thor in Age of Ultron.
The notorious vision in the water of sights set up the infinity stones and the infinity gauntlet that will house them. The after-credits scene then set up Thanos taking matters into his own hands. All of this was to build hype for infinity war. But upon re-examining the vision of Thor in Age of Ultron we come to the realization that the vision was talking about events that lie beyond the snap. We say this because some parts of the vision are yet to take place.
While the stones and the infinity gauntlet have all come to pass, the extinction event described in the vision is yet to happen. There is a sequence during the vision where something crashes on earth and a large explosion triggers an extinction event. We even have the sly voice of James Spader narrating the word “Extinction” during this vision. This was brought to our notice by this CBR article. The article argues that this could be a nod to the Eternals. We have our own thoughts on the matter. Read on to find out.
Vision Of Thor
This vision of Thor is very contentious. The fandom does not appreciate it for the same reason they do not appreciate the Age Of Ultron. The argument is that the vents of this movie have no consequences on the larger narrative. They say that the movie is just a setup for larger MCU projects and does not work well as a standalone feature. The same is the case with this vision of Thor. Although we got a detailed view of the infinity stones and what dangers they house, we get no further explanation.
The entire scene has nothing to do with the larger narrative of the movie. It only exists to push the packet of Infinity War, which is fine for the MCU but disastrous for Age Of Ultron. Now thanks to Reddit and CBR we may have found new meaning in this vision of Thor. These important detail of the visions is the things that have not already happened. The water of sights is said to house the essence of all nine realms and it shows the larger picture, quite literally. The extinction event showcased in the vision is not the same one that takes place in Infinity War or Endgame.
Rather it has to do with some kind of explosion. The Reddit user believes that this has to do with the emergence in Eternals. He may be correct but I think that the MCU has just replaced one Mcguffin for another. The real question is whether they showcased both of them in this single vision of Thor. It is possible that Kevin Feige saw beyond the Infinity Saga. Such foresight is only natural when one manages such a huge media franchise. But is there really a hidden meaning in the vision of Thor.
The emergence likely refers to the return of the deviants and not anything else. It is not the style of the MCU to make an origin movie centered around the series arc. They like to focus on character development. In Eternals, they have a bunch of characters that they must introduce and develop within the same movie. The three-act structure with an overcrowded star cast will not leave much room for developing Phase IV. But MCU may give us an after-credits scene connecting the emergence to the vision of Thor.
We cannot know what will happen, we can only speculate. This kind of speculation can seldom work but it is exhilarating when it does. What do you think of our analysis? Does it make sense? Or is it just too far-fetched? Maybe it is too complicated? Does it seem rather vague? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and keep watching this space for everything Marvel, DC, and Hollywood. Excelsior!!