'Avengers 4' Theories: After That 'Infinity War' Ending, What's Next?

This article is about the ending in Avengers: Infinity War. We are discussing theories about Avengers 4 and getting right to the spoilers. If you have not seen the film, bookmark this page and return. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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Spoilers for the ending of 'Avengers: Infinity War' ahead. What happened and where the Avengers 4 story might go next. Is Thanos' defeat ahead? Marvel

Avengers 4 Theories: Where Infinity Wars Ended And The Next Film May Begin

Early in Avengers: Infinity War, Doctor Strange made it clear he would let Tony Stark and Peter Parker die before he gave his Time Stone to Thanos. Then he ends up doing the opposite. In order to save Tony's life, he calls the Time Stone from a hidden dimension and gifts it to Thanos. This tells us that Doctor Strange is aware of the future. While Star Lord and Tony Stark fought over whose Thanos-killing plan was best, Strange looked through millions of futures to try to find the one where the Avengers win. And that's what he found, just one future where the Avengers win. That means he likely knew Star Lord was going to get emotional with Thanos before Peter Parker almost ripped off his Infinity Gauntlet. Strange knew half the world had to die, including himself, all along. So this begs the question, is this present timeline where half of our heroes die the same future where the Avengers defeat Thanos?

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What Did Doctor Strange See In The Future?

That's the biggest question heading into Avengers 4 (unofficial title). It seems that it likely is, since Strange told Stark before he died, something to the effect of, "This is the only way" or "We're in the end game." It can't be a coincidence Strange waited until the last minute to give up the Time Stone so he knew for sure that Tony Stark's life would be spared. Stark must live because he has the capacity to figure out how to bring our heroes back and defeat Thanos once and for all.

Thanos is obsessive, and once he fulfills his vision of "saving the world," the big purple baddie plans to retire. He believes his mission is complete. This actually leaves him in a vulnerable position, and that might be why Strange knew the Avengers had a better chance of defeating Thanos after the used the Gauntlet to do his bidding instead of before. How will Avengers 4 bring back our fallen heroes and defeat Thanos? Here's a quickfire batch of unsubstantiated theories.

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'Avengers: Infinity War' arrives April 27. Marvel Studios

Theory #1: Soul Trades Ahead

The first observation that comes to mind is the fact that mostly only OG Avengers are left--Captain America, War Machine, Iron Man, Black Widow (read the full list of survivors here). One simple theory is that these heroes will trade their lives for the fallen heroes, who are stuck within the soul Soul Stone's dimension. Possibly using the Soul Stone's rules of one life for another, the OG Avengers will trade their lives for the new guys who turned into dust--Black Panther, Spider-Man, Groot, etc.

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'Avengers: Infinity War' arrives April 27. Marvel Studios

Theory #2: Doctor Strange Or Shuri Plans Ahead

Another theory is the heroes who vaporized are in a different dimension created by Doctor Strange. He viewed the future and did some sort of spell before he died. It's possible Ant-Man can access said dimension and save all the vaporized heroes when he returns for Avengers 4. Another theory, Shuri knew she wasn't going to be able to extract the Mind Stone from Vision in time, so instead, she collected all the data on the Infinity Stone in order to replicate it in the future. Perhaps she can manufacture a full Infinity Gauntlet of her own?

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'Avengers: Infinity War' arrives April 27. Marvel Studios

Theory #3: Thanos Is Sad

Yet another, what if Thanos has a crisis of conscience? Killing his own daughter to acquire the Soul Stone may take an unexpected emotional toll on him. He literally cried killing her. Maybe he will learn that love is stronger than being a God. What if he decides to use the Time Stone to go back and save her? That could give the remaining Avengers a window of opportunity.

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Will Thanos miss his daughter, Gamora? Marvel

Theory #4: Adam Warlock Or Captain Marvel To The Rescue

There's also the Adam Warlock theory. Teased in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 post credits, he and Nebula saved everyone in the comic book version of the Infinity Gauntlet storyline, why not in the movies? We also can't forget Captain Marvel's role in Avengers 4 (teased in the Infinity War post credits scene). She's basically like Marvel's Superman. While it took a dozen Avengers to give Thanos one scratch, she can take him on alone. While Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet looked damaged as he phased into another dimension, Captain Marvel may be the only hero strong enough to actually wear the Gauntlet if the Avengers were able to not only acquire it, but fix it.

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Captain Marvel makes her theatrical debut in March 2019. Marvel

Theory #5: Time Travel

And last but not least, the most basic theory is time-travel. Somehow, some way, Tony or Wong will figure out how to go back in time and save everyone. Though hopefully, Marvel can make it more interesting than the go-to "let's go back and change everything' trope we see all to often.

Looking for some more wild theories about Avengers 4? We'll add more as we think of them, and stay tuned for a special episode of our Cape Talk podcast on Monday.