So you’ve probably watched Infinity War by now, if you haven’t, I suggest you don’t read this as there are spoilers ahead (you’ve been warned). Ignoring the question everyone had when exiting the theatre – “What the hell did we just watch?” – there are others that have come to the forefront of what we really are trying to figure out where the franchise is going next. Here are our top 7 picks.
So before we get into those questions let’s talk about the Infinity Stones (not the fact that Marvel did a switcharoo with the colour).
The Infinity Stones are stones that were forged at the beginning of the universe from the six singularities. They are:
- The Power Stone (purple) probably seems like the most obvious, increased strength. But what many don’t know, is that when the Power Stone is placed in the Gauntlet with all of the other infinity stones, the stone increases the power of the other stones. We saw the strength of this stone in the first installment of Guardians of the Galaxy.
- The Reality Stone (red) has the power to control all matter, it can basically change reality around you (hence the name). We saw some of the possibilities of this stone’s power (in the form of the liquid Aether) in Thor: The Dark World when the dark elf Malekith wanted to turn all matter into dark matter.
- The Time Stone (green) is pretty self-explanatory, it can control time itself. Fast forward to see what happens in the future, turn back time to change an outcome, or as we saw in Doctor Strange create an infinite time loop, till you get a situation right.
- The Mind Stone (yellow) is another easy one, mind control. We see this in the first Avengers movie with Loki’s sceptre, where he gains the minds of Hawkeye and Eric Salvig. A very interesting turn of events when Vision is given the stone it gives him remarkable abilities, however not the power to control minds. Wanda Maximoff also receives her powers from the Mind Stone in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as a part of a volunteer program. She gains the abilities of chaos magic and reality warping which we saw in Age of Ultron, she could also read people’s minds and submerge them in a nightmare of their own fears.
- The Space Stone (blue) is again very simple, control over space itself as seen in Captain America: The First Avenger and in the first Avengers movie. Basically being able to bend space to create portals to other worlds.
- The Soul Stone (orange) is the only stone not yet seen before in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). There are hints in several of the movies but no actual sightings. This infinity stone gives the holder the ability to control souls, both living and dead. In the comic strips, it actually takes the souls of the holders’ victims and places them in an alternate place called The Soul World. Who knows when this stone will make its appearance.
So what questions came up while watching Avengers: Infinity War?
1) Why did the Children of Thanos feature so little in the film?
First things first, let’s not confuse Gamora and Nebula with these characters, they are the adoptive children of Thanos. The Children of Thanos are basically the lieutenants of Thanos (or cult if you base your opinion on what Ebony Maw said in the first confrontation in New York against Iron Man and Doctor Strange), they were previously known as either the Black Order or Cull Obsidian in the comic books. The common theory among Marvel fanatics is they are the predecessors to Thanos. Meaning they do all the dirty work and then Thanos comes in for the finishing blow. Let’s hope there’s a little more character development for them in the next Avengers movie.
2) What happened to Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Valkyrie?
Especially Valkyrie. At the end of Thor: Ragnarok we saw her boarding the Asgardian ship, but in Infinity War, she was noticeably absent from the piles of bodies on the ship in the opening scene. Joe Russo, co-director of Infinity War, has gone on record saying that she – along with half of the Asgardians on the ship – have survived.
There’s also been no sight of Hawkeye or Ant-Man. According to the Russo brothers, both of them were under house arrest.
So hopefully they will make an appearance in the next installment.
3) What’s going on with The Hulk?
We all know the classic line from the First Avengers after The Hulk tosses Loki around like a rag doll: “Puny God”. But what happened to him after his confrontation with Thanos on the Asgardian ship? He seems almost fearful.
That can’t be right, The HULK afraid?
It just isn’t right.
Hopefully, we’ll see a resurgence of the Hulk in the next installment. That is not a bash to Bruce Banner taking a hero role, it definitely brought a different comical element to the film that was thoroughly enjoyable.
4) Where did Thanos go in the “Orange” Sequence?
Once Thanos had all the Infinity Stones and was about to wipe out half the universe, he went…somewhere.
I have a pretty good idea where considering that a younger version of Gamora appears in this scene. Thanos sacrificed Gamora in order to obtain the Soul Stone, I have a feeling that he (Thanos) was transported within the Soul Stone, which is orange in colour. In the comics, the Soul Stone is slightly different than the other Infinity Stones in that it wields you, you don’t wield it.
I think the Soul Stone was communicating with Thanos and trying to divert him from his course of action.
Another theory is that because Gamora died to bring the Soul Stone into this plane, she is part of the Soul Stone, therefore, she was making a last attempt to stop Thanos from ultimately achieving his goal. I guess we won’t know until the next installment.
5) Where did Thanos get the Power Stone?
In the opening scene, we see that Thanos already has the Power Stone. We know that he gets the Space Stone from Loki who smuggled it onto the Asgardian ship fleeing from the collapsing Asgard, but how did he get the Power Stone?
If you watched the first installment of Guardians of the Galaxy you would know that after the Guardians saved the universe they entrusted the Power Stone to the Nova Corps for protection, so I think it’s safe to say that Thanos stole it from the Nova Corps shortly after the Guardians entrusted the stone to them.
6) What happened to the half of the Universe?
Thanos has now assembled all the Infinity Stones in the gauntlet and has snapped his fingers and half the universe – including some of the Avengers – dissolve into ash. The saddest point of the movie has come and cue the tears and sobbing for the loss of several key characters. But what really happened to them? Did the simply cease to exist? Have they been transported to another reality? We’re all wondering what happened, and I have a sneaky suspicion as to what happened.
If you follow the comics, the Soul Stone has a very interesting power to capture and hold souls the holder of the stone has targeted and transport them to a realm within the stone called The Soul World. This is what I think happened. They have been transported to the Soul World where they are currently trapped with the soul of Gamora who was sacrificed for the Soul Stone to come into Thanos’ possession. If this really did happen, we’ll have to wait and see.
7) Where is Captain Marvel and what has she been doing?
If you’re an avid Marvel fan and you’ve watched all the movies, you know to stay until the very end of the movie if you want to get a sneak peak into what’s going to happen next.
Usually, there are two scenes that greet you, a pre-credits or mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene. Infinity War opted for only a post-credit scene choosing to put the Avengers: Infinity War logo and making it slow turn to ash as the pre-credit scene. The post-credits scene just adds another kick to the gut as we see both Maria Hill and Nick Fury turn to ash. However, Nick Fury in all his badassery pushes a button on a pager-style device he managed to pull out of his pocket when he saw Agent Hill turn to ash. We all thought he might be trying to contact Agent Barton aka Hawkeye, but we are greeted with the symbol of Captain Marvel instead. We all know Marvel is working on a standalone Captain Marvel movie in which we see her in all her screen glory.
The movie is set to take place in the 90’s, if that is so then where is she and what has she been up to in the events leading up to Infinity War?
Where was she during the near-cataclysmic events of Avengers 1 and 2? We’re hoping they will address this in her movie or consequently the next installment of the Avengers which has yet to be given a title (apparently there already is a title but the directors are holding out till they feel enough fans have seen Infinity War).
All these questions and no answers. Here’s to another few months of pondering and nail-biting suspense as we wait to find out the answers to all these questions and more.