At that point in time, even the first Avengers movie seemed like an impossible dream, one I’d hope would come into fruition, but a reality I never thought I’d see. Oh, how times have changed. With Avengers: Infinity War selling out all throughout the globe, it begs the question of “where do we go from here?” and with the second half of the story releasing this time next year, I’m here to try and answer that very question. So be warned, there’ll be Infinity War spoilers all throughout this article (check out my spoiler-free review here). And if you wish to go into the next film knowing absolutely nothing, it’s probably best to stop reading this article now.
If rumours are to be believed, the Untitled Avengers Sequel may be taking somewhat of a time jump. The sequel’s said to take place five years later, which would perfectly explain why set photos see Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man looking a little grey. But if this is true, it raises some serious questions. For instance, what have all the superheroes been up to? Did Cap (Chris Evans) and Iron Man ever meet up? Has Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) received the message Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) sent for her during the post credit scene? And if so, why has she taken so long to arrive? All serious questions, so take that five years later rumour with a grain of salt.
Yes, that’s right. With Avengers 4, I want these characters to travel back in time to stop Thanos before his reign of terror ever begun. Now, that’s a theory many have shared throughout the web, but let’s take it one step further. Let’s look at what time travel would mean for this storyline. First of all, the entire film surely won’t be an Avengers: Forever-inspired time travel fiasco because a) you can’t send fifteen or so superheroes back in time together, they would raise too many eyebrows. And b) how would Thanos come into it? Thanos is, as the post-credit title card insinuates, the big baddie for this final installment, and travelling to before his time would put him more in the background.
He’ll still be a threat. And if they fail to steal the time stone and instead get somebody else to invent a time travelling device, Thanos could just as easily take himself back in time to stop them from stopping him. Could we be seeing a Thanos vs. Avengers battle throughout time, with the two forces going head to head during the events of different Marvel movies? That would certainly be quite the spectacle. Or perhaps they only need to go back in time to collect one stone, and that stone would be the Space Stone inside the Tesseract. The modern Avengers would travel back to 2012 to collect it off Loki (Tom Hiddleston), fail, and then be forced to look at other pre-Thanos options.
However again, this faces the problem of a severe lack of Thanos. He has to play into the plot somehow, but Marvel could do a number of things. The mad titan could, as previously stated, battle throughout time. Or perhaps some of the Avengers could stay in the present to defeat him while Tony and Ant-Man travel back in time to prevent him from ever starting his quest. If they are going to confront Thanos again, he’s going to need to see the wrongs of his ways. With the Infinity Gauntlet seemingly moulded in his arm permanently now, and all six stones lodged inside, his power is limitless. But as we saw in the film’s closing moments, Thanos is starting to regret the decision he made.
How this all plays out is impossible to predict. Anything goes with this final installment and I’m as anxious as I am excited. With most of the actor’s contracts coming to a close, it begs the question of who will be left to lead the team in the Marvel films to come. In my eyes, the post-Infinity War roster will consist of Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Winter Soldier, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Wasp, Scarlet Witch and occasional appearances by the Guardians of the Galaxy (if they even return for another Avengers movie), including the return of Gamora who I highly doubt will remain dead for too long. This will see a lot of our current heroes either retiring, which I feel Thor could get away with easily, or dying, which I fear is the inevitable fate of Iron Man.
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