If you have been following the evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the past decade, you must have come up with theories of your own after watching “Avengers: Infinity War”. With each rewatch of the movie uncovering new aspects, hardcore fans are still theorizing new possibilities while eagerly awaiting the release of the Avengers 4 trailer. Though several such Avengers 4 theories sound crazy, few others may relate to the plot of the next film while also justifying events of the current movie. We have compiled 10 Avengers Infinity War theories that might actually be true. But before you read any further, don’t, if you haven’t yet watched the movie!
10. Quill Saved Everyone
Thanos may be the ultimate villain, but he isn’t a fan of killing. He did kill half the universe by turning them to dust, but in his defense, that was just his holy calling (yeah, right!). The events of Infinity War prove this point. With the Black Order serving as his loyal assassins, Thanos never had to dirty his own hands in blood. Not unless necessary, of course.
Every character Thanos has killed off has served a purpose in the grand scheme of things. He killed Loki because the God of Mischief tried to trick him. He killed Heimdall because Heimdall transported Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo) to Earth. He killed Gamora because of the Soul Stone. He killed Vision because of the Mind Stone.
He even had a chance to kill Hulk, Spiderman, Star Lord, Mantis, Drax, and several others…but didn’t. The Mad Titan’s idea of power doesn’t reside in killing his opponents, but in rendering them helpless. Because once they believe they have lost, what’s the point in killing them anyway?
Keeping this in mind, Quill’s behavior – that annihilated the Avengers’ plan of separating the Gauntlet from Thanos and sparked agitation among the viewers – may have saved the others from being brutally killed. With the Gauntlet off his hand, Thanos would have a reason to go after them, and even with just his sheer force, we know for a fact how that would have turned out for the team. You may now officially consider forgiving Quill. No pressure though!
9. Destroying the Infinity Stones is Suicide
This theory makes a simple assumption: Infinity Stones cannot be destroyed. True, Scarlet Witch did destroy the Mind Stone, and Vision with it, but that event was reversed by Thanos – thanks to Doctor Strange and his timely exchange of the Time Stone for Stark’s life.
Destroying an Infinity Stone halts the course of the universe – a fact that Strange was probably made aware of after his exploration into future possibilities. He made sure that Thanos had the Time Stone before going after the Mind Stone since all the Avengers’ plans included keeping either of the two Stones away from his grasp by whatever means necessary.
The dreadful snap did balance the universe but destroying the Stones may have doomed it forever. Strange’s plan was thus more intricate than we imagined, but more on that later!
8. Loki’s the Clever One
The internet has been swarming with theories over Loki’s death since it did not do justice to his ever-evolving character.
In all the movies, Loki has been right-handed, but he uses his left hand to stab Thanos in Infinity War. He has only used his left hand on-screen once before when he faked his death in “Thor: The Dark World” using an illusion. Coincidence? We think not!
Though, if Loki is indeed dead, as per Asgardian principles, he will be headed to Valhalla or Hel (probably Hel). Actors playing Thor, Valkyrie, and Hela, and a life-sized model of Rocket have been witnessed together on a set at Durham Cathedral, which was also the set location for when Thor had his prophetic visions back in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. This leads to another theory that Loki may be rescued (read: resurrected) by his brother, using that cave to reach Hel.
Avengers 4 set photographs do feature Loki with Thor and Stark, but many believe that’s a flashback to the battle of New York in “The Avengers”, which ultimately means that the present-day Loki may never come back (*sobs*). And yet, we are still hoping to see more of (our) Loki in the next movie!
7. Mind Stone has a Mind of its Own
A trip down Avengers: Age of Ultron reveals that the Mind Stone has a brain-like structure with neurons firing, leading to the belief that it can think for itself. The theory suggests that the Mind Stone has been thwarting the Mad Titan’s genocidal plan all along.
When in possession of Thanos, the Mind Stone learned of his intentions and found its way to the Avengers through Loki. It was behind Witch’s and Quicksilver’s powers. It used Scarlet Witch to implant the nightmarish visions in the Avengers’ heads. It took a physical form through Vision, introducing itself to the Avengers as being “on the side of life”, and has been warning Vision of Thanos throughout the course of the movie.
Apart from leaving a trail of heroes in its wake, the Stone also resisted the snap, which is probably why the Gauntlet looked damaged afterward. The Stone may also have protected the original Avengers from the dispassionate balancing act, otherwise the fact that all the top-notch members survived may be a bit of a stretch.
6. Back from the Future
Another theory tries to explain the damage to the Gauntlet after the snap, suggesting that the Time Stone in the Gauntlet is from the future. Before we get into a frenzy, let’s straighten it all out.
Strange had already set his moral compass when he refused to save anyone if it meant giving up the Time Stone. He had also gone through 14 million possibilities, of which the only one ended in their favor.
Strange then sent the Time Stone to the “future” where it was used to defeat Thanos (in Avengers 4 timeline). With Thanos about to strike the final blow to Iron Man, Strange offered a glowing (read: in use) Time Stone (back from the future) to the Mad Titan, in exchange for the savior’s life.
Thus, the Gauntlet had a Time Stone from a timeline where the Avengers had already won. After the snap, the Gauntlet burns out and the Time Stone is transported back to Titan (to Tony) where Strange had sent it (to his “future”).
This completes the complicated and sophisticated time-loop that would honestly be quite cool to watch if it weren’t so difficult to understand. The theory, however, places a great deal of burden on Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr) as Earth’s savior, considering that Strange is still…dust.
5. Soul World Houses Half the Universe
After Thanos snapped his fingers, half the universe’s population ceased to exist, and though that is the basic definition of dying, we hardly believe that to be the case. If you don’t agree, answer me this: how come Bucky’s prosthetic arm “died” with him too? Best guess, they all disappeared from our reality and were transported to another – into the Soul World.
Even with 20 movies that explore how each stone works, we are at a loss when it comes to the Soul Stone. There may be a possibility that the Soul Stone’s power was to directly help balance the universe, by shifting half of its population in its own world, like it has (supposedly) done with Gamora after she was sacrificed.
Regardless, the theory suggests that our disappeared heroes may be alive in the Soul Stone and can be rescued, or if they are well enough, they can make a comeback on their own!
4. Gamora is Lady Death
Thanos is the most humane (if you can believe it) of all villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with twisted logic and strong emotions guiding his life. In the comics, Thanos kills half of everyone to please Lady Death. And though the movies haven’t referred to Death as an actual person yet, there is a possibility that Gamora fits that role.
In the comics, even after completing his mission, Thanos faced rejection from Lady Death. In the Infinity War movie, we see Thanos interact with a younger version of Gamora (in the Soul World) who we assume isn’t much happy with her father’s life choices (with her being sacrificed and all).
Considering the love Thanos has for his adopted daughter (don’t even get me started on that), it is possible that when baby Gamora rejects his actions, the Big Bad may turn good, and undo the damage himself. After all, Marvel does have a history of turning villains into good guys (and we’re talking about Loki again).
3. Save Gamora – Save the Universe
The Soul Stone holds a special place among all Infinity Stones and may as well be the most powerful one too. Since it has a certain wisdom and demands a great deal from its owner, its power cannot be snatched. This is in line with the assumption that Thanos is unstoppable because he has the Soul Stone in his possession.
Thus, to reverse the effects of the snap, Thanos needs to give up the Soul Stone willingly. He needs to wallow in guilt, regret his actions, and undo them himself – saving Gamora and negating the original sacrifice.
This is where Nebula comes into play, along with baby Gamora trapped in the Soul World. And if the two sisters can’t fix this, there is always Stark’s B.A.R.F. (Binary Augmented Retro-Framing) device that he introduced in Captain America: Civil War to revisit old memories of his parents.
2. Strange is Playing the Long Game
Doctor Strange has been the most important character in Infinity War. Going over millions of future possibilities granted him the wisdom to plan the Avengers’ win. His intricate plan has been in the works all along, evident by his last words to Stark,
“There was no other way”.
He did not stop Quill’s breakdown during the battle on Titan. He saved Stark by giving up the Time Stone which he had promised not to do so. He made sure Ant-Man was in the Quantum Realm when the snap happened. He even let half of the universe die because he knew that event would ultimately lead the way to victory – and that must be through time travel.
In this regard, several theories revolve around the Time Stone, one of which has already been discussed in this article. Another theory deals with the Quantum Realm, introduced in Ant-Man & the Wasp, where Scott is now stuck. With time vortexes serving as an unbreachable prison and a community where Jane Pym survived all these years, there is bound to be some sort of time manipulation involved.
As per Spiderman actor Tom Holland, Strange has a lot of Quantum Realm dialog in the next movie, leading to the belief that Ant-Man and Doctor Strange may work together on making those time vortexes work. This also raises the question of whether Strange is still alive – since he has been able to view futures beyond his apparent death – or if he visited Lang during his exploration of the alternate timelines.
1. Captain Marvel
With half of the universe eliminated, and a distress call headed straight for Captain Marvel – it’s safe to say that she’ll be teaming up with the Avengers. Carol Danvers is currently assumed to be out in deep space on a mission since the 1990s – the time around which her solo movie is set.
Captain Marvel is theorized to have a connection to the Infinity Stones since the Soul Stone was hidden on a planet in Kree space (Vormir) with a map leading to it. This gives rise to the possibility that it was Captain Marvel who hid it during the Kree-Skrull war or may be inherited the map from another Kree warrior.
Her indirect connection to Thanos may also be explored in the movie since her mentor (Mar-vell) fought against him. Several Infinity War 2 theories also relate her to Cull Obsidian, a member of the Titan’s Black Order, due to his piece of fabric that matches Carol’s costume. It can also be expected that being the most powerful superhero, Captain Marvel might wield the Infinity Gauntlet against Thanos.
These were the few mind-blowing theories regarding Infinity War that we believe have a solid chance of being true! Which one was your favorite? Do you have any theories that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!