SPOILER ALERT: If you have not seen Avengers: Infinity War, consider yourself warned. These predictions respond to major events that occur at the end of that film.
Avengers: Infinity War has finally been unleashed onto the world in a feat of total dominance and box office records, setting a new opening weekend record of $258 million, surpassing the previous mark of $247.9 million by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
A year from now, the final Avengers installment will wrap up this decade-long saga. More specifically, it’ll address the fallout of Infinity War‘s big cliffhanger: the shocking victory by Thanos to collect all six Infinity Stones and obliterate half the population of the universe, including a much larger-than-expected swath of major Marvel superheroes.
5 PREDICTIONS FOR AVENGERS 4
1. We’ll learn that Doctor Strange gave the Time Stone to Thanos by design, not out of a newfound sentiment towards Tony Stark (I mean come on). Remember Strange’s vision of 14 million possible alternate outcomes, of which only 1 led to defeating Thanos? He’ll reveal that the one shot began by him giving Thanos the Time Stone. (The bigger mystery that will need explaining is why Strange didn’t just tell them all that to begin with…other than, you know, for dramatic effect.) No doubt, too, that Captain Marvel – who’s emblem was teased on Fury’s pager in the very last post-credits shot of Infinity War – will have a part to play in this. Her origin movie, starring Brie Larson, comes out in March 2019, roughly two months before Avengers 4, all as a part of the collective MCU baton passing.
2. The title of Avengers 4 will be Avengers: Resurrection. The spoiler nature of that title would explain why they still haven’t announced it yet.
3. To that end: all of the “snap” deaths will be undone, with everyone being resurrected. Not only is this a very popular and already widespread theory but, honestly, it actually seemed self-evident even as everyone was being “dusted”.
4. Of the non-snap deaths, all will remain dead except for Gamora. After all, there’s a lucrative franchise that still needs her. (Of course, given that there’s a dimension where even Red Skull still exists, truly *anything* is possible and no death need be permanent.)
5. Captain America and Iron Man will both die. Not only that, but the film (and Marvel’s Phase 3) will end with a dual funeral honoring them both, together, that’s observed by the entire world. The arc of the division between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark that began in Captain America: Civil War will come full circle with this poetic closure of sacrificial reconciliation. Fans will weep. Marvel will print more money.
(Bonus prediction: we’ll learn from Marvel producer Kevin Feige and directors Anthony and Joe Russo that they first conceived of this emotional funeral sendoff way back when they began developing Civil War.)