Avengers: Infinity War's Surprise Ending Should Have Been No Surprise
Like most of you reading this, I was quite shocked at the ending of Avengers: Infinity War. Not just that they included the finger snap, but who turned to ash as a result.
I went into the movie expecting at least one of the original Avengers to bite the dust. And while I thought it possible that there could be uncertainty surrounding the fates of the newer heroes, I didn’t expect to see them disappear as clearly as they did.
Obviously, most, if not all, of those who vanished from the finger snap will be returning; that’s not really the question. The bigger question is, how? By what means? The Russos have said that the deaths will not be reversed. I think they’re playing with words as they did by saying Hawkeye was on a special mission during the movie. Yeah, a mission not to be in it!
The Russos’ statement tells me that those who turned to dust are not actually dead. Rather, they may have become trapped within the soul stone. When they say the deaths won’t be undone, they’re probably talking about those who died pre-snap because those are the only ones who actually died (Heimdall, Loki, Gamora, Vision).
But getting back to my original premise; it should have been obvious all along that our original Avengers were all going to survive to fight another day. Avengers 4, currently untitled and coming out next year, will see the original team fight to undo the damage done by Thanos and bring back their fallen friends (and half the universe).
Since it’s expected to be the swan song of the original Avengers team, it’s fitting that the original six will be the ones who have to band together again and save the rest. The final battle in Avengers 4 is where some will fall. Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are certain to suffer from survivor’s remorse, as they’re the focus at their respective battlegrounds after their comrades are gone.
There’s no question that Spider-Man, Black Panther and Star-Lord will be returning (they were the most surprising deaths to me). As for Doctor Strange, I wasn’t as surprised that he was a victim. Marvel has avoided confirming Doctor Strange sequel, so while I always believed that movie would happen, I thought they were setting us up to remain in limbo as to whether or not he survived. His sequel probably won’t be confirmed until after Avengers 4, though director Scott Derrickson has all but unofficially confirmed not only the sequel, but also Nightmare as the villain.
We all should have anticipated that phase 4 of the MCU will be brought to an end by those who ushered it in. We assume they save the universe. How?
It will be a very long year.