Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest ever MCU film until now. The film had really high stakes, and the heroes had to pay a huge cost for taking on the Mad Titan Thanos. He had his way and the movie ended on an absolute cliffhanger. A lot of characters died, but, one who was most likely to die, survived to live another day. According to the comic books, she is the one who would be instrumental in beating Thanos.
Yes, we are talking about Nebula. She went against her father’s wishes in Avengers: Infinity War, and we thought that Thanos would kill her or she would perish with billions of others after Thanos’ finger snap. But, Nebula survived. There is a reason why she is still alive. The comic books reveal the real reason. In the Infinity Gauntlet storyline, Nebula defeats Thanos and reverses all the actions of Thanos. Will the same be seen in the MCU? Will Nebula emerge as the real hero who would defeat Thanos in Avengers 4?
Avengers: Infinity War is based on the Jim Starlin created Infinity Gauntlet comic book series from 1991. However, upon a close examination, you will realize that the film is more identical to a prequel story of Infinity Gauntlet titled The Thanos Quest. This story saw Thanos go around the universe to hunt for the six Infinity Stones while Infinity Gauntlet had Thanos in possession of the Infinity Gauntlet while the heroes attempted stopping him. Nebula was a part of Infinity Gauntlet, although she was just an unimportant character until she snatched the Gauntlet from Thanos and became even more dangerous than the Mad Titan.
Nebula in the Infinity Gauntlet saga
In the Infinity Gauntlet arc, Nebula is first killed by Thanos and later revived as a burnt outer shell of her former self which Thanos enjoyed torturing. When Thanos is attacked, his attention gets diverted, and that’s when Nebula manages to snatch the Gauntlet from him to undo all that Thanos did using the Gauntlet. It was then that Adam Warlock, who was imprisoned in the Soul World, attacked Nebula through the Soul Stone and she is compelled to hand over the Gauntlet to him. This story arc shows Nebula as the real hero.
Will Nebula steal the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos in Avengers 4?
Although Nebula wasn’t turned into a half hot, half burned out a piece of ash in the film. Avengers: Infinity War revealed that Thanos tortured her and he has now killed Gamora which gives her all the more reason to hate Thanos now. It is to the advantage of the Avengers that she knows Thanos well and might have an idea where Thanos went at the end of Infinity War.
There is another thing which should worry us. Nebula is by nature an anti-hero, so after she grabs the Gauntlet, she might declare herself to be the ‘Omnipotent Nebula’ and go berserk with the power like it was in the comic books. In the comic books, Adam Warlock stopped Nebula. However, a few theorists believe that in the movie Gamora is trapped in the Soul World instead of Warlock. Therefore, it would be apt to see the power-crazy Nebula being stopped by the only person she truly cared for in the entire universe.