Avengers: Infinity War hit the theaters and as expected the movie is full of twists and turns replete with emotions. It has great action sequences, and fans get ample dose of their beloved heroes getting together to battle Thanos, who is out to grab the Infinity Stones.
Thanos eventually succeeds in his mission and uses the joint power of the six Infinity Stones to wipe out half of the universe’s beings. After Thor nearly defeats him, Thanos teleports to another realm where he comes across a younger version of his adopted daughter Gamora, and rues the fact that the mission has cost him “everything.” An admission that he made to a daughter that he sacrificed by throwing her down a cliff to get hold of the Soul Stone.
The last scene of the film, we see Thanos looking at a lush, green hillscape and sunset, with a smile on his face, happy at his belief of saving the galaxy. Initially, it seemed as if he was on a new planet, recuperating, but, everything suggests that it was the Soul World, the universe nestled inside the Soul Stone. This also turns out to be the ideal setting for Adam Warlock to enter the MCU.
Back in 1975, the Jim Starlin created,Strange Tales #179 was the first time that the Soul World was mentioned, before finally making an appearance in Warlock Vol. 2 #6 in 1983. It as revealed to be a pocket dimension inside the Soul Gem (before Stone, these crystals were called Gems) which served as a sort of purgatory for souls. High Evolutionary called it Soul Gem and Warlock used to confine his enemies’ souls inside it. With the passage of time, he established a connection with the Gem as well as with those living inside it.
Warlock has also exiled himself in the Soul World. It serves as a sanctuary for him where he can be alone to contemplate the fate of the universe and the role he plays in it. He also uses it as a haven for the warriors whom he found to be righteous, and who deserved rest in the afterlife. These included Pip the Troll and Gamora, two of his allies who supported him in his previous fights with Thanos, aimed to prevent the Mad Titan from getting hold of the Gems to complete his Gauntlet.
As far as Marvel Cinematic Universe is concerned, a lot of people believe that Thanos landed in the Soul World towards the end of Avengers: Infinity War because when he appeared to emerge from a mystical body of water, he went to talk to Gamora about the worth of his mission. There, they were surrounded by an orange color, matching the color of the Soul Stone that Thanos had. Considering the fact that he murdered Gamora to obtain the Stone, it would be logical that only that version of Gamora which he loved, his “little girl” to be accurate, is the one that exists in this world, and is the one that he talks to.
There is another hint provided by the lush green landscape that Thanos is looking at when Avengers: Infinity War ends. This land has a paradise kind of feel which is just like what we have seen in the Soul World of the comic books. The difference here is that instead of Warlock ruling it, Thanos is the ruler.
Since Warlock was partly introduced towards the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, things become a bit more complex. The movie’s director James Gunn had clarified that Warlock wouldn’t be featured in Avengers: Infinity War and the Russo Brothers confessed to having cut his role from the script they had. It has created a gap between him and the Infinity Stones, story-wise. This could also be a medium to let Warlock enter Avengers 4, just how the Russos reintroduced the Red Skull, but, Gunn has been sticking to his ground that the character will debut in the next Guardians of the Galaxy film.
Since Ayesha and the Sovereign shown to be the creators of Warlock, and with so much mystery surrounding it, Warlock’s creation might still be linked to the Soul Stone, and the statement Gunn made about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 doesn’t rule out changes or Warlock debuting in the post-credits scene of Avengers 4. Perhaps some of the material that Warlock and his cocoon was created from was removed from the planet where Soul Stone was housed, i.e., Volmir. That would also give him an opportunity to play a future role liberating confined souls.
It would be fantastic to see the animosity between Warlock and Thanos starting before MCU’s Phase Four starts, whether it comes to fruition or not. No matter what happens at the end of Avengers 4, there is no need to deny the existence of the Soul World. That would mean that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would be the movie when Warlock really enters the Soul World and explores it in detail, and also its occupants because there might not be a lot of people out of this world by the time Avengers 4 ends.
Gamora is probably there already, and now that Peter Quill, Drax, Mantis, and Groot also turned to ashes, nobody knows. Perhaps Warlock, Nebula and the new Guardians team members such as Quasar (mentioned previously by Gunn) and even the new Nova Corps members endeavor to revive lost heroes from the Soul World. No matter what, we have got a great setting to ensure that Warlock’s debut is an impactful one and a defining moment in the cosmic scheme of things in MCU.
The Joe and Anthony Russo directed Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, PomKlementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The movie is running in theaters now.