Spoiler Alert: This article contains major Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.
The closing moments of Avengers: Infinity War are highly dramatic and conclusive for various characters. However, it makes the audiences believe that there is a lot more to come, and there is a reason for that. The comic book series on which the final scenes are based had this big moment featured only in the very first issue.
Warning: We repeat once again that there are spoilers ahead and if you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War then this is where you must stop and move away.
Agreed that Avengers: Infinity War ended with the victory of Thanos who killed half of the Universe’s life. Top characters such as Spider-Man and Black Panther also crumbled to ash, and that is the biggest hint that things have to change. In fact, Infinity War had already suggested at least one possible solution when Thanos used the Time Stone to turn back the destruction of the Mind Stone by Scarlet Witch. There is no reason why someone else might not be able to undo the events of this film using the same Infinity Stone. However, that won’t’ be easy since Thanos has it along with all the other Infinity Stones.
Back in 1991, Marvel came out with the comic book series, The Infinity Gauntlet wherein Thanos killed half of all beings on page 28 of an issue containing 40 pages, and the next five issues were based on the universe’s response to that destruction and to see everything get back to normal (no wonder because many of the dead characters have solo movies under production).
True that the details are different between the comic books and the big screen, Infinity Gauntlet #1’s final pages might strike a chord with the audiences: Heroes deal with seeing people disappear right before their eyes and struck with confusion and panic as they get overwhelmed with helplessness and dread. Nick Fury is seen talking to his loyal female co-worker about how terrible it all appears (he didn’t die in the comic book). The comparison between this and the movie’s ending means that the film’s end is quite different from the comics.
It must be highlighted that the present MCU setup makes it obvious that the Avengers 4 can’t be the exact adaptation of the Infinity Gauntlet comic book because several of the comic book characters are not yet a part of the MCU such as Adam Warlock who is expected to debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.
Writer and Thanos creator Jim Starlin said that after Thanos got the Infinity Gauntlet in the comic book, the only thing that could hurt him was his overconfidence which allowed Nebula to steal the gauntlet from him at a moment when his spirit was away from his body due to his attainment of cosmic awareness. Nebula wastes no time in undoing everything that Thanos had done, reviving the dead and erasing the dreadful events from everyone’s memory, before losing the gauntlet herself. A brawl ensued, and Adam Warlock got hold of the gauntlet. He reset the Universe once again and turned Thanos into a farmer on a deserted alien planet, surprisingly calm despite having lost almost omnipotent powers.
We might see Avengers 4 take a different trajectory while repairing the damage done by Thanos, and the post-credits scene indicated that Brie Larson’s character Captain Marvel would be a part of Avengers 4. We wonder which one of the MCU heroes will dash for the gauntlet when everything is almost lost. Maybe an Iron-Man with a god complex and penchant to undertake crazy risks in the hope of great rewards.
You can check Avengers: Infinity War right away in theaters, and you need to wait for one full year to watch Avengers 4.