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We’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War, the culmination of 10 years and 18 Marvel movies. It’s massive, it’s epic, it’s all the thing you expected (and a few you didn’t – here’s our review). But you know that, because you’ve seen it too, right? If not, and you plan to, then stop reading! Because below be spoilers.
Here’s where we ponder the unanswered questions thrown up but the year’s mightiest movie.
SPOILER WARNING AGAIN, JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT.
1. Right. Where’s Valkyrie?
At the end of Thor: Ragnarok fan favourite Asgardian rogue Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) is with Thor, Hulk, Loki and the rest of the Asgardian refugees in space, when they’re intercepted by a massive ship. Infinity War shows the aftermath of that interception.
Most of the Asgardians are dead or dying at the hands of Thanos and the Black Order. We know what happens to Heimdall, we know what Loki, Hulk and Thor get up to. But we couldn’t spot Valkyrie anywhere and no one even mentions her. She was spotted on the set of Avengers 4, so we’re hoping she’s still alive and kicking.
2. What’s the deal with The Collector?
The scene where we see Thanos torturing Benicio del Toro’s Collector turns out to have been completely fabricated by Thanos, using one of the Infinity Stones to manipulate reality to test his adopted daughter Gamora.
So, in fact, the actual Collector is never in Infinity War at all. What happened to him, then? We know Thanos managed to get the reality stone from him (hence being able to mess with reality…) but it’s not clear whether Thanos killed him or just nicked his stone.
Could he be back? We have no idea.
3. What happened on Xandar?
When the Guardians are chatting they make an oblique reference to how Thanos ‘decimated Xandar’ to get the power stone. This is the planet that houses the headquarters of the Nova Corps.
What happened? Is everyone dead? Judging by the carnage on Nidavellir, there’s every chance the planet was left in ruins. We might get a glimpse of what went down in Avengers 4.
4. Is Vision definitely dead?
After all that fuss in Wakanda, the Mind Stone was plucked from Vision’s forehead. All the colour bled out of him and he lay there looking very much dead. Yet in one comics story Vision was killed and resurrected. He returned in a colourless white form, lacking all of his hard-won human emotions.
Could a similar event be lurking in his MCU future? Shuri was some way into her operation, so she might have a way of saving him.
5. What does Captain Marvel have to do with all this?
As you will know, now you’ve seen Infinity War you will know Captain Marvel does not appear in Avengers: Infinity War. Or not in person at least. But in the post credits sequence we do see Nick Fury sending out a code red alert to a someone with the Captain Marvel insignia.
We know that Carol Danvers is the first superhero Fury meets, and her standalone movie will be set in the ’90s, so this is just further confirmation that Nick knows her already. But why does he only get round to tapping her up now (and not during the battle of New York for example)?
We’re sure we’ll find out in Captain Marvel and we’re looking forward to her popping up in Avengers 4 – perhaps to save the day?
6. Why can’t Hulk hulk?
At the end of Thor: Ragnarok Bruce Banner is afraid that if he goes Hulk he won’t be able to become human again, after having been trapped as gladiator Hulk for several years for The Grandmaster.
He does it anyway, though, to defeat Hela’s giant wolf Fenris and save his friends. But in Infinity War Hulk crash-lands back on earth and becomes Banner again and when he tries deliberately to hulk out he can’t – the green guy says no.
So is Banner basically cured, then? Can he give up Avenging and just go back to being a scientist, able to get angry any time he wants? We suspect not…
7. Where’s Hawkeye and is he coming back?
In Infinity War we don’t get a glimpse of that bow and arrow guy (Jeremy Renner). Instead it’s explained that he and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) couldn’t cope with being fugitives (after the end of Civil War) and instead took a deal – they’re both under house arrest.
We very much expecting to see Hawkeye in Avengers 4, assuming he wasn’t one of the people who got Thanos-ed. Rather, we imagine his arc might well see his family affected by the widespread Thanos-ing, which would provoke his return to the fold.
8. What does the Soul Stone actually do?
Thanos paid the “ultimate price” to get his hands on one of the Infinity Stones, the Soul Stone, but what’s its purpose other than bringing some orange panache to his Infinity Gauntlet?
The Space Stone teleports, the Reality Stone alters stuff, the Time Stone controls time, the Power Stone shoots out purple blasts, and the Mind Stone is acquired too late in the movie to have its own abilities.
In the comics, the Soul Stone controls Souls and contains a dimension where they reside. Could it have some connection to the vision of Thanos meeting the young Gamora again near the end of the movie?
9. Will Thanos be back?
The film ends with Thanos finally completing his mission to kill half the life in the universe. That done, he fulfils his promising of going off to watch the sunset and contemplate a job well done.
So will we see any more of him? It seemed to imply that his job is done, and his gauntlet was all mashed up too. But can our surviving heroes possibly be content to leave him undefeated? Nah, not likely, is it?
Avengers: Infinity War is out now in the UK and will be released on April 27 in the US. Book tickets now.
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