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Avengers 4: A deep dive into the speculation surrounding the Marvel blockbuster

Although Avengers: Infinity War has not reached cinemas, speculators are already talking about the as-yet untitled follow-up which has already filmed. 

And while the directors – the Russo Brothers – have remained tight-lipped about the blockbuster (concentrating on Infinity War), there’s enough information available to get online publications chatting about what may come. 

So, what’s everyone saying about Avengers 4? Let’s take a deep dive into where the sequel could go, including some possible spoilers and lots (and lots) of guess work.

First off, we need to know how Infinity War finishes. Considering Marvel are doing everything in their power to prevent the ending being spoiled (not showing the movie to press before interviews etc.), most fans have concluded that at least one of the main heroes will die (the smart money being on either Captain America or Iron Man perishing). 

There are therefore two realistic endings for Infinity War: either Thanos will defeat the Avengers outright, making for a brutal finale. Or the Avengers will just about beat Thanos, but not defeat the Mad King properly – the Avengers can’t win outright, otherwise what would happen in Avengers 4

Should Thanos defeat the Avengers, the second Avengers film will presumably see the remaining superheroes trying to come up with a plan to defeat the villain properly during the next one. Should Thanos not outright defeat the Avengers, the heroes will likely spend the next movie trying to find a way to beat Thanos outright. Either way, we’re looking at the Avengers needing to put a final stop to Josh Brolin’s purple faced character. 

That leaves us asking: how will the Avengers defeat Thanos once and for all during Avengers 4? Well, the prevailing theory currently regards time travel.

Ok, let’s hold up here for a minute. Why time travel? Why not the Avengers flying into space with the Guardians of the Galaxy and visiting some omnipotent being with powers equal to Thanos? Or coming up with some heist to get the Infinity Stones back?

Those are still possibilities (ones I’ve made up [Marvel, call me if you need a script writer]), but the evidence is all pointing towards time travel. 

Screen Rant has done an in-depth article titled ‘Avengers 4 Is Definitely A Time Travel Film’ citing numerous spoilery sources, the most obvious being set photos of multiple members of the Avengers dressed in their old costumes. These include Captain America in his “old-fashioned” costume, Thor with long hair, and Tony Stark wearing S.H.I.E.L.D. gear, despite them being defunct. There are also multiple characters who have died beforehand who have been reportedly spotted on the Avengers set. 

Then there are the movies between Infinity War and Avengers 4 that add greater weight to this theory. First up, we have Ant Man and the Wasp, which will see the duo attempt to traverse the quantum realm to find Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), AKA the wife of Hank Pym who was previously thought dead. The quantum realm has many implications, including the possible use of the Ant Man technology to travel back in time. 

Following Ant Man and The Wasp comes Captain Marvel, a movie that will introduce Brie Larson’s hero and will take place in the 80s. Reports have indicated various characters from other movies – such as Agent Coulson, Nick Fury, and Ronan the Accuser – will appear in the movie. That means Captain Marvel will not only act as a nice refresher to remind everyone of past characters. Plus, a quantum physicist who worked on Ant Man’s quantum realm and Doctor Strange’s multiverse has said he also worked Captain Marvel… although was not at liberty to say how. 

Where does this all leave us? Should Avengers 4 be a time-travelling movie, then we can likely see the Avengers revisit past events to decipher a way to beat Thanos, or perhaps warn their past selves about the impending threat. The most obvious way they can travel back would be using the Time Stone from Doctor Strange – however, considering Thanos likely has this, Ant Man and the Wasp could very well save the day. 

Adding heat to this theory comes recent reports that Pfeiffer, along with Michael Douglas, have been spotted on the set of Avengers 4. Chances are, the shrinking team – who, it should be noted, have not been present on the Infinity War marketing – will end up helping save the day with Captain Marvel. At least, that’s how the theory goes.

There’s only one reason for hesitance regarding the time-travel theory, and that’s because of select comments made by the Russos. “It’s interesting because photos always leak, and there’s lots of conjecture about what those photos mean,” one of the brothers previously said. 

“Certainly, there is a five-minute sequence in Civil War around a piece of technology that was laid in for a very specific reason. If you go back and look at that film, you may get a hint as to the direction.”

That piece of technology is almost certainly Binary Augmented Retro-Framing (BARF). For those who need a reminder, you can watch the introduction of BARF below. It’s basically a machine that allows people to augment their memories – could the Avengers be using this, rather than time travel, to discover the key to beating Thanos? 

Whatever the case, we will no doubt have a million more theories after watching Infinity War, which reaches cinemas 27 April. 

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