Fan Theories: Civil War and the Infinity Gems

Posted: December 30, 2015 in Comic Book Study
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NOTE: This is just a fan theory. Nothing I discuss has been confirmed or denied. All opinions are my own. Spoilers will follow.

I mentioned earlier today that, should That Hashtag Show’s source be accurate about the death of Captain America, then it could set up a huge chunk of the plot for the first part of Infinity War. It seems like a bit of a long shot, but after thinking about it, I can’t help but find more and more potential evidence to support it. The idea is: using the Infinity Gauntlet, not only could Steve Rogers come back to life, but so could all of the MCU’s deceased villains. Essentially, Marvel fixes two big problems at once.

The first part of the theory formed when trying to come up with a way for Steve to survive the end of Civil War. Remember, Chris Evans (in a story for Esquire) stated the following about filming for Infinity War:

We start the Infinity War, I think, some time in the third quarter…Fall or winter of 2016. That’s going to be like nine months to shoot both movies back to back.

So just in case you weren’t keeping up with the actor’s contract length, he essentially spelled out that he’s coming back for Infinity War. Big deal though right? Everyone expected him to come back anyway. However, if we believe That Hashtag Show’s source, then we really only have one option if Steve Rogers is to both die at the end of his film, but live for the next Avengers film: the Infinity Gauntlet.

Remember, the Gauntlet can control reality itself. In the original story, it was even used to both kill and resurrect half the population of the universe. Why couldn’t the film’s version, somehow ending up in the hands of the heroes, bring Steve back to life?

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Image taken from comicbook.com

This is where I started thinking about how Marvel has been killing off nearly all of their villains since the MCU began, and how big a problem this was, and could eventually get even bigger for the future of the film series. The only really defined villain we have at the moment is Loki; none of the other villains (outside of the Netflix shows) have had a chance to grow as characters, to allow the audience a chance to get invested in them. Again, we turn to the Infinity Gauntlet for the answer.

What better way is there to give villains a second chance, to give audiences a better version of them, and to answer currently big questions about the MCU than to use one of the best deus ex machinas in comic book history? For example, where’s the Red Skull? At the end of The First Avenger, Skull grabbed the Tesseract and disappeared, leading to a large amount of fan speculation that he’s still alive on an alien world. Use the Infinity Gauntlet, and boom, he’s back. The camera cuts from Ultron “dying” at the end of Age of Ultron, despite Vision stating he doesn’t want to kill him? Ultron’s consciousness returned to the Mind Gem and comes back in a physical body during Infinity War.

This sort of starts to tie in with the current theory on Tony Stark’s Scarlet Witch vision, in that he’s actually seeing a vision of the future, not a weird nightmare in the present. Remember, Joss Whedon already mentioned that there would be multiple villains in the Infinity War movies.

The idea is, Thanos (having grown bored by easily defeating the Avengers when they first invade his base of operations) tests his newfound god-like powers with the Infinity Gauntlet, bringing back the dead/missing villains and having them fight the Avengers instead. Of course, this means the heroes all die, leading to the Guardians of the Galaxy, Adam Warlock, and the rest of Earth’s heroes teaming up for the second part of Infinity War.

Could Captain America and the killed off villains return in Infinity War? Let me know in the comments below, or with a tweet through that widget on the left. Better yet, like the Comic Books vs The World Facebook page, and subscribe to the official Youtube channel to keep up with all the latest on Comic Books vs The World.

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