Before we begin, if you haven't seen Avengers: Infinity War yet, you may not want to read any further.
By the end of Avengers: Infinity War, a ton of characters were dead! Bucky, Groot, Black Panther, Star-Lord, Spider-Man, Gamora, Loki, Heimdall, Drax, Doctor Strange, Mantis, Falcon, Vision, and Scarlet Witch. By the end of the movie, we were pretty much left with the core Avengers team.
I'll be honest, I was shocked that Captain America and Iron Man lived! I thought for sure they were dead. This just goes to once again prove that Marvel is willing to take big risks and do the unexpected. Seriously! Who would have thought that Black Panther and Spider-Man would be killed off!? By the way, that Spider-Man death absolutely destroyed me. The was so damn sad.
Anyway, now that we've seen Avengers: Infinity War, it is a little easier to talk and speculate about what might happen in Avengers 4.
I've been seeing a lot of people saying that all the people who died in Infinity War aren't really dead. Some people have speculated that maybe they are now in another dimension. I don't believe that at all, I believe they are dead for real. Unless Doctor Strange put some kind of magic spell on the Time Stone before he so freely gave it to Thanos. I doubt that's the case, though.
Before Doctor Strange disintegrated into a cloud of dark ash, Tony Stark asked him why he gave Thanos the Stone so freely and Strange said something to the effect of, "It was the only way." What did he mean by that? Well, Strange did go forward in time to see a shit ton of different outcomes on how everything goes down and saw only one where they succeeded. Maybe the one outcome where they actually succeeded and beat Thanos was the one that involved Strange giving Thanos the Time Stone and letting Thanos destroy half the universe?
Well, it happened. Thanos destroyed half of the universe. So now what? I think that now that everyone knows what Thanos can do and see what he is capable of and what he has been planing, the only way that they can stop him is to stop him before he actually does it. I still think that time travel is going to play a big role in Avengers 4.
Time travel seems like the only way to fix everything and make it so that some of those dead characters don't die in the first place. We know that Spider-Man and the Guardians are coming back because there are sequels that have been announced for them... unless Marvel was lying about those sequels!
What if the Avengers find a way to travel back in time to collect or destroy the Infinity Stones in an effort to stop Thanos? I think that Ant-Man and The Wasp could help with this through the use of the Quantum Realm. They are going to be two of the main characters in Avengers 4. Joe Russo already said that there will be different heroes at the forefront of the story. Those characters will also obviously include Captain Marvel and Hawkeye. But, there are also the surviving heroes of Infinity War. It's just hard to tell how those other characters will be utilized.
As we saw in some previously leaked set photos, there was a scene being shot where a modern day Ant-Man is interacting with Captain America from the first Avengers film. What if we see the Battle of New York play out a lot differently? What if Ant-Man is able to talk them into going after Thanos at that moment when space and time is ripped open? Could we see some of the original core members from the first Avengers film sacrifice themselves in the past to save the future?
I'm obviously stuck on this time travel theory, but as I've said before, Marvel and the creative team have been doing the unexpected. A lot of people are expecting time travel so there's always the chance that they will do something completely surprising and different. But what could that be!? Even if the time travel element is a part of the story, it might just be small in comparison to what is really being planned. When all is said and done though, there will be some characters that don't survive that will stay dead forever. I just have no idea who those characters will be!
How do you think Avengers 4 will play out? How do you think Ant-Man, The Wasp, Captain Marvel, and Hawkeye will be utilized? How will the surviving members of the Avengers be used!? I have so many questions! I can't wait to see how the story continues!