While I know one of my partners in crime, Al, already made a list of bold predictions for Avengers: Infinity War, this was quite a while ago. This was way back when only the folks at Comic-Con got a glimpse of the very first trailer almost a year ago. More trailers have sprung up since then and, while they don’t really give that much details about the film (besides it looking like it’s going to be awesometacular), there’s now just a little bit more information about what might happen. With the final trailer already out, this looks like this is the best time to give my final predictions on what’s going to happen in Avengers: Infinity War.
While these may be just my best guesses about the upcoming film, there is still a chance that I might be oh so totally spot on with these predictions. So, a possible SPOILER ALERT is in order. My track record for these predictions may not be all that good, however. I got a lot of things wrong in my Justice League predictions list but I did get a couple of things right… in a roundabout sort of way. So, take that as you will.
Anyway, on with the bold predictions!
1. Loki betrays Thor in the opening moments of the film… but in an unwilling way at first
I’m not really sure if this can be called a “bold prediction” as, hey, this is Loki we’re talking about! It’s almost a cliche if you think about it. But I don’t think he’ll be doing it under his own free will. At least, initially anyway.
There are definitely more than just a few subtle hints that Loki will once again backstab his brother Thor in Avengers: Infinity War. In the new trailer, you see him alongside a group of aliens. Moviegoers unfamiliar with the comics might think they’re just some of the Asgardian survivors from Thor: Ragnarok. But longtime comic book readers (and people who attended the D23 Expo) know that these characters are actually part of Thanos’ Black Order.
Specifically, they are the Children of Thanos. While they aren’t his biological children, like Nebula and Gamora, they are still incredibly formidable aliens who have special abilities. One of them, Ebony Maw (he’s the one who was “torturing” Doctor Strange in the trailer), is a master manipulator. I predict he will be able to get into the mind of Loki early on in the film and extract from his mind that the God of Mischief has the Tesseract, AKA the Space Stone, in his possession.
That’s at the start anyway. But I’ll bet he’ll “wholeheartedly” join the Children of Thanos after seeing their power and under the threat of death soon afterwards. I mean, this is Loki we’re talking about, right?
2. The Soul Stone will be revealed to be somewhere in Wakanda
I didn’t put out a review for Black Panther because I thought it would be needless to do so. I like the film and I could’ve wrote about that but there were already so many positive reviews for it that I felt adding additional good feedback was unnecessary. There was one thing that may have caught some fans by surprise about Black Panther, though. Most people who have been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe were expecting the Soul Stone to be found in Wakanda. This was the last film to be released before Avengers: Infinity War, after all, and the Soul Stone is the only unaccounted for Infinity Stone. Yet, it didn’t appear in Black Panther.
Or did it?
In the comics, the Soul Gem has the power to control and manipulate any soul, living and dead. The Gem also is a gateway to a pocket universe called the Soulworld. Here, all souls live in peace and tranquility. I’m going to assume that its counterpart, the Soul Stone, will have the same abilities in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, in Black Panther, we actually see something like the manipulation of spirits when T’Challa goes through the ritual of meeting his ancestors. This certainly sounds like something the Soul Stone can do, doesn’t it?
I’m betting that the vibranium meteorite that crash landed in Wakanda long ago actually houses the Soul Stone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s just that the people of Wakanda haven’t been able to get to it yet. Even
Klaw Klaue makes an offhand comment that the country has barely scratched the surface of the meteorite. They will find out in the course of Avengers: Infinity War, however, and this is why you’ll see that big climatic battle that’s hinted in the trailers.
3. The final action scene will be split into two events happening at the same time
Let me go on a tangent here so I can better explain this.
In most Star Wars films, the closing minutes isn’t just one gigantic battle. The final act almost always consists of three battles happening at the same time. The best example would be Return of the Jedi where Han Solo, Leia, Chewbacca, the droids and the Ewoks try to shut down the shield generator on Endor. At the same time, the Rebel forces launch an attack on the Death Star to blow it up. And, while these two things are happening, we still have Luke Skywalker fighting with Darth Vader to get away from the Dark Side of the Force. I predict something like this will happen in Avengers: Infinity War.
If you look at the trailers, you’ve probably seen the big battle between the Avengers with the Wakanda army going against Thanos’ invading forces. Like everyone, I’m guessing this will be part of the climatic battle. But haven’t you noticed some guys and gals that are missing from them?
Inconspicuously missing during the Wakanda battle are Doctor Strange, Thor, Vision, Scarlett Witch and the Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m predicting they’re off doing something else while the Wakanda battle is going on. It’ll probably be something like busting into Thanos’ ship or defend Vision as he has the Mind Stone embedded in his forehead. Now, I’m not sure how the fight will go as there is a good chance Vision will get the Mind Stone ripped out of him by Corvus Glaive, Thanos’ right hand and leader of the Children of Thanos. But I think this is why they’re not part of the climactic battle.
Speaking of someone dying…
4. Captain America dies
Has anyone noticed that someone always has to die in an Avengers film? In the first film, it was Agent Coulson. Okay, he was “resurrected” in Agents of SHIELD but he did die. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Quicksilver met his untimely demise while protecting Hawkeye. So, it fits to reason that someone has to perish in Avengers: Infinity War as well. But this time, it won’t be some bit player; it will be Steve Rogers AKA Captain America.
It’s honestly going to be a toss-up between Captain America and Iron Man. In his set of predictions, Al thinks Tony Stark’s the one who’s going to bite the dust. His prediction does have merit and would make a whole lot of sense if he becomes the “Uncle Ben” to the current Spider-Man. He could also give his life to save Captain America and Bucky, the very people he went up against in Captain America: Civil War as a way to redeem himself in their eyes.
However, I see things differently. Captain America is the one who’s going to die and I have a couple of reasons why. First off, I think Captain America’s death would be more powerful catalyst than Iron Man’s. He would be more of a rallying cry for everyone as he’s more good-natured and likable. He even managed to stay friendly with Spider-Man in Civil War, someone he was fighting, just because they came from roughly the same neighborhood. His death would hit everyone really hard, much harder than Tony Stark’s. Second, I feel as if Captain America’s story arc is at its end. He’s acting like a nomad (hint, hint) and a rogue agent and is wanted by every government for breaking the Sokovia Accord… which is dumb since Spider-Man is a super-powered being and he’s not regulated by the Avengers… but I digress. There’s nothing really left for Steve Rogers to do anymore. Tony Stark still has his company and Pepper Pots to return to. Steve doesn’t.
But my biggest argument is that Captain America has died in the comics before.
He was eventually brought back to life like most comic book characters. But there was a good chunk of time when other people like Winter Soldier and Falcon took on the mantle of Captain America while Steve Rogers was recuperating from being six feet under. But who knows? Maybe they’ll do something shocking and kill off every hero like they did in Infinity Gauntlet. They won’t, of course, as this is a Disney film. But wouldn’t be a fantastic surprise if both Al and I a wrong and they just off everyone at the end of the film?
No? Just me then?
5. Thanos will be defeated by Gamora… kinda
Despite all of the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe teaming up against Thanos and his forces, I really don’t see how they can beat the Mad Titan. Even with just two Infinity Stones, Thanos would easily crush the Avengers. It looks like he already has the Space and Power Stones in his possession, which should be more than enough to take the Avengers down. So, how will the Avengers rally and save the day?
I’m not saying that the bad guy wins in the end. But Gamora will stop Thanos from killing half the population of the galaxy. What I think is going to happen is Doctor Strange, who has the Time Stone, will send adult Gamora back in time to the scene in the trailer where Thanos adopts a young Gamora.
Somehow, adult Gamora will convince Thanos to change his mind about destroying the Earth then. She won’t fight him but will try to appeal to him as a “father” instead. Amazingly, Thanos will relent because of this. This may just be a distraction for the rest of the Avengers to rally back or Thanos may be touched enough to actually spare the Avengers lives. Yes, this does sound like bad fanfiction and there is a huge part of me that’s hoping I’m wrong. But, hey, if they execute the scene incredibly well, this may be the best part of the film.
BONUS: Netflix cameos
Wouldn’t it be awesome if Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Iron Man and the Avengers have a chance encounter with Luke Cage and Jessica Jones during the initial invasion? It doesn’t have to be a pivotal scene where you actually see them use their powers. It could be just something like Spider-Man yelling at everyone to find someplace safe and then Jessica Jones yells out something like, “Don’t worry. I got this.”
I think it would be cool.
What are some of your predictions for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War? Let me know what they are in the comments below!