The Ending Of Avengers Infinity War Explained

Whoa. You've just come out of Avengers: Infinity
War. You've cheered at all the fights. Laughed at all the jokes. You've been shaken, speechless and sobbing. You've made an appointment for therapy for
tomorrow. Don't worry…we're all right there with you. There's only one cure for the post-Infinity
War blues, and that's diving straight into the ending and trying to figure out what the
hell just happened, and what the hell is going to happen next. Strap in, put your helmet on, and prepare
your haunches, people. Here's the ending of Avengers: Infinity War
explained. And of course, gigantic, earth-shattering
spoilers ahead. Last chance to turn back… So…what just happened? Thanos won! Can you believe it? The bad guy beat the good guys and it's totally
mind-blowing because that kinda never happens! But it did this time, and it was just about
perfect. Thanos managed to assemble all six of the
Infinity Stones, sacrificing his own adopted daughter in the process, snapped his fingers,
and poof. Game over, man. Of course, fans of the comics and MCU-followers
probably knew going into the movie that there was a good chance Thanos would be victorious
before the final credits rolled. Longtime comic book readers have the image
of Thanos snapping his fingers with a fully powered Infinity Gauntlet on his hand burned
into their brains, so it only makes sense that one of the most iconic moments in all
of Marvel Comics history would show up in this film. On top of that, we all knew that Marvel would
be splitting the story into two movies, even if they later publicly reversed course on
that particular point. In the end, if you didn't know that Thanos
might pull out the W by the end of this movie, you haven't been paying close attention. Body count When it comes to writing about comic book
movies, it's pretty fun to try and predict who will live and who will die when the next
big flick hits the theaters. In fact, making these kinds of predictions
is basically how some YouTube channels go about building their whole business. wink wink But even still, no one could've quite predicted
just how many hugely important superheroic characters would go off to that big comic
book store in the sky by the end of Infinity War. For those keeping score at home, we lost Bucky,
Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Drax, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Mantis,
Groot, Nick Fury, and Maria Hill, and those are just the characters we saw dissolve after
Thanos pulled his big trick. It was a lot. And that's not even a complete list of all
the dead people. Right off the bat, Heimdall and Loki died
at Thanos's hands, while Gamora and Vision went down for the count as well. After ten years and 18 movies, the Marvel
Cinematic Universe built up a huge roster of memorable and important characters. While it goes without saying that the vast
majority of these dead people will not stay dead by the time the fourth Avengers movie
debuts, it's hard not to feel the loss of so many characters we've gotten to know over
the years. Where did Thanos talk to Gamora? Towards the end of the film, Thanos appeared
in an orangey, reddish place, and began talking with a version of Gamora who looked like a
child. We'd never seen that place before in the film…so
where was he? There's a more than decent chance that he
was inside the orange Soul Stone itself. Thanos sacrificed Gamora to obtain the Soul
Stone, and so it makes sense that she and the Stone would be connected somehow after
her death. And in the various comics concerning Thanos
and his quest for the Infinity Stones, the Soul Gem wound up playing host to a few characters
who died fighting Thanos, including Gamora. And with that in mind, it's entirely possible
that all our dead heroes may have had their souls transported to the Soul Stone as well. Doctor Strange's prescription for victory Early on, Doctor Strange told Iron Man that
if it came down to possibly saving him or protecting the Time Stone, he'd choose the
Stone. Then, around the midpoint of the film, Doctor
Strange used the Eye of Agamotto to explore over 14 million possible battles against Thanos,
looking for the path to victory. In all of those possible futures, he only
saw one where the good guys came out on top. It sure sounded dire. But when Thanos threatened to kill Iron Man
on Titan, Doctor Strange offered the Time Stone to save Tony Stark's life. When Iron Man called him out on it later,
he said it was "the only way." Say what? Well, it all makes sense if you think about
it. Doctor Strange has some experience using his
time powers to cheat his way out of some bad situations. "Dormmamu!' "Dormmamu, I've come to bargain!" "Dormmamu!' "Dormmamu!' "Dormmamu!' This time around, he took a peek at the script
for the next Avengers movie and realized that it was important that Iron Man live to the
end, important enough that he gave up the Time Stone to make sure it happens. And considering that Iron Man is the one who
kicked off this whole crazy Marvel Cinematic Universe in the first place, it only makes
sense that he'd be pretty necessary to finishing things off over a decade later. Nebula's revenge Among the movie's survivors was Thanos' least
favorite daughter, Nebula. She managed to make it to the end of the movie
despite being literally dissected earlier in the film. So why would a scrub like Nebula be alive
while so many fan-favorite characters got turned to dust? As with so many things, the answer lies in
the comics. In the Infinity Gauntlet comic book storyline,
Nebula spent a lot of time shambling around as a creepy zombie lady, a victim of Thanos'
power. But at one point in the story, Thanos was
distracted by an encounter with Eternity, a cosmic being that represented the universe
itself. That's when Nebula grabbed his fancy glove
for herself, and contributed to his eventual undoing. Don't be surprised if the MCU version of Nebula
winds up fulfilling a similar role in the next Avengers movie, too. Paging Captain Marvel… In the movie's one post-credits scene, we
saw the long-awaited return of Nick Fury and Maria Hill trying to get in touch with somebody. Given that we'd spent a full movie not seeing
Hawkeye shooting arrows at anybody, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that he was the
guy Fury was trying to reach. But as it turned out, he was actually trying
to get in touch with Captain Marvel. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe know
that Brie Larson is all set to debut as the MCU's first female-fronted superhero movie
in March, 2019, a couple months before the release of the next Avengers movie. Interestingly, Captain Marvel is supposedly
going to take place in the 1990s, meaning that the superhero who shows up to save the
day in the fourth Avengers will have already been established in some capacity for years. So where's she been for all the other super-shenanigans
over the last bunch of movies? About Hawkeye… We never did get a glimpse of Hawkeye after
all, meaning everyone's favorite archer is surely going to show up in the next Avengers
movie, right? He's a necessary part of the team! "The city is flying, we're fighting an army
of robots, and I have a bow and arrow. None of this makes sense." Okay, maybe he's not that necessary, but still,
every hero helps, right? Is his family okay in the aftermath of Thanos'
dirty deeds? Could he possibly be looking to…avenge them,
and everyone else on Earth, perhaps? "If we can't protect the earth, you can be
damn sure we'll avenge it." Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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