Marvel shared and quickly deleted a video highlighting the individual powers of the six Infinity Stones, that were united for the first time in Avengers: Infinity War and will likely play an important part in Avengers 4. The video, according to ComicBook.com, cut together moments from the movies to explain the powers of the stones.
In Infinity War, the villainous Thanos went on an epic quest to unite the stones and embed them in the Infinity Gauntlet, which makes the wearer the most powerful being on in the universe. Thanos uses the Gauntlet to ‘kill’ half the universe’s population at the end of the film, leaving the fate of half the Avengers in limbo.
The Space Stone allows the user to travel across dimensions, the Time Stone lets them see the past and the future, the Reality Stone lets them bend reality to their will, the Power Stone allows them to destroy anything, the Mind Stone lets them alter consciousness and the Soul Stone lets them control life and death itself.
It is commonly accepted that the plot of Avengers 4 will involve the surviving heroes travelling back in time and rescuing the dead Avengers. This theory was seemingly corroborated when pictures from the sets of the fourth Avengers film showed Iron Man, Captain America and others in a reprisal of a familiar scene.
The set pictures suggest that the surviving Avengers will return to a pivotal moment in their history, the Battle of New York from the first film, where Thanos first sent his armies to Earth. But besides seeing Ant-Man and the Wasp join the battle – they weren’t present the first time around – we also see Tony Stark in a SHIELD uniform, which he wasn’t wearing in the original battle. This has led fans to speculate if multiple versions of the characters exist in multiple dimensions, thereby ensuring that death isn’t cheated, just sidestepped.
A leaked unofficial plot synopsis for the film teased alternate realities. “A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it,” it said.
At the end of Infinity War, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange says that he has foreseen 14 million possibilities for how the battle with Thanos could play out. The Avengers could emerge victorious in only one eventuality. Fans have also assumed this to mean that the Reality Stone will play a key role in how the surviving Avengers can save those that have fallen.
Ant-Man and the Wasp actor Evangeline Lilly said in an interview that she was reminded of the TV series Lost – which she starred in for six seasons – when she read the script for Avengers 4. Lost frequently uses time travel and alternate dimensions.
Avengers 4 has been touted as a ‘significant conclusion’ to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. Disney chief Bob Iger recently said that he hopes for the series to continue with new characters.
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