Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America, Wakanda

We answer your Avengers: Infinity War questions

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May 1, 2018

You've seen Avengers: Infinity War. You have questions. We've got answers. And if you haven't yet seen the culmination of 10 years, 18 movies, and 25 villains paving the path to Thanos and his Infinity Gauntlet, what are you doing in this post!? There are MAJOR spoilers ahead. 

You've been warned. 

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR Avengers: Infinity War. 

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Where's Valkyrie?

Avengers: Infinity War seems to pick up shortly after Thor: Ragnarok. The Asgardian refugees are aboard their escape spaceship, seeking a new home after the complete destruction of their home planet. By the time this Avengers movie begins, they have already been attacked by Thanos. We miss the battle but witness the aftermath, seeing Heimdall and a slew of others wounded or slain. Notably, Valkyrie is not among them. So where is the ferocious female warrior known for kicking ass and chugging drinks?

Thor gives a hint later on when he recounts his losses to Rocket Raccoon, noting the deaths of Loki, Odin, Heimdall (who was apparently his "best friend"), and half of his people. Not all of the Asgardians fell to Thanos. Since we didn't see Valkyrie—or Korg and Meik, for that matter—it's safe to assume they were assigned to protect the rest of the Asgardians who escaped. Maybe Heimdall teleported them to safety before he was laid low. Either way, we have good reason to assume we'll see Valkyrie again.

Where did Peter Parker say he was headed on that bus?

"MOMA!" When Peter crashes into New York City-set heroics, he tells Tony he was on a field trip to the Museum of Modern Art, which is in midtown Manhattan. It's the home of such famous works as Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night, Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory, and Roy Lichtenstein's comic-book-inspired Drowning Girl

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Where's Hawkeye and Ant-Man?

Black Widow mentions each got "deals" following the Captain America: Civil War kerfuffle. So neither was on the run with Captain America and the other outcast Avengers. This means Hawkeye is probably back on his farm with his family, retired again (but not for long). And Ant-Man has returned with the Pyms, gearing up for the adventure of Ant-Man and The Wasp.

It makes sense neither got a call, as things moved pretty fast once Vision was attacked. Cap takes his crew (Black Widow, Falcon, Vision, and Scarlet Witch) to the Avengers base for help. When that swiftly proves insufficient, they race—with Rhodey and Banner—to Wakanda, and the big battle comes on fast. Cap's team's whole arc is maybe a day long, give or take time zones.

Are Thor's eyes a tribute to David Bowie?

The robo-eye Thor gets from Rocket gives the hunk god two different-colored eyes. Which is a feature most famously associated with the legendary glam rocker who reveled in singing about space and larger-than-life heroes. We have no hint this is an intentional allusion. But hey, you could count Thor as a Starman who came and met us and blew our minds. For what it's worth, we know Bowie exists in the MCU because Star-Lord plays tracks by this out-of-this-world talent in Guardians of the Galaxy Vols. 1 & 2.

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What's going on with Bruce Banner/The Hulk?

Facing off against Thanos, Hulk is trounced in a way he has never been before. He gets tossed around like some puny god! So Avengers: Infinity War would have you believe that the "performance issues" that Banner tells Tony Stark about are essentially the Hulk being scared to pieces to fight Thanos again. But from a storytelling level, it's clearly screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely pulling some punches to save some showdown spectacle for Avengers 4. Speaking of...

Why didn't they call Captain Marvel sooner?

In the post-credit scene, before he goes to pieces, Nick Fury hits a distress beacon that calls on Captain Marvel, a hero yet unknown to the MCU. Comic fans recognized her insignia on that pager, but if she's the hero the world needs, why wait to call her?

For one thing, Fury didn't realize how serious things had gotten. And we have no reason to think Captain America knows Captain Marvel exists. So he wouldn't call Fury about her. Beyond that, Fury might have reasons he wouldn't have called on her in past Avengers adventures. The answer to that won't likely come until Captain Marvel hits theaters next year. 

Where did Banner get those clothes?

When Banner crash-lands into Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, he's shirtless and a shambles. Yet minutes later, when he reunites with Tony, Banner has fresh clothes. And the rumpled, soft blazer looks like his style instead of the ornate regalia favored by Strange and Wong. So where'd he get them? My theory: Doctor Strange used a portal to allow Banner to reach into his closet back at Avengers HQ and pluck out something more comfortable than Hulk-shattered trousers. After all, magicians have always been good with quick changes.

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The big one: Are Black Panther, Spider-Man, Star-Lord and the rest really dead!?

Yes and no.

First off, the next two Marvel movies won't be impacted by that massively fatal finale. In the trailer for Scott asking Hope if she'd have joined in the fight if he'd asked, which suggests Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place after Captain America: Civil War. But considering Scott has no part in Infinity War, it's safe to assume his sequel takes place before its events. As for Captain Marvel, that's set in the '90s, well before any of the events of Avengers: Infinity War, and most of all the MCU moviesSo there'll be no foreseeable repercussions there. 

So they are all dead for now. But when the next Avengers movie hits in May of 2019, we'll definitely be getting Spider-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy back, because Marvel has already announced that a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will follow Avengers 4. Marvel didn't reboot Spider-Man just to kill him off. And Chris Pratt is already sharing how the third Guardians film will tie to the first two, so you know he and Drax, Mantis, Groot, and Gamora won't stay dead.

And come on. With the record-smashing success of Black Panther, there's no way Marvel will keep him dead! But how will they undo all this death? The answer lies in Infinity War. 

In the climax, Thanos turns back time to un-kill Vision and snatch the Mind Stone. Which means death is not permanent in this timeline, even if you've turned half the universe to dust. And don't forget what Doctor Strange said. There was only one version in 14 million where they beat Thanos. Considering Strange took his death peaceably while calling this "the end game," assume he knows this is that path. Granted, he could have explained all that, but Strange is a dick who's all about mystique, even at the end of the world as we know it.

What will the title of Avengers 4 be? 

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo have said that title is being withheld for now because it's a spoiler for Avengers: Infinity War. So, now that you've seen it, how about we speculate? Avengers: End Game? Avengers: Time Travel Loop Hole? Avengers: Captain Marvel Saves The Day? Share your guesses in comments.