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For a long time people have marveled at MCU films, after a little over ten years, the final installment of the Infinity Stones story arc is ending. Even before its release date or trailers, “Avengers: Infinity War” has created a lot of hype. This movie will be the climax in Marvel’s Infinity Stones story arc. Marvel Studios always knew that they wanted to make an Infinity Stones plot, but Marvel Studios weren’t quite sure if anybody would invest into that idea. The first onscreen Infinity Stone was disguised as the Tesseract (yes, that blue cube “Captain America: The First Avenger”). The first mention of the Infinity Stones was in Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” by the Collector.
“Before creation itself, there were six singularities. Then the universe exploded into existence, and the remnants of these systems were forged into concentrated ingots… Infinity Stones,” the Collector explained.
The known Infinity stones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) are the aforementioned Tesseract (space stone), Aether (reality stone), Orb (power stone), Vision (mind stone) and Doctor Strange’s Amulet (time stone).
If you were counting you may have noticed that those were only five stones. That’s where the Marvel comics come in handy. Since the sixth stone has not been shown in the movies yet, the comics are the most reliable source for discovering its location.
The sixth and final stone, the soul stone, is used in the comics to trap souls in other dimensions. This could be linked to Hela, the goddess of death, in some way.
The movie is expected to have a plot line connecting all the Marvel Studio films. The super heroes can be expected to assemble in order to find and protect each Infinity Stones, as shown by posters released with grouped super heroes with Infinity Stone-colored backgrounds.
Now comes the fun part. Thanos.
Thanos is known to be the biological father of Gamora and Nebula. He is also known to live in Sanctuary. He is a powerful being, as he is able to be in contact with multiple Infinity Stones (non-celestials cannot be in contact with any). He wants to “balance” the world, as said in the trailer. “Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe. But this does put a smile on my face.”
Thanos has been known to want balance in everything, even his children. When Nebula failed to best Gamora, she was replaced with a robotic part to make them balanced. Thanos, obviously, has always been obsessed with balance.
But what do students think about the new trailer? There have been many opinions.
Jef Adrinenisens (‘18) said, “I thought it was a little revealing . . . I think it showed a little too much.
When asked about the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, Alicia Patel (‘20) largely expressed a conflicting view, describing it as “Thrilling… very suspenseful.”
Many deaths can be expected from this new MCU movie. One simple way to figure out which characters die is by analyzing their respective actors’ contracts. Many people have done this. Spoilers were so common that Marvel specifically sent out a letter online, the hashtag #ThanosDemandsYourSilence against spoilers. For this article this will be ignored.
Many have made trailer remakes and several frame-by-frame analyses. Parting from those, this is what I speculate.
Obvious events from the trailer that can be seen are that Captain America fights Thanos, Vision gets the mind stone removed -from his forehead by what could be Loki’s staff and Vision learns to change form.
If Thanos collects the mind stone, one weakness he would have would be the Scarlet Witch, as she is able to manipulate it.
Doctor Strange will likely have to protect the time stone.
Loki will have the Tesseract (as seen in Thor: Ragnarok), and will likely have to choose between giving it to Thanos and keeping it from him.
Many important choices will have to be made by the directors to meet the standards that have been set, no doubt. Hopefully, they will.