Avengers: Infinity War saw Thanos take down most of our Marvel superheroes once he snapped his fingers. But most of the ones we expected to die in Infinity War are still around. Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow all made it through Infinity War unscathed.
But Gamora was thrown off a cliff. Vision had the Soul Stone ripped from his forehead. And then half of the heroes disintegrated into ashes, including Scarlet Witch, Star-Lord, Drax, Groot, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Falcon, and Black Panther. The movie ends with Thanos smiling contentedly at a beautiful sunset- his goal accomplished.
Now we are waiting with baited breath to see what happens in Avengers 4 and how all the characters will be brought back to life.
Obviously, we won’t know for sure until next May when Avengers 4 opens in cinemas. But the first film was surprisingly faithful to the comic it was based on, The Infinity Gauntlet. In the comics, Thanos wipes out half of the Avengers before he’s eventually defeated and all those lost lives are restored.
The Infinity Gauntlet comic was written by Jim Starlin and drawn by George Perez and Ron Lim. The series ran for six issues through the summer and fall of 1991.
Thanos wants to kill half the universe with the help of the Infinity Gauntlet. The Avengers and Doctor Strange assemble to stop him. There’s even a moment when Captain America stands up to Thanos despite the fact that he has absolutely no chance of defeating him
There are some significant differences in the film version, though. In the Gauntlet comic, it is Silver Surfer who shows up to warn Dr. Strange that Thanos is coming, but since he belongs to Fox studios, that task fell on Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner. And in the comic book version, Thanos already has all the infinity stones. Within a few pages of the opening of issue #1, Thanos snaps his fingers and erases half of everything. The survivors later gather to try and stop Thanos, retrieve the Stones, and reverse the damage he’s caused.
The events of Infinity War film mirror the events of the first half of the Infinity Gauntlet comic book. In the second half of the comic; after killing the Avengers, Thanos defeats all the space Gods including Galactus and ascends into a higher plane of consciousness. But when he does so, he leaves his body unprotected and Nebula, who in the comic is his granddaughter, instead of his adopted daughter, snatches the Gauntlet from Thanos’ hand and claims its power for herself.
An angry Nebula transports Thanos into deep space, but he’s rescued by Strange and Adam. The heroes manage to get the Gauntlet back from Nebula by tricking her into restoring the universe to the way it was 24 hours earlier.
Anyway, just like that, everyone who died is alive and well again.
While we can’t guarantee that things will happen in the same way in Avengers 4, but it would make a lot of sense if they did. Nebula, played by Karen Gillan, was one of the few characters who survived Infinity War. She could wind up at Thanos’ home, get her hands on the Gauntlet, and bring everyone, including her reconciled sister Gamora, back to life).
The other character who will definitely play a final role in Avengers 4 is Tony Stark because he’s the first MCU hero and that makes for very nice symmetry with the end of Phase 3. Before he handed over the Time Stone, Dr. Strange used it to look for millions of possible futures. Of the 14 million possible outcomes Strange saw, only one outcome where the good guys won.
That outcome may or may not involve Nebula getting the Infinity Stones, but anyone who does get them, will use them to erase the previous 24 hours events and restore everyone to life the way Nebula does in the comics.