Today I will look at the guesses I made about “Infinity War” a couple of weeks ago and see how I did. This blog will contain SPOILERS! Lots and lots of SPOILERS! If you haven’t seen the movie this is not the blog for you.
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So I actually didn’t do very well with my predictions which surprised me a little. I am fairly well versed in the Marvel Universe and thought I would do better. Oh well.
My first prediction was spot on. Loki did, in fact, steal the Tesseract. It was the cause of the attack on the Asgardian refugee ship. I did not anticipate the fact that the attack would lead to Loki’s death and the genocide of the Asgardian race. Still, I’m calling that a correct prediction.
My second prediction was completely off. Adam Warlock was nowhere to be seen in the movie. The Soul Stone had nothing to do with him, the Sovereign, or anything even remotely mentioned in Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, if it had not been watched over by the Red Skull, it would have had no connection to any previous MCU movie. I can’t imagine a way I could have gotten this more wrong.
Finally, my third prediction was partially right. I was right that Vision would die, but the circumstances I guessed at were wrong. Rather than the battle for the Mind Stone starting the battle on Earth, it ended it. Vision’s death was the climactic moment that lead into the death of half of the people in the universe. I’m calling that prediction a tie. Correct in result, but completely wrong in implementation. My high school math teacher would have given me half credit for that so I am too.
Something I didn’t predict officially, but took as a given was that the Avengers would win. They would defeat or delay Thanos in his objectives. This would provide the impetus for the second Infinity War movie that would lead to his ultimate defeat. In that I was so very wrong. The good guys lost! I didn’t even know that was possible in a Marvel movie. Not only did the bad guy win, he remade the entire universe killing half of the population in the bargain. I’m not quite sure what to do with this. I know that there is another Infinity War movie. I know that there are other movies starring characters who are ‘dead’ that have been announced. But for the life of me, I have no idea how everyone is going to come back. Or, if I’m honest, IF they are all going to come back. Since movies have been announced for Black Panther, Spiderman, and Doctor Strange, and the Guardians, we can assume that the three title characters and at least a couple of the Guardians will be back. But I am skeptical that everyone will return and I actually have a couple good reasons for that.
First, I think that anyone who died outside the Infinity Gauntlet event is gone. While there might be some way to mitigate or undo Thanos’ big event, the people who died in the lead up to it are probably gone. Which leaves Loki, the Asgardians, Gamora, and Vision beyond the possibility of help.
Second, it is much easier to destroy than it is to create. Thanos can think, “Get rid of half of the being in the universe” and it will happen. Undoing that will require someone knowing who all was undone and recreating them. Imagine having to recreate a document with only half of it to work from. While we might be able to get most of it right, it would never be exactly the same. The only person who might be able to do that is Dr. Strange and he is sadly in need of restoration. No other character has the necessary scope to rebuild a universe. So while the casualties may be lower after the second movie, not everyone is going to make it.
So there you have it, my terrible prediction record for the first Infinity War and my fairly depressing first predictions for the next. It’s a good thing that “Ant-Man and the Wasp” looks like a comedy because we all surely need it.