The 5 Best Avengers: Endgame Fan Theories

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We’re just one month away from Avengers: Endgame hitting the big screen, and nearly every fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a theory surrounding the film. In some cases, it’s just minor plot points. In others, it’s about how Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are going to defeat the Mad Titan Thanos. And, in some cases, it’s simply about which heroes will make it out of the 22nd Marvel Studios film alive.

Naturally, some theories are more tantalizing than others, so we here at Epicstream have scoured the depths of the Internet to find what we feel are the most fascinating and the most probable. So, with that in mind, here are the five best Avengers: Endgame fan theories:

  1. The Real Reason Doctor Strange Gave Thanos the Time Stone

    In Infinity War, Thanos had a far easier time apprehending some Infinity Stones than others. However, one stone that remained rather elusive for a good portion of the film was the Time Stone, aka the Eye of Agamotto, which was in the possession of Doctor Strange; that is until Strange handed it over to the Mad Titan in exchange for Tony Stark’s life. But what if there was a different reason Strange relinquished the stone? A user on Reddit posits that perhaps he gave the stone to Thanos because when he was visiting alternate versions of the future, he discovered the Decimation could only be achieved once. Therefore, by aiding Thanos in his mission, Strange made it so that the remaining heroes would no longer have to worry about the Infinity Gauntlet – just the Mad Titan himself.

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  2. The Importance of the Soul Stone

    Speaking of elusive Infinity Stones, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Soul Stone. After all, it’s the only stone that didn’t appear in any MCU films prior to Infinity War, at which point Thanos claimed it by sacrificing the one thing he truly loved: Gamora. As a Reddit user points out, though, it’s possible another sacrifice – perhaps one made by the surviving heroes – could cause the Soul Stone to change hands. If that’s the case, then it’s also possible the Avengers would be able to communicate with the souls of those claimed by the Decimation, much like Thanos was able to communicate with the spirit of Gamora. That would certainly prove useful, considering the knowledgeable and powerful Doctor Strange was among those lost in Infinity War.

  3. Time Loop

    In Doctor Strange, when we were first introduced to the Time Stone, we were also introduced to the concept of time loops. Basically, if someone without proper knowledge of the stone attempts to use it, it could result in “branches in time. Unstable dimensional openings. Spacial paradoxes... time loops!” That being said, it certainly didn’t appear as though Thanos took the initiative of familiarizing himself with the Time Stone before using it to turn back the clock and prevent Scarlet Witch from destroying the Mind Stone. One Redditor theorizes that, because of this oversight by the Mad Titan, should the Avengers kill him, it will trigger a time loop and bring them all back to the very moment he first used the Time Stone. As such, the Decimation will have been undone, and the heroes will have another opportunity to stop Thanos from snapping in the first place. Perhaps Thor could even go for the head this time.

  4. Scott Lang, Time Traveler

    As of right now, it’s all but certain Endgame will feature time travel in some capacity. The most intriguing theory surrounding this potential plot point, though, stems from the first trailer. As a Reddit user points out, in the final shot, when Scott Lang is attempting to access the Avengers compound, the screen Cap and Black Widow are staring at appears to contain the word “archive” and the year “1983.” Cap, of course, asks if it’s old footage, as Scott was believed to be dead when he was actually trapped in the Quantum Realm, but Natasha affirms that it’s “the front door.” Well, perhaps it is the front door of the Avengers compound, but it’s also 1983. After all, in Ant-Man, Hank Pym referred to the Avengers compound as “one of Howard Stark’s old storage facilities,” so it’s possible Scott is attempting to reach the Avengers while also unaware that he’s in the wrong year, likely as a result of a time vortex in the Quantum Realm. This could then set the stage for the heroes to use time travel to their advantage against Thanos later in the film.

  5. A Different Kind of Infinity Gauntlet

    One popular theory is that, in Endgame, the Avengers will use time travel to retrieve the Infinity Stones before Thanos can get his gauntleted hand on them. However, a far more captivating theory surfaced on Reddit that suggests it’s not the stones the Avengers are after, but rather the heroes associated with them. You see, a number of heroes in the MCU are intrinsically tied to the various Infinity Stones. Captain Marvel retrieved her powers through the Space Stone. Vision and Scarlet Witch both gained their abilities (and in Vision’s case, his sentience) from the Mind Stone. Star-Lord was able to wield the Power Stone. Thor, Loki and Jane Foster all came into contact with the Reality Stone. Doctor Strange was the protector and wielder of the Time Stone. And finally, Gamora turned out to be the key to Thanos unlocking the Soul Stone. That being said, instead of the Avengers traveling back in time to assemble their own Infinity Gauntlet, it stands to reason that they could assemble the fallen heroes who were actively tied to the Infinity Stones at different points in their lives.

    Of course, whether any of these theories pan out remains to be seen. Thankfully, though, we don’t have long to wait, because Avengers: Endgame arrives April 26.