This article comes from Den of Geek UK. It contains MAJOR Avengers: Infinity War spoilers. We have a spoiler free review here if you prefer.
You’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War. You probably have questions. We will now attempt to answer them.
What the HELL just happened?!
Okay, remain calm, I SAID REMAIN CALM. STOP FREAKING OUT. OH MY GOD.
I mean, we all saw it: Thanos assembled the Infinity Stones, giving himself ultimate power over the cosmos, and he used that power to wipe out life on a literally universal scale. Half of everyone is dust.
And probably a few more on top of that, because if the pilot of your plane disintegrated mid-flight or your doctor suddenly looked more at home in an ashtray halfway through your life-saving operation, that’s on Thanos too. Let’s call it 55% of everyone dead, at a minimum.
Who’s dead by the end of the film that we actually care about!?
So. Loki and Heimdall were directly shown being killed in Thanos’ attack. Gamora was thrown off a cliff as a sacrifice to the Soul Stone. And Vision was killed when the Mind Stone was ripped out of his head by Thanos. The Collector may have been killed when Thanos took his stone, but there’s no hard evidence.
Of course, at the end of the movie lots of people then turned to dust. While frantically scribbling down names during that scene we caught Bucky, Groot, Ayo, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, Mantis, Drax, Star-Lord, Doctor Strange and Peter Parker. And in the post-credits scene, Nick Fury and Maria Hill.
Put it this way: we’re gonna need a smaller boat.
Who’s even left alive!?
Of those confirmed alive afterwards, the list includes: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk, War Machine, Rocket, M’Baku, Nebula, and Okoye. We can go ahead and confirm Captain Marvel, too.
Seen in the film but not shown disintegrating, these characters are possibly alive at the end, but also might not be: Shuri, Wong, Pepper Potts, Ganke, General Ross and Eitri.
And those potentially alive – but unconfirmed because we didn’t actually see them in the film at all – include Hawkeye, Ant-Man, The Wasp, Sif, Happy Hogan, Sharon Carter, Hank Pym, Jane Foster, Darcy Lewis, Professor Selvig, and Hank Pym.
We do know for sure that Hawkeye is alive and will play a major role in Avengers 4, though. More details on that here.
Is Gamora really dead?!
Sure looks that way, doesn’t it? But also… is anyone really dead here? One obvious out is that when Thanos snapped his fingers, he took a moment to commune with his apparent memory of Gamora, who asked in disbelief whether he had done as he promised. That’s an odd thing for his memory to ask.
It’s possible that’s the actual Gamora’s soul imprisoned in the Soul Stone the way Thanos loved her most: as his child.
Is Loki really dead?
He’s faked his death before, but in this case… well, we wouldn’t be surprised if this time it sticks. Of course, in Marvel’s comics the Asgardian gods are all about the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Loki may be dead – but last time Loki died in the comics he came back as a fresh-faced child affectionately known as Kid Loki. I wouldn’t be completely shocked to see that happen in the MCU now.
How are they going to make an Ant-Man movie now!?
Simple: six months after the end of this film everyone has completely readjusted to what just happened, and it’s time for some wacky Ant-Man adventures.
More seriously, Ant-Man & The Wasp is probably going to take place before Avengers: Infinity War. Don’t be surprised if the end of Ant-Man 2 involves Ant-Man and The Wasp being turned into ash unexpectedly, however…
What happened to The Infinity Gauntlet?!
Um, looks like it was single-use only. Are the stones depleted? Have they dispersed? Does Thanos have them on the mantelpiece his nice, perfectly-balanced cottage? One imagines this question is going to be at the heart of Avengers 4.
Who was that in the shroud!?
Only the motherflipping Red Skull! Last seen disappearing into space at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger following a disagreement with the Tesseract, aka the Space Stone. It would seem that his years in exile close to the Soul Stone have helped him gain a significant amount of perspective (and lose the accent somewhat). Gotta admit, of everything in this movie I was not expecting space Nazis.
Who was Peter Dinklage playing?!
That was Eitri, reimagined as a giant for the MCU rather than being king of the dwarves. In the comics, as in the movie, he’s a weaponsmith on Nidavellir working primarily for the Asgardians, responsible for Mjolnir, Stormbreaker, and more besides.
Including the Infinity Gauntlet…