Avengers: Endgame Theory Claims Thanos Isn't Quite Who You Think He Is
By now, it's pretty much accepted by Marvel fans that the Avengers will have to utilize some form of time travel in order to collect the Infinity Stones and retroactively kill off Thanos in Endgame.
All other details are up in the air thanks to iron-tight grip on leaks and spoilers, meaning that outlandish fan theories abound on Reddit.
One such theory, shared by u/ak2sup, speculates that the true villain of the upcoming film will be a “more evil" past incarnation of Thanos that was found in the credits tag of 2012's The Avengers.
The /r/FanTheories post read:
In infinity war we saw that Thanos collected all 6 powerfull infinity stones and snapped his fingers & wiped out half of life in universe. And now, he is a retired guy who is doing farming on a planet, living a simple and peaceful life. So, one may ask that why would he be the bad guy again? he did what he wanted, he succeed in his goal then why? Well, I believe that Thanos we see in Endgame will be from past- 2012 New york battle (time-travell), a more evil version of mad titan without any infinity stone, All he had back then was a double bladed Sword and an Army.
we know that snap will be reversed in endgame but we don't know how yet. Basically, there are 3 ways to undo the snap-
1. Collect the stones from past-
Let me tell you that i am not a big fan of this idea because if the heroes travel to past and take any of infinity stones, then they would risk their own timeline, collecting the stones from past may result in creation of an alternate timeline and who knows if whether it is good or worse, for e.g. If they collect the mind stone from past then the events of Age of Ultron will be erased and Wand & Pietro will never become Scarlet witch and Quicksilver respectevly, So its risky and i don't think MCU will go with this idea.
2.Another Snap- If the Avengers manage to take all infinity stones from Thanos and put them in a new gauntlet and do another snap to bring back everyone but, there's a problem- Thanos still have 6 infinity stones and he can use one at a time so it is nearly impossible for Avengers to take the stones from him.
3. Defeat or Kill Thanos in past 2012 timeline during the events of New York battle-
According to me, this is best way to undo the Snap without changing the future, The Heroes (Tony, Antman, Captain Marvel, Nebula, Thor, Rocket,Natasha, Rhodey, not Present Bruce banner and Sterve Rogers because they need both of them from past timeline) will travel to 2012 timeline of New York invasion(as seen in the set photos),all of them will go undercover to hide from their pastselves, Tony & Antman will steal the Sceptre/Mind stone (for temporary use) and interogate Loki to learn more about Thanos and his current whereabouts,They then team up with Past Steve Rogers and Hulk. Together they travells to Sanctury I- the domain Of Thanos, at that time Thanos had no Infinity stone but Just a double bladed Sword, Black Order with Supergiant and an army (this also explains Tony's AoU vision, remember MCU put meaningfull lines/scenes to use them later so, Tony's vision was some kind of foreshadowing) Avengers fight both Supergiant and Thanos and manage to defeat/kill the mad titan there, as they defeat/kill him in past(2012), the events of Infinity War will be erased and thus Snap never happens i know this will alter the events of GotG 1 but a little bit and many things remain same.
Sorry for bad grammar, Thank You.
No worries ak2sup, and thank you. It's just one of many (likely wrong, but enjoyable nonetheless) fan theories that have popped up over the past few weeks as excitement ramps up.
The trailers won't be given anything away, that's for sure, but it's worth keeping an eye on some unlikely sources. You might find gold.
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