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Avengers 4: How Shuri May NOT Be Dead After Infinity War

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Shuri may have also been killed by Thanos’ snap according to the newly released Avengers: Endgame trailer. Debuting this year as T’Challa’s vibrant and genius sister in Black Panther, the princess of Wakanda has quickly become a fan-favorite. Confirmed to be the smartest person in the MCU, Shuri was theorized to play a pivotal part in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ attempt to restore peace and order in the universe after the Decimation. But it appears that like her brother, she’s among those who were snuffed out of existence after the Mad Titan’s deadly click.

Shuri had a limited-but-essential role in Avengers: Infinity War; she was tasked with removing the Mind Stone on Vision’s forehead in a bid to stop Thanos getting the last Infinity Stone. She was seen last in her laboratory before the fight between Vision and Black Order member, Corvus Glaive moved outside of the building and to the grounds of Wakanda. And since the film didn’t show her disintegrating to dust, many assumed that she survived. Indeed, Angela Bassett, who plays Queen Ramond in the MCU, went on record to say that both her character and Shuri survived the snap. However, the Avengers: Endgame trailer is implying otherwise.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Trailer Breakdown

The Avengers 4 trailer kept its focus on the remaining heroes, as well as the reveal of Clint Barton’s new persona as a masterless samurai known as Ronin. However, one shot of a distraught Bruce Banner provides some sense of the wider world: he’s looking at screens showing the deceased (or “missing”), one of which includes Shuri. This would suggest she’s not been seen since the snap and thus is presumed dead.

It’s worth noting, however, that it’s a case of heroes being “missing”, not confirmed dead. Indeed, the survivors in the Avengers HQ don’t know yet what exactly happened to Peter Parker, who died on Titan, nor are they aware that Scott Lang is actually trapped in the Quantum Realm following Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s mid-credits scene. It’s possible that Bruce is looking at a list of the unaccounted for victims and that Shuri has been in hiding. This also checks in with Bassett’s earlier statement about Ramonda and her daughter’s fate.

Although the remaining Avengers are clearly back in their original HQ in New York, directors Joe and Anthony Russo previously said that Wakanda will be essential in Avengers 4 and dealing with the aftermath of the Decimation given. Considering that Endgame might have the heroes rely a bit more on science – both Stark’s Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing (B.A.R.F.) and the Quantum Realm are expected to be important – Earth’s Mightiest Heroes could certainly use Shuri’s genius, either to help crack time travel or bring back Vision.

The question remains about Shuri’s possible whereabouts. Marvel Studios was very careful in deciding what to show fans in the Avengers: Endgame’s first trailer and based on what we’ve seen, everything that has been revealed takes place early on in the movie so as to not to give anything away plot-wise that fans don’t know already. Similar to what they did in Infinity War, it’s safe to assume that the Russos, alongside writers Stephen Markus and Christopher McFeely, have planned more than a couple of plot twists. One of them could be the reveal of where the princess of Wakanda really is.

More: Avengers 4: Every Update You Need To Know



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2018-12-08 09:12:46

Avengers 4: What Happened To Hawkeye In Infinity War

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The first trailer for Avengers: Endgame has confirmed Hawkeye‘s presence in the movie, but features the Battling Bowman in an outfit that may hint at a terrible fate for his family. The Ronin costume also suggests a new identity for Clint Barton, mimicking the comics that immediately followed the original Civil War event.

Many Avengers fans were upset that Clint “Hawkeye” Barton was completely absent from Infinity War. A throwaway bit of dialogue in the film explained his absence, revealing that both Clint Barton and Scott “Ant-Man” Lang had accepted plea-bargains that allowed them to serve their sentences under house-arrest, after escaping from prison at the end of Captain America: Civil War. With both heroes also being family men, it made sense that they would consider the strain that having a fugitive father would place on their children and chose to put their families first. Given that, it seems more than likely that Thanos’s snap – now dubbed The Decimation – resulted in the death of Barton’s wife and children.

Related: Here’s Why Hawkeye May Become Ronin in Avengers 4

While there has been nothing so far to confirm this, logically Barton would have little reason to enter the fight against Thanos at this point unless it had become personal. Even ignoring the decimated ranks of the Avengers, there is little Clint Barton could do as one man – but he would almost certainly demand to be a part of any effort to bring Thanos to account – or, at the very least, to restore the lives that were lost. The comic book version of Clint Barton is famed for his temper, and while the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have not given Jeremy Renner much chance to display this, it still seems likely that the movie version of Barton would demand a chance at vengeance.

The new costume Renner is wearing in the trailer is that of Ronin – a superhero identity used by several characters in Marvel Comics. Clint Barton was the second person to take up the Ronin identity chronologically, donning the costume to hide his identity from the public after he had been killed during the Avengers: Disassembled storyline. He was later resurrected during House of M, when Scarlet Witch used her powers to create a utopia where mutants ruled most of the world and nearly all of Marvel Comics’ heroes had been given a happy ending of some kind.

What makes the use of the Ronin costume so interesting is that House of M ended with another event called The Decimation, though that event involved Scarlet Witch depowering most of the mutants on Earth rather than Thanos eliminating half the life in the universe. Both events ended with a high body count, however, and both would leave Clint Barton as a lone warrior with no family and no one to answer to. In short, he would be a Ronin – a samurai with no clan or master to serve.

It is entirely possible that Hawkeye’s adoption of the Ronin identity in Avengers: Endgame will differ from the comics. Time will tell the truth of things, but for now it seems as though Clint Barton will be a metaphorically clanless warrior, fighting to avenge his lost family.

More: Avengers 4: Every Update You Need To Know



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2018-12-08 02:12:19

Disney Encouraged Infinity War’s Dark Ending, Say Directors

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Disney was fully behind the dark Avengers: Infinity War ending, directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed. The beginning of the culmination of the 22-film arc that Marvel Studios has been treading since 2008’s Iron Man, the film brought together all pockets of the MCU to fight Thanos and his minions as he attempted to collect all six Infinity Stones in the hopes of wiping out half of life in the universe.

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes were joined in their most dangerous mission yet with the Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as other independently operating heroes such as Doctor Strange, Spider-Man and Black Panther. Sadly, despite their gallant efforts, the Mad Titan ultimately succeeded. The film ended on a low note as life across the galaxy just suddenly disintegrated into dust, including several of MCU’s heroes. The finale immediately became the talk of the town and is still a favorite topic of discussion among fans. And despite its tone, it turns out, Disney was all for doing it.

Related: Infinity War Directors Clarify the Location of Thanos’ New Planet

Making a rare appearance at Business Insider Ignition (via Deadline), the Russos opened up about the creative process of making Infinity War, especially with regard to the film’s surprise ending twist. When asked what Disney initially thought about what they were planning to do, Joe said that “they were incredibly encouraging of the choices we made.” Anthony further explained why the House of Mouse had no qualms about what they were planning to do.

“The only way to drive a conversation is to surprise people. If you’re constantly adhering to convention, you’re not going to surprise people. [Plot twists properly done create] pop culture talking points for an audience, but they’re also just good narrative.”

The Russos have been vocal about how Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had been nothing but supportive of the creative choice they made to end Infinity War. But since the brand is under Disney, at the end of the day, they would have to follow the mandate of their parent company. Considering that the entertainment conglomerate is known for their family-friendly projects, it’s quite surprising that they didn’t get any pushback. Since Marvel was given this leeway in terms of crafting Avengers 3, fans can rest assure that the directors alongside directors Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have control over what’s going down in Avengers 4.

Disney’s willingness to let Marvel Studios and the Russo Brothers pull the dark Avengers: Infinity War ending is a good sign with regard to their plans for the IPs they’ll soon acquire after the buyout of Fox’s film and TV assets is finalized next year. It can be remembered that one of the main concerns of the public about the sale is the possibility that the House of Mouse will water down inherently dark and gritty projects to fit their family-friendly reputation. Fans would just have to wait and see how this will be all handled once the legalities of the sale is finalized.

More: Infinity War: Every Character That Survived Thanos’ Snap

Source: Deadline



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2018-12-05 04:12:25

Captain Marvel Trailer Easter Egg Reveals Infinity Stone Connection

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An Easter egg in the Captain Marvel trailer confirms that the movie will involve The Avengers‘ Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. – a subtle tie to the Infinity Stones. Captain Marvel seems to serve as a prequel to the entire Avengers franchise, revealing a never-before-seen early adventure of Nick Fury and Phil Coulson. It appears to show just why Fury became a believer in superheroes, with Captain Marvel serving as the inspiration for the entire Avengers Initiative. But it looks as though the connections may run a lot deeper than that.

Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. is lifted straight from the comics, where it was envisioned as a scientific base in the Adirondack Mountains. It was originally intended to oversee research on alternative forms of energy, but it gradually became a center for some of the world’s most advanced technology. The MCU version was first referenced in Iron Man 2, which revealed that Howard Stark had been involved in the project prior to his death in 1991. It was finally seen on the big screen in The Avengers in 2012, when Loki infiltrated its facility in the Mojave Desert.

Related: Captain Marvel Trailer 2 Breakdown: 38 Story Reveals & Secrets You Missed

The second Captain Marvel trailer has finally confirmed that Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. will appear in the film. One scene in the trailer sees Nick Fury and Carol Danvers steal a Quinjet – one with a P.E.G.A.S.U.S. logo on its wing. It looks like Fury has taken Captain Marvel to a P.E.G.A.S.U.S. base, which makes sense; the Captain Marvel teaser showed a Quinjet flying into space, and even modern Quinjets don’t have that capability. But a P.E.G.A.S.U.S. Quinjet – probably a rarer design, built as a result of a partnership between S.H.I.E.L.D. and NASA – could well be able to do that.

The P.E.G.A.S.U.S. reference is important for another reason, however. It’s important to remember that, in The Avengers, the P.E.G.A.S.U.S. base in the Mojave Desert was the place where S.H.I.E.L.D. was researching the power of the Tesseract. Given the Mojave Desert is primarily located in southern California and Captain Marvel takes place in Los Angeles (while on Earth), it’s quite likely this is the same facility. The Space Stone was retrieved by Howard Stark sometime before his death; he used to work with P.E.G.A.S.U.S., so it’s possible he studied the Tesseract there, and that it remained at the Mojave Desert installation until Loki’s arrival in The Avengers movie.

It’s interesting to note that Ben Mendelsohn’s Captain Marvel character Talos, the Skrull war-leader who has used his shapeshifting powers to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D., appears to lead a security team at the P.E.G.A.S.U.S. base. Is this just a coincidence – or have the Skrulls targeted this specific installation for a reason? The Tesseract may actually be an important part of Captain Marvel‘s plot; perhaps the Skrulls have learned that the Space Stone is on Earth, and their entire invasion is really an attempt to acquire it. There’s a comic book precedent for that idea; in 2007’s Secret Invasion event, the Skrulls focused a phenomenal amount of effort on capturing the advanced technology kept at P.E.G.A.S.U.S., and they could have the same motive here. If this is indeed the case, and if the Tesseract does play a part in this film, then Captain Marvel won’t just be a prequel story for the Avengers franchise; it will instead set the scene for the entire MCU.

More: Captain Marvel: Every Update You Need To Know



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2018-12-05 03:12:21

Infinity War Directors Clarify the Location of Thanos’ New Planet

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Thanos didn’t retire on Titan at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, directors Joe and Anthony Russo clarify. Seven months after Marvel Studios rolled out their biggest film thus far, fans are still obsessed with tiny details and unanswered mysteries brought about by the film. One of those lingering mysteries includes the location of the unnamed planet introduced at the end of the movie where Thanos sat back and watched the sunset.

After successfully wiping out half the universe in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos travels through a portal and, following a short stint in the Soul World with young Gamora, he eventually retires on a secluded farm. The mysterious location has never been given a name, so most fans assumed that it might be a part of Titan not quite as devastated as what is shown during his battle with Iron Man’s team. However, as it turns out, the Russo Brothers confirmed that the location is not, in fact, his original home planet.

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Sitting down for a Q&A panel after a special Avengers: Infinity War screening hosted by Collider, the Russo Brothers addressed fans’ burning questions regarding the film – including the unknown location of Thanos’ place of retirement. While Joe effectively debunked theories that the planet was also Titan, he didn’t specify what or where the new planet is, saying, “We’d always just refer to whatever planet he’s on as Titan 2, you know, and I think they probably just didn’t put the 2 in there as he found a new home.”

Thanos retiring on a farm is also directly mined from the pages of the comic books. However, unlike Thanos’ portrayal on the big screen, the print version of this concept happened at the lowest point in the villain’s narrative. In Thanos’ last scene in Jim Starlin’s original Infinity Gauntlet miniseries, the Mad Titan was revealed to have become anything but a humble farmer living in peace and isolation following his defeat. This came courtesy of Adam Warlock, who had claimed the Infinity Gauntlet himself by then.

Regardless of his current whereabouts or what he’s currently up to, the peace and sense of accomplishment that Thanos found at the end of Avengers: Infinity War will be threatened as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes attempt to restore order in the universe in Avengers 4 after is galactic genocide. It’s still unclear how this will pan out, but popular theories link the concept of time travel and the Quantum Realm to factor into the story. The remaining heroes will also get brand new reinforcements in the form of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Scott Lang/Ant-Man and the returning Clint Barton/Hawkeye, who will assume the persona of Ronin in the film.

More: Infinity War Cut Scene Exploring Iron Man’s Civil War Conflict

Source: Collider



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2018-12-02 08:12:39

Thanos Originally Narrated Avengers: Infinity War

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The Mad Titan Thanos originally narrated Avengers: Infinity War. At a screening of the film, co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed that an early version of the script once included a voiceover from Thanos.

In the first part of Marvel’s much-anticipated third Avengers film, Thanos (Josh Brolin) garnered a significant amount of acclaim as a villain with a compelling backstory and complex motivations in a franchise that doesn’t always offer much character development to its villains. Thanos was described by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige as being the main character in Avengers: Infinity War, and it so happens that his presence in the movie was even more significant than how he was presented in the final cut.

Related: Russos Explain Why Infinity War & Avengers 4 Didn’t Film at the Same Time

At a two-hour screening and Q&A event for Avengers: Infinity War hosted by Collider, the Russo Brothers explained that one of the earliest drafts for the film featured a non-linear version of the story that was narrated by Thanos. The script also included backstories for the Black Order, but it came in at 250 pages, prompting the brothers to say, “Alright, we can’t fit all this storytelling.” However, the draft wasn’t completely abandoned. As the brothers explained:

“I think writing out Thanos’ narration gave us insight into who he was as a character and what we wanted him to do in this film. So then it was much easier once we started pulling all that out to make it subtext for him as a character, and to make a more linear structure.”

Not only did the early draft of the script help create an interesting villain, it also helped to shape the final structure of the film. With Thanos’ goal of stealing the Infinity Stones, the directors realized that it had the structure of a heist film and ended up using that general structure to simplify their 250-page script. Ultimately, Thanos’ journey spoke for itself, making the narration unnecessary.

Thanos first debuted in the comics in 1973 and is one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel universe. As Marvel moved from page to screen – making a lasting impression on modern filmmaking – Thanos’ journey to collect the Infinity Stones and wipe out half the universe didn’t only culminate in Avengers: Infinity War, but gave the villain just as much – if not more – attention than the Avengers themselves. The film gave him arguably noble intentions (improving the world by decreasing its numbers) and genuine emotion towards his adopted daughter Gamora (Zoe Saldana), even if he proved that love in an unorthodox way.

More: Loki Is Definitely Dead According To Infinity War Directors

Source: Collider



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Infinity War Cut Scene Exploring Iron Man’s Civil War Conflict

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Directors Joe and Anthony Russo talk about an Avengers: Infinity War scene featuring Tony Stark/Iron Man in his home contemplating on calling Steve Rogers/Captain America. It had been two years since the events of Captain America: Civil War when Thanos and his minions attacked Earth in the hopes of retrieving two Infinity Stones – the Mind Stone which was with Vision, and the Time Stone kept by Doctor Strange. Despite putting up a gallant fight, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes suffered their first real loss as they failed to foil the Mad Titan’s plans of galactic genocide.

There were a lot of elements that contributed to the heroes’ losing, but Stark and Rogers’ split which led to the Avengers breaking up was perhaps one of the most blatant. The latter, alongside Black Widow and Falcon, operated underground, becoming the MCU’s version of the Secret Avengers. Meanwhile, the former devoted the last two years by continuing to improve on his tech in case another attack on Earth took place, as well as mentoring Peter Parker/Spider-Man on the side. Scattered around the world without any form of communication left Earth at its most vulnerable state. But as it turns out, Stark had been constantly thinking of patching things up with the super soldier even before Thanos’ threat became clear.

Related: Infinity War Directors Reveal Exclusive Details & Spoilers in 2 Hour Q&A

The directing duo attended a Q&A session after a special screening of Infinity War hosted by Collider where Peter Sciretta from /Film was in attendance and shared what the Russos said during the panel. Among the slew of things they talked about is a particular deleted scene shot during additional photography that features Stark in his house fidgeting Rogers’ flip phone until Pepper Potts comes home. This highlights Tony’s continued conflict with regard to whether or not he’s ready to patch things up with his friend after he broke his trust two years after he found out that he intentionally lied to him about Bucky killing the Starks.

Early drafts of Infinity War had the two conflicting Avengers meet before the big battle against Thanos. But the Russos and writers Stephen Markus and Stephen McFeely ultimately decided against the idea, opting to save the reunion for next year’s ensemble film. Not only would it have taken time away from the Mad Titan, who was clearly the main character of the movie, but it would’ve also cheapened the repercussions brought about by the events of Civil War. Keeping the two separated – which in turn kept the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes disassembled – drove the point that the only way they can beat the intergalactic villain is if they set aside their differences and work together for a common goal.

With the imminent return of Clint Barton/Hawkeye from his retirement (and assuming his new persona as Ronin) after sitting Avengers: Infinity War out, the stage is all set for the reassembly of MCU’s six original heroes. Thor has rejoined Captain America, Black Widow, and Hulk in Wakanda, and while it’s still unclear how Stark will make his way back to Earth being left trapped in Titan with Nebula, he’ll eventually convene with his other Avengers pals – including Rogers. Regardless on how the Russos will play out their reunion and reconciliation, it goes without saying that it will be one of the most emotional parts of Avengers 4 considering that the mission at hand is highly rumored to be the last for both heroes.

More: Russos Explain Why Infinity War & Avengers 4 Didn’t Film at the Same Time

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2018-12-01 08:12:56

Infinity War Directors Reveal Exclusive Details & Spoilers in 2 Hour Q&A

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Co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo have revealed details and spoilers from the making of Avengers: Infinity War in a recent Q&A. The epic Marvel Cinematic Universe team-up brings together the most important characters from the MCU to defeat Thanos, the Mad Titan who believes that half the universe should be eliminated for the sake of balance.

Prior to the film’s release, there was much speculation as to who would be involved in the battle, where the final Infinity Stone, the Soul Stone, was located, and much more. However, even though these questions have been answered, many more were created. Now, though these answers won’t come until May 2019, when the untitled Avengers 4 film lands in theaters, the Russo Brothers revealed some new information to fans at a recent screening and Q&A for Avengers: Infinity War. 

Related: Why We’ll Definitely Get The Avengers 4 Trailer Before The End Of 2018

Following the screening of Avengers: Infinity War at Hollywood’s ArcLight theater, Joe and Anthony Russo sat down with Collider to answer questions about the movie. Though they explicitly refused to answer any questions regarding Avengers 4, they did discuss the separation of the third and fourth Avengers movies, which were originally billed as Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2. Anthony noted that the thought from the get-go was that these two films would obviously share a lot of elements, but they discovered prior to filming that it was hard to keep them together due to their complex nature. Getting into the overall tone of Avengers: Infinity War, Joe detailed how they cut the movie down in order to balance all of the characters involved. That said, he noted that very little was left on the cutting room floor in the end.

Continuity is a major thing in the Marvel Universe, and the Russo brothers were happy to address it. One audience member asked about Thor’s new weapon, Stormbreaker.  Joe noted that this weapon was an unknown surprise for Thanos, reminding the audience that Stormbreaker and the Gauntlet were by made by Eitri (Peter Dinklage), allowing it to counteract the Gauntlet’s abilities, despite it being powered by the Infinity Stones.

The Q&A also included discussion about the location of the Soul Stone, and how it was one of the greatest mysteries leading up to the release of Avengers: Infinity War. Joe explained that this was the last piece of the puzzle for them as well in the writing process, and when they decided that the film was to revolve around Thanos and his journey, they had to come up with a pivotal way to make it “the lowest point” for the Mad Titan. This led to some clarification surrounding Red Skull, how he learned the rules of Infinity Stones, and how the film’s screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely – who also co-wrote Captain America: The First Avenger – pushed for his return.

At the end of the film, Thanos held off Hulk, which was a point of contention for some. Hulk is, arguably, the strongest of the Avengers, though he (and Bruce Banner) went through a bit of a difficult journey in the film. The moderator asked, “Was Thanos only able to beat Hulk because he had the power stone?” Joe debunked this, saying that despite his obvious brute strength, Hulk isn’t exactly the most tactical fighter, and Thanos’ intelligence gave him the leg up. Finally, it wouldn’t be a Marvel panel without a discussion about improvisation. The scene where Thor meets the Guardians is full of humor, especially when Peter Quill lowers his voice to try and match the God of Thunder’s. Joe thought that Pratt may have come up with the idea to do that, but Anthony was certain that it was in the script.

There is a lot more to take in from the Q&A, including a lot of good information. The Russos have clearly shown that they were up to the task of taking on the two films, perhaps indicating that in the future, these kinds of big team-ups may be best handled by a team rather than a solo director, the way Joss Whedon did. Regardless of what the future looks like for the Russos within the MCU, it looks like audiences are in for an exciting ride when Avengers 4 lands in theaters.

More: Russos Explain Why Infinity War & Avengers 4 Didn’t Film at the Same Time

Source: Collider



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Avengers: Infinity War Director Explains How the Soul Stone Works

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Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo has offered details on how the Infinity Gauntlet’s Soul Stone works – both in battle, and outside of it. He and fellow director Anthony Russo revisited their summer blockbuster at a special Q&A screening of Infinity War, during which they shed new light on the movie’s plot developments and offered behind-the-scenes details.

The Soul Stone was perhaps the most mysterious of all the Infinity Stones before the movie’s release. Unlike, for example the Time Stone or the Mind Stone, we had yet to encounter the Soul Stone in a previous movie, and it was unclear where it was or even how it worked. Thanos eventually found the Soul Stone on the planet Vormir, and made the decision to murder his adopted daughter Gamora in order to receive it. On Vormir, we were also reunited with Captain America: The First Avenger villain Red Skull, who was a shadow of his former self, and had been charged with with watching over the Soul Stone.

Related: Avengers: Infinity War’s Soul Stone Location Explained

The Time Stone can be used to turn back time, and the Reality Stone can be used to alter reality, so it’s easy to see how those artifacts could be devastating in battle, but what exactly is the Soul Stone’s power? According to Collider, Russo offered clarification on this point during the Q&A:

“The Soul Stone obviously has the ability to manipulate your soul, the essence of who you are. One key moment where it’s used is where Doctor Strange turns into multiple Stranges and then Thanos uses the Soul Stone to eradicate all the fake Stranges and momentarily shoves Strange out of his own body, and Strange has to pull himself back in… Of course when Thanos goes to the Soul Stone itself, to speak to his dead daughter, he obviously has an ability to resurrect, conjure the spiritual representation of the people who are dead.”

Gamora’s spirit is actually trapped in a place called Soul World, a pocket dimension held within the Soul Stone. After successfully wiping out half of all life in the universe, Thanos visits Soul World and finds young Gamora there waiting for him. She asks him if he accomplished his goal, and he says that he did. She then asks, “What did it cost?” – to which a heartbroken Thanos replies, “Everything.” Some fans have theorized that the fact that Gamora still exists inside the Soul Stone means she could be resurrected in next year’s Avengers 4. Another popular theory is that the characters who died in “the snap” are trapped in Soul World with Gamora.

Russo said during the Q&A that the search for the Soul Stone was “the hardest story to come up with“:

“It was really when, the point where we decided that the movie was Thanos’ movie, we needed the lowest moment of the film to belong to him, so that’s when we started to develop the Soul Stone story. How could we create pain? How could we dimensionalize him so he went on this journey during the film.”

The Soul Stone currently still resides in the Infinity Gauntlet, but the Gauntlet was permanently damaged by the devastating impact of Thanos’ snap, so it’s unclear whether the Titan will still be able to use it to its full effect in the upcoming sequel. Regardless, the Soul Stone is one of the most interesting and mysterious Infinity Stones, and it’s hard to believe that we’ve seen all of its secrets and uses just yet.

More: Avengers: Infinity War’s Ending: What Happens, What It Means, & What’s Next

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Loki Is Definitely Dead According To Infinity War Directors

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Avengers: Infinity War directors confirm Loki is definitely dead. This year’s epic Marvel crossover event ended with the catastrophic Thanos snap, which wiped out half of the universe’s population. Several of the franchise’s most prominent heroes were among the dead, though it’s largely expected several (if not all) of these will be undone by the time Avengers 4 concludes. After all, Marvel is already working on sequels for some of the deceased characters, like Spider-Man and Black Panther.

That being said, there were some MCU figures that met their end well before the infamous snap. Chief among them was Loki, who perished in Infinity War’s opening sequence as he attempted to stand against the Mad Titan. Considering the God of Mischief has faked his death before and Tom Hiddleston is returning for a television show on Disney+, a popular fan theory is that Loki’s still alive and he’ll also return in Avengers 4. But according to the Russos, that may not be in the cards.

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During a post-Infinity War screening Q&A hosted by Collider, the directors were asked about the hypothesis that Bruce Banner is actually an in-disguise Loki. Their response, as shared by /Film’s Peter Sciretta, seems to have debunked that particular line of thought. Check out the Twitter post below:

This sounds like a straightforward answer, but it’s worth noting there are still six months remaining until Avengers 4 debuts. The Russos are not going to reveal any major plot twists about the film this far out, so the brevity of their answer leave the door (slightly) ajar for interpretation. Especially if Earth’s Mightiest get into any time travel shenanigans to undo the effects of the snap, there remains an outside possibility Loki’s alive at the end of Phase 3. Perhaps the movie can help set the stage for the character’s upcoming show (of which details are difficult to come by) and give the God of Mischief an exciting future to look forward to. All that can be really discerned from the Russos’ response is that in the current, publicly-released state of the MCU, Loki is dead and won’t factor into the narrative again unless something extraordinary happens.

It’ll be interesting to see if anything becomes of Loki in Avengers 4. With so many of the post-snap deaths poised to be reversed, it would potentially be anti-climactic if some of the others were undone as well. Granted, there are ways to maintain dramatic tension in a story without resorting to killing main characters, but this has been a common criticism of the MCU for years. Very few of their deaths stick, and it would be nice (if a little bittersweet) if that started to change. Loki went on an incredible journey over his run in the MCU, so it would be a shame if his emotional sendoff was revealed to be yet another hoax.

More: The Avengers 4 Trailer ‘Delay’ Is Smart for Marvel

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