Paul Rudd Wonders Why Ant-Man/Thanos Endgame Theory Has to Involve the Butt

Paul Rudd has weighed in on the Ant-Man/Thanos theory in Avengers: Endgame, and he understandably wants to know why the theory has to involve the Mad Titan’s butt. Many involved in the MCU universe have chimed in on the awkward fan theory, and now that Rudd has contributed to the conversation, both actors involved in the fan theory have officially acknowledged it.

Plenty of fan theories have surfaced regarding Avengers: Endgame, and with the film’s release fast approaching, one of the more unusual theories involves Ant-Man using his shrinking abilities to defeat Thanos. The theory suggests that Ant-Man would shrink down small enough so that he can enter Thanos’ butt and expand inside of him, thus destroying Thanos from the inside out. It’s now referred to as the “Thanus Theory,” and its growing popularity online has led to the mainstream, where even the film’s director, Joe and Anthony Russo, have weighed in. And, now that Rudd has finally commented on the theory, he believes an alternative approach might be more successful.

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Rudd discussed this theory on The Graham Norton Show, saying, “People have asked me if I […] go into Thanos, in a certain orifice, and grow giant size.” The other guests and the audience laughed as Rudd struggled to provide a subtle explanation of the humorous fan theory, and then he went on to question why his character would have to enter Thanos’ body from the rear end, adding, “But why not the ear? Or the nose?” However, he then admitted that, scientifically, this method of entry would “make sense.” Check out the clip below:

Josh Brolin, who portrays Thanos in the film, has also responded to the creative theory on Instagram. The actor posted a video of himself, captioned “The tension around what ‘Endgame’ is going to bring. I can feel it, as you can see. Can you?” In the video, a closeup of Brolin’s face shows the actor in pain, his face turning bright red, with veins nearly popping out of his neck. As the camera zooms out, Brolin is shown straining on the toilet, revealing his familiarity with the popular theory.

For now, fans will have to wait until Avengers: Endgame hits theaters to see if the Thanus theory turns out to be true or not. As fans have speculated, the best way to save the day may just be the simplest; and if the actors are familiar with the theory, who is to say that the writers aren’t as well? Alas, if it wasn’t meant to be, at the end of the day, at least the cast got a kick out it.

More: Fan-Made Avengers: Endgame Animation Turns the Tables on the ‘Thanus Theory’

Source: The Graham Norton Show

2019-04-16 05:04:22

Taylor Charendoff

Theory: Stormbreaker Isn’t To Kill Thanos, It Gives Thor His Powers Back

Avengers: Infinity War depicted Thor (Chris Hemsworth) using Stormbreaker to (almost) best Thanos (Josh Brolin) in their rematch; but the powerful ax might have another purpose beyond defeating the Mad Titan.

The hammer Mjolnir has been a key part of Thor’s iconography ever since his beginnings in Norse mythology. But whilst Marvel’s comics – and the Marvel Cinematic Universe – have long reflected this attachment, the God of Thunder has not always wielded this famous hammer. In Marvel’s ever-growing canon, other characters like Beta Ray Bill have wielded Mjolnir, and Thor has used alternative armaments from time to time. In this way, Infinity War mimicked Thor’s swapping of weaponry in his comics through the debut of Stormbreaker.

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Having lost his beloved hammer in Thor: Ragnarok, Thor sought a new weapon to enact his vengeance against Thanos in Infinity War. Indeed, his efforts to acquire Stormbreaker were immediately justified by its subsequent performance. With the new ax in hand, Thor almost single-handedly decimated Thanos’ forces in the Battle of Wakanda and, in the movie’s most pivotal scenes, came closest to killing Thanos himself. Though Stormbreaker has already proved popular with fans, some critics felt that the presence of the blade undermined Thor’s wider character arc. Yet rather than hampering Thor’s story, Stormbreaker may be correcting it by returning abilities that he had lost.

  • This Page: Mjolnir & Stormbreaker’s Roles in the MCU
  • Page 2: Ragnarok Explains How Thor’s Powers Actually Work

As is the case with many of Asgard’s famous weapons, Mjolnir and Stormbreaker were created by the dwarf king Eitri (Peter Dinklage) in the realm of Nidavellir. Though the MCU never specifies what Asgardian armaments are made of, they are likely made out the same fictional element as the comics: Uru, a massively resilient metal that both absorbs and manipulates magical energy.

Since its first appearance in the MCU, Mjolnir has exemplified these qualities. The hammer seemingly served as the source of Thor’s lightning powers (more on that later) and allowed him to fly at great speed. Certainly, it proved to be a formidable asset in all of Thor’s appearances, when its power waylaid huge swathes of Ice Giant, Chitauri, Dark Elf armies, and more. Mjolnir’s enchantment of worthiness also benefited Thor, since it meant that few other beings could wield or move it. Certainly, the fact that the Vision (Paul Bettany) was able to lift the hammer meant that Thor and his teammates could immediately recognize the purity of synthezoid’s heart in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But two years later, Thor confronted Hela (Cate Blanchett) the Goddess of Death in Thor: Ragnarok where, in their first encounter, she promptly destroyed the hammer with her bare hands.

RELATED: Theory: Ragnarok Started Thor’s NEW Trilogy (& Avengers 4 Ends It)

Though Thor eventually bested Hela without his hammer, he was soundly beaten by Thanos within the first few minutes of Infinity War. After being rescued by the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor asserts that he needs a new weapon, and he travels with Rocket and Groot to procure one. They encounter Eitri – the last of his people to survive Thanos’ wrath – and together they forge the “King’s weapon” Stormbreaker. This new ax is supposedly the most powerful in Asgard’s history. It not only summons the Bifrost, it also negates the combined power of the Infinity Stones.

Prior to Stormbreaker’s debut, the loss of Mjolnir was a fitting development for Thor. As the MCU has expanded, Thor had become more knowledgeable about his realm’s dark past, and attempted to become a better, more responsible ruler. As such, the acquisition of Stormbreaker was viewed as being contrary to these plot points. Indeed, Thor’s journey to Nidavellir has been perceived as Marvel simply wanting the God of Thunder to have a weapon again, or else giving him something to do in Infinity War’s extended run-time. However, whilst Stormbreaker may be those things, a key detail in Thor: Ragnarok suggests that Thor’s ax fulfills an in-world necessity.

Page 2 of 2: Ragnarok Explains How Thor’s Powers Actually Work

As mentioned earlier, Mjolnir initially appeared to be the source of Thor’s lightning powers in the MCU. This certainly seemed to be the case in his first solo movie since. When Thor was stripped of his abilities and banished to Earth, Mjolnir is a crucial component in facilitating their return. However, later installments proved that this was not the case.

After Mjolnir is destroyed early in Ragnarok, Thor confusedly realizes that he is still able to generate and manipulate electricity, which he notably unleashes against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in the Grandmaster’s (Jeff Goldblum) arena. In a later vision, Odin confirms that the lightning never originated from Mjolnir: the hammer merely helped Thor channel and focus the potential within him. Odin’s affirmation in Thor: Ragnarok ensures that Thor’s arc is completed, and he recognizes his strength not just as a good man, but as a powerful warrior in his own right. But viewers have overlooked another crucial piece of information that the movie unveils about Thor: that his abilities are tied to the existence of Asgard.

RELATED Ragnarok Revealed The Real Reason Odin Stripped Thor Of His Power

Certainly, before his escape from the Grandmaster’s palace, Thor attempts to persuade Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) to join him in his quest. As she refuses, Valkyrie recounts her tragic past, and in doing so she notes that Hela and Thor’s powers originate from the realm of Asgard itself. Indeed, when Hela returned to her home earlier in the movie, the Goddess of Death immediately regenerates and is strengthened because of her proximity to Asgard’s energy.

After the Revengers begin their attack, they soon realize that Hela can only be stopped if Asgard is destroyed. Such an act would remove the source of her gifts, thus rendering her powerless. We never see what effect Ragnarok has on Hela – because she is apparently killed in combat with Surtur – but it stands to reason that if the fall of Asgard would have removed Hela’s powers, it would do the same for Thor as well. And that’s where Stormbreaker comes in.

While Avengers: Infinity War does not explicitly state that Thor lost his powers in Ragnarok, there is substantial evidence within both movies that he has. Firstly, between Asgard’s destruction in Thor: Ragnarok to Thor’s acquisition of Stormbreaker in Avengers: Infinity War, the character uses none of his trademark lightning abilities. Of course, this is partly because Thor and Thanos’ first confrontation aboard the Asgardian refugee ship occurs before the movie starts. Even so, it is somewhat strange that Thanos was able to beat Thor so thoroughly, given how ruinous the God of Thunder has proven to be against his previous foes. Naturally, this suggests that Thor is unable to inflict the same kind of damage that he has done so in the past.

Furthermore, Avengers: Infinity War establishes that latent Asgardian power can be accessed through their surviving weaponry. During the movie’s opening scenes, Heimdall (Idris Elba) wields the broken sword Hofund and swiftly transports the Hulk to Earth – despite the fact that the Bifrost Bridge itself no longer exists. Moreover, Stormbreaker later demonstrates the same capabilities as Hofund, when it opens a portal for Thor and his friends to travel to Wakanda in one of Avengers: Infinity War’s most exultant moments.

RELATED: Thor’s Stormbreaker: Facts About The Hammer They Don’t Cover In Infinity War

As such, it stands to reason that Stormbreaker can access other forms of Asgard’s magic, especially since Eitri fashioned it for a ruler of the Realm Eternal. Indeed, Stormbreaker rapidly revives Thor after he took the full force of the neutron star’s power to forge the weapon. This bears a striking resemblance to the way that Hela healed herself in Ragnarok when she was subject to Asgard’s energies. In short, Thor’s unique mastery over lightning comes from within, yet he needs Stormbreaker to directly access Asgardian magic and thus unlock his full range of powers.

This not only explains why Thor needed the ax so badly in AvengersInfinity War, it also sets up intriguing possibilities for Avengers: Endgame. Thors destructive potential had visibly increased when he wielded Stormbreaker in the Battle of Wakanda. One can only wonder what other feats Stormbreaker allows the God of Thunder to perform, and what this dependence on his ax might mean for his future appearances – provided he survives another showdown with Thanos that is.

NEXT: Every Thor Movie, Ranked Worst To Best

2019-04-14 05:04:37

Max Farrow

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2019-04-10 14:46:30

10 Powers Captain Marvel Can Use To Defeat Thanos in Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is almost upon us. We’ll finally see Captain Marvel answer Nick Fury’s call and join Earth’s mightiest heroes in doing “whatever it takes” to destroy Thanos and save everybody who was turned to dust at the end of Infinity War.

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The post-credits tease with Fury’s pager, paired with another post-credits tease in Captain Marvel’s recent solo movie, seem to suggest that a lot of Endgame will revolve around Carol Danvers battling Thanos. According to the comics, there are plenty of ways Carol will be able to defeat the Mad Titan, so here are 10 Powers Captain Marvel Can Use To Defeat Thanos.

10 Photon blasts

When Thor launched his Stormbreaker axe at Thanos towards the end of Infinity War and badly wounded his shoulder, Thanos told him that if he’d aimed for his head, he would’ve killed him. This suggests that enough impact to the head will be enough to defeat him. As we saw from Captain Marvel’s climactic battle, as the title character opened a can of whoop-ass on Jude Law’s Yon-Rogg, her photon blasts are very powerful.

Maybe all she’ll have to do is hit Thanos in the head with a bunch of them and he’ll be eliminated. In fact, she might defeat Thanos in the first ten minutes of the movie with something simple like this, so the Russos can establish for the audience – and the other Avengers – just how powerful she is.

9 Flight

Remember in Star Wars: The Last Jedi when Vice Admiral Holdo flew a ship at lightspeed into the First Order’s fleet to destroy some of their ships? Well, Captain Marvel might be able to do more or less the same thing to defeat Thanos. Carol Danvers is not only able to fly; she’s able to fly at around six times the speed of sound.

If she flew at that speed directly into Thanos, she might be able to plow right through him. It would be a little gory for the MCU, but with some creative editing, the Russos could still get around the PG-13 restrictions.

8 The Cosmic Cube

The Cosmic Cube (a.k.a. the Tesseract) was a huge part of the plot of Captain Marvel, and that was probably for a reason. In the comics, Thanos described the Cosmic Cube as “the only object that can challenge my Infinity Gauntlet.” The great thing about these MacGuffins is that when the comics dictate that something is extremely powerful, there’s something else in the comics that’s just as powerful, if not more powerful.

The Captain Marvel character’s whole origin story was altered to involve the Cosmic Cube in her solo movie, conveniently released two months before Endgame. This suggests that the Cosmic Cube and its power the key to Captain Marvel defeating Thanos.

7 Time travel

The leading fan theory is that Avengers: Endgame’s plot will heavily involve time travel. Samuel L. Jackson confused fans recently when he said that Captain Marvel is “one of the few people in the Marvel universe that can time travel.” Captain Marvel has a lot of powers, but as far as the comics are concerned, time travel isn’t one of them – at least not in the traditional sense.

RELATED: Avengers 4 Is Definitely A Time Travel Film

However, her immunity to almost all conditions (including the depths of outer space) mean that she’ll probably be able to enter the Quantum Realm with Ant-Man (and the rest of the Avengers, with their neat new suits) and time-travel that way. Jackson has since retracted his comments, but that could be a ruse.

6 Military strategy

Okay, this isn’t necessarily a superpower, but it is one of Carol Danvers’ abilities. It’s highly likely that Captain Marvel won’t be powerful enough to defeat Thanos on her own. As a character, she’s stronger than him, but with the Infinity Gauntlet and a complete collection of Infinity Stones, Thanos has the ability to control the fabric of reality, the fate of humanity, and the space-time continuum with the snap of his fingers.

So, Captain Marvel alone might not be able to defeat him. It will involve teamwork by all the Avengers, led by impeccable military strategy. We could see our two captains – Marvel and America – team up on the plan, drawing on their shared military experience.

5 Taking the form of Binary

In the comics, Carol Danvers can take on a form known as Binary. This allows her to access white holes and siphon the incredible amounts of power from them. White holes are essentially the opposite of black holes. A white hole is the exit point where a singularity is able to dip out of this universe.

Every Infinity Stone (including the mysterious missing one, the Ego Stone, which a lot of fans have been speculating about) comes from a gravitational singularity. Carol’s access to white holes give her as much power as the Infinity Stones, yet also the polar opposite of that power, making it a strong candidate – at least in terms of story and drama – for her journey to defeat Thanos.

4 Seventh sense

If you caught Jordan Peele’s Us in the past couple of weeks, you’ll remember (SPOILER ALERT!) the climactic ballet sequence in which Adelaide tries to kill Red and Red deftly avoids every swing Adelaide takes at her, because they’re “tethered” to one another and she can see every move coming.

Captain Marvel will be able to do more or less the same thing with Thanos. She has a “seventh sense,” which allows her to see things coming before they happen. That will allow her to remain one step ahead of the Mad Titan in any potential hand-to-hand combat the two engage in.

3 The M’Kraan Crystal

Thanos managed to conquer the universe using a powerful MacGuffin, the Infinity Gauntlet. But maybe Captain Marvel can fight him with her own powerful MacGuffin, the M’Kraan Crystal. The M’Kraan Crystal holds a massive amount of energy (energy that Carol can absorb and project) and is also the key to unlocking alternate universes.

RELATED: Theory: There’s Multiple Infinity Gauntlets In Avengers: Endgame

This is what makes the M’Kraan Crystal more powerful than the Gauntlet – there’s a Gauntlet in every alternate universe, whereas there’s only one M’Kraan Crystal and it can be used to get to all those others. We haven’t yet seen the M’Kraan Crystal in the MCU, but then we also haven’t seen Captain Marvel for the past twenty or so years of story and she’s been in outer space the whole time, so she could’ve picked it up along the way.

2 Energy absorption

In Captain Marvel, we saw that one of Carol’s greatest powers is energy absorption. She has the ability to absorb energy from any source and use it against her enemies. In Infinity War, no Avenger was able to remove the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos’ hand, despite their best efforts, but maybe with Carol Danvers on their side, they won’t have to.

She might be able to absorb all the energy from the Infinity Stones without actually having to remove the Gauntlet and wear it, making her just as powerful – and with the same powers – as Thanos. The hero and villain of this movie would finally be on a level playing field.

1 Strength

One of Carol Danvers’ main powers is simply superhuman strength. But that’s vague. A ton of people have superhuman strength, and the degree of that strength varies. Captain America has superhuman strength and Thanos has superhuman strength and the former couldn’t beat the latter with his strength. Superhuman strength is a wide spectrum in the MCU.

Captain Marvel could only defeat Thanos with her strength if she was stronger than him. But thankfully, it seems like she is, at least in the MCU. This was confirmed when producer Kevin Feige said, “She is as powerful a character as we’ve ever put in a movie. Her powers are off the charts, and when she’s introduced, she will be by far the strongest character we’ve ever had.” We’ve “had” Thanos before, so Feige is saying, in not so many words, that Captain Marvel is stronger than Thanos.

NEXT: Captain Marvel’s ‘Avenger’ Twist: The MCU’s Lamest Moment?

2019-04-10 03:04:40

Ben Sherlock

First Endgame Clip Teases The Avengers’ Plan To Defeat Thanos

The first clip from Avengers: Endgame has been released and teases the Avengers’ plan to defeat Thanos. The Marvel Cinematic Universe received a massive change to the status quo at the end of Avengers: Infinity War after Thanos snapped half of the universe’s population out of existence. This has left only a handful of heroes left standing and they are all highly motivated in Avengers: Endgame to bring back those that were lost.

While this goal has become abundantly clear, the actual plan that the Avengers will follow to try and do this is not. Trying to set the universe back to how it was pre-snap may involve time travel and the Quantum Realm, as the Infinity Stones sound like the MacGuffin of another MCU film. Most of these details are only known thanks to footage descriptions that came from Disney shareholders and out of CinemaCon, but fans around the world were not yet able to see the footage for themselves.

Related: Everything We Know About Thanos’ Role In Avengers: Endgame

As part of GMA‘s exclusive interview with the original six Avengers, the show also debuted the first clip from Avengers: Endgame. The footage is a section of the footage that Disney has already been showing, making it an understandable choice for the first clip from the movie. The segment included an interview with cast members Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner. View the full clip released by Marvel below.

This is only the final minute of the full scene that has previously been shown, but the cue of Alan Silvestri’s score at the end plays as though it could be the transition to the title card, possibly making this sequence one of the earliest in the movie. In its final form, the scene will include more discussion between the present Avengers about what they need to do next. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) will remark that she needs to go kill Thanos, which is when Nebula (Karen Gillan) reveals that she knows he is at his “garden.” Rocket then pulls up a hologram of this location, which appears to be what Black Widow is staring at when this clip begins. And even though the description of this scene has been online for a while, now everyone can check out a portion of it.

The releasing of this clip (if it is the lead up to the title card as is speculated) further indicates that several scenes in the marketing to this point are very early on. Nebula and Tony would already be back on Earth at this point, so reunions would have happened already, making it time for a plan to be put together. That said, it is very surprising that Tony is not included in what could be a pivotal scene early on. But, he could be spending time with Pepper Potts during this time or even working on a plan of his own. Either way, this is just the first clip that Marvel will likely release in the remaining weeks before Avengers: Endgame hits theaters, so hopefully subsequent ones won’t give too much away.

More: Every Record Avengers: Endgame Has Already Broken

Source: GMA

2019-04-08 08:04:30

Cooper Hood

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Reacts to THAT Thanos, Ant-Man Theory

Neil DeGrasse Tyson has weighed in on that infamous Avengers: Endgame theory concerning Thanos and Ant-Man. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes experienced their first true loss in Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos succeeded in his quest to acquire all of the Infinity Stones, using them to wipe out half of all life in the universe. Some recently released posters served to highlight the extent of the team’s devastating loss. For months now, theories have abounded as to how the remaining heroes could avenge the fallen and undo Thanos’ actions.

As of now, the most popular theory suggests the Avengers will use time-travel to restore the universe to its natural order. The idea was bolstered by the increased significance of the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man and the Wasp, which even had Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) mentioning time vortexes. Another theory suggests that past MCU villains will be the key to defeating Thanos. By far the most popular and hilariously simplistic, however, is that Ant-Man will simply shrink down and enter Thanos via his anal cavity, all before expanding to his Giant Man form and destroying Thanos from within. That particular theory has since caught on, spawning countless memes. The Russo Brothers, who directed both Infinity War and Endgame, have even commended fans’ dedication to the theory.

Related: Forget Thanos’ Butt: Captain Marvel’s Cat Should EAT Him

On the latest episode of his StarTalk podcast (via ComicBook), DeGrasse Tyson was the latest to examine the theory. After comedian Chuck Nice presented the viral concept to DeGrasse Tyson and Charles Liu, the trio discussed the viability of such methodology. Strangely enough, the famed astrophysicist offered nothing to disprove that such a notion could work. In that regard, the science of the maneuver remains technically sound. DeGrasse Tyson does, however, questions it from a different angle, remarking: “Why not put something else in there that expands? Why does it have to be your own self?” DeGrasse Tyson also references the gross nature of the theory, saying: “That’s nasty. Because, if Thanos is as powerful and evil as he is, then he’s going to have powerful, evil poop.” Check out the full clip below:

This isn’t the first time DeGrasse Tyson has applied his scientific acumen to popular culture. As well as consulting on The Orville, the renowned scientist has assessed the science of everything from Star Wars to Game of Thrones. Previously, he even weighed in on that infamous Titanic debate regarding whether there was room on the door for both Jack and Rose. He also starred as Merlin in The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time and will host National Geographic’s upcoming Cosmos: Possible Worlds.

Although the conversation rapidly shifts towards Eddie Murphy impressions and the notion of Thanos having quantum butt armor, Degrasse Tyson does make a good point. Why wouldn’t somebody utilize something else rather than themselves? There must be, after all, a limit to being a hero. Over the course of two standalone movies and one mini team-up in Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang and his allies have made use of all manner of unconventional tools. Everything from toy cars to a Pez dispenser has been used against a host of villains. Famously, even Thomas the Tank Engine featured heavily in Ant-Man‘s climactic moments. As such, there are countless better options than willingly putting yourself in the proximity of evil poop. Whatever the case ends being regarding how the Avengers finally defeat Thanos, fans will find out soon enough when Avengers: Endgame finally hits theaters in a few weeks time.

More: Every Avengers: Endgame Update You Need To Know

Source: ComicBook, StarTalk

2019-04-07 12:04:35

John Atkinson

Forget Thanos’ Butt: Captain Marvel’s Cat Should EAT Him

Warning: SPOILERS for Captain Marvel

We never thought that Avengers: Endgame theories would suggest that Ant-Man enter Thanos’ butt, yet that is exactly where Marvel fans have taken the conversation. So if we’re spinning outlandish theories, we believe the MCU has already shown that the best way to beat Thanos isn’t to invade his lower intestines… it’s swallowing him whole.

That’s not a task for any of the Avengers who survived his snap, even if it would make for terrific revenge. It’s not a mission for any human being at all, but a mysteriously gifted Flerken, also known as Captain Marvel’s cat Goose. And while the directors of Endgame won’t confirm or deny whether or not Goose survived Thanos’ snap, we hope for the sake of the universe that she did. Because the true secret of her deadly tentacles is exactly what it will take to end Thanos once and for all. Not to mention spare Ant-Man his worst mission ever…

  • This Page: Don’t Go In His Butt, Swallow Thanos Instead!
  • Page 2: Goose The Cat’s Secret, Thanos-Beating Power

In case anyone has missed the emergence of this butt-focused Thanos theory–tragically referred to in some online circles as ‘The Thanus Theory’–it may be hard to believe. But more than giving a brand new meaning to the term Endgame, the crude joke has taken on a life of its own. The first suggestion made sense: if Ant-Man penetrated Thanos’ defenses by entering his body through an orifice, he could manage to circumvent his incredibly durable skin (invincible enough to yield a single drop of blood in response to Iron Man’s most violent assault). Once inside, Ant-Man need only grow to his normal size, or to the Giant Man scale, and kill Thanos in gruesome yet effective fashion.

RELATED: The Avengers: Endgame Directors Love The ‘Thanos Butt’ Theory

Before long, the theory had spurred on creative interpretations of how Ant-Man would invade Thanos in a heated battle, until even Josh Brolin posted a response to the Thanos Butt Theory. Sadly, nobody stopped to realize the most crucial drawback to the plan: the experience wouldn’t go as smoothly for Scott Lang as fans seem to suggest. As Drax and the Guardians of the Galaxy explained in their second film, an impenetrable skin is just as impenetrable from the inside. Meaning growing to full size could kill Thanos from inside out… but it would almost certainly mean the death of Ant-Man, as well. A worthwhile sacrifice, perhaps–but not one the Avengers need to make if they follow our plan, instead.

After seeing Captain Marvel, it would be tempting to say “Goose the cat should just swallow Thanos whole” and be done with it. The Flerken’s ability to spew out a massive storm of tentacles and consume enemies is as close to a ‘win button’ as the Marvel movies have gotten. But there’s more to the theory than a solid joke. To understand why Goose is the perfectly-crafted Thanos killer, audiences will need to learn about the secret behind her abilities. We’re referring not only to the ability to spew tentacles, but to swallow the Tesseract without issue.

The question isn’t how Goose can survive swallowing an Infinity Stone, or a Mad cosmic Titan, and live. The question is where they go when Goose swallows them. And the answer to that question spells out the Avengers’ next movie perfectly. Buckle up.

Page 2 of 2: Goose The Cat’s Secret, Thanos-Beating Power

The Captain Marvel movie took most of its inspiration from her most recent comic update, and that includes turning Carol’s cat into Chewie, the alien Flerken, possessing the horrifying (but seriously handy) ability to unleash a torrent of tentacles upun her enemies. And while that may seem like a gag, it was actually tied to real questions of physiology and space. The mystery started when Chewie laid dozens of eggs without anyone noticing, and Carol turned to an animal rescue for help. Here’s how the previously hidden eggs were explained in Captain Marvel #8 (2014) by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick:

“For one thing, we think Chewie has been gestating her eggs the entire time she’s been with you… If we ever figure out how to talk to her, we’ll ask [how]. Until then, we think it has to do with her pocket dimensions. Like hamster cheeks, almost. Chewie has physical access to bubbles of space and time that exist in other worlds. She can hide things larger than she would appear to be inside those pockets–eggs, for instance, tentacles–and we think she can use them for transport, though we’re not sure how.”

That theoretical explanation–that Flerken are able to access pockets of space internally–makes perfect sense, and justifies the launching of tentacles or egg batches far larger than their bodies. In the Captain Marvel movie, the filmmakers take that same premise to a new end: if Goose isn’t actually holding the things she swallows “inside her body,” then what would keep her from slurping up the Tesseract? Holding it may burn Nick Fury’s hands and disintegrate Red Skull… but if Goose isn’t actually holding it at all, merely placing it in a bubble dimension, how could it do any harm?

For the same reason that Goose can ‘ingest’ an Infinity Stone, she would be able to put an end to the reign of Thanos in any number of ways. If the Avengers time travel in Endgame to a point before Thanos gains all the Infinity Stones, having Goose swallow him whole would be akin to stranding him in a temporal/spatial limbo. Goose had to regurgitate the Tesseract eventually, but a physical being like Thanos shouldn’t be any different than the other Kree soldiers Goose consumes in the movie, either.

Bur what if Thanos does get most of the Infinity Stones before Goose orally transports him into a pocket dimension? What good would Power be? Can the Space Stone work across dimensions? Most importantly, if Goose recognizes friend from foe, could she know to never let Thanos out once swallowed? It’s a compelling riddle, but let’s not forget the other way that Goose can help the Avengers in their attack. Remember: as a Flerken, Goose has “physical access to bubble of space and time.”

Are we suggesting that Goose will swallow the Avengers to help teleport them across the universe and assemble as one unit? No, even though Chewie does teleport herself and Carol’s friend later in the same issue. But if Goose can move objects or people from one point in space and time to another… the backup plan will always be there, should Captain Marvel and the Avengers need her. Here’s hoping.

MORE: Captain Marvel’s ‘Avenger’ Twist: The MCU’s Dumbest Moment?

2019-04-06 03:04:09

Andrew Dyce

Avengers: Endgame Toys Tease Hulk’s Return In Thanos Battle

An Avengers: Endgame toy set may reveal when the Hulk returns. In three weeks, Marvel Studios will release the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed movie, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The culmination of everything that has transpired in the MCU in the last decade, the movie will put the original franchise heroes at the forefront of the story as they come after Thanos, who left the galaxy in shambles following The Decimation in Avengers: Infinity War. This means that after missing action for the most of Avengers 3, Bruce Banner’s green-rage alter-ego will inevitably return to help take down the Mad Titan.

Emerging in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok from 2017 after he ventured into space by the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Hulk was living the gladiator life in Sakaar being the Grandmaster’s unbeatable champion. That was until Thor roped him in to help defeat Hela and save the Asgardians. They succeeded on their mission, but even before they were able to make their way to Earth, they were hijacked by Thanos who was looking for the Tesseract/Space Stone that Loki had. Infinity War opened with a battle between the Mad Titan and the Hulk, with the latter easily beaten and sent crashing to the Sanctum Sanctorum bearing the news that the villain and his men were coming. This set the events of the movie in motion, but fans never saw the Hulk for the rest of the movie.

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Given this, one of the burning mysteries in Endgame surrounds the expected return of the Hulk. And now, fans may have an inkling when the transformation happens thanks to a tie-in figures for the movie. The set offers glimpses of Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thanos and a raging Hulk, wearing what seems to be his brand new costume. The Mad Titan’s toy stepping on the Avengers’ logo somehow confirms that the Avengers HQ will be the back drop for an action set piece in the movie. This insinuates that Bruce finally turns into his alter-ego to help his teammates battle the villain in their own turf. Check the official Diamond Select figures to see for yourself (hat tip CBR)

Endgame‘s Avengers HQ battle has been teased by a couple of other toy sets coupled with some snippets from trailers. So while there’s no explicit confirmation that it will be the case in the film, it’s safe to say now that the heroes will find themselves engaged in a battle in their own backyard regardless on when it’s going to be in the film. All surviving characters convening in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ base camp, including Banner, were mulling over the people they know who have perished from Thanos snap. It’s unclear what triggers the Hulk to return after refusing for the most of Infinity War. Popular theory is that he was spooked by how Thanos easily beat him, but the Russos confirmed that he’s not afraid of the Mad Titan. And if the two-pack Funko Pop is any indication, he’ll have another crack at the villain in Endgame.

While many are waiting for Banner’s transformation to Hulk, it’s also important to learn what really caused their discord in Infinity War. Assuming that they survive past the events of Avengers: Endgame, it will be pivotal in what their dynamic will be moving forward. Ragnarok revealed a more intuitive Hulk and from the looks of it, Banner is able to retain some memories when he’s his alter-ego evidenced by his recollection of Thanos’ attack on the Asgardian refugee ship.

More: Avengers: Endgame May Show Infinity War’s Biggest Missing Scene

Source: CBR

2019-04-05 08:04:02

Ana Dumaraog

Everything We Know About Thanos’ Role In Avengers: Endgame

Thanos will return in Avengers: Endgame, and here’s everything we know about his role. The Marvel Cinematic Universe first teased the arrival of Thanos back in the mid-credits scene for The Avengers in 2012. His smile sent shockwaves through fans wanting to see the Mad Titan clash with the Avengers, but it took Marvel Studios six years to get there. Thanos made a brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy and then in the post-credits scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it wasn’t until Avengers: Infinity War last year that he got his due.

When Thanos (portrayed by Josh Brolin) came face-to-face with the Avengers, he proved just how devastating of a threat he could be. His mission was immediately clear as he set out to gather all six Infinity Stones so he could harness their incredible individual powers within the Infinity Gauntlet, and had two of them within minutes of Infinity War beginning. He didn’t stop there and ultimately came out victorious when the movie came to end last year, with half of the universe’s population being snapped away. This left fans both defeated and buzzing to find out what will come next, and Marvel decided to use the very end of the film to confirm that Thanos will return.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Story Timeline & Trailer Scenes In Order

He will do just that in Avengers: Endgame, although it may be difficult to tell from the marketing. The trailers for the film have been incredibly sparse on footage of the Mad Titan, as it was only in the Avengers: Endgame special look that fans got to see him in full form. With everything audiences have seen of Thanos so far, here’s what we actually know about his role in Avengers: Endgame.

  • This Page: Thanos Is Damaged And Retired At The Start Of Avengers: Endgame
  • Page 2: Thanos Will Get A New Weapon (& New Gauntlet) In Avengers: Endgame

Thanos Is Damaged After Avengers: Infinity War

Thanos was the toughest villain the Avengers ever faced, but when it comes time for the potential rematch, Thanos will not be at full strength. His snap in Infinity War cost him “everything” as he told a younger version of Gamora in the Soul World, and part of this cost includes damage to himself. Aside from taking the mighty Stormbreaker to the chest, Thanos also has been injured as a result of the snap. The Russo brothers have confirmed that the snap in some way hurt Thanos.

They haven’t revealed how this is the case, other than saying that the Infinity Gauntlet has been permanently fused to his hand and his entire left arm burned. Thanos is now incapable of taking off the glove, which may not be at its full strength following the snap either. The damage that he has suffered could make him an easier foe for the Avengers to take on in Endgame. The team on Titan nearly got the gauntlet off of him, while Iron Man was able to draw a drop of blood and Captain America momentarily hold off his strength. With all of the remaining heroes from Infinity War working together and the bonus of Captain Marvel and Ant-Man, Thanos could be in trouble if the injuries he’s been given haven’t healed.

Thanos Is Retired On “The Garden” At The Start Of Avengers: Endgame

Before any rematch takes place between the Avengers and Thanos, though, he’ll have to be attacked or willingly leave his new sanctuary, as he’s currently retired from his bad guy days. His old, home planet of Titan is even more destroyed following the fight that happened in Infinity War, and the end of the film showed that he is now retired on Titan 2, or what has commonly been called “The Garden.” After successfully wiping out half of the universe, Thanos got to do exactly what he wanted to do there: watch the sun set. However, the biggest deviation is that this act did not result in a grateful universe.

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Thanos has been almost entirely hidden from Endgame‘s marketing campaign, but what we have seen is that he’s still living his Farmer Thanos lifestyle. The first trailer showed him with a long, baggy, and torn white shirt walking through his garden. This is where we got a glimpse at the damage that still remains for him and the gauntlet post-snap. His retired nature has been taken a step further, with him truly hanging up his armor that he wore early on in Infinity War and using it as a scarecrow for his crops. While it isn’t clear how many pests are trying to steal his crops on “The Garden,” Thanos is fully embracing the retired lifestyle, at least for now.

Thanos won’t remain on “The Garden” or on the sidelines for the entirety of Endgame, however. Brolin was heavily involved during production and has previously teased some of the scenes he’s filmed. One that made fans especially curious was a tease of a fight between the Mad Titan and Captain Marvel, and such a duel has only become more anticipated following the release of Captain Marvel. But it looks like Thanos is going to end up toe-to-toe with the Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor at some point in the film, as was shown in the recent Endgame special look promo.

Page 2 of 2: Thanos Will Get A New Weapon (& New Gauntlet) In Avengers: Endgame

Thanos Has A New Weapon In Avengers: Endgame

It was just months after Infinity War hit theaters that early promo art for Endgame arrived online, and in addition to seeing the lineup of the core heroes in battle, the Avengers 4 art also gave us the first look at a new double-bladed sword that Thanos will carry. The sword has continued to pop up in Avengers: Endgame leaks in the months that have followed, and his look has remained the same. Not only will Thanos have a new weapon at his disposal, but he’s also been shown back in his armor.

As cool as the unofficial looks at Thanos’ Endgame attire have been, the recently revealed Thanos Hot Toys figure for Endgame officially showed off the completed design. Much like the leaked images, Thanos is wearing his war armor that he used to conquer Gamora’s home planet and dismantle Hulk, with the gold and black color design staying intact. However, the sword appears to actually have been upgraded from what the early images showed. In those, the blades of the sword looked to be two different lengths. This final, and likely movie accurate, design has both of the blades at equal lengths. Not only is armored Thanos holding this massive sword in his right hand, but he also has the Infinity Gauntlet on his left – and it isn’t damaged anymore.

Furthermore, fans get a quick glimpse at the sword at the end of the Avengers: Endgame special look, which appears to be standing up (after having been placed in the ground) next to Thanos. It’s on the left-side of the screen, but viewers will have to quickly spot it as it’s partially concealed by Captain America and Thor’s costumes.

Thanos May Have A New Infinity Gauntlet In Avengers: Endgame

So, not only is Thanos putting on additional protection with his armor and adding a weapon for combat, but he may be getting a brand new and fully-functioning Infinity Gauntlet in Endgame as well. This has long been the subject of theories based on similar art, and it continues to look more likely that Thanos will be restored to his full god-like powers at some point during the movie. We do know that he at least starts with the damaged gauntlet, so the Avengers’ best shot at taking him down may be sooner rather than later – unless that one shot is part of the trailer trickery the Russo brothers have teased.

If Thanos is getting a new Infinity Gauntlet in Endgame, the big question is, how will it happen? There have been some theories that Thanos will simply be able to use the power of the Infinity Stones to repair the one that he has. While that could work, we’ve also theorized that it could actually be Eitri (Peter Dinklage) who will be responsible for creating a new gauntlet for him – and maybe one for the Avengers as well. It appears any physical weaknesses that Thanos could have as a result of the snap and his previous battles with the Avengers is being compensated for with more protection and more weapons. And if he does happen to be at full power, then Thanos will be an even tougher opponent for the remaining heroes in Avengers: Endgame.

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2019-04-04 05:04:15

Cooper Hood

Endgame CinemaCon Footage Description: Avengers Plan Thanos Rematch

Disney and Marvel screen new Avengers: Endgame footage at CinemaCon 2019 – here are all the details of what the MCU movie footage includes. After the release of Captain Marvel last month, Marvel Studios is turning their focus to the upcoming blockbuster event, Avengers: Endgame. The 22nd movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s expected to wrap up the story of the franchise thus far, what Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige calls the Infinity Saga. Endgame will pick up from the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War and feature the remaining heroes attempting to avenge those they could not save from Thanos’ decimating snap.

The Avengers: Endgame trailers have managed to hide quite a bit about the movie, instead focusing on the journey so far for the MCU heroes rather than what’s to come. Previously, Avengers: Endgame footage confirmed Captain Marvel on Earth, though only after that was revealed in her solo movie’s mid-credits scene. But even though fans are aware that the Avengers: Endgame trailers lie to some degree in an effort to avoid spoilers, they still analyze what footage has been released to learn what it reveals about the movie. Now, new Avengers: Endgame footage screened at CinemaCon 2019 further previews the MCU blockbuster (and it’s unlikely to have been altered).

Related: Avengers: Endgame Special Look Trailer Breakdown

During Walt Disney Studios’ presentation at CinemaCon 2019, Chairman Alan Horn unveiled new footage from Avengers: Endgame ahead of its theatrical debut later this month. Based on what was screened, it appears to be the same or very similar footage to what screened for Disney shareholders last month. The scene features the remaining Avengers at Avengers HQ – including the newly arrived Captain Marvel – discussing how to defeat Thanos. The CinemaCon scene opens with Steve Rogers aka. Captain America (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff aka. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), James “Rhodey” Rhodes aka. War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Carol Danvers aka. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) talking. But Carol walks away and Steve asks where she’s going; she says, “To kill Thanos.” The others insist they have to work as a team. Steve says to Carol, “We know up there is more your territory,” but this is “our fight, too.”

The camera cuts to Nebula, who’s leaning against the doorway and tells them not to bother, she knows where Thanos is. She goes into her past a bit and reveals Thanos’ “garden.” Rhodey quips, “That’s cute, Thanos has a retirement home.” Then, the scene shows Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) manipulating a hologram to brief the team about what planet Thanos is on, and they note the Mad Titan is using the Infinity Stones again. Thor is there, eating, but hasn’t said anything. Bruce Banner aka. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) says they’re going in short-handed, but Carol counters that they have her now. There’s more back and forth between Carol and the others. Rhodey says, “Hey. New girl. Everyone in this room is all about that superhero life. Where the hell have you been all this time?” Carol responds, “There are a lot of planets in the universe and unfortunately they don’t have you guys.” Thor gets up and faces off with Carol, finally saying, “I like this one.” Then Steve says, “Let’s go get this son of a bitch.”

In the final part of the CinemaCon footage, the Avengers sit in the Guardians of the Galaxy’s Benatar ship. Rocket asks who hasn’t been to space and half of them raise their hands. Rocket says they better not throw up on his ship. As they speed up, the camera cuts to a closeup on Steve’s eyes. Then, the scene ends with the ship jumping through hyperspace at one of the jump points like in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Captain Marvel.

Based on this description, fans can expect plenty of banter among the heroes, especially with Carol since she’s new to the team. It’s also clear Carol is fully confident in her ability to defeat Thanos single-handedly. And considering it’s been said Captain Marvel is the strongest hero in the MCU, perhaps she could take him down alone – but the rest of the Avengers seem dedicated to avenging their friends, family and loved ones. Still, this scene is only a small tidbit from the Avengers: Endgame film, which may have a runtime of around three hours. So there’s still plenty of surprises in store for Marvel fans once Avengers: Endgame hits theaters.

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2019-04-03 05:04:27

Molly Freeman