Avengers 4 Theory: The Dead Heroes Are In The Quantum Realm

A new Avengers 4 theory suggests that the victims of Thanos' snap have been transported into the Quantum Realm. According to the Law of Conservation of Mass, matter cannot be either created or destroyed. That's why, in the MCU, when Thanos snapped his fingers his victims crumbled to dust. They didn't simply fade out of existence, the raw matter erased from reality; rather, they disintegrated into dust.

But there's a spiritual side to the MCU, as was most effectively demonstrated by Doctor Strange, who can project his very soul - his so-called Astral Self - out of his body and yet still interact with others. The bodies of half the lives in the universe were destroyed; but what happened to their souls? That question has captivated Marvel fans ever since the release of Avengers: Infinity War, and it seems particularly important given Marvel has stressed the power and significance of the Soul Stone.

Related: Avengers 4 Theory: The Soul Stone DOESN'T Contain The Dead Avengers

Now, though, a new fan theory has suggested the souls of the dead Avengers - and of half the living beings in the universe - have been hidden in plain sight. According to this Avengers 4 theory, those souls reside within the Quantum Realm, and were clearly seen in the post-credits scene of Ant-Man & the Wasp.

Something Changes in the Quantum Realm After Thanos' Snap

Ant-Man and the Wasp post-credits scene

This new Avengers 4 Quantum Realm theory is powered by Reddit user meme_abstinent, who spotted what may be an important detail in Ant-Man & the Wasp's mid-credits scene. In the stinger, Scott Lang enters the Quantum Realm to collect some mysterious "healing particles" that will apparently help keep Ghost in phase with reality. Unfortunately for Scott, his visit to the Quantum Realm coincides with Thanos' arrival in Wakanda. Thus Scott is inside the Quantum Realm when Thanos snaps his fingers - and all those who could get him out are killed in the Mad Titan's horrific act of galactic genocide.

That's the thrust of the scene, but is there more to it? Throughout the production of Ant-Man & the Wasp, Marvel stressed that nothing about the Quantum Realm was accidental, and here there's plenty of interest going on in the background. At first, Scott is surrounded by a range of color. After he opens the collection unit and the orange healing particles flood into it, the area around is diminished of all but reds, purples, and blues. Then something happens, right at the moment Thanos is snapping his fingers: the Quantum Realm appears to go wild around Scott, with sparks of orange shimmering into existence around Scott, apparently from nowhere.

The effect is so crazy that some viewers even believed they briefly caught a glimpse of Thanos' face in the Quantum Realm; this didn't really make any sense from a story point of view, but gives an idea of just how vibrant what's going on is. Thanos' snap has changed something about the Quantum Realm, leaving the subatomic dimension in utter disarray, flooded with mysterious orange light. What happened?

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The Dead Avengers Are Often Linked To The Soul Stone

It's commonly theorized that the souls of the dead Avengers have been consumed by the Soul Stone. There's comic book precedent for the idea; in the comics, the Soul Stone is a sentient being in own right and has a voracious desire to consume the souls of living beings. Anyone unfortunate enough to be consumed by the Soul Stone winds up trapped inside, within a realm known as the Soul World. This place is confirmed to exist in the movies when Thanos transported there and saw Gamora at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Given its prominent position and abilities, many viewers have suggested that the souls of all Thanos' victims have been transported into the Soul Stone.

And here's the interesting thing: in the MCU, colors matter, especially when you're dealing with Infinity Stones (time travel is green, teleportation blue). The Soul Stone is orange, and thus orange can be viewed as the color of souls. That makes the fact that Ant-Man was collecting orange healing particles quite interesting, but also raises a lot of curious questions about just what those orange lights were that suddenly flooded into the Quantum Realm after Thanos committed his greatest atrocity.

It's possible that, in the MCU, when a person dies their soul finds its way to the Quantum Realm. Though Scott didn't realize it, when he collected the "healing particles" he was unwittingly collecting souls. And then, when Thanos snapped his fingers, the Quantum Realm was filled with billions more. It's a haunting possibility, and it suggests the Soul World could be far more important in Avengers 4 than we thought...

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Key Release Dates
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
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